Theatre/Acting

Create dynamic and authentic performances through understanding character objectives, playing with physicality,  breaking down beats, and working with subtext.

Text & Monologue Coaching

In this coaching session, the student will work through and analyze contemporary and classical texts of your choice in order to find ways to fully inhabit your character and craft an authentic performance. Depending on individual needs, classes may include:
 

  • Text analysis - Discovering beats, tactics, and objectives/wants

  • Character breakdown and exploration through exercises in physicality (using Viewpoints, Laban, Suzuki methodologies as needed)

  • Understanding the scene in relation to the play

  • Speech and Voice 

  • Recognizing and breaking down personal habits 

 

Offered as a single class or 3 session package

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Audition Preparation for Actors 

Rehearse audition material for your next show, tv/film, college, or scholarship submission! Strategize for cold reads, choose appropriate material, and prepare to give your best. This class is flexible to fit your specific needs and questions, and offers the following topics:
 

  • What To Do Before the Audition 

  • Conquering the Cold Read

  • Choosing material that will showcase your skills

  • What to Wear & Headshot/Resume Feedback

  • Practice Mock Auditions with Notes 

  • Overcoming Fears: Confidence and Comfortability in the room

 

Offered as a single class or 3 session package

Scene Study

Explore scene analysis by reading between the lines to bring text to life! Learn how to identify themes, given circumstances, relationships, and character wants.

Work on existing material or request assigned scene work. Please inquire about enrolling with a group of 2-3 people. In this class, we will work on assigned scenes with scene partners of 2 or 3 people. Students study how to break down a scene into individual beats, discover dynamics and relationships between characters, and staging. Work with scene partners to create an authentic, clear, and dynamic narrative.

This class will go over stagecraft techniques including:

  • Character Status and Relationships

  • Physicality and Actions

  • Developing strong acting choices based off themes and motives

  • Narrative Arcs

  • Choosing Scene Props

Classic Texts (Shakespeare+)

Iambic Pentameter? Iambic HEXameter? Troche?! These are the names of just a few of the literary clues playwrights provided to help guide readers and actors. Learn how to analyze text to understand scenes, discover actions, and develop character in classical literature. 

The Classic Texts class reviews literary devices that playwrights used within classical literature in order to lay out a blueprint for actors to follow. Explore a variety of time periods and places such as Shakespeare, Greek, Restoration, & Jacobean plays. Understanding literary methods will allow actors to break down any text to recognize character objectives, drives, and tactics in order to truthfully tell stories.  

  • Literary Devices

  • Historical & Cultural Context

  • Translating Language

  • Identify Common Character Types (Trope, Ingenue, Greek Chorus +) 

  • Types of Plays and Texts (Tragedies, Comedies, Histories, Sonnets +)

Self Taping

Learn fundamentals and best practices for self-taping. Audio, visual, and performance recommendations tailored to your needs.

Self Tapes are essential for actors and performers for our current and future industry. Prepare for self tape submissions, virtual concerts, & auditions! Create your own home studio with specific suggestions using what you already own. We can also offer tech advice to improve your set up.

  • Microphones for your phone and computer

  • Instrumental tracks for Singers

  • Zoom Concert Etiquette 

  • Camera and Eye Contact

  • Clothing & Background 

  • Recommendations for best Audio and Visual 

Acting Fundamentals

Learn how to create a character from scratch or from a script. Class will go over acting terminology, developing a character, collaborating with scene partners, monologue work, and physicality. 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels. Topics may include:

Beginning:

  • Overview of Acting Terminology (Beats, Objectives,  etc.)

  • Understanding Character

  • Analyzing script from an actor’s perspective

  • Listening

  • Speech & Physicality 

Intermediate

  • Clarifying Character Objectives, Wants, and Beats

  • Vocal and Physical Technique

  • Scene and Monologue Work

  • Personalized Warm-Ups

Advanced: Work with instructors to delve deep into character development

  • Overview of Acting Styles (Time Period or Geographic Region)

  • Scene or Monologue Work

  • Acting Techniques

  • Prepare for Future Roles

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