BEGINNING TO ADVANCED BEGINNING CLASSES

 

NEW CLASS THIS SUMMER ONLY!  Introducing. . . .

BEGINNING STAGE COMBAT 

Led by Toby Minor

This class will give students the basic knowledge of how to create the illusion of violence for stage and film, both safely and believably. The class will move through techniques for various actions including but not limited to punches, kicks, throws, slaps, hair pulls, chokes, etc.  Students will also gain physical strength and stamina through bodyweight work and stretching exercises.Stage combat focuses on physical storytelling. Partnering skills for safety will be emphasized. Students will explore fight techniques in genres of Drama, Comedy and Slapstick. All work in this class are techniques sanctioned by the Society of American Fight Directors (S.A.F.D.).

Jun 13-Jul 25   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX-3061-300 

(No class July 4)

Portrait by Steve Rogers Photography

 

ACTING FOR FILM 

Led by Brittany Flurry

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.

May 29-Jul 3   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays    6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3010 300  This class is Full – Consider Beginning Acting for Film & Stage – June 5

Jul 10-Aug 14   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3010 301   

Brittany’s Syllabus

 

BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE

Led by Rick Roemer

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.

Jun 5-Jul 10   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAM 3034 300   

Jun 25-Jul 30  (6 weeks)  Mondays   6:30-9:30pm      $191     DRAM 3034 301   

 

THE CREATIVITY OF ACTING

Led by Babs George

This is a beginning to advanced beginning class that focuses on delineating the function of left and right hemispheres of the brain for the purpose of learning how to access creative and intuitive impulses, thus strengthening one’s acting. Imagination exercises, improvisation and cold reading from stage and film scripts will be used to explore this process. The hope is to free the actor from the left-brain chatter in the “moment of acting.”

Jul 16-Aug 13   (5 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $171   DRAM 3001 300  

Creativity Syllabus

 

IMPROVISATION 

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.

May 30-Jun 27   (5 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $171   DRAX 4042 300

Jul 11-Aug 8   (5 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $171   DRAX 4042 301

Improvisation Syllabus

 

ACTING I & II FOR FILM & STAGE

1st session led by Brittany Flurry, 2nd session led by Paula Russell at ACC South Austin Campus

This course is for students with previous acting training, as well as students new to acting.  Students will learn how to establish meaningful and honest relationships through the art of active listening and responding. Warm-ups and improvisation will be used to unleash imagination and creative impulses, accessing emotional life.  Scene study is from film & stage scripts.

Jun 7-Jul 12   (6 weeks)   Thursdays   11am-2pm   $191   DRAX 3033 300   

Jun 16-Jul 21   (6 weeks)  Saturdays   10am-1pm   $191   DRAX 3033 301   

Acting I & II Syllabus

 

THE PHYSICAL ACTOR 

Led by Rebecca Whitehurst

This movement-oriented course is a playground for both actors and non-actors to feel more comfortable, strong and creative in their body. Class begins with students’ Spotify playlist with a warm-up that energizes, aligns, stretches, and strengthens followed by exercises to reduce physical tension and increase body awareness. The bulk of the work investigates different techniques of how to be physically creative while acting– connecting emotion and intention with movement. The semester includes three projects: The Physical Monologue, Creating Full-Bodied Character and Moving as an Ensemble. Students walk away with greater ease, strength, and playfulness in their own unique instrument.

Jun 26-Jul 31   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX 3052 300

The Physical Actor Syllabus

 

ACTING FOR FILM II

Led by Nick Stevenson

This class is for students with previous film acting training. The instructor focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty and vulnerability. The emphasis is on energy, personal power, personality, and enjoyment. The students’ work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Suggested prerequisite: Two or more beginning acting classes, Acting II for Film & Stage, or other previous acting training/experience.

Jun 19-Jul 24   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX 3003 300     

Nick’s Syllabus

 

ACTING II FOR FILM & STAGE

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.

May 31-Jun 28  (5 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $171   DRAM 9002 300  

 

 

SCENE STUDY

Led by Rick Roemer

All good acting is based on spontaneous impulse. All good acting should seem as if it is essentially improvisational in nature. All good acting is based on the premise that acting is essentially reacting. Actors will continue to learn the fundamentals of responding to the truth of the moment in the imaginary circumstances of a script by working on dynamic scenes and characters from realistic plays.This is an intermediate class. Maximum of 10 students. Instructor approval required. Email resume or acting training and experience to: theactorsschool@austincc.edu

Jul 5-Aug 9  (6 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX 3057 300 

Rick’s Syllabus

 

ACTING AND THE BIZ  

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. 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.

Jul 28    (1 week)   Saturday   10-3pm   $61   DRAX 3034 300

Biz Syllabus

 


INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED CLASSES

ROLLING! ACTING FOR CAMERA

Led by Nick Stevenson

This ongoing intermediate to advanced 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 their on-camera acting technique, cold reading skills, and gaining greater ease in the audition environment. Through consistent work in front of the camera, actors learn how to make choices, evaluate their work and become more confident in the demands of the camera. Maximum of 10 students. Instructor approval required. Email headshot and resume to: theactorsschool@austincc.edu

Jun 4-Jul 9  (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $191   DRAX 3045 300

Jun 15-Jul 20  (6 weeks)   Fridays  11am-2pm   $191   DRAX 3045 302

Jul 16-Aug 13   (5 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $171   DRAX 3045 301

Rolling! Syllabus

 


VOICE CLASSES

SPEAKING VOICE WITH RADIO THEATER 

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 tuition.

Jun 21-Aug 9   (8 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $246   DRAM 3019 300 

Speaking Voice Syllabus

(Photo from Zach Scott’s production of HARVEY with Martin Burke & Mj Vandivier)

 

DIALECTS FOR FILM & STAGE     

Led by Mj Vandivier

The Summer offers French 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. 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. There is a $15 materials fee included in tuition.

Jul 16-Aug 13   (5 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $181   DRAX 3017 300
Dialects Syllabus

 

ACCENT REDUCTION  

Led by Mj Vandivier

Is your accent limiting your 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 tuition.
Jun 4-Jul 9   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $181   DRAX 3024 300

Accent Reduction Syllabus

 

FOUNDATIONS OF SINGING  Class is Full with a Wait List

Led by Adam Roberts

This course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning to advanced-beginning singer. Throughout our six class meetings, 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.

May 19-Jun 23  (6 weeks)   Saturdays   1:30-3:30pm   $146   DRAX 3038 201     

Foundations Syllabus

 

ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE

Led by Adam Roberts

This musical theatre intensive will provide a rigorous, workshop experience for advanced participants. Our 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. We’ll focus on 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.

May 19-Jun 23  (6 weeks)   Saturdays   10:30am-1pm   $226   DRAX 4040 202

   

Advanced MT Syllabus

 

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 or theactorsschool@austincc.edu