Summer 2022 Registration (for Ages 18 & up)
Registration for Summer began April 4, 2022. PRE-REGISTER SOON so you can get the classes you want before they fill.
The only way to secure your spot in our small, affordable classes is to register and pay before others do.
Please click on Registration, fill out the form and submit, then we’ll email you the steps to complete the process.
Classes that have a campus noted are face-to-face. For Online/Zoom classes, please be sure to update your Zoom!
BEGINNING TO ADVANCED-BEGINNING ACTING CLASSES
BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE
led by Paula Russel, Rick Roemer, Babs George, and Cliff Miller
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 “break down” a scene from a play for film.
June 7 – July 12 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm $216 DRAM 3034 304 Highland Campus (Babs) Class is full!
June 8 – July 13 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm $216 DRAM 3034 300 Highland Campus (Rick) Class is full!
Limited to 12 students
June 23 – July 28 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm $181 DRAM 3034 311 Online/Zoom (Brittany) Online class Canceled
Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
July 13 – August 17 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 11:00am-2:00pm $216 DRAM 3034 302 Highland Campus (Rick)
Limited to 12 students. Class is full!
July 14 – August 18 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm $216 DRAM 3034 305 Northridge Campus (Cliff)
Limited to 12 students.
July 16 – August 20 (6 weeks) Saturdays 10:30am-1:00pm $181 DRAM 3034 301 South Austin Campus (Paula)
Limited to 10 students Class is full!
ACTING FOR FILM
led by Tony Sears
This is a beginning-to-intermediate class focusing on acting for the camera. It is highly suggested that you have had at least a basic acting class before joining. The emphasis is on developing a naturalistic acting style through connection, honesty, vulnerability, and following intuitive impulses. 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. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
May 31 – July 5, 2022 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm $156 DRAM 3010 310 Online/Zoom
June 16 – July 21, 2022 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm $156 DRAM 3010 311 Online/Zoom
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 — 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 12 students.
June 9 – July 21, 2022 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm $181 DRAX 4042 301 Highland Campus (No class June 30) – Class is full
led by Paula Russell
This class will give actors the opportunity to improve their audition technique with monologues for both film & stage! Working deeply on monologues strengthens one’s acting, and exercises the imagination and the ability to surrender to the character’s circumstances. Auditioning on tape, as well as live, will be addressed as well as when and where one uses monologues. Some skills covered include character study, high-stakes objectives, and entrances/exits.
Once registered and paid, the student will receive links from the instructor to help find monologues of their choice. Early registration will give students time to find potential monologue(s). Late registrants must be prepared to bring in at least one monologue to work on the first class. Limited to 8 students. June 4 – July 9, 2022 (6 weeks) Saturdays 10:00-12:30pm $181 DRAX 3086 310 Online/Zoom
SCRIPT ANALYSIS – This class is canceled. It will be offered in the future.
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 after that? By reading various types of short plays, Script Analysis will give you a comprehensive foundation to build on for character development, uncovering previous actions, 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! Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
INTERMEDIATE ACTING CLASSES
ACTING II FOR FILM & STAGE
led by Rick Roemer & Babs George
This is 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 10 students
June 6 – July 18 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30 $216 DRAM 9002 300 Highland Campus (no class July 4) Class is full!
July 19 – Aug 23 July 26-Aug 30 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 $216 DRAM 9002 302 Highland Campus (Babs) Date changes! Class is full!
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. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
July 19 – August 23, 2022 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 $156 DRAX 3003 310 Online/Zoom Class is full!
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 scenes 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 12 students
July 28 – September 1 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm $181 DRAX 3081 300 Highland Campus
ACTION! BUILDING A CAREER IN FILM & TELEVISION
led by Tony Sears
Students should have prior training and confidence in their craft. This class is designed to give actors the tools and the confidence to go out and compete in the marketplace. It deals with both The Business of Acting and Self-taping your Audition. It covers headshots that “work,” building a resume and demo reel, self-promotion, approaching agents, and more. Self-taping will involve the technical how-tos such as: 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. Students should already have prior acting training and be ready to audition in the real world. Students will need one device (camera, phone, etc) to shoot their scene and a separate device to read with another actor over FaceTime/Zoom, etc.
Limited to 10 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet— one device (camera, phone, or tablet) to shoot the scene and a separate device to read with another actor over Facetime/Zoom; updated (free) Zoom account.
July 28 – September 8 (7 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm $176 DRAX 3083 310 Online/Zoom
This course is available with instructor approval. Students are expected to have had Acting II or other comparable training. Ongoing Scene Study is the best opportunity for actors to flex their acting muscles and refine their craft on a consistent basis — a weekly workout to be ready when the opportunity arises. Students will test their performance abilities in a safe and playful environment. Through working on realistic scenes both comedic and dramatic, actors discover their strengths and weaknesses with the help of a trained teacher’s eye. Limited to 8 students.
July 25 – August 29 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30pm $216 DRAX 3084 300 Highland Campus
Class is full!
Rick’s Ongoing Scene Study Syllabus
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. Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
June 6 – July 18 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:00-8:30pm $181 DRAX 3068 310 Online/Zoom
Class is full!
June 21 – July 26 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm $181 DRAX 3068 311 Online/Zoom
Class is full! Taking Waitlist
INTRODUCTION 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. 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. Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
July 25 – August 29, 2022 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:00-8:30pm $181 DRAX 4053 310 Online/Zoom Class is Full! Taking waitlist
led by Cliff Miller
This course introduces two important accents (used) for stage, film, television, and video games. In the fall we’re offering Irish and New York accents. Through Knight-Thompson Speechwork, a new standard-bearing approach to speech, students will acquire the skills to convincingly perform these accents. Areas of focus include developing the oral posture, learning how to create the unique pronunciations, and analyzing the “music” (rhythm, tempo, and intonation) of the accent. Studies include native speakers of these accents, and dialogue from stage and screen scripts will be utilized to apply the work. This course is for actors with and without speech training and for people who simply would enjoy learning two interesting accents. Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
August 2 – September 6 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm $181 DRAX 3065 310 Online/Zoom Class is full! Taking waitlist
ALL THINGS MUSIC & SINGING
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.
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**Book lessons once a week for 3 weeks. (3 lessons)
May 27 – June 10 (3 weeks) Fridays $271 DRAX 3063 208 Highland Campus
July 7 – July 21 (3 weeks) Thursdays $271 DRAX 3063 300 Highland Campus
July 8 – July 22 (3 weeks) Fridays $271 DRAX 3063 301 Highland Campus
July 28 – Aug 11 (3 weeks) Thursdays $271 DRAX 3063 302 Highland Campus
July 29- Aug 12 (3 weeks) Fridays $271 DRAX 3063 303 Highland Campus
Aug 18 – Sep 1 (3 weeks) Thursdays $271 DRAX 3063 304 Highland Campus
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Where our in-person classes are held:
Summer 2022 has both virtual and face-to-face classes.
ACC Highland Campus – 6101 Highland Campus Dr, Austin, TX 78752, Bldg 4000 in our Studio space; details are sent upon registration.
South Austin Campus – 1820 W Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745, Room number and details are sent upon registration.