Acting & Improv


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Acting is an activity in which a story is conveyed by means of its enactment by a performer who adopts a character whether in theatre, television, film, or radio. Acting involves a broad range of skills, including a well-developed imagination, emotion, physical expressivity vocal projection, clarity of speech, and the ability to interpret drama.

Improvisational Acting (Improv) is acting spontaneously without a script, either for fun or out of necessity. It is often used for comic effect. It can also be used to cover for missing/forgotten lines or just to add more creativity (if the director and the situation permit). It is a good way to extend and deepen the interpretation of a character and is generally useful for any acting situation, even for stand-up comics to engage the public.

Our Acting Drop-in Classes allow for performers ages 12-18 to explore different acting techniques and skills. Performers are encouraged to sign up for whatever concept(s) they are interested in, no matter their skill level. Each semester's class is designed as an introduction to the concept and will not make experts but will give background knowledge and practice for future use and discoveries.

Each class will be capped at 12 people and will be only run as long as there are at least 3 signed up a day prior. Our classes will be $20 per class or $50 for 3 classes of your choice.

Fall 2022

September 2 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Auditions
September 16 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Fight Combat
October 7 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Shakespeare/ Heightened Language
October 21 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Improv (Spolin Technique)
November 4 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Acting with Authenticity (Meisner & Hagen Techniques)
November 18 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Viewpoints
December 2 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Character Archetypes (Chekhov Technique/Commedia del' arte)

Spring 2023

January 20 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Auditions
February 3 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Playwriting
February 17 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - TBD/Based on Fall Classes
March 3 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Selecting a Monologue
March 17 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Theater and Activism (Theater of the Oppressed)
April - TBD
May 5 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - Understanding Theatrical Design (for actors)
May 19 (5:00 - 6:30 pm) - TBD/Based on Fall Classes