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Beginning Acting Classes — For All!
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. Rick’s Beginning Acting Syllabus ~ Paula’s Beginning Acting Syllabus
Aug 24-Sep 28 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm $226 DRAM 3034 100 Highland Campus (2 w/ Cliff; 4 w/ Rick) Class is full
Limited to 12 students
Sep 17-Oct 22 (6 weeks) Saturdays 10:30-1:00pm $186 DRAM 3034 103 South Austin Campus (Paula) Class is full
Limited to 10 students
Sep 20-Oct 25 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm $226 DRAM 3034 101 Northridge Campus (Rick)
Limited to 12 students Class is full
Sep 24-Oct 29 (6 weeks) Saturdays 11:00-2:00pm $226 DRAM 3034 102 Northridge Campus (Rick) Limited to 12 students Class is full
Sep 29-Nov 3 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm $186 DRAM 3034 110 Online (Brittany)
Limited to 8 students
Oct 27-Dec 8 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm $226 DRAM 3034 104 Northridge Campus (Rick) Class is full
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. John’s Improv Syllabus
Sep 8 – Oct 13, 2022 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm $191 DRAX 4042 100 Highland Campus – Class is full
Oct 5 – Nov 9, 2022 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm $191 DRAX 4042 101 Northridge Campus – Class Canceled
led by Jacqui Calloway
This class is for actors who are new to commercial and industrial acting. Students will learn how to approach various types of commercial auditions, including MOS (without sound), improv (solo and group), personality-based, and spokesperson auditions. We’ll cover how to slate, camera & teleprompter techniques, clothing and styling tips, and strategies for successful callbacks. We’ll end the class with a brief overview of business logistics, including headshots, casting websites, agencies, and casting directors in the Austin market. Limited to 12 students. Jacqui’s Commercial Audition Syllabus
Sep 10th-Oct 15th (6 weeks) Saturdays 10:30am-1:00pm DRAX 3088 100 $181 Highland Campus
Intermediate to Advanced Classes:
for Experienced Students & Working Actors
Acting for Film
led by Tony Sears
This is a beginning-to-intermediate class focusing on acting for the camera. It is required that you have had at least a basic acting class before joining — such as Beginning Acting for Film & Stage or equivalent. 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. Tony’s Acting for Film Syllabus
Aug 24 – Sep 28 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm $166 DRAM 3010 110 Online/Zoom
led by Craig Nigh
This class 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 technique. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique.
Dec 3 & Dec 10 (2 weeks) Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm $101 DRAX 3062 101 Highland Campus One space available!
led by Jacqui Calloway
This class is designed for actors with prior training who are beginning their professional acting journey, seeking representation, or are interested in learning about the business of acting. Students will learn what makes a professional headshot, how to build and format a resume, and how to cut together a quality demo reel. Students will create personal websites, as well as profiles on the major casting websites. We’ll end by discussing the logistics of getting an agent and sustaining an acting career in the Austin market. Limited to 12 students. Jacqui’s Tools of the Trade Syllabus
Oct 29th-Nov 19th (4 weeks) Saturdays 10:30am-1:00pm DRAX 3087 100 $121 Highland Campus
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! …This 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. Students should already have some acting chops and be ready to audition, but they will receive individual coaching specific to each audition. Students will need one device to shoot their scene and a separate device to read with another actor over facetime/skype/zoom, etc. Limited to 8 students. Online Platform: Zoom *Materials needed: Internet connection & audio/video capabilities with computer or tablet. 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. Tony’s Taping Your Audition Syllabus
led by Rick Roemer
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. Rick’s Acting II Syllabus
Oct 5-Nov 9 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm $226 DRAM 9002 100 Northridge Campus (new location) Class is full!
Nov 5-Dec 17 (6 weeks) Saturdays 11am-2pm $226 DRAM 9002 101 Northridge Campus
led by Tony Sears
This class is for students with professional experience and/or 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. Tony’s Acting for Film II Syllabus
Nov 14 – Dec 19, 2022 (6 weeks) Monday 6:30-8:30 $166 DRAX 3003 110 Online/Zoom Class is full!
led by Rick Roemer
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 10 students. Rick’s Ongoing Scene Study Syllabus
Sep 12 – Nov 7 (8 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30pm $301 DRAX 3084 300 Northridge Campus (No class Oct 31) 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. There will be a performance with invited guests the last class. Limited to 12 students. John’s Improv II Syllabus
Oct 20 – Dec 8 (7 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm $221 DRAX 3081 100 Northridge Campus – Class Canceled
Voiceover & Speaking Voice
led by Adam Roberts
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 an essential part of speaking intentionally in any situation, from the stage or screen to the classroom or boardroom. In this course, you’ll learn a variety of techniques for preparing and utilizing your natural voice to speak confidently in a variety of environments. The first few classes will focus on active exercises designed to healthily engage the various aspects of vocal production, while the final sessions will practically apply what you’ve learned to scenes, speeches, interpersonal communication, or presentations. Limited to 10 students.
Nov 7 – Dec 12 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30pm $216 DRAX 3064 100 Eastview Campus – Class is full
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. Limited to 8 students. Cliff’s Intro to Voiceover Syllabus
Sep 7 – Oct 12 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:00-8:30pm $186 DRAX 3068 110 Online/Zoom Class is full
Oct 4 – Nov 8 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm $186 DRAX 3068 111 Online/Zoom 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. 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. Cliff’s Voiceover II Syllabus
Nov 7 – Dec 12, 2022 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:00-8:30pm $186 DRAX 4053 110 Online/Zoom One space just opened up! If you have had Intro to VO, not too late to sign up!
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. Adam’s Private Coaching for Singers Syllabus
Call or email for an appointment time. Highland Campus and online offerings.
Contact Brian, email@example.com, to schedule your day and time.
Oct 12 – Oct 26 (3 weeks) Wednesdays $271 DRAX 3063 106 Highland Campus
Oct 13 – Oct 27 (3 weeks) Thursdays $271 DRAX 3063 100 Highland Campus
Oct 14 – Oct 28 (3 weeks) Fridays $271 DRAX 3063 101 Highland Campus
Nov 2 – Nov 16 (3 weeks) Wednesdays $271 DRAX 3063 107 Highland Campus
Nov 3 – Nov 17 (3 weeks) Thursdays $271 DRAX 3063 102 Highland Campus
Nov 4 – Nov 18 (3 weeks) Fridays $271 DRAX 3063 103 Highland Campus
Nov 30 – Dec 14 (3 weeks) Wednesdays $271 DRAX 3063 108 Highland Campus
Dec 1 – Dec 15 (3 weeks) Thursdays $271 DRAX 3063 104 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 – 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.