Fall Session 2018

Fall Session 2018

Sep 17–Nov 11

 


 

Acting & Audition         Physical          Voice          Specialties

 


 

Important Information:

 

  • Courses meet once a week for eight weeks for a total of eight sessions, unless otherwise noted. Please note a given class’s dates carefully as there may be exceptions.

  • Make-up week is November 12–18. Classes are held this week only in the event a teacher must cancel a previously scheduled class.

  • Students receive written evaluations for most courses.

  • College credit is offered for 8-session courses only.

 

Questions?

Email studio@act-sf.org or call 415.439.2441.

Early Bird Discount!

Register by Sep 4
with code FALL10
and get 10% off classes*

 


*Early Bird Discount not applicable to Master Classes

 


Registration Policies:

 

  • Students should read the criteria explained in a given course’s description carefully in order to register for the courses they believe are the best fit.
  • Instructors can make recommendations about all returning students’ placement. However, final decisions regarding admission and placement are at the discretion of the Studio A.C.T. Program Director.
  • Studio A.C.T. assumes no responsibility for personal injuries that occur as the result of course work or classroom activity.
  • By registering for a course, students warrant that they are healthy enough for an experiential academic experience that may be psychologically, physically, or emotionally challenging.


These course descriptions are subject to change.

Most courses are limited to 12 or 14 students, so early registration is highly recommended. A minimum enrollment of 6 students must be achieved in order for a course to be offered. In the event that fewer than 6 students register, a course may be canceled. If a course is canceled, all registrants will have the option to switch into another available class of their choosing or be issued a full refund.

New students must fill out a new student questionnaire at the time of their registration.

Non-refundable fees apply:

  • $20 non-refundable registration fee for new students
  • $10 nonrefundable registration fee for returning students
  • $5 nonrefundable library fee for all students
     

Refund Policy:


Withdrawal and refund requests must be made 24 hours prior to the first class session
. In the event of withdrawal, class tuition is refunded while the non-refundable registration and library fees are withheld. Should a withdrawal and refund request be made after the deadline, a $20 processing fee will be withheld in addition to the standard non-refundable fees. Please allow 10 working days for your refund to be processed. Refunds of any kind cannot be processed after the second class session.

 


Curious about whether Studio A.C.T. is right for you?


Join us for the Studio Summer Sampler on August 26!

In addition to free introductory workshops in Acting, Clowning, and Movement/Voice, participants will also have an opportunity to chat with members of the Studio A.C.T. faculty—including Studio A.C.T. Director Mark Jackson!

Space is limited—register online to reserve your place!

Acting & Audition

 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

Introduction to Acting
 

Julie Douglas
 

Wed 6:30­–9:30 p.m.
 

$375
 

Introduction to Acting
 

Heidi Carlsen

Sun 1–4 p.m.
 

$375
 

Acting 1

Mark Rafael

Wed 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375
 

Acting 1
 

Alyson Rutter
 

Sun 1–4 p.m.
 

$375
 

Acting 2

Liz Anderson

Wed 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting 2

Laura Wayth

Thu  6:30–9:30 p.m.

 

$375

Acting 3

 

Mark Rafael

Tue 6:30­–9:30 p.m.

$375
 

Acting Focus: Acting and Audition
     for Commercial

Liz Anderson

 

Mon 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$425

NEW!
Acting Focus: Melodrama!


Michael Gene Sullivan


Mon
6:30–9:30 p.m.
 


$375

Acting Focus: Scales of Realism

W.D. Keith

Mon 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

Acting Focus: The Singing Actor

 

Laura Wayth /
Thaddeus Pinkston
 

Sun 1–4 p.m.

$475

SPECIAL EVENT!
     M.F.A. Audition Prep Workshop

 

Melissa Smith,
A.C.T. Conservatory Director


Sun, Oct 28
1–5 p.m.



 
$75



 


Physical


Studio A.C.T. Physical skills classes are designed to provide a workout in the given subject area that allows each individual to progress to their fullest.

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

Alexander Technique

Kari Prindl

Tue 6:30–9:00 p.m.

$325

Dynamic Movement

Caitlyn Tella

Wed 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

 

Activating Character Through Voice & Body

Heidi Carlsen

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375
 

NEW!
Intensive: Intro to Tap Dance


Tricia Cronin


Mon/Wed, 9/17–10/3

6:30–8:30 p.m.


$250
 


 

Voice


Studio A.C.T. Voice skills classes are designed to provide a workout in the given subject area that allows each individual to progress to their fullest.
 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

Acting Focus: The Singing Actor

 

Laura Wayth /
Thaddeus Pinkston

Sun 1–4 p.m.

$475
 

Activating Character Through Voice & Body

Heidi Carlsen

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.
 

$375

NEW!
Introduction to Dialects


Drew Khalouf


Tue
6:30–9:30 p.m.


$375
 

Musical Theater 1: Performance Technique
 

Francie Epsen-Devlin  Naomi Sanchez

Mon 7:30–10 p.m.
 

$475

 

Voice and Speech

Drew Khalouf

Thu 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375
 

Voice Building for Singers

Francie Epsen-Devlin  Naomi Sanchez

Mon 6:30–7:30 p.m.

$150
 


 

Specialties


Studio A.C.T. Specialties classes provide unique experiences and opportunities to build skills related to the core Acting, Physical, and Voice class offerings.

 

 

 

 

Course

Instructor

Day/Time

Tuition

NEW!
Some Clowning Req'd


Patrick Russell


Thu
6:30–9:30 p.m.


$375

 

Playwriting: Getting Under the Hood

Jonathan Spector

Tue 6:30–9:30 p.m.

$375

NEW!
World Theater Artists


Mark Jackson


Tue
6:30–9 p.m.


$325

SPECIAL EVENT!
Master Class: Pry Bars for Creative Jams


Monique Jenkinson


Sun, Oct 28

       1–5 p.m.


$75
 



 

 

Acting & Audition

 

Introduction to Acting

Eight Classes

This course explores the art of acting in a playful, encouraging, collaborative atmosphere, and offers a dynamic and engaging introduction to the craft of acting and theater. In fun and engaging exercises, students will work on strengthening self-confidence, overcoming performance anxiety, improving focus and concentration, connecting with others through trust-building games and active listening, understanding “stage presence,” and opening their imaginations to playing characters. Because actor training is also life training, students can expect to find new, deeper connections to their own and others’ creativity, unlocking profound layers of empathy through character exploration. Particular emphasis will be given to transferable skills, such as expanding the imagination, collaborating effectively, speaking and presenting without anxiety, and supporting others’ growth. Students may be asked to prepare simple assignments outside of class, including memorizing short texts. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and to actively participate in all games and exercises.

Introduction to Acting is for you if:

  • You’ve never studied acting before, are curious about acting, and want an unintimidating but engaging opportunity to explore it.
  • You’ve done a bit of acting in the past, but it’s been a while and you’re hungry to get back in touch with your creative impulses.
  • You’re shy and looking for an experience to help you emerge from your shell.
  • You believe you’re “not that creative,” and wish to be proven otherwise!

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Studio A.C.T. Acting Sequence


Three Courses, Eight Classes each

Designed to be taken either individually, in succession, and/or repeatedly

Acting 1Acting 2, and Acting 3 are three different courses designed to be taken either individually or in succession. Each class may also be repeated in order to further fortify the student’s foundation in the practices learned. Together, these courses comprise the Studio A.C.T. Acting Sequence, and feature the most prevalent training practices derived from the innovative master of modern acting, Konstantin Stanislavski, and used by professional actors. These practices address awareness, truthful playing, use of language and physical action, psychology, emotion, and active script analysis. Students will develop a working understanding of common practical concepts such as action, objective, obstacle, conflict, tactic, intention, motivation, trigger, target, and acting “beats.”
 

The Studio A.C.T. Acting Sequence is for you if:

  • You already have some introductory or beginning acting experience and wish to develop a solid foundation in the most commonly utilized and effective acting practices.
  • You’re interested in exploring acting as a serious interest alongside your other interests.
  • You’re interested in either exploring or pursuing acting as a profession.

    Please note:
    Since acting is a life practice, these courses are designed to be repeatable, emphasizing fluency over “quick-fixes.” Students are occasionally encouraged to repeat levels before moving on to the next.

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Acting 1

Eight Classes

This early-level acting class emphasizes ensemble-building, imaginative play, expanding creativity, strengthening self-confidence and self-discipline, memorization techniques, cultivating personal responsibility, and strategies for successful collaboration. Course content may include some memorization of short scenes and monologues from contemporary plays, and students will be asked to prepare assignments outside of class. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises. Though not required, it is recommended that students who register for Acting 1 also register for a Studio A.C.T. Voice or Physical course.


Acting 1
is for you if:

  • You’ve taken Introduction to Acting at Studio A.C.T., or an equivalent elsewhere, and wish to continue exploring acting.
  • You took an acting class or acted in a play many years ago, and wish to reconnect to actor training.
  • You’re wondering whether a career in acting is for you and wish to explore it on your feet.
  • You’re interested in the full Studio A.C.T. Acting Sequence and are ready to start.

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Acting 2

Eight Classes

In this mid-level class students will engage in work with a dual emphasis on pursuing actions and intentions alongside active listening and responding to one’s scene partners. Students will work on at least one scene and one monologue. Rehearsing outside of class is expected, and thorough preparation is essential. Students will receive constructive criticism and adjustments, with the intention of expanding their ability to integrate receiving and offering feedback into their personal and collaborative process. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises. Though not required, it is recommended that students who register for Acting 2 also register for a Studio A.C.T. Voice or Physical course.


Acting 2
is for you if:

  • You’ve taken some acting classes or acted in a play or two some years ago, and wish to reconnect to or resume your exploration of acting.
  • You’ve taken Introduction to Acting and Acting 1 at Studio A.C.T., or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to continue exploring acting.
  • You’re interested in the Studio A.C.T. Acting Sequence and have already taken Acting 1.

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Acting 3

Eight Classes

Students enrolled in this upper-level class will learn further practical strategies for rehearsing efficiently, collaborating effectively, pursuing actions and intentions, and bringing greater truth, spontaneity, and specificity to their acting through careful analysis of the script in on-your-feet rehearsals. Acting 3 requires memorization of at least one substantial scene and/or one monologue. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class, and thorough preparation is essential. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises. Though not required, it is strongly recommended that students who register for Acting 3 also register for a Studio A.C.T. Voice or Physical course.


Acting 3
is for you if:

  • You’ve taken three or more acting classes and/or acted in three or more plays in the past few years, and wish to move your exploration of acting toward more advanced levels.
  • You minored in theater as an undergraduate in college and wish to dive back in.
  • You’ve taken Acting 1 and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T. and wish to continue advancing your acting skills.
  • You’re interested in the Studio A.C.T. Acting Sequence and have already taken Acting 1 and Acting 2.
  • You already have some acting experience, have a serious interest in exploring acting as a career, and wish to get a good “workout” to hone your acting muscles.

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Acting Focus Courses

 

The Acting Focus courses are a series of rotating courses (see individual descriptions of courses currently offered below) designed for advanced acting students and experienced actors interested in continuing to hone their skills more rigorously. Individual courses may focus on the work of a particular playwright, a particular style of acting, or a specific practice. All Acting Focus courses are based in intensive scene work unless otherwise noted. The true joy of acting is the result of a lot of hard work, and the level of commitment required should be considered with seriousness. Students must attend all class sessions and actively participate in all activities. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class, and thorough preparation is essential. The Acting Focus courses offered in the Fall 2018 Studio A.C.T. Session include:

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Acting Focus: Acting & Audition for Commercials

Eight Classes

Both acting in and auditioning for commercials require actors to improvise on their feet, respond quickly and truthfully, and know how to work within a camera’s frame. This comprehensive class will give students greater confidence acting in front of a camera by empowering them with direct experience. Techniques for quick memorization, relaxation under stress, effective audition and cold reading strategies, basic improv techniques related to on-camera acting, and methods for quickly honing in on the emotional truth of a scene will be explored. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises.


Acting Focus: Acting & Audition for Commercials
 is for you if:

  • You are an experienced actor looking for more specific experience in the area of screen acting for commercials.
  • You have already taken both Acting 1 and Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or their equivalents elsewhere, and wish to expand your acting into the area of film and commercials.
  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.

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NEW!  

Acting Focus: Melodrama!

Eight Classes

Contrary to its reputation as a stodgy, archaic theatrical style, melodrama is used constantly in modern theater, television, and film. Musical theater, situation comedies, Game of ThronesStar Wars, and the Marvel Universe all draw on melodramatic tone, structure, and above all characterizations to tell their stories. In this very physical, scene-study based course, students will learn the particulars of classic melodramatic characters, how each character tells their story with their body, how powerful melodramatic stage pictures can convey story and relationships in a dynamic and truthful way, and how this particular style is relevant to storytelling for a modern audience. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises.


Acting Focus: Melodrama!
 is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken significant intermediate or advanced level acting courses, such as Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., in the last handful of years, or done some similar amount of acting in plays, musicals, or on film.
  • You are an actor interested in significantly expanding the combined physical and emotional range of your acting.
     

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Acting Focus: Scales of Realism

Eight Classes

Realism is the dominant acting style of our age. It has been described as “the art of disguising art to create the appearance of reality.” But it is a style, nonetheless, encompassing a range adjustable to larger and smaller stages and screens. This class will focus on the main tenets of realism: the duty to appear as a human being and not an actor, the elimination of performative habits, the recognition of genuine interaction, moment-to-moment playing, and the “life” not the lines. This class offers the challenge, the intimacy, and the power of “close-up” acting as it can appear on larger and smaller stages and screens. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all games and exercises.


Acting Focus: Scales of Realism
 is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken significant intermediate or advanced level acting courses, such as Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., in the last handful of years, or done some similar amount of acting in plays or on film.
  • You wish to bring greater economy, emotional honesty, and personal investment to your acting.
  • You wish to expand the range and flexibility of your realistic acting to include both stage and screen realism.
     

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Acting Focus: The Singing Actor

Eight Classes

Singing in theater is as much a matter of acting as it is a technical practice. In this course, students will approach songs from the musical theater and jazz standards repertoire as they would monologues and scenes from plays, marrying the technical needs required to sing with the psychological and emotional truth demanded of good acting. Students should plan to attend all class sessions and expect to actively participate in all exercises.


Acting Focus: The Singing Actor
 is for you if:

  • You are pursuing actor or musical theater training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken intermediate or advanced level acting courses, such as Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., in the last handful of years, or done some similar amount of acting in plays, musicals, or on film.
  • You are a singer who wishes to act their songs more truthfully.
  • You are an actor who sings, and wish to incorporate your acting skills more fully into your singing.

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SPECIAL EVENT!

Master Class: M.F.A. Audition Prep Workshop

A one-day intensive led by A.C.T. Conservatory Director Melissa Smith
Sunday, October 28, 1–5 p.m.

Getting ready to apply to graduate school acting programs? Get a leg up with this special master class with Melissa Smith, actor, A.C.T. Conservatory Director, and master acting teacher of the A.C.T. M.F.A. Program. Students will perform and receive constructive feedback on two short monologues. They will also engage in a Q&A about what to expect at their M.F.A. audition, tips on how to prepare their resume and application, as well as how to prepare mentally and emotionally. NOTE: Students must come prepared with two monologues of their choosing, one contemporary and one classical, fully memorized, and which together run no more than 4 minutes total. Please also bring copies of your current headshot and resume.


Master Class: MFA Audition Prep Workshop
 is for you if:

  • You are a student or actor who is considering or planning to audition for MFA acting programs in the coming year and want guided practice.
  • You want to feel more at ease and familiar with the process of applying to and auditioning for MFA acting programs.
  • You want to gain special insight into what is particular about auditioning for MFA programs, as opposed to theater productions, commercials, etc.

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Physical

 

Studio A.C.T. Physical skills classes are designed to provide a workout in the given subject area that allows each individual to progress to their fullest.

 

Alexander Technique

Eight Classes

This repeatable course is open to students of all experience levels. The Alexander Technique is among the most widely practiced performance-related techniques in the world. The work is intended to address issues pertaining to the practitioner's bodily alignment, efficiency of movement, and redistribution of tension. Students will practice means of recognizing and undoing habitual patterns that get in the way of natural movement, voice production, and creativity. They will become more deeply present in themselves and in the world by accessing their innate power and flexibility. Issues of performance and performance anxiety will also be addressed. Alexander Technique is a perfect companion to all Studio A.C.T. courses.


Alexander Technique 
is for you if:

  • You’ve never taken an Alexander Technique course before and want a thorough introduction.
  • You have had experience with Alexander in the past, but it’s been awhile and you wish to reconnect.
  • You have substantial experience with Alexander and are hungry for a workout.
  • You feel limited by the way you move.
  • You want to have more vocal flexibility and power.
  • You want to be able to notice what is occurring in the moment and have the choice to transform yourself.
  • You want to focus on a personal project and learn how to apply the Alexander Technique to the project.


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Dynamic Movement

Eight Classes

When the American theater director Anne Bogart said, “All acting is physical acting,” she named a basic truth known since the days of the ancient theater masters—both eastern and western. This class approaches movement as acting, breaking down how we use our bodies in time and space to create dynamic movement that expresses character, story, subtext, emotion, and ideas. Students will explore and expand their kinesthetic, physical, spontaneous, and creative responsiveness to their acting partners. The work is also applicable to creating choreography and staging for plays, musicals, dance pieces, and other performances. Students should come prepared to move, a lot!


Dynamic Movement
 is for you if:

  • You are an actor who wishes to expand their physical awareness and responsiveness as it relates to their acting.
  • You are a dancer or choreographer looking to expand the dramatic, theatrical aspects of your work.
  • You are someone who wants a creative physical workout that is as intellectually stimulating as it is physically demanding.
  • You are someone who wishes to strengthen the creative connections between their mind and body.


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Activating Character Through Voice and Body

Eight Classes

This class helps students connect their voice to their body, in order to more truthfully activate and express the psychology and emotions of the variety of characters an actor might play. It’s about getting your own voice out of your head and your character’s voice into your body, forging authentic and dynamic connections between yourself and your character. Through a variety of enlivening and rigorous exercises, participants will learn to free their voice and breath, to activate their entire body, to be open to the emotions that are kindled in us as a result, and to channel the sometimes intense emotions that plays ask of us in a way that is both dramatically effective and personally healthy.


Activating Character Through Voice and Body
 is for you if:

  • You are an experienced actor looking for a solid weekly voice and body workout.
  • You are an actor with some experience who wishes to strengthen the connection between your voice and body.
  • You have taken Acting 1 or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or its equivalent elsewhere, and wish to begin bringing a greater awareness of your voice and body to your acting.

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Intensive: Intro to Tap Dance

Six Classes

In addition to being a great art form unto itself, tap is among the most common American dance forms in musical theater. Tap is also performed in dance concerts, on sidewalks, just about anywhere. Tap’s emphasis on establishing and breaking rhythmic movement patterns challenges the mind as well as the body. The rhythmic percussiveness creates joy and satisfaction. Whether you’re a dancer wishing to expand your range of influences to include tap, an actor who is intimated by dance and wishes to take the leap, or you’re simply looking for a fun and creative way to exercise, this intensive introduction to tap is for you. NOTE: Students must obtain and supply their own tap shoes.


Intensive: Intro to Tap Dance
 is for you if:

  • You’re an actor who is intimated by dance and wishes to take the leap.
  • You’re a dancer wishing to expand your range of influences to include tap.
  • You’re a person who wishes to feel more comfortable and secure in your body.
  • You’re a person looking for a fun and creative way to exercise your brain and body.

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Voice

 

All Studio A.C.T. Voice skills classes are divided into introduction courses, designed for people new to the given subject, and repeatable courses, designed to provide a workout in the given subject area that allows each individual to progress to their fullest. Occasionally additional courses are offered, providing another unique experience with a given subject.
 

Acting Focus: The Singing Actor

Eight Classes

Singing in theater is as much a matter of acting as it is a technical practice. In this course, students will approach songs from the musical theater and jazz standards repertoire as they would monologues and scenes from plays, marrying the technical needs required to sing with the psychological and emotional truth demanded of good acting.
 

Acting Focus: The Singing Actor is for you if:

  • You are pursuing acting or musical theater training with seriousness, whether toward a career or otherwise.
  • You’ve already taken intermediate or advanced level acting courses, such as Acting 3 at Studio A.C.T., in the last handful of years, or done some similar amount of acting in plays, musicals, or on film.
  • You are a singer who wishes to act their songs more truthfully.
  • You are an actor who sings, and wish to incorporate your acting skills more fully into your singing.

 

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Activating Character Through Voice and Body

Eight Classes

This class helps students connect their voice to their body, in order to more truthfully activate and express the psychology and emotions of the variety of characters an actor might play. It’s about getting your own voice out of your head and your character’s voice into your body, forging authentic and dynamic connections between yourself and your character. Through a variety of enlivening and rigorous exercises, participants will learn to free their voice and breath, to activate their entire body, to be open to the emotions that are kindled in us as a result, and to channel the sometimes intense emotions that plays ask of us in a way that is both dramatically effective and personally healthy.
 

Activating Character Through Voice and Body is for you if:

  • You are an experienced actor looking for a solid weekly voice and body workout.
  • You are an actor with some experience who wishes to strengthen the connection between your voice and body.
  • You have taken Acting 1 or Acting 2 at Studio A.C.T., or its equivalent elsewhere, and wish to begin bringing a greater awareness of your voice and body to your acting.

 

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Introduction to Dialects

Eight Classes

From Shakespeare to Mad Men and Downton Abbey, actors are often called upon to use regional dialects by a variety of plays, television series, and films. Having demonstrable skill with dialects significantly enhances an actor’s resume. This comprehensive introductory dialects course will help you learn how to sound like a local from anywhere in the English-speaking world. When working with a dialect, authenticity depends upon specificity, and this class will help you make your sounds and phrasing specific to any region. Though not required, it is recommended that students pair this course with Voice and Speech.
 

Introduction to Dialects is for you if:

  • You are an actor who is relatively new to dialect work, and wants to get a few dialects under your belt and learn practices for picking up new dialects in the future.
  • You are an actor with past experience working with dialects, but it’s been awhile and you want to refine your sense for dialects and your process for learning them.
  • You are a person interested in how voice and speech reflect a given person’s cultural and regional background.
     

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Musical Theater 1 – Performance Technique

Eight Classes

This course is for students who want to explore musical theater, cabaret, and/or jazz singing for the very first time, as well as students who want to revisit and rebuild their musical theater muscles. The course addresses proper vocal and breath techniques, storytelling through music and lyrics, and how to build a repertoire book appropriate for your casting. You will learn how to perform and project in a variety of performance venues. The class examines the history and business aspects of the world of cabaret, jazz, and musical theater industries. Each student prepares a mini solo cabaret concert for invited guests on the final night of class. Students regularly pair this course with Voice Building for Singers, a group vocal training course scheduled earlier the same evening.
 

Musical Theater 1 – Performance Technique is for you if:
 

  • You are new to musical theater and wish to begin your exploration in a fun environment that will both challenge and support your growth.
  • You have had some experience with musical theater in the past but it’s been awhile and you’d like to reboot.
  • You are interested in exploring jazz or musical theater material in a solo concert format.

 

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Voice and Speech

Eight Classes

Do you want to speak with more power, ease, conviction, and vocal range? This class explores techniques that develop a richer, stronger, and more versatile speaking voice. You will also be introduced to phonetics, ear training, and the International Phonetic Alphabet. Students should be prepared to move, lie on the floor, and employ other actor-related techniques. This is a great course for anyone interesting in exploring, expanding, and further empowering their voice and speaking onstage and in life. Though not required, it is recommended that students pair this course with Introduction to Dialects or a Physical course such as Alexander Technique.
 

Voice and Speech is for you if:

  • You are new to acting and wish to strengthen and expand your voice and speaking abilities.
  • You are an experienced actor who often gets notes from directors or teachers about your quality of voice, breath, or speech, and wish to gain greater fluency in those areas.
  • You are a person who feels shy to speak and wishes to gain greater confidence with your voice.

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Voice Building for Singers

Eight Classes

This is a course that is suitable for students of all levels. Beginning students will discover their best singing voice and more experienced singers will gain an opportunity to exercise their vocal muscles through group work utilizing the Garcia-Marchesi vocal tradition. Students will also learn techniques to help protect their voices when they sing. This course is suitable for students of all levels of experience and may be taken as often as desired. Though not required, it is recommended that students registered for this course pair it with a Studio A.C.T. Alexander Technique course. Though not required, students regularly pair this course with Musical Theater 1–Performance Technique if they have not taken that course already.
 

Voice Building for Singers is for you if:

  • You are a new singer wishing to strengthen your voice musculature and technique in a supportive environment.
  • You are an experienced singer looking for a regular and intensive workout.

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Specialties


Studio A.C.T. Specialties classes provide unique experiences and opportunities to build skills related to the core Acting, Physical, and Voice class offerings. Some classes are offered each session, while others are special one-time events. Subjects may include clowning, drag performance, improv, stand-up comedy, devised theater, special seminars and intensives with guest artists, and more.
 

NEW!

Some Clowning Req’d

Eight Classes

Clowning is not just red noses and circuses. It can be found in a range of theater and performances, from Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett, to contemporary screen work such as Seinfeld’s Kramer and endless television commercials. Actors may be called upon to “clown” by a wide range of theater or film work. The greatest clowns not only make us belly laugh, they reveal the most vulnerable depths of our shared humanity. This class, designed to be repeatable, provides an experience with the art of clowning that allows actors to explore heightened physical comedy while also developing a deeper authenticity of presence. This experiential art form allows for more freedom, play, and resilience in all your work. Clowning skills serve the actor in a variety of contexts—from auditioning to improvisation, and from performing scripted plays both comic and tragic to discovering the joy in the mistake and the beauty in the imperfect.
 

Some Clowning Req’d is for you if:

  • You’re an actor or performer interested in significantly expanding your range of physical and emotional expression.
  • You have previously taken a Studio A.C.T. Acting 1 or 2 class, or equivalents elsewhere, and wish to explore a complimentary aspect of acting and performance.
  • You have previously taken a Studio A.C.T. Introduction to Clowning class, or equivalent elsewhere, and wish to further your exploration of the art of clowning.

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Playwriting: Getting Under the Hood

Eight Classes

If art is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, then in this class we will SWEAT! Each week we’ll examine a different element of craft – structure, character, genre, dialogue, etc. Through perusing theoretical texts, looking at contemporary plays, and reading your own work, we will use a variety of lenses to understand how plays work, and try to add more tools to our toolkits for when we get lost or stuck in our writing. The goal with this class is to think in practical ways about how we shape our ideas into plays.

Playwriting: Getting Under the Hood is for you if:

  • You have a play you’re currently working on, and want help with revising.
  • You have experience in other aspects of theater and want to understand the playwright’s perspective.
  • You’re like many writers in that what you need most desperately is a deadline.
  • You’re ready to WRITE!

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NEW!

World Theater Artists

Eight Classes

How does a performance do what it does to us? This stimulating seminar for actors, directors, and audience members examines a range of international theater and performance makers who continue to make significant impacts on world theater and culture. We will look at examples of their work, how it’s made, and the artistic, social, and political issues that arise from process and performance. Students will develop their ability to critically analyze a performance and their unique personal experience of it, and to engage others in meaningful conversation and debate. As artists and audiences, how do we go about enjoying (or not!) the visceral experience of a performance while also recognizing how its artistic systems make their impact on us? The overarching aim of the seminar is to develop our creative engagement alongside a view of theater as a sensual and critical place for enjoying diverse, challenging, and inspiring perspectives.
 

World Theater Artists is for you if:

  • You’re interested in having more stimulating, engaging conversations about the theater and performances you go to.
  • You’re an actor, director, or audience member interested in exploring work created by international artists.
  • You want the best of both worlds—the joy of sharing theater experiences with others, and the rigor of critical analysis—such that neither negates the other, but rather heighten your enjoyment and inspiration while expanding your perspective.
     

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SPECIAL EVENT!

Master Class: Pry Bars for Creative Jams

A one-day intensive led by performance maker Monique Jenkinson

Sunday, October 28, 1–5 p.m.

Every artist’s creativity gets stuck in a jam at some point. Whether you are new to performing and unsure how to begin, an actor between gigs, or a solo performance-maker who occasionally feels stuck, this fun, exploratory master class is for you. Using practical, down and dirty techniques, you’ll kick your inner critic out of the room, free and focus your unique artistic voice, and translate your vision into original performances made quickly and with limited resources. Through primarily physical approaches, this intensive encourages students to embrace a joyous rigor, shed the perceived preciousness and mystery of the creative process, and to cultivate emotional honesty in performance. Expect physical and vocal work, improvisation, creativity with objects, engaged discussion, and playing dress up. The workshop is open to artists of all disciplines, abilities, and experience levels. Students must be willing to move, perform in front of others, and discuss their work.
 

Master Class: Pry Bars for Creative Jams is for you if:

  • You sometimes feel stuck in your creativity and want to learn skills for getting unstuck and making performances quickly out of what you have available to you.
  • You are interested in learning about techniques for creating original performances from scratch.
  • You are curious about practical tools and techniques for working in experimental modes that draw on your unique voice.
  • You are a performing artist (actor, dancer, singer, drag artist, other) who wishes to strengthen the discipline and rigor of your performance-making process.

 

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