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


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.

Jan 22- Mar 11  (8 weeks)   Wednesdays    6:30-9:30pm    $251    DRAM 3010 200  Full!

Mar 25-Apr 29    (6 weeks)   Wednesdays     6:30-9:30pm  $201    DRAM 3010 201 

Craig’s Acting for Film Syllabus


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.

Jan 27-Mar 2  (6 weeks)  Mondays  6:30-9:30pm   $201     DRAM 3034 200  –  Rick Roemer – Full! 

Feb 1-Mar 7   (6 weeks)   Saturdays 10am-1pm      $201    DRAM 3034 201 –Paula Russell  (South Austin Campus)  

Feb 18-Mar 31  (6 weeks)  Tuesdays  6:30-9:30pm  $201    DRAM 3034 202  –  Paula Russell – Full!

Mar 25-Apr 29  (6 weeks)   Wednesdays 6:30-9:30   $201   DRAM 3034 207  –  Mj Vandivier

Apr 4-May 9    (6 weeks)   Saturdays 10am-1pm      $201   DRAM 3034 204  –  Paula Russell

(South Austin Campus)

Apr 6-May 11  (6 weeks)   Mondays  6:30-9:30pm  $201   DRAM 3034  206  –  Cliff Miller 

Beginning Acting for F& S Syllabus (Composite)



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.

Apr 2-23    (4 weeks)    Thursdays     10am-1pm    $136      DRAX 3062 200

Page to Performance Syllabus



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 allowing you to be more spontaneous and flexible. Learn improvisation exercises to think on the spot, manipulate your physicality, and create characters in the moment

Feb 5-Mar 11   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays  6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 4042 200

Mar 31 -May 5  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays      6:30-9:30pm    $201  DRAX 4042 201

Improvisation Syllabus

ACTING FOR FILM 2: The Camera’s Perspective

Led by Craig Nigh

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.

Feb 4-Mar 10   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3003 200   

Apr 7-May 12   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201  DRAX 3003 201              



Led by Joey Banks

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.

Mar 30-May 4  (6 weeks)   Mondays    6:30-9:30pm   $201  DRAM 9002 300   

Acting II F&S – composite Syllabus



Led by Paula Russell

In this one-day, 5-hour course, the focus will be on what it means to be a working actor. We will cover what makes a good headshot, review resumes, and go over the “7” simple steps to a great agent interview.’ Students will practice audition etiquette and technique from entering the room to slating, to working with copy and improvising. Part of the day will focus on self-taped vs. live Film/TV auditions. The workshop is suitable for anyone with previous training and experience who is interested in pursuing acting and seeking representation. There will be one 20-minute break. Please bring a sack lunch.

Mar 28  (1 day)   Saturdays   10am-3pm    $76

Acting & the Biz Syllabus




See summer schedule!

Led by Rick Roemer

This class will delve into intense text and character analysis from realistic scripts which will help the actor intuitively respond to the truth of the moment in the imaginary circumstances of a story. Authentic creativity is often best expressed within the boundaries of given circumstances and helps focus the realm of creative choices the actor can make at any given moment. Employing creative analysis of both script and character as well as improvisation, we will collectively explore how these tools can help liberate your unique creative spirit and reveal how acting can be impulsive, motivated, passionate and alive! Maximum of 10 students. Previous experience and instructor approval required. Email headshot and resume to: theactorsschool@austincc.edu.




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. This class is recommended prior to Dialect training. There is a $15 materials fee included in the tuition. 

Jan 23-Mar 12   (8 weeks)   Thursdays    6:30-9:30pm    $281    DRAM 3019 200

Speaking Voice w/ Radio Theatre Syllabus



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.

Jan 29-Feb 19  (4 weeks)  Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $141    DRAX 3068 200  – FULL!

Feb 24-Mar 30  (5 weeks)  Mondays        6:30-9:30pm    $171    DRAX 3068 202  – FULL! Taking waitlist


Led by Mj Vandivier

Is your accent limiting effective communication in your professional and personal relationships? And for the actor, is your regional dialect keeping you from working? In our Accent Reduction Class, led by Certified Lessac Voice & Speech Trainer Mj Vandivier, you will learn a simple, proven methodology to modify accent usage, reduce unwanted regionalisms, and strengthen overall speech. Limited to 8 students. There is a $10 materials fee included in the tuition.

Feb 3-Mar 9  (6 weeks)  Mondays   6:30-9:30pm    $211    DRAX 3024 200

Accent Reduction_Mj



Led by Mj Vandivier

This course introduces two important accents (used) for stage, film, television, and video games. In the spring we’re offering Brooklynese and Russian.  The Summer offers Southern and Irish. 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. The Lessac approach to dialects is one of the easiest to understand, yet most comprehensive methods to learn. The need for accessing different accents continues to grow for voice over actors with games and apps as well as for film and the stage. Suggested prerequisite: Speaking Voice. There is a $10 materials fee included in the tuition.

April 14-May 19  (6 weeks)  Tuesdays    6:30-9:30pm    $211    DRAX 3065 200



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.

Feb 15-Mar 14  (5 weeks)  Saturdays    2-5pm    $171    DRAX 3038 200  FULL

Feb 15-Mar 14  (5 weeks)  Saturdays   10-1pm   $171    DRAX 3038 201 – FULL



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.

Apr 23-May 21  (5 weeks)  Thursdays    6:30-9:30pm    $171    DRAX 3050 200



CANCELED! look for the class this summer beginning on July 18 for 5 weeks!

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.

Feb 15-Mar 14  (5 weeks)  Saturdays  10am-1pm    $211    DRAX 4040 200

Advanced Musical Theatre Syllabus




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: info@adamrobertsvoice.com

Jan 10-Feb 7    (5 weeks)   Fridays    1:30-4:30pm    $401    DRAX 3063 200  Full

Jan 11-Feb 8    (5 weeks)   Saturdays    9am-12pm & 12:30-3:30pm    $401    DRAX 3063 201  Full

Feb 14-Mar 13  (5 weeks)  Fridays    1:00-6:00pm    $401    DRAX 3063 202  1 space left

Apr 23-May 21  (5 weeks)  Thursdays   2:00-5:00pm  $401  DRAX 3063

Apr 24-May 15  (4 weeks)  Fridays    1:30-4:30pm    $321    DRAX 3063 203

Apr 25-May 16  (4 weeks)  Saturdays  9am-12pm & 12:30-3:30pm    $321    DRAX 3063 204