Spring 2023 Registration opens October 17, 2022
If you are ready to take classes, send in your pre-registration form now! Register & pay early to secure your spot because these classes fill fast.
These classes are for EVERYBODY — curious beginners; people who made theatre or films in school but then real life 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.
Led by Rick Roemer or Jacqui Calloway, this playful approach to the actor’s craft is conducive to the beginner. This class provides individuals the opportunity to experience living in the imaginary world of a character and a story while expanding their own self-expression and emotional life. Students will learn how to investigate a script as well as explore their own 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 who is curious about acting, seeking to expand their creativity, wanting a new challenge, or just to have fun. Rick’s Beginning Acting Syllabus
Jan 10 – Feb 14 (6 weeks) Tuesday 11am-2pm $226 DRAM 3034 200 Syn 60677 Highland Campus Studio – Rick
Jan 23- Feb 27 (6 weeks) Mondays 10:30am-1:30pm $226 DRAM 3034 204 Syn 62668 Highland Campus Studio – Jacqui
Feb 1 – Mar 8 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm $226 DRAM 3034 201 Syn 60678 Northridge Campus – Rick
Feb 22 – Apr 5 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm $226 DRAM 3034 206 Syn 64815 South Austin Campus – Jacqui (limited to 12 students)
Apr 22 – May 27 (6 weeks) Saturdays 10:00-12:30pm $191 DRAM 3034 205 Syn 64814 South Austin Campus – Jacqui (limited to 10 students)
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 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. Limited to 12 students. John’s Improv Syllabus
Jan 23 – Feb 27 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:00pm $191 DRAX 4042 200 Syn 60691 Northridge Campus
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. WE NEED: Adam’s Training the Speaking Voice Syllabus
Jan 30 – Mar 6 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:30pm $216 DRAX 3064 200 Syn 60698 Highland Campus Studio
Led by Tony Sears or Craig Nigh, 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 Acting Fundamentals 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. For online class: Limited to 8 students. Platform: Zoom *Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet. Tony’s Acting On Camera Syllabus In-person class limited to 12 students. Craig’s Acting On Camera Syllabus
Foundations of Singing
Led by Adam Roberts, this course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning singer. Students will have the opportunity to sing both 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 individual voices. No prior singing experience necessary. Limited to 10 students. Adam’s Foundations of Singing Syllabus
Apr 20 – May 25 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm $226 DRAX 3038 200 Syn 60685 Highland Campus Studio
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 10 – Feb 14 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6-8:30pm $186 DRAX 3068 210 Syn 60584 Online/Zoom
Jan 23 – Feb 27 (6 weeks) Mondays 6-8:30pm $186 DRAX 3068 211 Syn 60585 Online/Zoom
Led by Amy Griego, this class is ideal for actors who desire to increase mind-body connection. Participants will be guided through a weekly 60-minute Vinyasa Flow and encouraged to focus on breath and body awareness to build internal and external strength and stillness. The breath and movement built into the class deepen the ability to find calm when needed and bring ease to both connection and expression. By the end of the course, participants will have begun and/or continued to build a Yoga practice and a foundation of mindfulness. No prior Yoga experience is necessary. Limited to 10 students. This course is intended to be repeated for ongoing practice. Bring your own yoga mat.
Jan 7 – Feb 25 (8 wks) Saturdays 9-10am $80 DRAX 4012 200 62670 Highland Campus Studio
If you’ve taken our Fundamentals classes and want to stretch further, Explorations are for you! These classes are also right 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 AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE.
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 for 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’s Acting Explorations Syllabus
Jan 19 – Feb 23 (6 weeks) Thursday 6:30-9:30pm $226 DRAM 9002 201 Syn 64835 Highland Campus
Mar 28 – May 2 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm $226 DRAM 9002 200 Syn 60682 Northridge Campus
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: you will laugh a lot in this class! This class is for students who have successfully completed Improvisation I. Students who have taken introductory improv classes elsewhere may be eligible to take this class at the instructor’s discretion. Limited to 12 students. John’s Improv II Syllabus
Mar 20 – April 24 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:00pm $191 DRAX 3081 200 Syn 60688 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 Explorations, or other previous acting training/experience. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account. Tony’s Acting on Camera II Syllabus
Apr 26 – May 31 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm $166 DRAX 3003 210 Syn 60579 Online- Zoom
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? Those who experience stage fright and performance anxiety know it goes deeper. If you’re ready to do something about it in a supportive environment with others facing similar experiences, this course is for you. Led by Amy Griego, an LMFT & EMDR therapist/yoga instructor/theatre & film professional, this class will examine our stress and trauma responses and how they impact our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings when needing to present ourselves in a professional or creative performance. In a group workshop setting across 6 weeks, you will be asked to examine your past moments of stress or shame and how they are preventing you from your full current creative process. Through discussion, body movement, breath work, and trusted actor techniques 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. This class is appropriate for anyone who has to present or perform in front of others, regardless of profession. Limited to 12 students.
Mar 2 – Apr 13 (6 wks) Thursdays 7-9 p.m. $150 DRAX 4013 200 64860 Highland Campus Studio
Led by Jacqui Calloway,this class is designed for actors with prior training who are beginning their professional acting journey, seeking representation, or 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
Mar 25 – Apr 15 (6 weeks) Saturdays 10:30am-1pm $121 DRAX 3087 200 Syn 60695 Highland Campus Studio
Led by Craig Nigh (pictured right as Hill in Fear the Walking Dead, Photo: Ryan Green/AMC), 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 technique. Scenes are filmed for playback and critique. Limited to 12 students. Craig’s Page to Performance Syllabus
Mar 4 – 11 (2 weeks) Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm $101 DRAX 3062 200 Syn 60683 Highland Campus Studio
May 6 – 13 (2 weeks) Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm $101 DRAX 3062 201 Syn 60684 Highland Campus Studio
Led by Tony Sears, this course covers the technical how-to 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 have previous on-camera experience and 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. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet; updated (free) Zoom account.
Apr 27 – Jun 1 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm $166 DRAX 3046 210 Syn 60583 Online/Zoom
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 Tools of the Trade Syllabus
Jan 21 – Feb 25 (6 weeks) Saturdays 10:30am-1pm $181 DRAX 3088 200 Syn 60694 Highland Campus Studio
Led by Cliff Miller, this course introduces two important accents used for stage, film, television, and video games. In the Spring we’re offering Eastern European and Standard British (a.k.a. RP). 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 10 students. Cliff’s Accents syllabus
Mar 20 – Apr 24 (6 weeks) Mondays 6:30-9:00pm $186 DRAX 3065 200 Syn 60686 Highland Campus Studio
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 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
Apr 18 – May 23 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 6-8:30pm $186 DRAX 4053 210 Syn 60586 Online/Zoom
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
Lessons are once/week for 3 weeks (3 lessons). Schedule your day and time during the weeks indicated below by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursdays Jan 5 – 19 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 200 Syn 60699 Highland Campus Studio
Fridays Jan 6 – 20 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 201 Syn 60700 Highland Campus Studio
Thursdays Feb 2 – 16 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 202 Syn 60701 Highland Campus Studio
Fridays Feb 3 – 17 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 203 Syn 60702 Highland Campus Studio
Thursdays Feb 23 – Mar 9 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 204 Syn 60704 Highland Campus Studio
Fridays Feb 24 – Mar 10 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 205 Syn 60705 Highland Campus Studio
Thursdays Apr 20 – May 4 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 206 Syn 60707 Highland Campus Studio
Fridays Apr 21 – May 5 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 207 Syn 60708 Highland Campus Studio
Thursdays May 11 – 25 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 208 Syn 60710 Highland Campus Studio
Fridays May 12 – 26 (3 sessions) $270 DRAX 3063 209 Syn 60711 Highland Campus Studio
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 MORE THAN ONCE AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE.
Led by Rick Roemer, this ten-week course is available only with instructor approval. Participants are expected to have had Acting Explorations, Ongoing Scene Study or other comparable training. Advanced Scene Study is the best opportunity for actors to flex their acting muscles and refine their craft on a consistent basis — 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.
Jan 7 – Mar 11 (10 weeks) Saturdays 10am – 1pm $361 DRAX 3084 200 Syn 60689 Northridge Campus
Improvisation for Advanced Actors
Led by John Ratliff, this class confirms that Improv is an essential component of any working actor’s toolkit. Both in auditions and on set, improv is increasingly used as a supplement to scripted material. Facility with the basic improvisational principles allows actors to be comfortable and confident in these situations, and in some cases might even provide an edge in casting decisions. On a deeper level, improv accesses the full range of actors’ creativity and intuition, enlarging the sense of what’s possible — even in scripted roles. The fundamental principles of improv — being present in the moment, paying close attention to your scene partner, trusting your gut — can help you turn an actor’s hard-earned craft into transcendent art. Also, it’s fun! Improv can help people rediscover the sense of joy that got them into acting in the first place, and remind actors that ultimately what we’re doing is just playing together. We’ll work hard in class, but always in a supportive and positive environment that allows all to feel safe in stretching abilities and trying new things. Limited to 12 students.
Mar 25 – May 13 (8 weeks) Saturdays 10am – 12:30 p.m. $281 DRAX 3090 200 Syn 60692 Northridge 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 email@example.com
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.