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Acting and the Biz: An Introduction
Veteran actor, director, producer Tony Sears brings to this workshop his experiences from years of working in the industry in Los Angeles. 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 cold reads for television...

Acting for Film
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...

Acting I and II for Film & Stage
This daytime course is for both students with previous acting training, as well as students new to acting. Students will learn how to establish meaningful and honest relationships through the art of active listening and responding. Games and improvisation will be used to unleash imagination and creative impulses, accessing emotional life. Scene study from film & stage scripts.

Acting With Body and Voice
Becoming a multi-faceted character requires knowledge and use of the actors complete instrument: imagination, body and voice. Only with understanding and mastery of each component can the actor truly become fully expressive in his/her choices in the art of interpretive creating. Students will explore voice/body dynamics that will lead to unique acting choices in auditions and in work on specific...

Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive
This musical theatre intensive will provide a rigorous, eighteen-hour workshop experience for advanced participants. Students will choose 6 of the 7 classes to attend. 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...

Beginning Acting for Film & Stage
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...

Beginning Acting II
For those who have taken a beginning acting class and would like to build upon that foundation, this course will focus on script analysis and perfecting the art of living moment to moment in scene study and/or monologue work. In addition, exercises will be given to broaden the actors imaginative response and deepen emotional accessibility.

Creativity of Acting for Film and Stage
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 ones 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...

Creativity Ongoing Class
This class is an advanced beginning to intermediate course. Study focuses on accessing right brain and your intuitive state using the Charles Conrad method. Cold reading and preparing scenes both from film and stage scripts are the bulk of the work. Script analysis will be a part of the investigation of scene as well as in-depth imagination exploration through character. Monologues will be worked...

Dialect Training for Film & Stage
In the fall were offering Southern, (great for films shot in and around Texas), and Irish. Spring will be British and German. The Summer offers Brooklynese and Australian. 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...

Film Acting for the Professional Actor
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...

Foundations of Singing
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...

Fundamentals of Music Theory and Sight Reading
In this nine-hour workshop, participants will gain an introductory knowledge of the elements of music notation necessary for becoming more fluent at sight-reading. Topics covered will include clefs, keys, meter, melodic contour, and tricks of the trade for sight-reading music from the printed page. Suited to vocalists and instrumentalists alike, students will gain invaluable skills to equip...

Improvisation 101
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 classs 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,...

Improvisation for the Actor
This class is for actors who are looking to sharpen their improvisation skills or improvisors 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...

Intermediate Film
This class focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty, vulnerability, and a heightened imagination. The students work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Pre-requisite: Must have previous training or experience.

Introduction to Improvisation
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...

Rolling! Acting for the Camera
Actors learn to deal with the technical demands of working in front of the camera while delivering natural and honest performances, become more familiar with on-set etiquette, and learn how to successfully incorporate direction. Weekly taping and playback with evaluation. Some previous acting experience required. This is a great class to take on an ongoing basis. This class is appropriate for...

Speaking Voice 101 and Radio Theater Experience
We have expanded our Voice 101 Class to incorporate the artistry of creating the Radio Theatre Experience. The last 2 classes of the session will focus on recreating a broadcast studio. We will cast, rehearse & record the performances of voice students in a drama or comedy radio show from the archives of Classic Radio Theatre. An actors voice is one of their most important tools discover how you...

Teen Acting for Film
he emphasis of this two-day teen workshop is acting for film/ commercials. Learn how to develop characters and create relationships. The students will explore their work through improvisation, imagination work, and monologue/scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration. Ages 11-16.

The Physics of Acting
A performance happens when actors exchange energy. Whether it's for film or stage, if that basic piece of Physics doesn't happen, no audience in the world will respond. Tired of watching people "act" at each other This class examines the possibilities of honest performances, carefully crafted with subtextual choices. Learn how to create your own performance, without help from anyone,...

The Singing Voice 101
This course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning to advanced-beginning singer. Throughout our six class meetings, students will have an opportunity to sing both individually and as part of a group. This class is ideal for film and stage actors as well as others who desire to gain a foundational knowledge of singing in a variety of contexts. By the end of this course,...

The Speaking Voice 101
An actor's voice is one of their most important tools- 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 and Body Trainer, leads, encourages, and grounds students in processes of voice dynamics. Shell guide you through vocal and body warm-ups and teach you the most effective way to use your...


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