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The Actor’s School instructors are available for private audition prep coaching.
For more information and to be paired with the best instructor for you, email us.

 

 

 


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 Rick Roemer, Francine Michelle, Jacqui Calloway, or Babs Georgethis 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 Rick’s Syllabus / Jacqui’s Syllabus /  Babs’ Syllabus / Francine’s Syllabus

Jan 10 – Feb 21  (6 weeks)   Wednesdays  6:30-9:30pm    $231    DRAM 3034 200  Syn 81738  Northridge Campus – Rick 
No class Feb 14-Valentine’s Day (18-hour class; limited to 12 students) 
THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Jan 22 – Feb 26  (6 weeks)   Mondays  6:30-9:00pm    $196  DRAM 3034 201   Syn 81739  South Austin Campus – Jacqui 
(15-hour class; limited to 10 students) THIS CLASS IS FULL

Feb 2 – Mar 8  (6 weeks)  Fridays   11am-2pm    $231   DRAM 3034 202  Syn 81741  Highland Campus – Rick  THIS CLASS IS FULL
(18-hour class; limited to 12 students) 

Mar 19 – Apr 23  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6:30-9:00pm  $196  DRAM 3034 203  Syn 81742  Highland Campus – Babs THIS CLASS IS FULL
(15-hour class; limited to 12 students)

Mar 22 – Apr 26  (6 weeks)   Fridays    11:30am-2:30pm  $231  DRAM 3034 205  Syn 93160  Cypress Creek Campus – Francine  (18-hour class; limited to 12 students) – THIS CLASS IS FULL

Apr 15 – May 20  (6 weeks)   Mondays  6:30-9:00pm  $196  DRAM 3034 206   Syn 95156 Highland Campus  (15-hour class; limited to 12 students) – Babs THIS CLASS IS FULL

 


Uproot Fears/Unleash Stage Presence

Led by Amy Griego, this class is appropriate for anyone who has to present or perform in front of others, regardless of profession. If you’ve experienced recurring stage fright or performance anxiety, you know it can hold you back in work and life. Have people offered, “Just picture everyone in the audience naked” or “take deep breaths and don’t lock your knees” or other wildly unhelpful suggestions? If you’re ready to do something about your stage fright in a supportive environment with others facing similar experiences, this course is for you. In a group workshop setting across 6 weeks, you can find your calm, assertive center, enabling you to be more fully present on any stage — so that the story you want to communicate can be all it’s meant to be. Limited to 12 students. Amy Griego-Uproot Fears/Unleash Stage Presence Syllabus

Jan 23 – Feb 27 (6 weeks)    Tuesdays    7:00-9:00pm    $156     DRAX 4013 200    Syn 81795    Highland Campus  THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Mar 28 – May 2 (6 weeks)    Thursdays    7:00-9:00pm    $156     DRAX 4013 201    Syn 94586    Northridge Campus  THIS CLASS IS CANCELED- see our summer schedule

 

Uproot Fears/Unleash Stage Presence II

Led by Amy Griego, this class digs deeper than the level one class. This level 2 class will have you take the Fearless Character you created in level 1 and ask them to tackle your fear of showing your vulnerability on screen and off. We will look at what “mask” you wear daily and when and how to express your true center self safely and meaningfully. Amy’s Uproot Fears/Unleash Stage Presence II syllabus

Mar 19-Apr 23  (6 weeks)    Tuesdays    7:00-9:00pm    $156    DRAX 5013 200   Syn 94218    Highland Campus  CANCELLED


Improvisation I

Led by John Ratliff, this class provides proof 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. John’s Improv Syllabus

Jan 22 – Feb 26  (6 weeks)  Monday  6:30-9:00pm   $196   DRAX 4042 200    Syn 81771   Highland Campus THIS CLASS IS FULL

Mar 18 – Apr 22   (6 weeks)  Mondays  6:30-9:00pm   $196   DRAX 4042 201   Syn 81772  Northridge Campus THIS CLASS IF FULL


 The Commercial Audition

Led by Jacqui Calloway, this class is for actors who are new to commercial acting. Students will learn how to approach various types of commercial auditions, including no-dialogue, solo improv, group improv, and scripted auditions. We’ll cover slating, camera & teleprompter techniques, clothing and styling tips, and how to adjust the tone of your performance for different types of commercials. Students will learn how to film professional audition tapes at home and participate in mock live auditions and callbacks. We’ll also discuss business logistics, including headshots, casting websites, agencies, and self-submitting in the Austin market. (Limited to 12 students).  Jacqui Commercial Audition Syllabus

Feb 24 – Apr 6  (6 weeks)   Saturday   10:00am-12:30pm    $196    DRAX 3088 200    Syn 81769    Highland Campus  (no class Mar 16-spring break)  THIS CLASS IS FULL.

 


Training the 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 essential to 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 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

Jan 10 – Feb 21   (6 weeks)    Wednesday    6:30-9:30pm    $231    DRAX 3064 200    Syn 81757    Highland Campus  (no class February 14)  –Adam   THIS CLASS IS FULL

Mar 26 – Apr 30   (6 weeks)    Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm    $231    DRAX 3064 201    Syn 94846South Austin Campus  -Linda  CANCELLED UNTIL THE FALL (2024)

 


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. Through analyzing, performing, and critiquing voiceover copy, we will focus on commercial and narration. 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

Jan 9 – Feb 13  (6 weeks)   Tuesdays  6-8:30pm   $191   DRAX 3068 210    Syn 81762   Online/Zoom THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Feb 28 – Apr 10  (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6-8:30pm    $191    DRAX 3068 211   Syn 81763  Online/Zoom (No class Mar 13 – spring break)  THIS CLASS IS FULL.

 


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

Mar 20 – May 1  (6 weeks)    Wednesdays  6:30-9:30pm    $231   DRAX 3038 200   Syn 81752   Highland  (No class April 17) Not offered again until Fall 2024. THIS CLASS IS FULL!

 


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

Led by Rick Roemer, 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   Acting Explorations Syllabus – Rick

Feb 28 – Apr 10   (6 weeks)    Wednesdays    6:30-9:30pm    $231   DRAM 9002 200   Syn 81744    Northridge Campus  THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Mar 22 – April 26    (6 weeks)   Fridays    11am-2pm    $231   DRAM 9002 201   Syn 81749    Highland Campus THIS CLASS IS FULL

May 25 – Jul 6   (7 wks)   Saturdays  10am-1pm   $266  DRAM 9002 200  Syn 94616   Northridge Campus
(limited to 10 participants)


Acting On Camera

Keith Carradine as John Dorie Sr., Craig Nigh as Hill- Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 13 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Led by Francine Michelle, or Craig Nigh, this is an intermediate class focusing on acting for the camera. You must have had at least a basic acting class before joining — 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

Jan 25 – Feb 29   (6 weeks; no class on 5/12)   Thursdays  6:30-9:30pm    $231  DRAM 3010 200  Synonym 81725   Highland Campus – Francine  THIS CLASS IS FULL.

Feb 19 – Apr 1 (6 weeks)  Mondays 6:30-9:30pm   $231  DRAM 3010 202  Syn 81733  South Austin Campus – Craig (No class Mar 11 – spring break)  THIS CLASS IS FULL. 

Apr 7 – May 19 (6 weeks; no class May 12) Sundays 12:00-3:00pm   $231   DRAM 3010 201  Syn 81726  Highland Campus  –  Francine  THIS CLASS IS FULL.


Page To Performance

PHOTO: Craig Nigh as Hill- Fear the Walking Dead  Season 6, Episode 13 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Keith Carradine as John Dorie Sr., Craig Nigh as Hill- Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 13 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

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

POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER SESSION – CHECK BACK SOON!

 


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 experiential class focuses on using the four elements (earth, air, fire, water) to inspire physical character choices. These practical tools 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

Mar 19 – Apr 23   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $191    DRAX 4000 200  Synonym 81794   Highland Campus Studio 

 


Tools of the Trade

Led by Jacqui Calloway, this class is designed for actors with prior training who are beginning their professional acting journeys, revamping their materials, or newly breaking into the Austin market. It covers headshots, resumes, demo reels, personal websites, casting websites, and social media. We’ll discuss the industry standard for each element, look at professional examples, assess students’ current materials, and work on them in class. We’ll end by discussing the logistics of getting an agent and sustaining an acting career in Central Texas. Limited to 12 students.  Jacqui’s Tools of the Trade Syllabus

May 4-June 1  (5 weeks)   Saturdays  10:30am-1:00pm   $161   DRAX 3087 200  Syn 81768  South Austin 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 with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account. Cliff’s Voiceover II Syllabus

Apr 24 – May 29    (6 weeks)   Wednesdays  6:00-8:30pm   $196  DRAX 4053 210   Syn 81773   Online/Zoom

 


Accents for Film & Stage

Led by Cliff Miller, this course introduces two exciting accents used for stage, film, television, and video games. In the Spring, we’re offering Scottish and the Southern of Kentucky and Tennessee. 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

Apr 30 – Jun 4   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays    6-8:30pm    $196    DRAX 3065 210    Syn 81758  Highland Campus


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  Jan 9 – 23   (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 200   Syn 81774  Highland Campus
Wednesdays  Jan 10 – 24  (3 sessions)  $271   DRAX 3063 201  Syn  81776   Highland Campus
Thursdays  Jan 11 – 25    (3 sessions)  $271   DRAX 3063 202  Syn  81777   Highland Campus
Fridays  Jan 12 – 26    (3 sessions)  $271   DRAX 3063 218  Syn  93946   Highland Campus


Tuesdays  Jan 30 – Feb 13  (3 sessions)  $271   DRAX 3063 203  Syn  81778 Highland Campus
Wednesdays  Jan 31 – Feb 14  (3 sessions)  $271   DRAX 3063 204  Syn  81779 Highland Campus
Thursdays  Feb 1 – 15  (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 205  Syn  81780 Highland Campus
Fridays  Feb 2 – 16    (3 sessions)  $271   DRAX 3063 219  Syn  93947  Highland Campus


Tuesdays   Feb 20 – Mar 5   (3 sessions)    $271   DRAX 3063 206    Syn  81781  Highland Campus
Wednesdays  Feb 21 – Mar 6  (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 207   Syn 81782  Highland Campus
Thursdays  Feb 22 – Mar 7  (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 208    Syn 81783  Highland Campus
Fridays  Feb 23 – Mar 8    (3 sessions)  $271   DRAX 3063 220  Syn  93948  Highland Campus


Tuesdays   Mar 19 – Apr 2   (3 sessions)    $271   DRAX 3063 209    Syn  81784  Highland Campus
Wednesdays  Mar 20 – Apr 3  (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 210   Syn  81786   Highland Campus
Thursdays  Mar 21 – Apr 4  (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 211    Syn  81787  Highland Campus
Fridays  Mar 22 – Apr 5    (3 sessions)  $271   DRAX 3063 221  Syn  93949  Highland Campus


Tuesdays   Apr 9 – Apr 23   (3 sessions)  $271   DRAX 3063 212    Syn  81788  Highland Campus
Wednesdays  Apr 10 – Apr 24  (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 213   Syn 81789   Highland Campus
Thursdays  Apr 11 – Apr 25  (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 214    Syn 81790  Highland Campus


Tuesdays   May 7 – 21   (3 sessions)    $271   DRAX 3063 215 Syn 81791  Highland Campus
Wednesdays  May 8 – 22  (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 216   Syn 81792   Highland Campus
Thursdays  May 9 – 23  (3 sessions)   $271   DRAX 3063 217    Syn 81793  Highland Campus


Advanced Scene Study

Led by Rick Roemer, this ten-week course is available only with instructor approval. Participants must have had Acting Explorations, Ongoing Scene Study, or comparable training. Advanced Scene Study is the best opportunity for actors to flex their acting muscles and refine their craft consistently — a weekly workout with a community of peers. Actors will test their performance abilities in a safe and playful environment, using realistic scenes, both comedic and dramatic. Expand your comfort zone, dive into character, and gain more confidence in your art and your craft! Limited to 10 students. To request instructor approval, please send a resume and reel to theactorsschool@austincc.edu with Advanced Scene Study Request in the subject line. Rick – Adv Scene Study syllabus

Jan 20 – Mar 30  (10 wks)  Saturdays 11am-2pm  $366  DRAX 3084 200  Syn 81765  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

Mar 21 – May 2   (6 wks)   Thursdays  6:30-9:30pm   $231   DRAX 3003 200  Syn 96606  Highland Campus (no class April 25) THIS CLASS IF FULL


Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive

Led by Adam Roberts

In this workshop-style class for experienced musical theatre performers, participants receive individualized song coaching in a masterclass setting. Each performer comes to the intensive prepared with three contrasting audition cuts to perform and gains feedback from peers and the instructor. Each participant will receive two recommendations for additional material to add to their audition repertoire.
 

SCHEDULED in Summer 2024 Dates TBD

DRAX 4040 100    Highland Campus   


Working actors rejoice! The Actor’s School is expanding to include an “actor’s gym” program called the Pro Series. These classes require instructor approval and are designed to be taken as often as you like. Look for the Pro Series to roll out in Fall 2024!

 

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.