Adult Spring 2016 Classes
Beginning to Avanced Beginning Classes
ACTING FOR FILM
1st and 3rd session led by Nick Stevenson, 2nd session led by Brittany Flurry
This beginning to advanced beginning acting for film class is the most popular class in our Film series. The instructor focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty and vulnerability. The emphasis is on energy, personal power, personality and enjoyment. The students’ work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Suggested prerequisite: Beginning Acting for Film & Stage or other previous acting training.
Jan 11-Feb 22 (6 weeks) Mondays 7-10pm $191 DRAM 3010 200 (No class 1/18)
Feb 4-Mar 10 (6 weeks) Thursdays 7-10pm $191 DRAM 3010 201 Apr 25-Jun 6 (6 weeks)
Mondays 7-10pm $191 DRAM 3010 202 (No class 5/30)
BEGINNING ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE
1st and 3rd session led by Paula Russell, 2nd session led by Mj Vandivier
Our most popular class series! A gentle approach conducive to the beginner, this class will focus predominantly on scene study for film and stage. Learn how to establish meaningful and honest relationships through the art of active listening and responding. Learn the tools necessary to be “believable.” Develop your imaginative capacities, unleash your creative impulses, deepen your intuition, and sharpen the analytical skills necessary to “breakdown” a scene. This class is recommended prior to Acting for Film.
Jan 19-Feb 23 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 7-10pm $191 DRAM 3034 200
Mar 2-Apr 13 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 7-10pm $191 DRAM 3034 201 (No class 3/16)
Apr 19-May 24 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 7-10pm $191 DRAM 3034 202
INTRO TO IMPROVISATION
Led by John Ratliff
This class is for students of all levels who are ready to have fun and explore their creative side! Learn the fundamentals of improvisation. The class’ interactive exercises build listening and communication skills, heighten awareness and teach you how to be more playful, spontaneous and flexible. Learn improvisation exercises for performance or rehearsals that teach you how to think on the spot, how to manipulate your physicality, and how to create characters in the moment.
Jan 19-Feb 23 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 7-10pm $191 DRAX 4042 200
THE CREATIVITY OF ACTING FOR FILM & STAGE
Led by Babs George
This is a beginning to advanced beginning class that focuses on delineating the function of left and right hemispheres of the brain for the purpose of strengthening one’s ability to send and receive information in the “moment” of acting. Imagination exercises, improvisation and cold reading from stage and film scripts will be used to access creative and intuitive responses. The hope is to free the actor from the left-brain chatter while acting. Cold reading exercises are based on the Charles Conrad Technique. (See Wikipedia for Charles E. Conrad).
May 2-Jun 13 (6 weeks) Mondays 7-10pm $191 DRAM 3001 200 (No class 5/30)
ACTING FOR FILM II
Led by Nick Stevenson
This class is for students with previous film acting training. The instructor focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty and vulnerability. The emphasis is on energy, personal power, personality and enjoyment. The students’ work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Suggested prerequisite: Beginning Acting for Film & Stage or other previous acting training.
Mar 7-Apr 18 (6 weeks) Mondays 7-10pm $181 DRAX 3003 200 (No class 3/14)
ACTING II FOR FILM & STAGE
1st session led by Paula Russell, 2nd session led by Mj Vandivier
This pre-intermediate course is for students who have taken previous beginning acting classes and would like to build upon the foundation they have received. Students will practice scene study and/or monologue work. Focus will be on strengthening scene breakdown, listening and responding to one’s scene partner and following one’s inner impulses. Additionally, students will explore their imaginative responses and emotional accessibility.
Mar 1-Apr 12 (6 weeks) Tuesdays 7-10pm $181 DRAM 9002 200 (No class 3/15)
Apr 14-May 19 (6 weeks) Thursdays 7-10pm $181 DRAM 9002 201
ACTING AND THE BIZ: AN INTRODUCTION
Led by Nick Stevenson
Actor, theatre company founder, and comedian Nick Stevenson brings to this workshop his experiences from years of working in the industry in Los Angeles and New York City. In this one-day, 5-hour course, the focus will be on what it means to be a working actor. We will talk about what makes a good headshot, review resumes and discuss how to handle an audition or interview. Part of the day will focus on self taped vs. live Film/TV auditions. Workshop is suitable for anyone with previous training and experience who is interested in pursuing acting and seeking representation. There will be one 20-minute break. Please bring a sack lunch.
Mar 5 (1 class) Saturdays 10am-3pm $61 DRAX 3034 100
TAPING YOUR AUDITION
Led Nick Stevenson
Actor, theatre company founder, and comedian Nick Stevenson brings to this workshop his experiences from years of working in the industry in Los Angeles and New York City. In this one-day, 5-hour course, the focus will be on Self-taped Auditions for the working actor. As more and more projects shoot outside of Los Angeles, taped auditions are becoming the norm. Participants will work on how to “slate,” and tape an audition to industry standards. Local videographer Viktor Cepeda, the go-to guy for many actors who tape auditions, will be on-hand to tape simulated auditions. Workshop is suitable for anyone with previous training and experience who is interested in pursuing acting at the professional level. There will be one 20-minute break. Please bring a sack lunch.
May 7 (1 class) Saturdays 10am-3pm $76 DRAX 3046 100
Intermediate to Advanced Classes
INTERMEDIATE ACTING FOR FILM
Led by Nick Stevenson
This class focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty and vulnerability. The emphasis is on energy, personal power, personality and enjoyment. The students’ work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Prerequisite: Must have previous training or experience.
Jan 20-Feb 24 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 7-10pm $181 DRAM 3011 200
Apr 20-May 25 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 7-10pm $181 DRAM 3011 201
FILM ACTING FOR THE PROFESSIONAL ACTOR
Led Nick Stevenson
This “pros” only class is for actors who are actively auditioning. Being a professional actor means that you are prepared and committed to doing your best! In this class actors will have the opportunity to refine the necessary skills for success by improving their film acting technique, cold reading skills, and gaining greater ease in the audition environment. Through in-depth scene study, actors learn how to evaluate material, make choices, and arrive on set with a performance they can rely on. Space is limited to 8 students. Instructor approval required.
Mar 1-Apr 5 (5 weeks) Tuesdays 7-10pm $206 DRAX 3019 200 (No class 3/15)
IMPROVISATION FOR THE ACTOR
Led by Jon Bolden
This class is for actors who are looking to sharpen their improvisation skills or improvisers who are interested in acting. This class will take students through exercises focusing on being in the moment, finding the depth in a scene, and creating seamless chemistry with your scene partner. Students will work on using improvisation for auditions, while developing fluid and seamless characters spontaneously. Learn how to be specific and honest for rich scene work. Previous improvisation training required.
Mar 23-Apr 27 (6 weeks) Wednesdays 7-10pm $191 DRAX 4043 200
THE SPEAKING VOICE 101 WITH RADIO THEATER
Led by MJ Vandivier
The voice is the most important tool for effective communication. Discover how you can make a great first impression with your voice or talk for hours without losing steam. Mj Vandivier, a Certified Lessac Voice & Body Trainer, leads and grounds students in the process of voice dynamics. From body-voice warm-ups to the most effective ways to master your “instrument,” Mj will guide you to a greater awareness and use of the power of your own natural voice. The last 3 classes of the session will focus on Radio Theater. Students will rehearse and record a performance in a drama or comedy radio show from the archives of Classic Radio Theater. This class is recommended prior to Dialect training. There is a $15 materials fee included in tuition.
Jan 25-Mar 21 (8 weeks) Mondays 7-10pm $246 DRAM 3019 200
DIALECT TRAINING FOR FILM & STAGE
Led by Mj Vandivier
Spring will be German and Irish. The Summer offers Scottish and Brooklynese. Instructor Mj Vandivier, practicing certified Lessac teacher, encourages actors to not only speak well, but also have the ability to step into a variety of accents whenever they are asked to do so. The Lessac approach to dialects is one of the easiest to understand, yet most comprehensive methods to learn. The need for accessing different accents continues to grow for voice over actors with games and apps as well as for film and the stage. Suggested prerequisite: Speaking Voice 101. There is a $5 materials fee included in tuition.
Mar 28-Apr 25 (5 weeks) Mondays 7-10pm $171 DRAX 3017 200
FOUNDATIONS OF SINGING
Led by Adam Roberts
This course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning to advanced-beginning singer. Throughout our six class meetings, 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. For optimal results, Foundations of Singing should be repeated multiple times prior to proceeding to the next level in our Singing Voice sequence. No prior singing experience necessary.
Jan 16-Feb 20 (6 weeks) Saturdays 2-5 pm $191 DRAX 3038 200
Apr 16-May 21 (6 weeks) Saturdays 2-5 pm $191 DRAX 3038 200
ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE
Led by Adam Roberts
This musical theatre intensive will provide a rigorous, eighteen-hour workshop experience for advanced participants. Our work will center primarily on each student’s existing rep and be conducted in master class format; additional topics covered will be determined by the needs and desires of the class as a whole. We’ll focus on musical theatre-specific vocal technique and methods for acting songs, as well as developing a new audition cut for each participant. Enrollment is limited to advanced students with prior training and experience.
Jan 16-Feb 20 (6 weeks) Saturdays 11am-2 pm $231 DRAX 4040 200
Apr 16-May 21 (6 weeks) Saturdays 11am-2 pm $231 DRAX 4040 200
Several State Theatre School of Acting teachers 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. 512-692-0517.