Art of the Audition (New!)
Auditions can be stressful, but they are the primary way actors get cast in productions. This class will give you skills to manage the stress and help you build confidence in performing for an audition. With focus on cold reading techniques and how to deliver a memorable monologue, participants will walk away with a better understanding of what directors look for in performers and the confidence to know they can give their best audition every time.
This class is designed for adults who want to give acting a try, or who would like to revisit the basics in order to improve their technique! Students will participate in lively theatre games and exercises designed to free up the voice and body, stimulate creativity, promote self-confidence, and teach the building blocks of acting. Exercises in this class will explore:
- Finding a Character’s objectives
- Identifying a Character’s obstacle
- Executing Tactics
- Exploring Environment
- Defining “beats”
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Dialects are an essential part of any actor’s toolkit. Nothing will bring an audience into the world of a play more completely than an authentic dialect – and nothing will alienate them faster than a dialect gone wrong. In this class you will learn a couple of the most commonly encountered dialects and, most importantly, acquire the skills to learn any new dialect you need. Maybe you haven’t traveled the world, but you can sound like you have! All experience levels welcome.
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Have you ever seen a Shakespearean play and wish you could understand the lines a little better? In this class you'll dive into the world, language and genius of William Shakespeare! Using small scenes, students will use multiple tools to understanding Shakespeare's beautiful poetry and hilarious bawdy jokes.
Need more creativity, spontaneity, laughter and fun in your life? Want to improve your one-on-one interactions by sharpening your listening skills? Then it’s time to get out of your head and join this basic improv class! Come prepared to laugh as we tackle improv games and learn to work as a team. No experience necessary. All you need is an open mind.
Intermediate Voice Studio (New!)
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This new class is for students who have taken Beginning Singer’s Studio and would like to acquire new skills and continue building on skills they already have. Folks who think they are at the intermediate level, but have not worked with Alison before, may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss requirements. This class will cover continued music reading, more advanced technique including placement, tone quality, building volume and stamina as well increasing repertoire and audition skills.
Scenes are the building blocks of plays as they reveal the most critical elements of a script: relationships and conflict. In this class, participants will work with the instructor to analyze, rehearse, and perform an assigned scene with one or more partners. In the end, actors will understand the process of creating a performance from the page to the stage.
Shakespeare’s Women (New!)
400 years ago, men were the only actors. They portrayed women, men, and women dressed as men. In this class, ALL genders can explore Shakespeare’s words and learn the basic techniques while portraying powerful females!
Stage Management 101 (New!)
This class will provide a hands-on approach to learning the basics of stage managing a theatrical production. Each week students will explore a different element of the production process from the perspective of a stage manager. Learning experiences will come from previously produced shows locally and in New York.
- Week One: What the stage manager does before the first rehearsal
- Week Two: What is the role of the stage management team during rehearsals
- Week Three: How to prepare for and lead tech
- Week Four: What happens once the show opens