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All classes online for Summer 2020 – 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.

 

TONY SEARS is back!  And we are so happy to have him!

For Intermediate Actors interested in Film/TV, check out his class!

ACTING FOR FILM II Class canceled until the Fall – Sign up now for fall session

Led by Tony Sears

This class is for students with previous film acting training. The instructor focuses on achieving an honest and vulnerable performance for the screen. 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.

 

 

Classes for Ages 18 and up

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED BEGINNING CLASSES

ACTING FOR FILM Full

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 exercises and scene study from film and television scripts.  Some videotaping and playback will be used for critique.

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

June 16-July 21   (6 weeks)  Tuesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAM  3010 


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.  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.

July 16-Aug 20 (6 weeks)  Thursdays   6:30-8:30pm  $161   DRAM 3034 302  CLASS FULL

Aug 4-Sep 8    (6 weeks)     Tuesday     6:30-8:30pm   $161   DRAM 3034 303   NEW CLASS – one space available

Ricks Beginning Acting Syllabus

 

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA  

led by Paula Russell

This class is for Beginning to Intermediate students.

Through specific, unique, personal choices learn to raise your character’s stakes and energize “moment-to-moment” work. Athletic Alert Relaxation heightens listening, unleashes creative impulses, deepens your intuition, and sharpens the analytical skills necessary to quickly breakdown a scene or monologue. Morgan Freeman: “Stillness. It’s what I learn from all the greats that I work with. That’s All. And it’s the hardest thing.”  There will be short film scenes. Slating and auditioning for the camera may be included as needed.  Six online group classes and one private coaching session per person.

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

July 14 – Aug 18  (6 weeks)  Tuesdays  6:30-8:30PM   $151   DRAX 3077 300  

 

IMPROVISATION –Full!

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

June 17-Aug 5  (8 weeks)  Wednesdays  7:00-8:30pm  $141  DRAX 4042

 

PAGE TO PERFORMANCE

Led by Craig Nigh

This class is a must for film and television actors, particularly for auditions!  This 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.  This class also focuses on a connection (with another actor or reader), and basic camera technique.  Scenes are recorded for playback and critique.  
Limited to 8 students.  Online platform: Zoom  *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

July 9-Aug 13    (6 weeks)    Thursdays     10am-Noon    $136      DRAX 3062 300

Page to Performance Syllabus

 

ACTING 2 FOR FILM & STAGE  FULL 

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. 

July 15-Aug 19 ( 6 weeks)    Wednesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141     DRAM 9002 

Rick’s Acting 2 Syllabus

 

SCRIPT ANALYSIS – Full

led by Rick Roemer

You’ve got the part! Congratulations. Your script is all clean and pretty. What’s the first thing you should do? Read the script, of course! But what about after that? How about some script analysis? By reading various types of short plays, Script Analysis will give you a comprehensive foundation to build on for character development, uncovering previous action, determining given circumstances and unlocking beats of action, as well as understanding genres of writing. Follow these steps and you can begin rehearsal with confidence. Get familiar with your character, get familiar with the text. It’s time to work!

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

June 4-July 9  (6 weeks)  Thursdays  7:00-9:00pm   $126   DRAX 3075 310

Script Analysis Syllabus


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.

Aug 1 & Aug 8  (2 weeks)   Saturdays    10am-Noon      $76    DRAX 3034 300  2 spots left

Acting & the Biz Syllabus

 


INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED CLASSES

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 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, 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.

July 2-30 (5 weeks)    Thursdays   6:30-8:30pm   $126   DRAX 4023 300   


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. 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.

Jun 1-July 6   (6 weeks)    Mondays   6:30-8:30   $141   DRAX 3068 310 FULL

Jun 16-July 21 (6 weeks)  Tuesdays   6:30-8:30   $141   DRAX 3068 311 

 

INTRO TO VOICEOVER Class is Full! 

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.

July 13-Aug 17  (6 weeks)    Mondays   6:30-8:30   $141


ACCENTS FOR FILM & STAGE   –Class is Full! 

Led by Mj Vandivier

This course introduces two important Accents used for Stage, Film, Television and Video Games. The Summer offering is Brooklynese (New York) 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. This streamlined Lessac approach to dialects 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.

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.

June 3-July 8    (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:00-8:00pm   $141      DRAX 3065 300 


SPEAKING VOICE WITH RADIO THEATRE  Sign up for the fall now!

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.

 

ACCENT REDUCTION

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.

July 22-August 26   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:00-8:00pm    $141     DRAX 3024 300

 

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.

July 29-Aug 19 (4 weeks)   Wednesdays  7:00-9:00PM      $86   DRAX 3050 301

 


ALL THINGS SINGING AND MUSIC ORIENTED

INTERMEDIATE MUSIC THEORY 

led by Adam Roberts

Looking to take your music literacy and theory skills to the next level? If so, this course is for you! We’ll cover chord progressions, voice leading, an introduction to score analysis, and the basics of instrumentation and orchestration.

Prerequisite: A working knowledge of music reading that includes basic identification of note names, keys, time signatures, and major/minor scales, -or- completion of our Demystifying Music Theory course. 

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

June 2-July 7   (6 weeks)      Tuesdays       7:00-9:00pm    $101


BROADWAY MUSICALS: A HISTORY TOUR 

led by Adam Roberts

From Annie to Wicked and (almost) everything in between

Led by Adam Roberts

This course is for Broadway fans looking for an entertaining tour through the history of musical theatre, as well as singer-actors seeking to expand their knowledge of the musical theatre repertoire.  We’ll take a journey deep into the chronicles of musicals as we delve into shows from the well-known to the obscure, with plenty of emphasis on Broadway writers and their work. From Rodgers & Hammerstein to Sondheim, Tesori, and Miranda, students will embark together on a musical theatre adventure.

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

June 18-July 23  (6 weeks)  Thursdays   7:00-9:00pm   $126   DRAX 4049 301

 

STRENGTHEN YOUR SINGING VOICE – Canceled

Led by Adam Roberts

Whether you sing on the stage or in the shower, our online space provides a great environment for strengthening your singing voice. With supportive instruction from esteemed vocal coach Adam Roberts, singers at all levels will gain invaluable insight and growth while focusing on technique and rep in a variety of contemporary commercial styles — musical theatre, jazz, pop, folk, or others — according to students’ goals. This class is appropriate for singers at beginning through intermediate levels.

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

July 14-Aug 18 (6 weeks)   Tuesdays    7:00-9:00pm    $141    NEW                     

 

MUSICAL THEATRE INDUSTRY SEMINAR – Canceled – to be reinstated when theatres begin to open.

Led by Adam Roberts

Are you a musical theatre performer looking to up your audition game, churn out a dynamic resume, or discuss the industry’s latest trends? Or maybe you’re a musical theatre fan who’s interested in a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the pursuit of a life in the musical theatre. Either way, look no further than our Musical Theatre Industry Seminar. Led by theatre director, vocal coach, and conductor Adam Roberts, we’ll delve into the past, present, and future or the musical theatre industry, all while addressing audition materials, tips, and tricks that should be part of every MT performer’s tool kit.

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

July 30-Aug 20  (4 weeks)   Thursdays   7:00-9:00PM   $81

 

Adam Roberts teaching a private online singing class with Babs George. Hmmm. They dressed alike!

PRIVATE COACHING IN MUSICAL THEATRE AND CONTEMPORARY VOICE

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.

June 11-July 9 (5 weeks)   Thursdays    1:00-6:00pm   $376  DRAX 3063  311 Full

June 12-July 10 (4 weeks)   Fridays       2:00-6:00pm   $301   DRAX 3063  301  Full

June 13-July 11 (4 weeks)   Saturdays  10am-5:30pm  $301   DRAX 3063  302  Full

July 16-Aug 13 (5 weeks)   Thursdays   2:00-6:00pm   $376   DRAX 3063  303  One space available

July 17-Aug 14 (5 weeks)   Fridays       1:30-4:30pm     $376  DRAX 3063  304  Full

July 18-Aug 15 (5 weeks)   Saturdays  1:30-3:30pm     $376   DRAX  3063  305   Full

To enroll in an hour-long session during one of the time slots listed above, please email Adam directly at info@adamrobertsvoice.com.

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

 

Where our classes are held:

CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY FOR SUMMER 2020

FALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD ONLINE per ACC–Social Distancing and mask wearing impossible for acting/singing/speaking voice classes.

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