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Classes for Ages 18 and up

BEGINNING TO ADVANCED BEGINNING ACTING CLASSES

ACTING FOR FILM

 led by Tony Sears

This is a beginning to an 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 highly 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.

Jun 22 – Jul 27   (6 weeks)    Tuesdays    6:30-8:30pm    $141   DRAM  3010 300  Class is full! Taking Waitlist

Tony’s Acting for Film Syllabus

 

Claire McAdams Photography

BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE

June 24th session led by Brittany Flurry,  July 22nd session 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.

Jun 24 – Jul 29    (6 weeks)   Thursdays       6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAM 3034 301 One spot just opened up!

July 22 – Aug 26  (6 weeks)  Thursdays        6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAM 3034 302 

Ricks Beginning Acting Syllabus

Brittany’s 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.

Jun 12 – Jul 17  (6 weeks)  Saturdays  10:00-12 Noon  $141   DRAM 3034 300  Class has filled

Paula’s Beginning Acting Syllabus

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.

Jun 15 – Jul 20   (6 weeks)  Tuesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141  DRAX 4042 300. Class is full! Taking Waitlist

John’s Improv Syllabus

 

THE CREATIVITY OF ACTING

led by Babs George

One spot just opened!

This is a beginning to advanced beginning class that focuses on delineating the function of the 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.”

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

Jul 8 – Aug 12   (6 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAM 3001 300

 

Craig Nigh as Hill- Fear the Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

PAGE TO PERFORMANCE –Canceled for the summer-back in the Fall!

led by Craig Nigh

This class is a must for film and television actors, particularly for auditions. The 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 capabilities with computer or table.

Craig’s Page to Performance Syllabus


INTERMEDIATE ACTING CLASSES

 

SCRIPT ANALYSIS –This class has been canceled

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 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.

Jun 21 – Aug 2   (6 weeks)   Mondays  6:30-8:30pm  $141  DRAX 3075 300

Rick’s 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 is included.

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

Jul 31 & Aug 7   (2 weeks)   Saturdays   10am-12:30pm   $81   DRAX 3034 300  

Paula’s 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. 

Jul 7 – Aug 8   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   7:00-9:30   $176   DRAM 9002 300 

Rick’s Acting 2 Syllabus

 

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.

May 26-July 30   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays  6:30-8:30   $141       DRAX 3003 202   Class is full!

Jul 15 – Aug 19   (6 weeks)   Thursdays      6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAX 3003 300

Tony’s Acting for Film II Syllabus

 

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. 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.

Jul 27 – Aug 31  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAX 3081 300

John’s Improv II Syllabus

 

SELF TAPING YOUR AUDITION

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.

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

Aug 3-Sept 7  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAX 3046 301 


VOICEOVER, 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 7 – Jul 19   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-8:30   $156   DRAX 3068 300  (No class 7/5) Class is full!  Taking waitlist

Jun 9 – Jul 14  (6 weeks)  Wednesdays  6:30-8:30  $156  DRAX 3068 301 Class is full! Taking waitlist

July 6 – Aug 10   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-8:30   $156   DRAX 3068 310  New section!

 

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.

Jul 26 – Aug 30   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-8:30pm   $156   DRAX 4053 300  

 

THE ACTING VOICE AND RADIO THEATRE  – Class Canceled

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.

Jun 16 – Aug 4   (8 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $186   DRAM 3019 300 

Mj’s Acting Voice and Radio Theatre Syllabus

 

ACCENTS FOR FILM & STAGE  

led by Mj Vandivier

This course introduces two important accents used for stage, film, television and video games. The Summer offering is Brooklynese 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 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.

Jul 19 – Aug 23   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-8:30pm   $141   DRAX 3065 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!

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

Jun 10- Jul 1   (4 weeks)  Thursdays  6-8pm  $96   DRAX 3050 300


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.

Jun 8 – Jul 13   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6-8pm  $141   DRAX 3070 300 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE INDUSTRY SEMINAR

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.

Aug 5 – Aug 19   (3 weeks)   Thursdays   6-8:30pm   $91   DRAX 4045 300 

 

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: booking@adamkroberts.com

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


Jun 7 – Jun 21   (3 weeks)   $241   DRAX 3063 300

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

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


Jul 7 – Aug 4   (5 weeks)    $401   DRAX 3063 301 

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

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


Aug 9 – Aug 23   (3 weeks)   $241   DRAX 3063 302

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

Contact Tyler, booking@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 at theactorsschool@austincc.edu

 

Where our classes are held:

CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY FOR SUMMER 2021

Primarily at ACC Highland Campus – Bldg 4000 in our Studio space – Fall 2021

Northridge Campus Bldg 3000 – Fall 2021

South Austin Campus – In classrooms