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Classes for Ages 18 and up



led by Tony Sears and Craig Nigh  

This is a beginning to advanced beginning acting class focusing on work for the camera. The emphasis is on developing a naturalistic acting style through connection, honesty, and vulnerability, and following intuitive impulse. 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. 

Craig Nigh as Hill- Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

For online class: Limited to 8 students. Platform: Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Jan 11 – Feb 15   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $151   DRAM 3010 210   (Online-Zoom) –Tony
Jan 31 – Mar 7
    (6 weeks)    Mondays   6:30-9:30pm   $216   DRAM 3010 200  Highland Campus Studio  -Craig
Mar 22 – Apr 26 (6 weeks)     Tuesdays   6:30-8:30pm  $151    DRAM 3010 211 (Online-Zoom)Tony

Tony’s Acting for Film Syllabus  



1st and 4th sessions led by Rick Roemer,  2nd session led by Brittany Flurry, 3rd session led by Paula Russell

A gentle approach to the beginner, this class will focus primarily 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 “breakdown” a monologue or scene. 

For online class: Limited to 8 students. Platform: Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Jan 19 – Feb 23   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   11am-2pm   $216   DRAM 3034 200  Highland Campus Studio   
Feb 14 – Mar 28   (6 weeks)   Mondays    6:30-9:00pm    $181    DRAM 3034 210   (Online- Zoom)   (No class 3/14)
Mar 5- Apr 16     (6 weeks)    Saturdays   10:30am-1pm  $181   DRAM 3034 202   South Austin Campus   (No class 3/19)
Apr 4 – May 9      (6 weeks)    Mondays    6:30-9:30pm    $216    DRAM 3034 201   Northridge Campus

Rick’s Beginning Acting Syllabus
Brittany’s Beginning Acting Syllabus



led by John Ratliff

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. This class will include a weekly 30-minute homework assignment that can be done in any space.

For online class: Limited to 8 students. Platform: Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Jan 26 – Mar 2   (6 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-9:00pm   $181   DRAX 4042 200   Northridge Campus
Mar 1 – Apr 12   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays         6:30-8:30pm   $146   DRAX 4042 210   (Online- Zoom)   (No class 3/15)

John’s Improv Syllabus



led by Craig Nigh

This class is a must for film and television actors, particularly for auditions. This course 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.  This class also focuses on a connection (with another actor or reader), and basic camera technique.  Scenes are recorded for playback and critique.  

For online class: Limited to 8 students.  Online platform: Zoom  *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Feb 19 – Mar 12   (4 weeks)   Saturdays   11am-1:00pm   $106   DRAX 3062 200   Highland Campus Studio
Apr 2 – Apr 3   (2 days)   Sat/Sun   10am-2:00pm   $106   DRAX 3062 210    (Online- Zoom) 

Craig’s Page to Performance Syllabus



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. Online Platform: Zoom.  Materials Needed:  internet connection & audio/video capabilities with computer or tablet.

Jan 27 – Mar 3   (6 weeks)   Thursdays    6:30-8:30pm    $151   DRAX 3003 210   (Online- Zoom) 
Apr 28 – Jun 2   (6 weeks)    Thursdays    6:30-8:30pm    $151  DRAX 3003 211   (Online- Zoom) 

Tony’s Acting for Film II Syllabus



led by Rick Roemer

This 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

Mar 2 – Apr 13    (6 weeks)    Wednesdays   6:30-9:30pm    $216    DRAM 9002 200    Northridge Campus   (No class 3/16)

Mar 24 – Apr 28   (6 weeks)   Thursdays      6:30-9:30pm     $216    DRAM 9002 201   Highland Campus 

Rick’s Acting II Syllabus



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 scene 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 10 students

Mar 31 – May 5   (6 weeks)   Thursdays   6:30-9:00pm   $181   DRAX 3081 200   Northridge Campus

John’s Improv II Syllabus



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. This class 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-to’s 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/skype/zoom, etc.

Limited to 8 students. Online platform: Zoom *Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Mar 23 – May 4   (7 weeks)   Wednesdays   6:30-8:30pm   $176   DRAX 3083 210  (Online- Zoom)

Tony’s ACTION! Syllabus



led by Rick Roemer

This course is available for students who 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- it is 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.

Apr 12 – May 31   (8 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:30pm   $286   DRAX 3084 200   Northridge Campus




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. Online platform: Zoom Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Jan 11 – Feb 15    (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:00-8:30 pm   $181   DRAX 3068 210    (Online- Zoom)
Apr 19 – May 24   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:00-8:30 pm    $181   DRAX 3068 211  (Online- Zoom)

Cliff’s Intro to Voiceover Syllabus  



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. Online Platform: Zoom. Materials needed: internet connection & audio/video with capability with computer or tablet.

Mar 1 – Apr 12   (6 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:30-9:00 pm   $181   DRAX 4053 210   (Online- Zoom)   (No class 3/15)

Cliff’s Voiceover II Syllabus  



led by Adam Roberts

This class is intended for anyone desiring to increase the power and impact of their 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, and presentations.

Feb 8 – Apr 5   (8 weeks)   Tuesdays   6:00-9:00 pm   $251    DRAX 3085 200   Northridge Campus   (No class 3/15)



led by Cliff Miller

This course introduces two important accents (used) for stage, film, television, and video games. In the spring we’re offering American Southern and German. 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 enjoying learning two interesting accents.

Apr 4- May 9   (6 weeks)   Mondays   6:30-9:30 pm   $216   DRAX 3065 200   Highland Campus 

Cliff’s Accents syllabus



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. Call or email for an appointment time: booking@adamkroberts.com

For Online Platform:  Zoom.  Materials needed:  internet connection & audio/video capability with computer or tablet.

Adam’s Private Coaching for Singers Syllabus  

**Book lessons once a week for 4 weeks.  (4 lessons)

Jan 18 – Feb 8    (4 weeks)    Tuesdays   $361    DRAX 3063 210   (Online- Zoom) 
Jan 20 – Feb 10   (4 weeks)   Thursdays   $361   DRAX 3063 200  Highland Campus 
Jan 21 – Feb 11   (4 weeks)    Fridays    $361    DRAX 3063 201    Highland Campus 

Contact booking@adamkroberts.com, to schedule your day and time during the weeks indicated

Feb 15 – Mar 8   (4 weeks)   Tuesdays    $361   DRAX 3063 211   (Online- Zoom) 
Feb 17 – Mar 10  (4 weeks)   Thursdays   $361  DRAX 3063 202  Highland Campus 
Feb 18 – Mar 11   (4 weeks)    Fridays    $361    DRAX 3063 203    Highland Campus 

Contact booking@adamkroberts.com, to schedule your day and time during the weeks indicated

Mar 22- Apr 12   (4 weeks)   Tuesdays   $361   DRAX 3063 212   (Online- Zoom)   (No class 3/15)
Mar 24 – Apr 14   (4 weeks)   Thursdays  $361   DRAX 3063 204  Highland Campus   (No class 3/17)
Mar 25- Apr 15   (4 weeks)   Fridays   $361   DRAX 3063 205   Highland Campus   (No class 3/18)

Contact booking@adamkroberts.com, to schedule your day and time during the weeks indicated

Apr 26 – May 17   (4 weeks)   Tuesdays   $361   DRAX 3063 213  (Online- Zoom)
Apr 28 – May 19   (4 weeks)   Thursdays   $361   DRAX 3063 206   Highland Campus 
Apr 29- May 20   (4 weeks)   Fridays    $361    DRAX 3063 207   Highland Campus 

Contact booking@adamkroberts.com, to schedule your day and time during the weeks indicated


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 theactorsschool@austincc.edu


Where our classes are held:

Fall 2021 has both virtual and face-to-face classes

ACC Highland Campus – Bldg 4000 in our Studio space & Northridge Campus in Bldg 3000