Intermediate 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.

In R&P, students will rehearse and then perform a play. This process will include casting, read-throughs, text discussions, contextual research, and the practical work of translating the drama from the page to the stage. Instructor Darragh Kennan, Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed New Century Theatre Company, will lead the student-actors through the process of making choices that support both the playwright's and the director's intent, creating characters that are physically and vocally distinct, and working with the complexity of multi-character scenes. Each student-actor will participate in all aspects of production, including costumes, makeup, sets & props, music, and tech rehearsals. The class culminates in a weekend of performances in Freehold's Black Box Theatre. (Note: performance text will be chosen by the instructor based on the enrolled ensemble).

Intermediate Series, Fundamental Offerings
Take the plunge! In Basic Scene Study, students will bring longer scenes to life through textual analysis and improvisation. You’ll broaden and deepen your understanding of rehearsal techniques and hone your understanding of playing action to really affect a change in your scene partner, enough to compel you to both act and react authentically.  You will explore ways to create work with your own imagination that is rich, creative and exciting.

Prerequisite: Step II: Acting with Text or instructor permission.

Please note

  • This class requires you to be able to meet with your scene partner at least once per week outside of regularly scheduled class time.
  • If you have not taken Step II: Acting with Text 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 II into each Step III section each quarter.

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

Step II: Acting with Text
Intermediate Series, Fundamental Offerings
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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!

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Writing Series, Workshops & Clinics

This on-camera course focuses on film and television scripts and specific tools used in the medium. This hands-on workshop highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous. Develop an awareness of the special needs of the camera and focus on your ability to be free in front of it. Work on new scenes with new scene partners every week in front of the camera, watching play back constantly for supportive and helpful feedback. Learn the importance of technique, remove self-conscious behavior, and use yourself to fill a character. Taught by John Jacobsen, Emmy award winning director. 

Please note

  • This class does involve scene work with a scene partner with the expectation that you will be available to rehearse outside of the scheduled class time.
  • This course is recommended for students who have completed Step II: Acting With Text or equivalent experience with scene study.
Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics
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A great solo performance is a combination of compelling content, skillful use of space & design, and charismatic, dynamic acting. In this advanced course, students will have the opportunity to develop solo work in the company of a strong ensemble of fellow artists. Each student will bring 10 minutes of existing solo material (a rehearsed solo piece or simply 10 minutes of text and/or movement) to present in the first class. From there, we will layer in acting/target specificity, creative use of space and architecture, as well as conversations about design, marketing and producing. The class culminates in an evening tech-through followed by a public performance. Solo Performance and Presentation or permission from the instructor is a prerequisite for registration.

Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

Demystify the audition experience. Take control of your process in auditions, gain confidence and enjoy the experience! This course will focus primarily on contemporary monologues, preparation, and audition-specific acting technique. Great for the actor just starting to audition or experienced actors wanting to hone their auditioning skills. Focus will be on auditions for stage. Please come prepared with a short memorized contemporary monologue from a play to the first class.

Step II: Acting with Text
Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics
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If you want to act in commercials, corporate videos, or film, then you are going to have to get good at auditioning in front of a camera. This class will work on cold readings, beat work for auditions, figuring out what is wanted in the role, and relaxing in front of the camera. Because the camera picks up every little thing that you do - every blink of the eye, every nod of the head, and every sound you make - it is essential to be prepared, relaxed, and ready. We'll also talk about the business of acting - how to get work and find an agent, headshots, marketing yourself, and details specific to LA, NYC, Portland, and Seattle. We'll also focus on setting goals, getting out of your own way, finding positive and staying there, and techniques to help you move forward to get the career you want. Taught by John Jacobsen, Emmy Award winning director in film, television, and theatre, this class will be helpful for beginners and pros alike.

Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

We will have fun studying scenes, routines, and exercises with the hopes of learning how to serve up comic scenes so that they are funny on purpose, and we understand why.  They say, "Dying is easy... Comedy is hard".  So we'll look at specific elements of comedy, take inspiration from some of the greats, and perhaps die trying.  We will work with both classical and contemporary texts, taking turns trying our hand at various comic relationships, wit, surprises, satire, black comedy... and while the bulk of our work will be with pre-existing texts, a lot of fun will be had learning with improvs and games.  As fundamentally a scene study class, learning how to detect the comedy in a script and then deliver it will be one of our primary goals.  At the end of the course, we will have a presentation open to invited guests.  Join the class and team up with me to prove that good work can mean good times.

Step II: Acting with Text
Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

This course is an essential hands-on laboratory for directors and actors who want to work in film and television. All scenes are shot film style on a digital camera in class. Directors will explore every facet of the directorial process, learning what a set is like, how scenes are structured, how to create scene coverage by creating storyboards and shot lists and what the important issues for a director are. This class will teach you to interpret and translate the written ideas of the screenplay into cinematic form and improve your abilities to communicate with actors to elicit their best performance.

Actors will learn to identify the specific demands of the scene beat by beat and how to tailor their performance to the needs of the camera and the director. Instruction emphasizes developing the ability to focus on character and intent while navigating the external distractions of a movie set. Actors will work on a variety of scenes being assigned a new director for each new scene.

This course is extremely helpful, and highly recommended, in preparing for the Film Directing Course offered in the Winter Quarter.

Please note:

  • This class is recommended for actors who have completed Step II: Acting with Text, Acting for the Camera with John, or equivalent training in scene work.
  • This class requires you to be able to meet with your scene partners and director to rehearse outside of regularly scheduled class time.
Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

This course is an essential hands-on laboratory for directors and actors who want to work in film and television. All scenes are shot film style on a digital camera in class. Directors will explore every facet of the directorial process, learning what a set is like, how scenes are structured, how to create scene coverage by creating storyboards and shot lists and what the important issues for a director are. This class will teach you to interpret and translate the written ideas of the screenplay into cinematic form and improve your abilities to communicate with actors to elicit their best performance.

Actors will learn to identify the specific demands of the scene beat by beat and how to tailor their performance to the needs of the camera and the director. Instruction emphasizes developing the ability to focus on character and intent while navigating the external distractions of a movie set. Actors will work on a variety of scenes being assigned a new director for each new scene.  Students interested in taking the class as an actor should refer to the course description here.

This course is extremely helpful, and highly recommended, in preparing for the Film Directing Course offered in the Winter Quarter.

Please note:

  • This class requires you to be able to meet with your scene partners and director to rehearse outside of regularly scheduled class time.
Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

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).

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics
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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. 

 

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

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.

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Workshops & Clinics

 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.

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

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. 

 

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

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). 

All class participants must fill out this questionnaire prior to the first class.
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Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

In each of us there lives a clown who is profoundly comical and comically profound. Our approach to discovering this clown involves taking the part of ourselves that is revealed in the moment when everything falls apart... and expanding it to the ridiculous. We will be playing with tools and techniques to extend this moment, and to expand and transform ourselves physically and vocally. To play freely. The heart of the work is the courage to be completely present in front of an audience just as we are, and the freedom and availability of spirit to laugh at the strange ways in which we dance with our humanity.

Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics
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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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In a play, the story and the vessel you use to tell it are inexorably connected. Change one thing and you automatically effect the other. Force a full-length story into a 10-minute structure and every short bit of it will sound trite. By exploring established works written in 5 different theatrical genres (naturalism, magic realism, absurdism, comedy, and docudrama) we will explore classic dramatic vessels and discover how modern dramatists find ways to blend these styles to match the specific needs of their stories.  Using prompts that spring from these genres, you will generate several short scenes and two wildly different one-act plays by the end of the session.

Playwriting I
Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Writing Series, Workshops & Clinics
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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!

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

Did high school English wreck Shakespeare for you? We can change that. Here, students will experience the power, rhythm, and energy at the heart of Shakespeare’s language and characters by exploring the visceral nature of this actor-ready text. We'll speak and de-construct and play and search. We will explore the balance between a naturalistic acting approach and Shakespeare's heightened words and circumstances with the goal of discovering a deeper sense of our own language and humanity.

Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

Three reasons to find the time/money/commitment to take Shakespeare intensive this summer:

  • Shakespeare is the ultimate workout for all actors - whatever you want to do better as an actor, working on this text will help.  If you want to perform with higher stakes in contemporary plays, more audition savvy, higher notes while you sing, deeper in-performance connection to your own truth and simplicity, this class will help.  Shakespeare's language demands everything you've got, AND inspires you to reach further.
  • Immersing yourself in Shakespeare is a life experience that will enrich your entire life.  Shakespeare has articulated life's most complicated aspects in poetic, accessible language and action.  Themes of love, isolation, hatred, pessimism, honor, responsibility, God, death, fellowship, femininity, sexual identity, foreignness, lust, hypocrisy ... ... where ever you are in life, you will find an insightful companion in Shakespeare.
  • Andrew McGinn has spent his entire life studying, performing, and directing Shakespeare.  To date, he has acted in 28 separate Equity productions of Shakespeare and has been a direct student of master teachers such as Michael Kahn, Barry Edelstein, Fiona Shaw, Brian Kulick, Mariah Aitken, and John Barton.  His experience fuels his enthusiasm for helping students make their own unique, individual connections with the work. 

All students will work on one sonnet, two speeches, one scene, and the intensive will culminate in a showcase of scenes and monologues AND an ensemble-driven performance of one full first act of a full-length Shakespeare play in a site-specific location.  Our aim will be to have one of the most fascinated and animated times of our lives.

Prerequisite: Previous experience with speaking Shakespeare, and faculty permission required.  After registering, please submit a resume or cover letter of your experience for final approval.

 

Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

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.

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Writing Series, Workshops & Clinics

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.

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Writing Series, Workshops & Clinics

 In this course, students will explore various forms for Stage Combat from Smallsword and Poinard (Dagger), Singlestick (think wooden swords with a bent to the Back sword and Sabre), and Hutton Sabre (the steel version!).  Students will learn these forms of combat while combine the cutting of Sabre and the precision of Smallsword. 

Single Sword level of experience required.

Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

Come and explore the theatrical and historical aspects of this Challenging system of sword combat. Certification by The Society of American Fight Directors is offered. Debunk the myth of this style as “Hacking and slashing, and only the strongest need apply!” Flexible and whip fast, Longsword was efficient and exemplified many of the qualities of the smaller swords that followed!

Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

 Dive into more combat knowledge.

Intermediate Series, Workshops & Clinics

 The famous double fence technique of the Elizabethan era. 

Based on the historical techniques of fight masters famously referred to in The Princess Bride! A foundational must for the classical actor.
Some sword experience recommended, and certification will be offered by The Society of American Fight Directors. 
Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics
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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. 

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

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.

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

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.

 

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics

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.

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics
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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.

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Writing Series, Workshops & Clinics

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.

Emerging Series, Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics
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If you’ve ever wanted to explore the world of voice-over work, this is a great place to start. Students will develop cold-reading skills, learn to look behind the phrasing of ad copy to identify possible client desires, quickly and effectively interpret copy, and learn how to take direction in the studio. Genres covered will include audiobook narration, radio & television ad copy, technical narration, and character work for video games and animation. You’ll learn what to expect in a recording session, from audition to booking, as well as have the opportunity to explore and utilize your individual voice, culminating with a recording session in a professional recording studio.

Intermediate Series, Advanced Series, Workshops & Clinics
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