Fall 2024 registration is open! For instructions on how to sign up for your class, click here.

 

NEW! Stage Management

Led by Devon Muko, Resident Stage Manager of ZACH Theatre, this class explores the organizational tools, managerial strategies, and collaborative/interpersonal skills required to make stage management an art; introduces the responsibilities of a stage manager through each phase of a theatrical production process; and arms participants with industry-standard stage production vocabulary and an understanding of professionalism as it relates to stage management. Participants will become familiar with prompt books and how to make them (digital and old school) as well as all the paperwork and communication instruments of stage managers. Though not everyone has the temperament and skills to become a professional stage manager, this class provides participants with all the information needed to apply for assistant stage manager positions — since the next phase of learning must be practical on a real production with a stage manager as a mentor.

Sep 8 – Oct 13 (6 weeks)   Sundays   12:30-2:30pm    $161  DRAX 4003 100   SYN 10972   Highland Campus (12-hour class; limited to 15 students) 


 

These classes are for EVERYBODY — curious beginners; people who made theatre or films in school but then “real” life was interrupted for a few decades; professionals from non-theatrical industries who think an acting or voice class might help them perform more comfortably at work; theatre professionals who want to get back to basics and do self-care; empty nesters finally getting to do something they want to do; college students seeking a creative outlet… People like YOU, who want to connect and have more fun! THESE CLASSES ARE DESIGNED TO BE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE.

Acting Fundamentals

Led by Francine Michelle, Babs GeorgeRick Roemer, or Jacqui Calloway,  this playful approach to the actor’s craft is conducive to the beginner. This class allows individuals to experience living in the imaginary world of a character and a story while expanding their self-expression and emotional life. Students will learn how to investigate a script and explore their intuition through games, exercises, and scenes from film or stage. The class is designed to be taken more than once, as it is different in meaningful ways each time — ever-changing with the instructor, fellow students, and the material chosen for the class. In addition, while we are a professional training school, our beginning courses are for anyone curious about acting, seeking to expand their creativity, wanting a new challenge, or just to have fun. Acting Fundamentals
Francine’s Syllabus / Babs’ Syllabus / Rick’s Syllabus / Jacqui’s Syllabus 

Aug 9 – Sep 13  (6 weeks)   Fridays   11:30am-2:30pm  $236   DRAM 3034 306 Syn 99144 Cypress Creek  Campus – Francine
(18-hour class; limited to 12 students) 

Sep 10 – Oct 15  (6 weeks)  Tuesdays   6:30-9:30   $236   DRAM 3034 101  Syn 97007 Northridge Campus – Babs
(18-hour class; limited to 12 students) 

Oct 16 – Nov 20  (6 weeks)   Wednesdays  6:30-9:30pm    $236    DRAM 3034 102  Syn 97008  Highland Campus – Rick
(18-hour class; limited to 12 students)

Oct 21 -Dec 2  (6 weeks)   Mondays  6:30-9:00pm  $201  DRAM 3034 103  Syn 97006  South Austin Campus – Jacqui 
(15-hour class; limited to 10 students)

Nov 1 – Dec 13  (6 weeks)   Fridays  11am-2pm    $236  DRAM 3034 104   Syn 97009   Highland Campus – Rick  
(18-hour class; limited to 12 students) 

Nov 9 – Dec 14 (5 weeks)   Saturdays  10am-1pm  $201  DRAM 3034 105   Syn 97010 South Austin Campus – Jacqui 
(15-hour class; limited to 10 students) 


Improvisation

This class proves that Improv is an indispensable asset for the actor, a great tool for development and self-discovery, and – maybe most importantly – 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. Limited to 12 students. 

Oct 28 – Dec 9  (6 weeks)  Mondays  6:30-9:00pm   $201   DRAX 4042 100    Syn 97274   Highland Campus – Instructor TBA

 


Training the Speaking Voice

Led by Adam Roberts, or Linda Nenno, 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 essential to speaking intentionally in any situation, from the stage or screen to the classroom or boardroom. This course teaches you various techniques for preparing and utilizing your natural voice to speak confidently in many environments. The first few classes will focus on active exercises designed to engage the various aspects of vocal production healthily. The final sessions will practically apply what you’ve learned to scenes, speeches, interpersonal communication, or presentations. Limited to 12 students.
Adam-Training the Speaking Voice Syllabus ~ Linda Nenno-Speaking Voice Syllabus

Sep 4 – Oct 23   (8 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm    $286 DRAX 3064 100    Syn  97053    Highland Campus   –Adam   

Oct 2 –  Nov 6   (6 weeks)    Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm    $236    DRAX 3064 101    Syn 97054 South Austin Campus  -Linda 

 


Introduction to Voiceover

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. We will focus on commercials and narration by analyzing, performing, and critiquing voiceover copy. Limited to 8 students. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
Cliff’s Intro to Voiceover Syllabus

Sep 3 – Oct 8  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6:00-8:30pm   $196   DRAX 3068 110    Syn 97056   Online/Zoom 

Nov 6 – Dec 18  (6 weeks)   Wednesdays  6-8:30pm    $196   DRAX 3068 111   Syn 97057   Online/Zoom (No class Wed 11/27)

 


Foundations of Singing

Led by Adam Roberts, this course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning singer. Students will be able to sing 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 voices. No prior singing experience is necessary. Limited to 10 students.
Adam’s Foundations of Singing Syllabus

Sep 10 – Oct 22  (7 weeks)    Tuesdays  6:30-9:30pm    $266  DRAX 3038 100   Syn 97052   Highland Campus

 


 

If you’ve taken our Fundamentals classes and want to stretch further, Explorations are for you! These classes are also suitable for those with plenty of experience who are looking to get back into acting work after a break or people who have previous training in basic acting concepts and techniques. THESE CLASSES ARE DESIGNED TO BE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE.

Acting Explorations I

Led by Rick Roemer, or Francine Michelle, this course is for those who have had previous acting training, such as Acting Fundamentals. Using scenes or monologues, the focus will be on strengthening text analysis and following inner impulses to create a powerful need to speak. The work in class will enliven the imagination and increase emotional availability and vulnerability of the actor. This class can be taken more than once, as it is different each time with new students and new scenes to explore. Limited to 10 students  
Rick – Acting Explorations I syllabus / Francine-Explorations I Syllabus

Sep 7 – Oct 19  (7 weeks)    Saturdays   11am-2pm    $266   DRAM 9002 100   Syn 97011     Northridge Campus  -Rick
21 hrs; limited to 10 students

Sep 20 – Oct 25  (6 weeks)   Fridays  11:30am-2:30pm    $236   DRAM 9002 102   Syn 97597    Cypress Creek Campus  -Francine
18 hrs; limited to 10 students

Oct 29 – Dec 17   (7 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm    $266   DRAM 9002 101   Syn 97012    Highland Campus -Rick  (no class 11/26)
21 hrs; limited to 10 students

 


Acting On Camera I

This pre-intermediate class focuses on acting for the camera, led by Francine Michelle or Craig Nigh. Before joining, you must have had at least a basic acting class — such as Acting Fundamentals or the equivalent. It is suggested that you have had Acting Explorations. The emphasis is on developing a naturalistic acting style through connection, honesty, vulnerability, and following intuitive impulses. The student’s 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 12 students.
Francine’s Acting On Camera I Syllabus Craig’s Acting On Camera I Syllabus

Aug 29-Oct 10  (7 weeks)   Thursdays  6:15-9:15pm    $266  DRAM 3010 100  Syn 97004  
Highland Campus – Francine  

Sep 30 – Nov 4 (6 weeks)  Mondays 6:30-9:30pm   $236  DRAM 3010 101 Syn 97003  
South Austin Campus – Craig
(No class Mar 11 – spring break)  

Nov 1 – Dec 13 (6 weeks) Fridays 11:30am-2:30pm   $236   DRAM 3010 102  Syn 98915
Cypress Creek Campus – Francine

 


New class! – Making a Short Film: Scenes For Your Reel New class!

Led by filmmaker, Francine Michelle, learn the ins and outs of creating a short film from writing through production. Students will collaborate to create an ensemble short film from inception to scripting, rehearsing through shooting. All students are required to participate in all aspects of the creative process. Attendance at all classes is required. Rehearsals outside of class are recommended. The final short film will include footage students can pull for their reels. The instructor will help guide students in creating characters for the film that best showcase their type and talent. Pre-requisite for the class is Acting On Camera I or prior camera experience such as student and/or professional films. Limited to 10 students.

October 16 – December 11 (8 weeks)   11:30am-2:30pm   $300    Cypress Creek Campus
(no class Nov 27 – Thanksgiving week)
 

Page To Performance

Led by Craig Nigh this workshop 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 techniques. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique. Limited to 10 students. 
Craig’s Page to Performance Syllabus

Nov 16 – Nov 23  (2 weeks)   Saturdays  10:00am-2:00pm    $110  DRAM 3010 100  Syn 97283 
Highland Campus    


Movement Fluency for Actors 

Led by Toni Bravo, this class allows you the space to explore acting from the physical point of view. Alignment, relaxation, breath, and keen awareness enable physical neutrality and genuine presence before making character choices.

This semester, the class will explore movement and character using the essence of animals.  While playful, there is a depth to any animal that can bring surprising choices to the actor’s character, mobility, and physical presence. This is a powerful tool to get actors out of their heads and into their bodies! You will find joy and relief from working outside-in. Bring a yoga mat for comfort.
Toni Bravo -Movement Fluency Syllabus

Oct 20 – Nov 24  (6 weeks)   Sundays   4:00-6:00pm   $161    DRAX 4000 100  Syn 97279    Highland Campus 

 


Introduction to Voiceover II

Led by Cliff Miller, this class builds on the techniques and industry knowledge established in Intro to Voiceover, which is a prerequisite for taking this course. This class is designed for individuals who want to take their interest in VO beyond the classroom and into the industry. We will continue analyzing, performing, and critiquing 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 withcomputer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
Cliff’s Voiceover II Syllabus

Oct 15 – Nov 19    (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6:00-8:30pm   $196  DRAX 4053 110   Syn 97275   Online/Zoom


Accents for Film & Stage

Led by Cliff Miller, this course introduces two exciting accents used for stage, film, television, and video games. Accents for the Fall: Standard British (RP) & New York. Through Knight-Thompson Speechwork, a new standard-bearing approach to speech, students will acquire the skills to perform these accents convincingly. Areas of focus include developing the oral posture, learning how to create 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 enjoy learning two significant accents. Limited to 10 students. 
Cliff’s Accents syllabus

Sep 9 – Oct 14   (6 weeks)   Mondays    6:30-9:00pm    $196  DRAX 3065 100    Syn 97055  Online

 


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. They 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. Adam’s Private Coaching for Singers Syllabus

Lessons are once a week during the scheduled dates below.
What is your first step? –Book your day and time during the weeks indicated below by contacting booking@adamkroberts.com
Once you are scheduled, you will fill out a pre-registration form if you are a new student.

Tuesdays  Sep 3 – Sep 24   (4 sessions)   $361   DRAX 3063 100   Syn 97288  Highland Campus
Wednesdays  Sep 4 – Sep 25  (4 sessions)  $361   DRAX 3063 101  Syn 97289   Highland Campus
Thursdays  Sep 5 – Sep 26    (4 sessions)  $361   DRAX 3063 102  Syn 97290   Highland Campus
Fridays  Sep 6 – Sep 27    (4 sessions)  $361   DRAX 3063 103  Syn  97291  Highland Campus


Tuesdays  Oct 8 – Oct 29  (4 sessions)  $361  DRAX 3063 104  Syn 97292  Highland Campus
Wednesdays  Oct 9 – Oct 30  (4 sessions)  $361   DRAX 3063 105  Syn 97293  Highland Campus
Thursdays  Oct 10 – Oct 31  (4 sessions)   $361   DRAX 3063 106  Syn  97294  Highland Campus
Fridays  Oct 11 – Nov 1  (4 sessions)  $361   DRAX 3063 107  Syn  97296  Highland Campus


Tuesdays   Nov 12 – Dec 10   (4 sessions)    $361   DRAX 3063 108    Syn 97297  Highland Campus (No class Nov 26)
Wednesdays  Nov 13 – Dec 11  (4 sessions)   $361   DRAX 3063 109   Syn 97299  Highland Campus (No class Nov 27)
Thursdays  Nov 14 – Dec 12  (4 sessions)   $361   DRAX 3063 110   Syn 97300  Highland Campus (No class Thanksgiving)
Fridays  Nov 15 – Dec 13    (4 sessions)  $361   DRAX 3063 111  Syn  97302   Highland Campus (No class Nov 29)

 


 

Acting Explorations II

Led by Rick Roemer, this more advanced course is for students who have taken previous acting classes, such as Explorations I, and would like to continue stretching their acting muscles. Think of this class as a creative acting gymnasium where you can come and work out! This “workout” will include scene study and monologue work. We will also explore diving deeper into character through the character Auto Drama exercise. Everyone is expected to work in every class. In the final class, there will be a performance of scenes and monologues for an invited audience. 
Rick- Acting Explorations II Syllabus

Oct 26 – Dec 14  (7 wks)  Saturdays 11am-2pm  $266  DRAX 3091 100  Syn 97272   Northridge Campus 

 


Acting On Camera II

Led by Francine Michelle, this class is for students with professional experience and/or previous film acting training. Francine focuses on achieving an honest and vulnerable performance for the camera. The emphasis is on energy and making choices, highlighting 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 Explorations, Advanced Scene Study, or other previous acting training/experience. Limited to 12 students.
Francine – Acting On Camera II Syllabus

Oct 17 – Dec 12   (7 wks)   Thursdays  6:15-9:15pm   $266   DRAX 3003 100  Syn 97013  Highland Campus (no class Oct 31)


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 to Shakespeare, Voice, Monologues, and more. Contact the school for more information at theactorsschool@austincc.edu


Where our classes are held:

ACC Highland Campus – 6101 Highland Campus Dr, Austin, TX 78752, Bldg 4000 in our Studio – details sent upon registration. ACC South Austin Campus – 1820 W Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745 – Room number and details sent upon registration. ACC Northridge Campus – 11928 Stonehollow Dr, Austin, TX 78758 – Room number and details sent upon registration.  Cypress Creek Campus – 1555 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613