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






 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.

May 28-Jun 25   (5 weeks)   Tuesdays    6:30-9:30pm    $171    DRAM 3010 300 

Jun 19-Jul 24    (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201    DRAM 3010 301  

Craig’s Acting for Film Syllabus


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)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAM 3034 300  FULL

Jun 17-Jul 22  (6 weeks)   Mondays        6:30-9:30pm    $201  DRAM 3034 301  NEW!       

Beginning Acting Syllabus 


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.

June 5-Jun 26   (4 weeks)   Wednesdays   10am-1pm   $136   DRAX 3062 301

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

Jul 2-Aug 6   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 4042 301

Improvisation Syllabus




Led by Paula Russell at the South Austin location

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 15-Jul 20      (6 weeks)   Saturdays         11am-2pm                    $201             DRAX 3033 300

Paula’s Syllabus – Acting I & 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 11-Jul 16   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3003 300                  

Nick’s Syllabus Film II




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.

Jul 9-Aug 6   (5 weeks)   Tuesdays    6:30-9:30pm   $171   DRAM 9002 300     



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 11-Aug 8  (5 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm   $171   DRAM 3001 300     

Creativity Syllabus



Led by Toby Minor

This class will cover unarmed combat and basic knife work for stage and/or screen. Stage combat focuses on physical

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storytelling.   Included are techniques for various actions including punches, kicks, throws, rolls and falls, and safe, close-quarter, unarmed physicality (grappling, hair pulls, choking, etc).  Knife handling (slashes, cuts, stabs and wounds etc.) will be addressed in this session.  Partnering skills for safety will be emphasized. All work in this class are techniques sanctioned by the Society of American Fight Directors (S.A.F.D.). Please wear clothing that you can move freely in, and closed toe shoes (sneakers preferably) and bring plenty of water.

June 3-Jul 8     (6 weeks)  Mondays       6:30-9:30pm            $201          




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.




Led by Nick Stevenson

This 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 film acting technique, strengthening actor’s intuition, and gaining greater ease in the audition environment. Through consistent on-camera work, actors learn how to evaluate material and make choices. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique. Maximum of 10 students. Instructor approval required. Email headshot and resume to: theactorsschool@austincc.edu

Jul 15-Aug 12    (5 weeks)  Mondays        6:30-9:30pm            $171          DRAX 3059 301

On Deck Syllabus




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.

Look for this class in the Fall 2019



Led by Babs George
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 and scene work, 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 beginning 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, I will help you find one. Monologues: 1 to 1 1/2 minutes in length. Class size limited to 8 students. 

Jul 10-Aug 7     (5 weeks)    Wednesday      6:30-9:30pm       $171     DRAX 4023 300

Shakespeare Syllabus




Led by Cliff Miller

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, you will learn a simple, proven methodology to modify accent usage, reduce unwanted regionalisms, and strengthen overall speech. Limited to 8 students.

Jun 3-Jul 1  (5 weeks)               Mondays           6:30-9:30pm      $201    DRAX 3024 300

Accent Reduction Syllabus



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.

July 3-Aug 7  (6 weeks)    Wednesdays      6:30-9:30pm    $201    DRAX 3064 300



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.

Jul 13-Aug 10  (5 weeks)   Saturdays      2-5pm                     $171          DRAX 3038 300    



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.

Jul 6-Aug 10  (6 weeks)  Saturdays   10am-1 pm   $246  DRAX 4040  300




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

Jun 14- 28  (3–1hr. sessions)       Fridays       2:00-6:00pm     $241     DRAX 3063 300

June 15-29   (3–1hr. sessions)    Saturdays        1-6pm            $241     DRAX 3063 301

Jul 11-Aug 8 (5–1hr. sessions)    Thursdays  1:30-5:30pm     $400     DRAX 3063 304 

Jul 12-Aug 9 (5–1hr. sessions)     Friday        2:00-6:00pm     $400     DRAX 3063 303 




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