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Acting and the Biz: An Introduction
Veteran actress Irene White brings to this Intensive her experiences as a working actress in Los Angeles for 13 years. In this one-day, 5-hour course, we will focus on what it means to be a professional actor. We will talk about what makes a good headshot, review resumes and discuss how to handle an audition or interview. We will focus on cold reads for Television and Film. There will be one...

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 With Body and Voice
Becoming a multi-faceted character requires knowledge and use of the actor?s 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...

Auditioning for Musical Theatre
This is an intermediate to advanced level class. Participants in this class will explore and practice techniques for improving musical theatre audition skills. Topics covered will include choosing unique audition cuts and developing a rep book, marking music for an accompanist, techniques for successful dance auditions, and more. Participants will engage in mock auditions throughout the duration...

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 actor?s imaginative response and deepen emotional accessibility.

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 actor?s imaginative response and deepen emotional accessibility.

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 actor?s imaginative response and deepen emotional accessibility.

Creativity of Acting for Film and Stage
Improvisation and cold reading scenes will be the bulk of this beginner's class. Living in the moment, in a highly intuitive state, is the method explored (learned from Charles Conrad, a well-known retired Los Angeles acting teacher). Both film and stage scripts will be used, with some work filmed for playback and critique.

Dialect Training for Film & Stage
Spring dialects will be Russian and British and the Summer, Brooklynese and Scottish. 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 dialects is one of the easiest to understand, yet most comprehensive methods to learn. The...

Dialect Training for Film & Stage
Spring dialects will be Russian and British and the Summer, Brooklynese and Scottish. 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 dialects is one of the easiest to understand, yet most comprehensive methods to learn. The...

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 committed to doing your best and are ready to go! In this class actors will have the opportunity to refine the necessary skills for success by improving their film acting technique and cold reading skills, gaining greater ease in the audition environment, becoming more familiar with...

Film History
A chronological and world-wide survey of the history of the film, plus study of progress in film technology, changing audiences, and the socio-cultural impact of film. Integrated with college credit DRAM-2367.

Form & Feeling: Acting Shakespeare's Verse
This class explores the ways in which Shakespeare directs the actor through his verse. We will learn how to scan the meter for meaning, release the music in the words, and harness the power of the rhetoric. Applying these skills to monologues and scene work, we aim, as Hamlet asks of his players, to "suit the action to the word, the word to the action." This class is for beginning to advanced...

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...

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 class?s 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...

Improvisation 102
This class is for students who already know the basics of Improvisation and want to expand their scene work and understanding of the pieces of a long-form piece of theatre. In this class, while focusing on Relationship, we will work extensively on Openings, Space Work, and Tag Outs. We will emphasize group mind and ensemble to perform a fearless Montage by the sessions end.

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 Acting & the Film Audition
This class focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty, vulnerability, and a heightened imagination. In this class actors will have the opportunity to refine the necessary skills for success by improving their film acting technique and cold reading skills, gaining greater ease in the audition environment, becoming more familiar with ?on-set? etiquette, and learning how to...

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...

Introduction to Pop/Rock Vocals
This is an ideal setting for beginning vocalists who want to start off with a solid foundation, pop/rock singers seeking a better grasp of general principles of vocal health, musical theatre performers desiring a closer acquaintance with techniques for pop/rock scores, and others looking to gain an introductory knowledge of pop/rock.

Musical Theatre
This is a beginning to advanced beginning class. Participants in this class will explore acting and vocal techniques for musical theatre. Learn the skills necessary to build a dynamic, powerful singing voice and meld your acting and singing into one. Topics covered will include acting your song, vocal alignment and placement, choosing unique audition cuts, developing a rep book and more. Students...

Ongoing Acting I & II for Film and Stage
This ongoing class offers students flexibility in taking any session as it fits their schedule. This 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...

Ongoing Acting I & II for Film and Stage
This ongoing class offers students flexibility in taking any session as it fits their schedule. This 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...

Ongoing Creativity for Film & Stage
This class is an advanced beginning to intermediate course. Study focuses on accessing right brain, intuitive state using the Charles Conrad method, who was a longtime assistant to Sanford Meisner. Cold reading and preparing scenes from both 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...

Ongoing Creativity for Film & Stage
This class is an advanced beginning to intermediate course. Study focuses on accessing right brain, intuitive state using the Charles Conrad method, who was a longtime assistant to Sanford Meisner. Cold reading and preparing scenes from both 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...

Ongoing Improvisation
This class is for students who already know the basics of Improvisation and want to expand their scene work and understanding of the pieces of a long-form piece of theatre. In this class, while focusing on Relationship, we will work extensively on Openings, Space Work, and Tag Outs. We will emphasize group mind and ensemble to perform a fearless Montage by the sessions end.

Singing 102
This course covers vocal technique for the 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 broad knowledge of singing in a variety of contexts. By the end of this course, participants will also have become better acquainted...

The Film Audition
Film terminology, cold readings, and time in front of the camera will be utilized to boost confidence for actors of all levels of experience in re-creating the audition environment. Work will be taped and played back for critique each class. Prerequisite: Previous experience or acting training.

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. She?ll guide you through vocal and body warm-ups and teach you the most effective way to use your...

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. She?ll guide you through vocal and body warm-ups and teach you the most effective way to use your...


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