Acting Classes Ages 8-Adult

Acting (Spring & Fall Terms)

Acting classes help students develop strength and versatil

ity in their acting through progressive levels.  Students will work on acting fundamentals of movement, voice,
improvisation, and character development.  Advanced students will also explore different acting styles and techniques. Each class is now offered in sections with a more concentrated focus. Based more on experience than on age range, our acting classes teach the foundations of technique students will use their entire careers. Acting classes will work on monologues and scene-work that will be performed in the Spotlight Showcase at the end of the session.

Acting 1 : The Actor & Their Tools

Acting 1 Class Series : The Actor & Their Tools aims to develop and discover the actor’s tools of body voice and mind, while also learning acting and theatre terminology. Taught in 3 sections, for 2 different age groups. Each Section offers different focus and skills. Each Age group will develop different aspects of each section.

Section 1: The Actor & The Voice

About this Section: This course aims to open up awareness of the physical attributes to the actor’s voice, engage students in activities that further their development in vocal expression in their speaking voices, and introduce students to basic acting terminology (Stanislavsky) and techniques. Use of Linklater, Alexander, Fitzmaurice, Loft, Berry, Rodenburg are encouraged.

Ages 8-12 Objectives: Through creative play, Reader’s Theatre, and discussion this class will focus on using voice to create character, using voice to understand expression, Learning how to listen, learning how to make text sound natural. Short scene in classical texts & Reader’s Theatre pieces are suggested as materials to help focus class on vocal choices and expression in this 8hr class.

Ages 13+ Objectives: Through the use of text students will learn basic information to lead them to understanding vocal apparatus, understanding use of voice, understanding elements of speech, Acting Technique Introduction: Actions, Objectives, Tactics, Beats, Units. Application of Acting Technique to Monologue. Development of a Dialect, and how to learn/listen to a dialect and will begin to Build Observation skills. Final project will be an application of lessons on a monologue of the student’s or teacher’s choosing.

Section 2: The Actor & The Body

About this section: This section aims to open up awareness of the actor’s physicality, special awareness, physical expression, as well as introduce and build on basic acting terminology and techniques.Use of Laban, Marceau, Goldstein, Leqoc, Corporeal Mime, Suzuki, Viewpoints, Checkhov techniques are encouraged.

Ages 8-12 Objectives: Exploration of physical articulation through use of Mime, Pantomime and physical articulation which will spur the creation of a mimed scene/’monologue’ that helps to develop imagination, and teaches students to define spacial awareness. Understanding of physicality of characters and the introduction of Observations.

Ages 13+ Objectives: Use of physical expression, isolations & articulation to develop characters through a physicality ‘outside in’ perspective. General Understanding of skeletal & muscular system, Introduction of Psycho-physical connection,Students should build upon observation skills.

Section 3: The Actor & The Material

About This Section: This course focuses on the actor’s mind, using their imagination, creativity and logic skills while applying them to materials. Monologue work, the preparation for auditions.- students will apply lessons from sections 1 & 2 to the development of 3 different characters which will become the basis for a strong audition package. Techniques Encouraged: Stanislavsky, Hagan, Adler, Misener, Chechov, Shakespeare, Berry, Linklater, Loft, Alexander, Laban, Viewpoints,

Ages 8-12  Objectives: Students will build character through introduction of acting techniques- through script analysis, play, vocal and physical techniques. Students will build upon observation skills and learn to apply observations to material. This class is aimed at the application of technique to material, and on how to create from the materials. Students will learn how to create a character biography, how to make choices for the character and should be able to begin to articulate these choices.

Ages 13+  Objectives: Students will build upon observation skills and learn application of observations in conjunction with acting techniques of Stanislavsky, Adler, Hagan, Checkhov. Students will be able to articulate and make choices for character through detailed character biographies, physicalization and vocal awareness. Actors will complete a final monologue and will develop their own style of script analysis to assist with rehearsal and character activation.

Acting 2 : Character & Scene Work

Students will focus on how best to apply learned techniques for different types of materials. Each section will focus on different material styles.

Through scene work students will improve their observation skills, understanding of casting and what goes into the decisions behind casting, expand their analysis skills, problem solving skills, and will be able to better identify the anatomy of a scene. Classes are very  interactive, and help build foundations for better social interactions, communications, as well as listening, problem solving and story telling skills.

Ages 8-12 Objectives: Terminology: Action, Tactic, Objective, Obstacle, Stage Directions, projection, eye contact, use of body language, or physical awareness in relationship to the audience, difference between presentational & representational acting styles. Character development introduction.

Ages 13+ Objectives: Terminology: Action, Tactic, Objective, Obstacle, Stage Directions, projection, eye contact, use of body language, or physical awareness in relationship to the audience, difference between presentational & representational acting styles, difference between character and personality acting styles. Advanced application of Acting technique, advanced understanding of material/ analysis of material is evident in performance. Advanced Character development.

All Sections focus on building the following skills:

  • Reading Comprehension & Analysis
  • Confidence
  • Creative Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Collaboration & Team work
  • Compassion
  • Observation
  • Kinesthetic Awareness
  • Memory
  • Mental agility
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Use of Properties, and beginning of work with Costumes & the analysis of how objects & clothing tell a story.

Section 1: Comedy!

This section will focus on understanding Timing, understanding elements of comedy, History of comedy & Sub- genres of Comedy.

Section 2: Drama

This section will focus on understanding: putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, Compassion, Textual Analysis, Use of Drama & Sub-genres of Drama.

Section 3: Musical Acting

This section will focus on the different style of Musical Theatre acting, how to act a song, and between songs. Telling stories without worrying about actually singing the songs. Analysis of music, lyrics and the story needs

Section 4: Classical (Dramatic, Comedy)

This class will pull materials from classical works of Shakespeare, Greek, George Bernard Shaw, Ibsen, Checkhov and others. These texts will be explored in fun and interesting ways to empower students to analyze, and understand ‘high language’ texts and how to make them feel naturally performed.

Section 5: Absurdist

This section will focus on the material from the Absurdist movement, and will allow students to delve into the oddities of juxtaposition, satire and other forms of non-realistic acting.

Acting 3: Advanced Studies in Acting

This class series aims to expand your tools to further your development as an actor of the theatre and a player of life. It hopes to open doors of analysis to a more in-depth understanding of the psychological, physical, and relational approaches to creating a character, while encouraging personal authenticity. This course desires to deepen your understanding of the technique of Acting and the wide array of theatre styles. Taught in multiple sections focusing on different types of materials.

This class builds skills in the following areas: collaboration, problem solving, critical & creative thinking, language, reading comprehension, mental agility, memory. Materials are tailored to student’s abilities, experience and maturity. Students will perform in the Spotlight Showcase at the end of the session

Section 1: Shakespeare/Greek

Classical texts are often seen as difficult to understand and analyze. This class offers students a fun and challenging way to get beyond the stigmas of performing ‘high language’ texts, how to use poetry, verse, meter, and sound to produce a natural and heartfelt power performance.

Section 2: Acting Techniques Explored

This section delves into the history of Acting through exploration of multiple different techniques from Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler & more. These techniques are the most revered techniques of the modern Acting profession and offer tools for actors to deliver incredibly stunning realistic portrayals of characters and texts.

Section 3: TV/Film

Acting on Camera is VERY different than acting in the theatre. There are different uses for the imagination, things you must keep track of, cheats to make you successful. This class explores those differences in technique and offers students an opportunity to explore the differences through hands-on, interactive learning processes.

Section 4: The Business of Acting

This is our most requested acting class. This class answers the question on How to become a professional actor. Offering insights into the world of headshots, resumes, contact cards, how to find auditions, how to network, build a portfolio or website, and finally how to build an audition package from start to finish to use anywhere.

Acting for Adults

These classes focuses on deepening the actor’s understanding of the character & text through exploration of known acting techniques: Stanislavsky, Checkhov, Adler, Hagen, Meisner. This course aims to assist actors with discovering more dimensionality in their performance through risk, committment and through a guided rehearsal technique. These classes help to develop deeper understanding in the performer, and in the potential instructor.

Section 1: Monologue Work

Section 2: Scene Work & Character Development

Section 3: Teacher Training

This section allows Teachers in Training to work alongside our professional Instructors. They will gain handson experience as a Teaching Assistant. Through the direct interaction with a classroom experience, Students will be able to observe classroom management styles, gain perspectives on how to teach certain classes and techniques, develop a mentor/student relationship from which to network, gain lists for classroom activities and more.