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Classes for Ages 18 and up

 

Hello All!

As we all know, with the advent of the Covid-19 we have closed our doors for in-person training, but have no fear, we are proceeding to help keep your interest alive and your training ongoing with our online classes.

 

Don’t miss training with Tony.  Professional actor, educator and director

ACTING FOR FILM II 

Led by Tony Sears

This class is for students with previous film acting training. The instructor focuses on achieving an honest and vulnerable performance for the screen. The emphasis is on energy and making choices that highlight the actor’s power to tell a story. Students will explore the work through scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for evaluation. Suggested prerequisite: Two or more beginning acting classes, Acting II for Film & Stage, or other previous acting training/experience. Limited to 8 students

Online Platform: Zoom.  Materials Needed:  internet connection & audio/video capabilities with computer or tablet.

Sep 8- Oct 27  (8 weeks)   Tuesdays    6:30-8:30pm    $186    DRAX 3003 100


BEGINNING TO ADVANCED BEGINNING CLASSES – Online

ACTING FOR FILM

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 conection, honesty and vulnerability, and following intuitive impulses.  The students’ work will be explored through improvisation, exercises and scene study from film and television scripts.

Limited to 8 students. Online Platform:  Zoom. Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Aug 26-Sept 30     (6 weeks)     Wednesdays    6:30-8:30pm     $141   DRAM 3010 100

Oct 14-Nov 18       (6 weeks)     Wednesdays    6:30-8:30pm     $141   DRAM 3010 101

 

BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE 

A gentle approach conducive to the beginner, this class will focus predominantly on character development, script analysis, and monologue work for film and stage. Learn how to establish a character through uncovering their desire, utilizing an imaginary space, and developing a biography for your character. Develop your imaginative capacities, unleash your creative impulses, deepen your intuition, and sharpen the analytical skills necessary to “breakdown” a monologue.  There will be 12 hours online as a class.

Limited to 8 students. Online platform: Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Aug 24-Oct 5       (6 weeks)   Mondays  6:30-8:30pm     $141    DRAM 3034 100 – Rick Roemer

Oct 6-Nov 10       (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6:30-8:30pm     $141    DRAM 3034 102 – Cliff Miller

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BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE 

led by Paula Russell

A gentle approach conducive to the beginner, this class will focus predominantly on character development through script analysis for film and stage.  Discover how to make specific, unique, personal choices to raise your character’s stakes and energize moment-to-moment work.  Learning active, alert relaxation will unleash creative impulses, deepen your intuition, and sharpen the analytical skills necessary to “breakdown” a scene or monologue.  Each student will have one private session with Paula.

Limited to 8 students.  Online Platform: Zoom.  Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Sept 5-Oct 10   (6 weeks)   Saturdays   10am-12noon       $151    DRAM 3030 101

 

SCRIPT ANALYSIS 

Claire McAdams Photography

led by Rick Roemer

You’ve got the part! Congratulations. Your script is all clean and pretty. What’s the first thing you should do? Read the script, of course! But what about after that? How about some script analysis? By reading various types of plays, Script Analysis will give you a comprehensive foundation to build on for character development, uncovering previous action, determining given circumstances and unlocking beats of action, as well as understanding genres of writing. Follow these steps and you can begin rehearsal with confidence. Get familiar with your character, get familiar with the text. It’s time to work!  Plays analyzed for this class:  A short play by either Tennessee Williams or Sam Shepard, Fences by August Wilson & Angels in America:  Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner.

Online Platform:  Zoom.  Materials Needed;  internet connection & audio/video capabilities with computer or tablet.

Sept 17-Nov 5  (8 weeks)  Thursdays  6:30-8:30pm   $166   DRAX 3075 100

script analysis

 

PAGE TO PERFORMANCE 

Led by Craig Nigh

This class is a must for film and television actors, particularly for auditions!  This course 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.  This class also focuses on a connection (with another actor or reader), and basic camera technique.  Scenes are recorded for playback and critique.  Limited to 8 students.
Online platform: Zoom  *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Sept 17-Oct 22    (6 weeks)    Thursdays     10am-Noon    $141     DRAX 3062 100

Page to Performance Syllabus

 

IMPROVISATION FOR ACTORS

led by John Ratliff

Great for the actor and non-actor alike, this class is appropriate for complete beginners as well as those with previous acting or improv experience.  Learn to play!  To connect!  To heighten your awareness and get outside of your comfort zone! Improv exercises can help you to be more spontaneous and flexible, to think on the spot, and to create characters in the moment.  Limited to 8 students!

Online Platform:  Zoom.  Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Sept 16-Oct 21     (6 weeks)     Wednesdays     6:30-8:30pm     $141   DRAX 4042 100

Jon’s Syllabus

 

ACTING AND THE BIZ  

Be in the “know” about your business

Led by Paula Russell

Students will learn what makes a great head shot to get you in the door and how to build upon and format your resume. We will go over and practice the “7 simple steps to a great agent interview”, audition etiquette and technique from entering the room to slating, to working with copy, cold reading and improvising. The workshop is suitable for anyone with previous training and experience who is interested in pursuing acting and seeking representation as well as anyone interested in learning about the Business of acting. Limited to 8 students.

Online Platform: Zoom.  Materials Needed:  internet connection & audio/video capabilities with computer or tablet.

Oct 17 & 24    (2 weeks)   Saturdays    10am-Noon      $76    DRAX 3034 100

Acting & the Biz Syllabus

 

INTERMEDIATE ACTING CLASSES

ACTING FOR FILM II 

Led by Tony Sears

This class is for students with previous film acting training. The instructor focuses on achieving an honest and vulnerable performance for the screen. The emphasis is on energy and making choices that highlight the actor’s power to tell a story. Students will explore the work through scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for evaluation. Suggested prerequisite: Two or more beginning acting classes, Acting II for Film & Stage, or other previous acting training/experience. Limited to 8 students

Online Platform: Zoom.  Materials Needed:  internet connection & audio/video capabilities with computer or tablet.

Sep 8- Oct 27  (8 weeks)   Tuesdays    6:30-8:30pm    $186    DRAX 3003 100


ACTING II FOR FILM & STAGE

led by Rick Roemer

This pre-intermediate course is for students who have taken previous beginning acting classes, including Beginning Acting For Film & Stage and would like to build upon the foundation they received.  Students will practice scene study and/or monologue work.  Focus will be on strengthening  scene breakdown, listening and responding to one’s scene partner and following one’s inner impulses.  Limited to 8 students.

Online Platform:  Zoom.  Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Nov 2-Dec 7     (6 weeks)     Mondays     6:30-9:00pm     $176     DRAM 9002 100

Acting II F&S

SPEAKING VOICE AND ACCENTS

INTRO TO VOICEOVER

led Cliff Miller

This course provides an introduction to the field of voiceover for actors and curious individuals.  We will cover acting for  voiceover, home studio setup, mic technique and recording and editing.  Through analyzing, performing and critiquing voiceover copy, we will explore the many areas of voiceover while focusing on commercial and audiobook narration.  Through repeatedly sharing our work and learning from others, we will develop foundational voiceover skills and reinforce the course’s  learning objectives.  There will be 12 hours online as a class and one private coaching session per person.  Limited to 8 students.

Online Platform:  Zoom.  Materials needed:  Internet connection  & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Aug 24-Oct 5     (6 weeks)     Mondays     6:30-8:30pm     $151     DRAX 3068 100

 

INTRO TO VOICEOVER II

led by Cliff Miller

This class builds on the techniques and industry knowledge established in Intro to Voiceover.  this class is designed for the individual show would like to take their interest in VO beyond the classroom and into the industry.  We will continue to analyze, perform, and critique commercial and audiobook copy.  In addition, we will begin working on the growing field of e-learning narration.  Quality recorded and produced voiceover “auditons” will be assigned and critiqued regularly.  The course will culminate in a “mock” commercial demo.  the demo will NOT be an industry standard product.  The project will make you familiar with the  process of selecting and producing copy and help prepare you for when you are ready to invest in a professional commercial demo. There will be 12 hours online as a class and one private coaching session per person. Limited to 8 students.

Online Platform:  Zoom.  Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Oct 26-Nov 30     (6 weeks)     Mondays     6:30-8:30pm     $151     DRAX 4053 100


SPEAKING VOICE WITH RADIO THEATRE  

Led by Mj Vandivier

The voice is the most important tool for effective communication. Discover how you can make a great first impression with your voice or talk for hours without losing steam. Mj Vandivier, a Certified Lessac Voice & Body Trainer, leads and grounds students in the process of voice dynamics. From body-voice warm-ups to the most effective ways to master your “instrument,” Mj will guide you to a greater awareness and use of the power of your own natural voice. The last 3 classes of the session will focus on Radio Theater. Students will rehearse and record a performance in a drama or comedy radio show from the archives of Classic Radio Theater. 

Online Platform:  Zoom.  Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.  Best to have a recording device such as your phone, as well as a computer or tablet. Limited to 8 students.

Aug 27-Oct 15   (8 weeks)      Thursdays      6:30-8:30pm        $186     DRAM 3019 100

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ACCENTS FOR FILM & STAGE

led by Mj Vandivier

This course introduces two important accents used for stage, film, television and video games.  The Fall offering is RP (Standard British) and Russian.  Instructor Mj Vandivier, practicing certified Lessac teacher, encourages actors to not only speak well but also have the ability to step into a variety of accents whenever they are asked to do so.  This streamlined Lessac approach to accents is one of the  easiest methods to learn in a short amount of time.  The need for accessing accents continues to grow for voiceover actors, narrators, with games and apps as well as for film and the stage.  Limited to 8 students.

Online Platform: Zoom.  Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Oct 29-Dec 10     (6 weeks)     Thursdays     6:00-8:00pm      $141    DRAX 3065 100

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ACCENT REDUCTION

led by Mj Vandivier

Is it possible your accent is holding you back from advancing professionally?  Or do you often hear, “Sorry, I can’t understand you, would you repeat that?”  Americans love accents if they don’t have to work too hard understanding what you’re saying!  An accent is lovely to hear.  And, you don’t want ot lose yours because it’s part of you identity.  Certified Lessac voice & body trainer, Mj Vandivier, has  helped nationals and foreign students learn to speak more clearly using the General American Accent through the Lessac approach.  Mj uses Lessac to help students of all ages acquire the General American Accent through the commitment, and incorporation into daily speech.  Limited to 6 students.

Sept 22-Oct 27     (6 weeks)     Tuesdays     6:00-8:00pm     $141     DRAX 3024 100

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ALL THINGS SINGING AND MUSIC

INTRO TO MUSIC THEORY 

What key is this in… and what’s a key, anyway?
Led by Adam Roberts
 
Much like the words quantum physics, the term music theory strikes dread in the heart of many a singer and instrumentalist. But fear not! Unlike quantum physics, music theory is actually not rocket science.  Instructor Adam Roberts may hold a master’s degree in music theory, but rest assured that this class will start from the very beginning — a very good place to start. You’ll learn what Do, Re, and Mi is all about, and why they’re the building blocks of music theory. You’ll also learn how to identify keys, time signatures, note names, and basic chord structures. Far from being a dry academic lecture, this class is geared toward practical applications of music theory for singers, musicians, and songwriters, like basic skills in sight-reading, fluency with common musical terms, and learning why one chord follows another.
Online platform: Zoom  *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.
Sept 14-Oct 19      (6 weeks)     Mondays     7:00-9:00pm     $126     DRAX 3070 100

 

INTERMEDIATE MUSIC THEORY

led by Adam Roberts

Looking to take your music literacy and theory skills to the next level?  If so, this course if for you!  Chord progressions, voice leading, an introduction to score analysis, and the basics of instrumentation and orchestration will be covered.

Prerequisite:  Ability to identify pitches notated on a staff, intervals, triad quality, and chord inversions.. Basic theory with key signatures.

Online platform:  Zoom.  Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Oct 26-Nov 30     (6 weeks)     Mondays     7:00-9:00pm     $126     DRAX 3073 100


BROADWAY MUSICALS:  A HISTORY TOUR

led by Adam Roberts

This course if for Broadway fans looking for an entertaining tour through the history of musical t heatre, as well as singer-actors seeking to expand their knowledge of the musical theatre repertoire.  We’ll take a journey deep into the chronicles a=of musical as wee delve into shows from the well-known to the obscure, with plenty of emphasis on Broadway writers and their work.  From Rodgers & Hammerstein to Sondheim, Tesori, and Miranda, students will embark together on a musical theatre adventure.

Online Platform:  Zoom.  Materials needed:  internet connectiong & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Sept 24-Oct 29     (6 weeks)     Thursdays     7:00-9:00pm     $111     DRAX 4049 100

 

INTRO TO AUDITIONING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE

Led by Adam Roberts

Ideal for p those with an interest in auditioning for musicals, this course introduces topics including how to read an audition breakdown, building a rep book, selecting a song cut, communicating with the accompanist, and preparing for dance auditions and callbacks.  Students will study singing technique and style, approached to acting a song, audition preparation, and more.  The process of auditioning for a musical can be a daunting one, and this course seeks to provide participants with information, tools, and techniques necessary for a well-prepared experience.  Limited to 8 students.

Online platform: Zoom  Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablets

Oct 17-Nov 21     (6 weeks)     Saturdays     11:00am-1:00pm     $161   DRAX 3080 100

 

PRIVATE COACHING FOR SINGERS

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.  One hour 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 variey of performance skills. Coaching is available for adults from beginning through professional levels, and to advanced high school students.

                       ZOOM WORKS!!

Online platform:  Zoom.  Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Sept 4-Oct 2     (5 weeks)     Fridays         1:00-6:00pm     $401     DRAX 3063 100

Sept 5-Oct 3     (5 weeks)     Saturdays     9:30-1:30pm     $401     DRAX 3063 101

Oct 23-Nov 20   (5 weeks)    Fridays         1:00-6:00pm     $401     DRAX 3063 102

Oct 24-Nov 21   (5 weeks)    Saturdays     9:30-1:30pm     $401     DRAX 3063 103

Dec 4-Dec 18     (3 weeks)    Fridays         1:00-5:00pm     $241     DRAX 3063 104

Dec 5-Dec 19     (3 weeks)    Saturdays     9:30-1:30pm     $241     DRAX 3063 105