Every actor needs Improv training! Agents/casting directors are looking for it on your resume. It is a requirement for many auditions/commercials, and on set. Are you ready? 

 

IMPROVISATION FOR THE ACTOR

led by John Ratliff

Improv is an indispensable asset for the actor, a great tool for development and self-discovery, and — maybe most important — FUN. In this class, we will explore the fundamental improv skills of paying close attention and reacting honestly, the essential ingredients of compelling scene work. It’s not about thinking fast or being funny! This class is open to everyone, from actors who want to upgrade their technical toolkit to people with no performance experience who want to try something a little challenging (but FUN!) in a super-supportive environment. This class will include a weekly 30-minute homework assignment that can be done in any space.

For online class: Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Sep 28 – Nov 2   (6 weeks-12 hours)  Tuesdays        6:30-8:30pm   $146   DRAX 4042 110   (Online- Zoom) NEW DATES!

 

Fall Registration 

NEW UPDATE:

Class offerings for Fall 2021 – We are moving carefully into face-to-face classes.  Masks are mandated by the Chancellor of ACC.  Classes that have a campus noted are face to face.

Register and pay early to secure your spot! Click on Registration – Fill out form and submit
For online classes, you need to have a personal zoom account in order to connect with the ACC Zoom account. Keep your zoom updated.

Classes for Ages 18 and up

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED BEGINNING ACTING CLASSES

ACTING FOR FILM

 led by Tony Sears

This is a beginning to an 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 exercises and scene study from film and television scripts.  Some videotaping and playback will be used for critique. It is suggested that you have had at least a basic acting class before joining.

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

Aug 26 – Sep 30  (6 weeks)   Thursdays    6:30-8:30pm    $151   DRAM  3010 110   (Online- Zoom) Class is full!

Sep 21 – Oct 26   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays      6:30-8:30pm    $151   DRAM  3010 111   (Online- Zoom) Class is full!

Tony’s Acting for Film Syllabus

 

Claire McAdams Photography

BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE

1st and 2nd sessions led by Rick Roemer,  3rd session led by Brittany Flurry

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.

For Brittany’s virtual class:  Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Aug 23 – Oct 4   (6 weeks)   Mondays    6:30-9:30pm   $216   DRAM 3034 111   (No class 9/6)  Northridge Campus  Class is full!

Sep 15 – Oct 20  (6 weeks)   Wednesdays    6:30-9:30pm   $216   DRAM 3034 112   Highland Campus Studio Class is full!  (Rick)

Oct 11 – Nov 15  (6 weeks)   Mondays    6:30-9:30pm   $216   DRAM 3034 100    Highland Campus Studio  (Rick)   NEW CLASS!

Oct 14 – Nov 18  (6 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:00pm    $181   DRAM 3034 110   (Online- Zoom) (Brittany)

Rick’s Beginning Acting Syllabus

Brittany’s Beginning Acting Syllabus

 

IMPROVISATION FOR THE ACTOR

led by John Ratliff

Improv is an indispensable asset for the actor, a great tool for development and self-discovery, and — maybe most important — FUN. In this class, we will explore the fundamental improv skills of paying close attention and reacting honestly, the essential ingredients of compelling scene work. It’s not about thinking fast or being funny! This class is open to everyone, from actors who want to upgrade their technical toolkit to people with no performance experience who want to try something a little challenging (but FUN!) in a super-supportive environment. This class will include a weekly 30-minute homework assignment that can be done in any space.

For online class: Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Sep 28 – Nov 2   (6 weeks-12 hours)  Tuesdays        6:30-8:30pm   $146   DRAX 4042 110   (Online- Zoom) NEW DATES!

John’s Improv Syllabus

PAGE TO PERFORMANCE 

led by Craig Nigh
This class is a must for film and television actors, particularly for auditions. The 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.  

Craig Nigh as Hill- Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

This class also focuses on a connection (with another actor or reader), and basic camera technique. Scenes are recorded for playback and critique.

For Online class:  Zoom. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capabilities with computer or table.

Sep 11 – Sep 12   (2 days)   Saturday/Sunday   10-2pm   $106    DRAX 3062 110   (Online- Zoom) 

Oct 23 – Oct 30   (2 weeks)      Saturdays          10-2pm   $106    DRAX 3062 111   (Online- Zoom) 

Craig’s Page to Performance Syllabus


INTERMEDIATE ACTING CLASSES

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 have received. Students will practice using scenes or monologues. The focus will be on strengthening text breakdown and analysis and following one’s inner impulses to create a powerful need to speak. Additionally, students will explore their imaginative responses and emotional accessibility.

Limited to 10 students

Oct 27 – Dec 8   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30   $216    DRAM 9002 110   (No class 11/24)  Northridge Campus  Class is full! Taking waitlist

Rick’s Acting II Syllabus

 

ACTING FOR FILM II

led by Tony Sears

This class is for students with previous film acting training.  Tony Sears focuses on achieving an honest and vulnerable performance for the camera.  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.

Oct 6-Nov 10   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays  6:30-8:30   $151    DRAX 3003 110   (Online- Zoom)  ONE SPOT LEFT!

Tony’s Acting for Film II Syllabus

IMPROVISATION II FOR THE ACTOR

led by John Ratliff

This class expands on the basic principles of improv by going deep into the nuts and bolts of scene work. The class will cover the most common categories of improv scene and explore the many different approaches to playing them. (There’s never just one right answer!) Other topics include the practical challenge of creating fully realized characters on the fly and the productive tension between absurd circumstances and emotionally grounded performance. Important note: this class is also a lot of fun! This class is for students who have successfully completed Improvisation for the Actor. Students who have taken introductory improv classes elsewhere may be eligible to take this class at the instructor’s discretion.

Limited to 10 students

Oct 28 – Dec 9 (6 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:00pm   $181   DRAX 3081 110   (No class 11/25)   Northridge Campus

Improv II Syllabus

ACTION! BUILDING A CAREER IN FILM & TELEVISION 

led by Tony Sears

Students should have prior training and confidence in their craft. This class is designed to give actors the tools and the confidence to go out and compete in the marketplace.

This class deals with both The Business of Acting and Self-taping your Audition. It covers: headshots that “work,” building a resume and demo reel, self-promotion, approaching agents, and more. Self-taping will involve the technical how-to’s such as: setting up the proper space, framing, lighting and sound, slating, editing, labeling and uploading. Students will also learn how to make blocking and behavior choices that work within the confines of the camera frame to create auditions that look good and stand out. Students should already have prior acting training and be ready to audition in the real world. Students will need one device (camera, phone, etc) to shoot their scene and a separate device to read with another actor over facetime/skype/zoom, etc.

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

Nov 2 – Dec 14  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6:30-8:30pm   $151   DRAX 3083 110   (No class 11/23)   (Online- Zoom) Class is full! Taking waitlist

Tony’s ACTION! Syllabus


VOICEOVER, SPEAKING VOICE & ACCENTS

INTRO TO VOICEOVER

led by Cliff Miller

This online 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.

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

Aug 24 – Sep 28   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9pm   $181   DRAX 3068 110   (Online)
Sep 13 – Oct 18  (6 weeks)     Mondays   6:30-9pm   $181   DRAX 3068 111 (Online)  Class is full! 

Cliff’s Intro to Voiceover Syllabus

 

INTRO TO VOICEOVER II

led by Cliff Miller

Must have taken Cliff’s Intro to VO to be eligible for this class. The class builds on the techniques and industry-knowledge established in Intro to Voiceover. This class is designed for the individual who 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.

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

Nov 1 – Dec 6   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9pm   $181   DRAX 4053 110   (Online) Class is full! Taking waitlist

Cliff’s Voiceover II Syllabus

 

TRAINING THE SPEAKING VOICE – canceling due to mask mandate

led by Adam Roberts

This class is intended for anyone desiring to increase the power and impact of his or her 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 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.

THIS IS A HYBRID CLASS: 4 face-to-face classes and 2 online

Limited to 6 students. For the Online Platform: Zoom. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video with capability with computer or tablet.

Oct 27 – Dec 8   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $216   DRAX 3064 110   (No class 11/24)  HYBRID–Highland Campus and Online

Adam’s Training the Speaking Voice Syllabus

ACCENTS FOR FILM & STAGE  

led by Cliff Miller

This course introduces two important accents (used) for stage, film, television, and video games. In the fall we’re offering Australian and Estuary/Modern London. 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 enjoy learning two interesting accents. 

Oct 5 – Nov 9  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $216   DRAX 3065 110   Highland Campus

Cliff’s Accents syllabus


ALL THINGS MUSIC & SINGING

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. 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: booking@adamkroberts.com

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

Adam’s Private Coaching for Singers Syllabus

 

**Book lessons once a week for 4 weeks.  (4 lessons)

Sep 7 – Sep 28   (4 weeks) Tuesdays     $361   DRAX 3063 110   (Online Only)  

Sep 9 – Sep 30   (4 weeks) Thursdays    $361   DRAX 3063 102  (Online Only)  

Sep 10 – Oct 1     (4 weeks)  Fridays         $361   DRAX 3063 100  (Online Only)  

Contact Tyler, booking@adamkroberts.com, to schedule your day and time during the weeks indicated


Oct 12-Nov 2  (4 weeks)  Tuesdays     $361   DRAX 3063 111   (Online Only)   

Oct 14-Nov 4  (4 weeks) Thursdays    $361   DRAX 3063 101   (Online Only)  

Oct 15-Nov 5  (4 weeks)  Fridays        $361   DRAX 3063 103    (Online Only) 

Contact Tyler, booking@adamkroberts.com, to schedule your day and time during the weeks indicated


Nov 16-Dec 14  (4 weeks) Tuesdays     $361   DRAX 3063 112  (Hybrid Meetings)  2 lessons at Highland Studio & 2 Online

Nov 18-Dec 16  (4 weeks) Thursdays    $361   DRAX 3063 104  (Hybrid Meetings)  2 lessons at Highland Studio & 2 Online

Nov  19-Dec 17  (4 weeks) Fridays         $361   DRAX 3063 105  (Hybrid Meetings)  2  lessons at Highland Studio & 2 Online (No class Thanksgiving week)

Contact Tyler, booking@adamkroberts.com, to schedule your day and time during the weeks indicated

 


PRIVATE COACHING

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 at theactorsschool@austincc.edu

 

Where our classes are held:

Fall 2021 has both virtual and face-to-face classes

ACC Highland Campus – Bldg 4000 in our Studio space & Northridge Campus in Bldg 3000