Registration Open!  Classes fill fast!

All classes online for Spring 2021 – Zoom Platform

To reach us contact:  theactorsschool@austincc.edu

Registering and Paying early is the only way to guarantee a spot in any class.  Go to our Menu and under Registration – fill out the information and submit. This is only preliminary information.  It does not register you for the class.

You need to have a personal zoom account in order to connect with the ACC Zoom account.

 

Classes for Ages 18 and up

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED BEGINNING ACTING & DIRECTING CLASSES

 

ACTING FOR FILM

led by Tony Sears

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 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.

Jan 12 – Feb 16   (6 weeks)  Tuesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAM  3010-200

Mar 2 – Apr 13     (6 weeks)  Tuesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAM  3010-201

 

BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE

Claire McAdams Photography

led by Rick Roemer

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.

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

Jan 13 – Feb 17  (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-8:30pm  $141   DRAM 3034-201

Feb 1 – Mar 8      (6 weeks)   Mondays         6:30-8:30pm  $141   DRAM 3034-202

Apr 20 – May 25  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays        6:30-9:30pm  $141   DRAM 3034-203

Ricks Beginning Acting Syllabus

 

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.

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

Jan 9 – Feb 13  (6 weeks)  Saturdays  10:00-12 Noon  $141   DRAM 3034-200

 

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.

Limited to 10 students. Online platform: Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Jan 27 -Mar 3 (6 weeks)  Wednesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141  DRAX 4042-200

Apr 8 – May 13 (6 weeks)   Thursdays    6:30-8:30pm    $141  DRAX 4042-201

 

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 I. Students who have taken introductory improv classes elsewhere may be eligible to take this class at the instructor’s discretion.

Limited to 10 students. Online platform: Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Mar 24 – Apr 28  (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAX 3081 210

 

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 bystep process for examining scripts quickly and thoroughly.  Having a clear perception of 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 reader0, and basic camera technique. Scenes are recorded for playback and critique.

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

Feb 20 & Feb 27  (2 weeks)  Saturdays  10:00-2:00pm  $96  DRAX 3062-200

 

INTERMEDIATE ACTING CLASSES

ACTING AND THE BIZ

Be in the “know” about your business

led by Paula Russell

Students will learn what makes a great headshot 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 members. PLUS a private online session with Paula has included.

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

Mar 6 & Mar 13 (2 weeks)   Saturdays    10am-Noon      $76    DRAX 3034-200  

Acting & the Biz Syllabus

 

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

Mar 24 – May 12 ( 8 weeks)    Wednesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $176    DRAM 9002-200

Rick’s Acting 2 Syllabus

 

SELF TAPING FOR AUDITIONSNEW CLASS!

led by Tony Sears

For years, the Film and Television industry has been conducting more and more auditions via “self tape,” and during the current health crisis, 100% of auditions are now being self taped and submitted by actors! …Which means actors have far more control over their auditions, but it also means actors shoulder additional responsibilities beyond simple audition prep. This course covers the technical how-to’s of self taping – 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. For actors with previous training and/or experience.

Apr 8 – May 13  (6 weeks)  Thursdays  6:30-8:30pm  $141  


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.

Jan 28 – Mar 4    (6 weeks)  Thursdays  6:30-8:30pm  $141  DRAX 3003-201

Apr 19 – May 24  (6 weeks)  Mondays    6:30-8:30pm  $141  DRAX 3003-200

 

SHAKESPEARE’S VERSE

led by Babs George

The Merry Wives of Windsor- Austin Shakespeare

This class is for the actor interested in unveiling the mysteries of Shakespeare’s verse by understanding the meter, poetic forms and rhetoric Shakespeare so deftly employed.  Using monologues, the students will have an opportunity to shape their character’s intentions, passions and thoughts through understanding the structure of the verse line.  This class is for intermediate to advanced acting students who may be new to Shakespeare.

If you have a monologue you’d like to work on, bring to the first class, otherwise, the instructor will help you find one.  Monologues: 1-2 minutes in length. There will be one private coaching session with each student. Class size limited to 8 students.

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

Apr 6 – May 11  (6 weeks) Tuesdays  6:30-8:30pm   $141  DRAX 4023-200

 

DIRECTING

INTRO TO DIRECTING FOR THE THEATRE

led by Adam Roberts

This course serves as an introduction to the process of directing a stage production. Some of the components of the director’s work to be covered include show selection, the casting process, script study and interpretation, read-throughs and table work, blocking rehearsals, design elements and production meetings, the technical process, dress rehearsal and previews, and opening night. If you’ve ever wondered about the directorial process in the theatre, this course will give you with a foundational understanding.

Mar 29 – May 17 ( 8 weeks)   Mondays    6:30-8:30pm   $175   DRAX 3082- 210

 

 

VOICEOVER, SPEAKING VOICE & ACCENTS

ACTING VOICE AND 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.

Jan 21 – Mar 11 (8 weeks)  Thursdays  6:30-8:30pm  $186  DRAM 3019-200


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. 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.

Jan 26 – Mar 2   (6 weeks)    Tuesdays   6:30-8:30   $156   DRAX 3068-200

Mar 23 – Apr 27 (6 weeks)  Tuesdays   6:30-8:30   $156   DRAX 3068-201 

 

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 1. 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. Quality recorded and produced voiceover “auditions” 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 one private coaching session per person.

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

Feb 1 – Mar 8  (6 weeks)      Mondays   6:30-8:30pm   $156   DRAX 4053-200

May 4 – June 8 (6 weeks)    Tuesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $156   DRAX 4053-201


ACCENT MODIFICATION

Do you want to soften your regional accent? This class is for actors and non-actors. 

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 to lose yours because it’s part of your identity. Certified Lessac Voice and 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 dialect. It is not difficult. It simply takes commitment, and incorporation into daily speech. Limited to 6 students.

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

Mar 22 – Apr 26  (6 weeks)   Monddays   6:30-8:30pm    $141     DRAX 3024 300-200


ACCENTS FOR FILM & STAGE  

led by Mj Vandivier

This course introduces two important accents used for stage, film, television and video games. The Spring offering is a standard Southern Accent and German. 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.  Best to have a recording device such as your phone, as well as a computer or tablet. Limited to 8 students.

Apr 1 – May 6 (6 weeks)  Thursdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141      DRAX 3065-200 

 


MOVEMENT AND THE BODY

BALANCE, BREATH, AND THE PERFORMER’S INSTRUMENT  

led by Adam Roberts

Whether you’re an actor, musician, athlete, or speaker, this online workshop series will lead you through a variety of experiences focused on grounding and centering, efficient movement, connection to breath, and physical awareness. We’ll explore ways to integrate your breath, voice, and biomechanics while staying active from home. Enhance your virtual yoga, meditation, or Pilates class with this breath-and-balance workshop geared specifically toward the needs of high-performers!

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

Jan 25 – Mar 1 (4 weeks)   Mondays  6:30-8:30pm     $141   DRAX 3050-200 


ALL THINGS MUSIC & SINGING

INTRO TO MUSIC THEORY

led by Adam Roberts

What key is this in… and what’s a key, anyway?
 
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.
Jan 16 – Feb 20      (6 weeks)     Saturday    10:30am-12:30pm  $141   DRAX 3070-200 

 

 

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: info@adamrobertsvoice.com

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

Jan 15 – Feb 13 (5 weeks)     $401  DRAX 3063-200/201

Book lessons for once a week for 5 weeks.  (5 lessons)

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

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Feb 26 – Mar 13 (3 weeks)     $241   DRAX 3063-202/203 

Book lessons for once a week for 3 weeks.  (3 lessons)

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

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Mar 26 – Apr 24 (5 weeks)   $401  DRAX 3063-204 /205

Book lessons for once a week for 5 weeks.  (5 lessons)

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

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May 7 – May 22 (3 weeks)   $241  DRAS 3063-206/207

Book lessons for once a week for 3 weeks.  (3 lessons)

Contact Adam, info@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. 512.223.7219 (7220) or theactorsschool@austincc.edu

 

Where our classes are held:

CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY FOR SPRING 2021

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