Emerging Series

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Fundamental offerings are our progression of core acting classes which provide a structured learning experience in which you can begin to build your skill set as an actor.

Curious about acting? Or, do you have experience performing, but are just feeling a little rusty? Maybe you just want to get to know your authentic self a little better? If so, our Step I Acting course is a great place to explore. You will develop or deepen the fundamental acting tools we use as the foundation for all of our acting classes at Freehold:  living truthfully under imaginary circumstances, connecting to your own personal material, investing in playing an action, and working with a partner. If you are coming to the table with more experience, this class will provide an opportunity to dive deeper into some of the tools of your craft. If you are trying this out for the first time, this class will be an entry in an exciting and safe environment.

Intro to Acting is the first class in our three-step acting progression, introducing you to a vocabulary and approach that will form the basis of Step II: Acting with Text and Step III: Basic Scene Study.  Please watch the video below to learn more about our Step I - III progression.

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 Acting with Text is about how to approach playing action when working on a short scene from a play. We apply all of the foundational tools introduced in Step I to our work with text. Students will begin to deepen their experience with given circumstances, will begin to understand how to recognize action in the text, and will explore how to connect this new understanding with the tools explored in step I. We will explore with the sense of play and creativity required to begin to bring an actual scene to life. 

Prerequisite: Step I: Intro to Acting or instructor permission.

Please note

  • This class requires you to be able to meet with your scene partner outside of regularly scheduled class time.
  • If you have not taken Step I: Intro to Acting but have received equivalent training elsewhere, you will be asked to meet with a faculty member to evaluate your eligibility for the class.  We accept only a limited number of students who have not taken Step I into each Step II section each quarter.  Instructor permission is necessary if you have not completed Step I: Intro to Acting.

You can watch the video below for more information on our Step I - III progression.

Step I: Intro to Acting
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Workshops and clinics feature a variety of disciplines and unlike our fundamental offerings may include students with a range of experience.

 The 10-Minute Play, and it’s younger sibling the 5-Minute Play, are modern ‘calling cards’ for playwrights.  Chances are something that you wrote in one of these forms might be the first thing a literary manager or artistic director reads.  Yet they are not ‘Mini-Plays’.  They have a logic, a structure, and a magic all their own.  Like swift strokes of life, they explode on the page.  In this bi-weekly class, we will strive to capture both 5 and 10-Minute plays and get them to a place where they are ready to submit to theaters.  We will work on-our-feet, through reading and example, and using writing exercises.  So come prepared to use all of your senses, and bring pen and paper or a device.  Our last class will be a public staged reading of these recently-wrought short works!

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 A Workshop involving some fundamental elements of Comedy - both on and off text.

Join Hal Ryder and Robin Lynn Smith for an introduction to these principles, or a review.

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This intensive eight hour workshop will take actors into the depth of Shakespeare’s text. There will be a deep analysis of text and its ‘buried clues’ that will enlighten acting and movement. Participants will do multiple cold readings and examine short dialogue scenes. 

The workshop will include hands-on experiences in an intense, fun and safe atmosphere. Informational hand-outs will be provided, however note taking will also be encouraged.  Actors should bring comfortable clothes to move in, and remove jewelry and tie long hair up and out of their faces. Participants should warm up their voices prior to the workshop. Bottled water and light snacks will be provided.

Hal Ryder has been teaching actors how to handle Shakespearean Text for over 35 years. He trained at the University of Arizona, University of Washington and Drama Studio London as well as a number of Freelance workshops. He has directed, acted in, and produced over 300 productions. He was a Professor of Theater for 33 years at Cornish College of the Arts.

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From Saturday Night Live to Almost Live, improvisation can be a fundamental building block for not just making people laugh, but also making people think. Improv is a system of communication, and students in our Improv course will learn the keys to spontaneous storytelling via games, exercises, lecture and open scene work. You’ll also learn to be a better listener, trust your own authentic responses, and begin to see failure as a path to success. In other words, you’ll learn to get out of your own way and find your spontaneous voice. (No experience required).

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Every day, our voices are heard: at work, at home, in social settings. How we use our voice often speaks louder than the words we say. This class is designed to develop a practical understanding of how the voice works, while also developing an awareness of the connection between the voice, the body, and the mind. Drawing from the Linklater approach to voice work, individual & group exercises are structured to develop, strengthen, and free the voice while heightening awareness of personal habits that can get in the way of oral expression. This class is physical in nature, a yoga mat is suggested, and a journal is required for writing exercises.

 

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Ever been afraid of Shakespeare? Curious about how to make his words your own?  Let’s dive into the text of Shakespeare.  Let’s explore the challenges and discover the clues that Shakespeare gives us about how to play his text.  We will make sure we understand his text, learn to drive it and find the natural ease, breath and rhythm in it.  Let’s speak the speech, for Shakespeare is meant to be spoken.  Let’s find the play.  For the play is the thing.   

Prerequisite: Step I: Intro to Acting or equivalent with instructor permission.

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 Do you have an idea for a solo performance that you want to get off the ground or one that you’ve worked on but are now feeling stuck? Taking first steps and moving through creative blocks is a challenging part of any process, so this short intensive is designed to give participants a structure to take those vital steps toward further exploration and development of their work. Class instructor Paul Budraitis has extensive experience performing original solo work, as well as with directing and collaborating on the development of the other artists’ original work. In his teaching and professional collaborations, Paul’s approach never prescribes a given style or “right” way to create solo performance. Instead, he seeks to help each person tap into and amplify their own unique creative voice.

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An introductory course in presence, mask, mime, and movement. Come learn the powerful language of the body. We will dive into Neutral Mask to discover our own personal movement signature; Laban Movement Analysis to explore movement qualities; Mime to focus articulation; Character Mask to connect the body to expression and Viewpoints to explore composition.  

 

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Discover the "art of the tease" as you explore the power, confidence and creativity of performing Neo-Burlesque! Learn the tools and techniques specific to this genre as we engage in burlesque style movement and get you in touch with your inner-sexy. This course is an introduction to burlesque, and will include group exercises, instruction in the methods and theory of what makes up burlesque, along with generative techniques for exploring characterization and self-expression onstage. You’ll participate in make-up and costuming workshops, gain knowledge of the rich history of burlesque and get an introduction to the Seattle burlesque scene, plus a set of gloves, stockings and eyelashes to keep. This class is perfect for those who have always wanted to try burlesque, but aren’t quite ready to commit to creating a solo act just yet, and an excellent foundation for those who want to grow into the full generation of a persona & act in the future. There will be a group showing recital on the final day of class so you can invite friends and family to observe some of class and choreographed group exercises. No nudity or previous dance training required. All genders are welcome!

 

 


 

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Neutral Mask gives us insight into our own iconoclastic natures. Looking at and playing with our own movement patterns, we will examine the world of character through a physical lens by examining posture, body centers, gait, and gesture.

 
No acting or performing experience required, just an open heart and a willing to move your body and your mind.
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Theatre tells stories using actors, with powerful objectives, living at specific moments in time. Explore the many ways playwrights create interesting, truthful characters, and dynamic stories using the language of the stage: words, movement, light, sound, and silence. This interactive class includes both sit-down writing exercises, and up on your feet work, so please dress comfortably.

 


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LESS IS MORE.  Experiment with writing an entire scene using 20 words or less!  We will struggle to have story context and character behavior do all the heavy lifting, so that any language we choose to use will hit like a bullet.  Bring your favorite hi-or-lo tech writing device to work with...

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The best way to become a better public speaker is through practice.  In this class, taught by Gin Hammond, all students will have opportunities to do just that in a safe and supportive atmosphere.  Through games, exercises, and discussions, you’ll learn a wide range of skills related to public speaking including breath and voice techniques, body language, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) basics, Sorting Types, and more!

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Shogo Ohta, Japanese director, playwright and master teacher, spent over twenty years exploring gesture and the actor’s movement in three-dimensional, modern, urban space. His training and performance aesthetic evolved into an acute, nearly microscopic look at the human condition, expressed entirely in slow tempo and in silence. His practice challenges the actor to explore each moment without adornment, while increasing stamina, strength, concentration, breath control, focus, honesty and clarity. Slow Tempo is a practice in hyper slow motion realism.

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Access your imagination, stories, and secret talents to create a short solo performance. In a strong, supportive, and trusting ensemble atmosphere, you will develop your physical presence and storytelling skills,and use writing exercises, improvisation, and a variety of performance techniques to develop and stage your show. This class is perfect for actors, artists and writers of all levels who have a story to tell, an idea to passionately explore, or a hunger for a new look at the creative process. We culminate in an invited performance of our works-in-progress, and you will leave the class with a repeatable technique of how to conceive and develop a solo performance.

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Performance poetry has been taking the world by storm, from the White House, to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, to anti-bullying campaigns and more. Explore the craft of writing poetry and the art of bringing the written word to life through performance. Engage in critique/analysis of past and present performers and poetic styles through text, video and audio samplings, discover and refine your own voice through writing, voice and movement exercises, and take written poems on the journey to become spoken word performances. This class can accommodate all levels, whether you're a seasoned spoken word artist or have never written a poem in your life. The class will culminate in a final showcase of brand new poems by each student. Taught by poet, performer, and teaching artist Daemond Arrindell.

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A study of 18th century swordplay. The evolutionary result of over 300 years of civilian sword technique adopted to theatrical training for the actor. Think Les Liaison Dangerous, and the works of Richard Brinesley Sheridan. The fencing Salon vs. the reality of the duel, with a little ballet footwork thrown in. 

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Every play seems to have something- a slap, a push, a fall, a struggle. Come learn the basics of unarmed combat and SAFE ways to execute what is asked of the actor. We will cover the basics of this fighting style with the emphasis on safety, good partnering, and acting the action! This is a must know for every actor, and yes, it's great fun! The Basic Skills Proficiency Test in Unarmed combat as presented by The Society of American Fight Directors will be offered.

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Crafting a solid song performance requires combining a number of skills, most of which are already in your toolbox. In this class, we will practice selecting an effective audition cut, shaping and communicating a song in a way that is more compelling for the audience and enjoyable to perform, and begin to dismantle the seeming obstacles in our auditions. The minimum requirement is that students arrive knowing at least two songs (the lyrics, melody, and rhythm) for which they can provide sheet music; beyond that, all levels can benefit from the process offered in this class.

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 The Suzuki Method explores the theatrical magnitude of the unadorned, vividly present performer. Through a series of physical techniques created by internationally renowned Japanese theater director Tadashi Suzuki, his company SCOT, and later modified by Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson, this practice invites the actor to develop their most efficient, powerful, quick, resilient, coordinated selves while expanding their imaginations and harnessing a palpable sense of potential energy, all with the aim of deepening live performance.

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This course is an exercise-based class that will hone essential skills, and is open to actors of all skill sets. The ideal class consists of both professional and emerging actors. Each class will consist of very physical work, and exercises that bridge the false gap between internal and external as inspired by Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, and Moni Yakim. Each week will have a particular theme and draw on exercises that range from Viewpoints, to Clowning, to Meisner with the understanding that any arguments between approaches are unnecessary. Our purpose is to hone the special, active presence of an actor that can be moved. We will also study and drill one vowel or consonant per week from the Mid-Atlantic dialect for which each student is required to bring a small hand-held mirror to see inside their mouths. This is not a scene study class, it is exercise-based and about the actors ability to immerse in fiction and the moment at once. For a discount, students are invited to sign up for the entire course, meanwhile drop-in attendance is welcome and one pays day of.

 

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Clown is one of the best physical trainings for the actor. It requires courage, truthfulness, tenacity, great listening, timing, openness and a celebration of failure. This class provides you tools of awareness into yourself, a freedom to be completely present in front of an audience just as you are, and a reminder of the playful child looking for an audience that lies at the heart of storytelling. Ignite your funny bone in the dance with humanity and instill the flexibility, articulation and precision required to be a present actor on stage and off.

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This course provides students creative strategies to combine storytelling and activism. There are three pillars to this work: cultural theory analysis, EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) workshops, and solo-performance creation. Coursework includes writing exercises, short presentations of material, lectures and workshops, and will culminate in a showcase of original solo-shows (10-15 minutes in length), open to public. Storytelling is one of the most rigorous tools we have to fight oppression and social injustice. Activism is different for each person and in this class, you will learn how to share your personal truth from an authentic and creative place.

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Originally created by dancers Mary Overlie and Wendel Beavers, and later adapted for the theater by directors Anne Bogart, Viewpoints is physical practice that distills and investigates the components of theatrical time and space. Through a series of exercises that focus on radical listening and responding, the viewpoints allow for the spontaneous creation of dynamic and sophisticated theatrical forms that support the development of resilient, receptive, and ready performers unified by a cohesive ensemble. Viewpoints invite you to turn off your analytical mind and embrace the abandon of a acutely responsive instrument that can share vocabulary and build dynamic theatrical pieces with swift precision.

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Your voice is unique, and it’s an essential component of fulfilling your artistic potential. In this course, students will move through a series of voice/mind/body exercises based on Linklater Voicework, aimed at strengthening vocal flexibility and dynamism. Through games, text work, discussion, imagery, and a greater understanding of human anatomy, students will enhance vocal self-expression in all areas of their life, including stage & film acting, job interviews, public speaking, voice-over, and more. This class can get physical, so we recommend that students bring a yoga mat, movement clothes, water, and writing materials.

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“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.”
 
In this class, we will explore personal connection to voice, moving towards the transformation of vocal sound into spoken words that are embodied by the actor. Through physical and vocal exercises, we will breathe life into language, investigating the sounds of our words, and allowing those words to paint pictures for us and for our audience. Students will work with a monologue of their choice, in addition to texts chosen by the instructor.
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