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.

Ever thought of becoming an actor? Or wondered about the unplumbed emotional depths of your own psyche? Or maybe you just want to get to know your authentic self a little better? If any of those thoughts sound familiar, then our Intro to Acting course is a great place to start! Intro to Acting will help you develop fundamental acting tools: playing an action, living truthfully in imaginary circumstances, and working with a partner. No matter your experience, you’ll learn the basics of acting 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 all about scene work. Applying the fundamentals introduced in Step I: Intro to Acting, students will begin to deepen their experience with given circumstances, start to hone their action on stage, and more fully develop the sense of play and creativity required to bring a scripted character to life. 

Have a little acting experience already and wondering whether you should start with Step 1 or Step 2?

Good question! If you’ve had some stage time, but no formal acting training, we suggest you start with Step I. If you’ve taken an introductory-level class elsewhere, you may feel comfortable enough to begin with Step II. If that’s where you’re at, you may find answering these additional questions useful when making your decision: Did you learn to play an action? Discover what your character wants? Discover given circumstances and subtext? If you’re not fully confident that your answer is “Yes” to all of these, we recommend you begin your study at Step I.

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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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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Movement training is an essential tool for all actors in the practice of any type of theatre. Based on the Biomechanics of Vsevelod Meyerhold, this class seeks to develop in the actor:

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    the physical confidence to undertake dynamic action onstage

  • an extraordinary sense of focus to direct that action
  • the physical imagination that allows the actor to make choices that will excite the actor's own - and through them, the audience's - senses

From Miller, to Beckett, to Lecoq clowning, anything in an actor’s future can benefit in some tangible way from this work. One of Meyerhold’s favorite actors, Igor Ilyinsky, once said: “Technique arms the imagination.” This is ultimately what Biomechanics training seeks to achieve: the “arming” of the actor’s imagination.

 

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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 you're guided in creating a burlesque character and building your own unique solo act ... culminating in a fabulous showcase, of course.  You'll get glamorous in an on-camera pin-up photo shoot, participate in make-up, hair 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. Classes will include group instruction, generative exercises, discussion of theory and private coaching.  (No nudity or previous dance training required). 

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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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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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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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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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