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Classes for Ages 18 and up



led by Craig Nigh

This is a beginning to advanced beginning acting class focusing on work for the camera. The emphasis is on developing a naturalistic acting style through connection, honesty, and vulnerability, and following intuitive impulse. The students’ work will be explored through improvisation, games, exercises and scene study from film and television scripts.  Some videotaping and playback will be used for critique.

Aug 28-Oct 2   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3010 100 – Full

Oct 17-Nov 21   (6 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3010 101    


1st and 3rd  session led by Rick Roemer, at Highland Campus– 2nd and 4th sessions on Saturday led by Paula Russell  at the South Austin Campus

Our most popular class series! A gentle approach conducive to the beginner, this class will focus predominantly on scene study for film and stage. Learn how to establish meaningful and honest relationships through the art of active listening and responding. Learn the tools necessary to be “believable.” Develop your imaginative capacities, unleash your creative impulses, deepen your intuition, and sharpen the analytical skills necessary to “break down” a scene. There may be some on-camera work in this class.

Sep 9-Oct 14   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3034 104  Full

Sep 14-Oct 19   (6 weeks)   Saturdays   10am-1pm   $201   DRAM 3034        

Oct 21-Nov 25   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3034   

Oct 26-Nov 23   (5 weeks)   Saturdays   10am-1pm   $171   DRAM 3034    (South Austin Campus)  

General Beginning Acting Syllabus 



Led by Craig Nigh

This class is a must for film and television actors, particularly for auditions! Craig Nigh offers a step by step process for examining scripts quickly and thoroughly. Having a clear perception of the writer’s intentions will help inform the choices an actor makes and gives ultimate creative freedom inside the context of the story. The class also focuses on connection (with another actor or reader), and basic camera technique. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique.

Sep 9-Sep 30   (4 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $136   DRAX 3062 100 


ACTING FOR FILM 2: The Camera’s Perspective

First session led by Craig Nigh, 2nd session by Nick Stevenson

This class is for students with previous film acting training. The instructor focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style, using the camera as the main tool of the class to enhance the student actor’s understanding of “what the camera sees” and how to best serve character and the story through the lens of the camera.  This class gives the student a strong understanding of the Film/TV audition experience. Scripts from television and film will be used. Suggested prerequisite: Two or more beginning acting classes, Acting II for Film & Stage, or other previous acting training/experience.

Aug 27-Oct 1   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3003 100

Oct 22-Nov 26   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3003 101   Full                       

Nick’s Syllabus



Led by Rick Roemer

This pre-intermediate course is for students who have taken previous beginning acting classes and would like to build upon the foundation they have received. Students will practice scene study and/or monologue work. The focus will be on strengthening scene breakdown, listening and responding to one’s scene partner and following one’s inner impulses. Additionally, students will explore their imaginative responses and emotional accessibility.

Oct 9- Nov 13   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 9002 100       




Led by Nick Stevenson

This class is for actors who are serious about acting and their training. More advanced students may already be auditioning and working.  In this course, actors will have the opportunity to refine the necessary skills for success by improving film acting technique, strengthening actor’s intuition, and gaining greater ease in the audition environment. Through consistent on-camera work, actors learn how to evaluate material and make choices. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique. Maximum of 10 students. Instructor approval required. Email headshot and resume to:

Oct 7-Nov 11   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3059 100

Canceled for this semester. Consider Film 2 with Nick




Led by Adam Roberts

This class is intended for anyone desiring to increase the power and impact of their speaking voice. Training in healthy vocal production is an essential part of speaking intentionally in any situation, from the stage or screen to the classroom or the boardroom. In this course, you’ll learn a variety of techniques for preparing and utilizing your natural voice to speak confidently in a variety of environments.  The first few classes will focus on active exercises designed to healthily engage the various aspects of vocal production, while the final sessions will practically apply what you’ve learned to scenes, speeches, interpersonal communication or presentations.

Sep 10-Oct 15   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3019 100  



led by Cliff Miller

This course is for actors and curious individuals wanting to learn more about the world of voiceover. We will cover acting for voiceover, home studio setup, mic technique, and recording and editing. Through analyzing, performing, and critiquing voiceover copy, we will begin to identify successful approaches to voiceover acting. This course will focus on commercial and narration copy.

Oct 23-Nov 13  (4 weeks)  Wednesdays  6:30-9:30pm  $141  DRAX 3068 100



Led by Cliff Miller

This course introduces two important accents (used) for stage, film, television, and video games. In the fall we’re offering British and Russian. Spring will be German and Brooklynese. The Summer offers Southern and Irish. Through Knight-Thompson Speechwork, a new standard bearing approach to speech, students will acquire the skills to convincingly perform these accents. Areas of focus include developing the oral posture, learning how to create the unique pronunciations, and analyzing the “music” (rhythm, tempo, and intonation) of the accent. Studies include native speakers of these accents, and dialogue from stage and screen scripts will be utilized to apply the work. This course is for actors with and without speech training and for people who simply would enjoying learning two interesting accents.

Oct 28-Dec 2   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3065 100     


Led by Adam Roberts

This course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning to advanced-beginning singer. Students will have the opportunity to sing both individually and as part of a group. This class is ideal for anyone who desires to gain a foundational knowledge of singing, including stage and film actors.  Students are encouraged to focus on the musical styles that most interest them, with support from the instructor in identifying specific song choices.  By the end of the course, participants will have become better acquainted with the unique qualities of their individual voices. For optimal results, Foundations of Singing should be repeated multiple times prior to proceeding to the next level in our Singing Voice sequence. No prior singing experience necessary.

Sep 5-Aug 10   (6 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3038 100   



Led by Adam Roberts

This class provides a fun and energetic introduction to techniques of Broadway-style musical theatre performance. Students will gain experience in acting, singing and movement through the use of popular musical theatre songs and scenes from well-known shows, and each student will leave class with an audition song selected especially for them. Those with no previous experience are welcome to enroll, as are those with acting experience who seek to add some entry-level musical theatre skills to their toolkit.

Sep 7-Oct 12   (6 weeks)   Saturdays   10:30am-1:30 pm   $201   DRAX 3066  100



Led by Adam Roberts

Private coaching sessions with Adam Roberts are offered in musical theatre and contemporary vocal styles such as pop, folk, rock, etc. Coaching packages are tailored to each student’s unique goals and may include work toward preparing upcoming auditions, building a rep book, bolstering technique, expanding range, and strengthening a variety of performance skills. Coachings are available for adults from beginning through professional levels, and to advanced high school students. Call or email for an appointment time:

Sep 5-Oct 3  (5 wks–1 hr. per week)   Thursdays   3-6 pm   $401   DRAX 3063  100  Full
Sep 6-Oct 4  (5 wks–1 hr. per week)   Fridays        2-6 pm   $401   DRAX 3063   101  Full
Sep 7-Oct 5  (5 wks–1 hr. per week)   Saturdays    2-6 pm   $401   DRAX 3063  102  Full
Sep 3-Oct 1   (5 wks-1 hr. per week)   Tuesdays    4-6pm     $401   DRAX 3063  103  Full
Nov 7-Dec 12 (5 wks-1 hr. per week)  Thursdays   3-6pm    $401   DRAX 3063  104  Full
Nov 8-Dec 13 (5 wks-1 hr. per week)   Fridays       2-6pm    $401   DRAX 3063   105  Full
Nov 9-Dec 14 (5 wks-1 hr. per week)   Saturdays  2-6pm    $401   DRAX 3063  106   Full
Nov 23, 7, 14 (3 wks-1 hr. per week)   Saturdays 10:30-1:30 $241   DRAX 3063  107

To enroll in an hour-long session during one of the time slots listed above, please email Adam directly at



Led by Adam Roberts

Adam leads performers through a myriad of experiences focused on grounding and
centering, efficient movement, connection to breath, and physical awareness. Though some singing work will be an aspect of the 3 sessions, this workshop provides tools and techniques applicable to film and stage actors in addition to those in the musical theatre.

Nov 21-Dec 12   (3 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $106   DRAX 3050  100

(no class Thanksgiving)



Led by Adam Roberts

This musical theatre intensive will provide a rigorous workshop experience for advanced participants. The work will center primarily on each student’s existing rep and be conducted in master class format; additional topics covered will be determined by the needs and desires of the class as a whole. The focus of the class is musical theatre-specific vocal technique and methods for acting songs, as well as develop a new audition cut for each participant. Enrollment is limited to advanced students with prior training and experience.

Nov 23-Dec 14   (3 weeks)   Saturdays   10:30am-1:30 pm   $126   DRAX 4040  100

(No class November 30)




Several teachers at The Actor’s School offer private studies to older teens and adults. Areas of study range from auditioning for film and stage, Shakespeare, Voice, Monologues and more.

Contact the school for more information. 512.223.7219 or


Where our classes are held:

Primarily at ACC Highland Campus – Bldg 4000 in our Studio space 

ACC Highland Campus -Bldg 1000 in Classrooms

Highland Business Center – In classrooms

South Austin Campus – In classrooms