Here’s what’s coming this summer. . . .

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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.

June 9-July 14 (6 weeks)  Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm  $201 DRAM 3010 300

July 21-Aug 18 (5 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $171  DRAM 3010 301


1st and 3rd  session led by Rick Roemer, at Highland Campus – 2nd  session on Saturday led by Paula Russell  at the South Austin Campus

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 1-Jul 6  (6 weeks)   Mondays    6:30-9:30pm  $201     DRAM 3034 300   

Jun 13-Jul 25 (6 weeks)   Saturdays   10am-1pm   $201     DRAM 3034 301 (South Austin) 

July 16-Aug 20 (6 weeks)  Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm  $201   DRAM 3034 302  

General Beginning Acting 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.

July 15-Aug 19 (6 weeks)    Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3003 300                      



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.

July 8-Aug 19 (7 weeks)    Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $231   DRAM 9002 300    




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:

Jul 13-Aug 17 (6 weeks)    Mondays  6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 3058 300       



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: 1-2 minutes in length. Class size limited to 8 students.

July 13-Aug 17 (6 weeks)    Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $201   DRAX 4023 300    



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. 

Jun 2-July 21 (8 weeks)    Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $281   DRAM 3019 300

Speaking Voice w/ Radio Theatre Syllabus



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 tuition.

June 3-July 8 (6 weeks)    Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm    $216   DRAX 3065 300    



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.

Jul 20-Aug 17 (5 weeks)    Mondays   6:30-9:30   $171   DRAX 3068 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.

July 2-Jul 30 (5 weeks)    Saturdays    6:30-9:30pm   $171   DRAX 3038 300  


led by Adam Roberts

This class is for singer-actors seeking new material for auditions, as well as Broadway fans looking for an entertaining tour through the history of musical theatre! 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 composers, lyricists, book writers, and their work. From Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim and Tesori to Miranda, students will embark together on a musical theatre adventure!

June 9-June 30 (4 weeks)  Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $101   DRAX 4049 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:

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

June 11-July 9 (5 weeks)   Thursdays    2:00-6:00pm   $401  DRAX 3063  300 

June 12-July 10 (4 weeks)   Fridays       2:00-6:00pm   $321   DRAX 3063  301

June 13-July 11 (4 weeks)   Saturdays  10am-5:30pm  $321   DRAX 3063  302

July 16-Aug 13 (5 weeks)   Thursdays   2:00-6:00pm   $401   DRAX 3063  303

July 17-Aug 14 (5 weeks)   Fridays       1:30-4:30pm     $401  DRAX 3063  304

July 18-Aug 15 (5 weeks)   Saturdays  1:30-3:30pm     $401   DRAX  3063  305



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.

Jun 11-Jun 25 (3 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:30pm    $106   DRAX 3050 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.

July 18-Aug 15 (5 weeks)    Saturdays  10:00am-1:00 pm   $211   DRAX 4040  300




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


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