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Adult Classes



Extended Courses

All classes cost $335. All weeknight classes run 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

All classes will be held at the Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE, Washington, DC.

Register by June 16, 2014 and receive $25 off tuition.

Register for two classes at the same time and receive a 15% discount off tuition. Register on the Education hotline at 202.547.5688 in order to receive this discount.

Tuition is non-refundable.

The Basics

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALSRESERVE

Tuesdays, July 8 through August 12, 2014
Instructor: Dan Crane
Prior Experience: Not required.

Whether it’s the boardroom or lunchroom, client or co-worker, maximize the potential of every meeting, presentation and negotiation in the business world. In a fun, comfortable environment, learn how to listen and communicate more effectively and become more relaxed, present and persuasive in public through the study of techniques used by actors and directors in the theatre.


ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALSRESERVE

Mondays and Wednesdays, July 7 through July 23, 2014
Instructor: Brent Stansell
Prior Experience: Not required.

Whether it’s the boardroom or lunchroom, client or co-worker, maximize the potential of every meeting, presentation and negotiation in the business world. In a fun, comfortable environment, learn how to listen and communicate more effectively and become more relaxed, present and persuasive in public through the study of techniques used by actors and directors in the theatre.


INTRODUCTION TO ACTINGRESERVE

Wednesdays, July 9 through August 13, 2014
Instructor: Eva Wilhelm
Prior Experience: Not required.

Always wanted to try your hand at acting, but never had the chance? The journey begins here with the student’s exploration of the actor’s vocal, physical and psychological instrument.


IMPROVISATIONRESERVE

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 8 through July 24, 2014
Instructor: Jim Gagne
Prior Experience: Not required.

Using games and exercises designed to stimulate creativity, think quickly in the moment, and encourage risk-taking (while having a ton of fun!), participants will create motivated characters in dynamic scenes as they work towards a culminating performance in long-form improv.

Go Further

FUNDAMENTALS OF SCENE STUDYRESERVE

Tuesdays, July 8 through August 12, 2014
Instructor: Paul Hope
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Introduction to Acting or equivalent recommended.

Ready to move past improvisation exercises and start chewing on some text? Plunge into scene work through in-depth text analysis, concentrated partner work and full investment in given circumstances! This class will help participants explore ways to activate both classical and contemporary texts in rehearsal and performance.


APPROACHING SHAKESPEARERESERVE

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 8 through July 24, 2014
Instructor: Lise Bruneau
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Introduction to Acting or equivalent recommended.

Covered the basics and ready to tackle the Bard? Through a mixture of performance and text analysis, students will gain a working knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays and language – verse, prose, meter, character and intent – a foundation that can then be applied towards continuing study and performance.


AUDITION MONOLOGUE WORKSHOP WITH NAOMI JACOBSONRESERVE

Mondays, July 7 through August 11, 2014
Instructor: Naomi Jacobson
Prior Experience: Some experience with acting required.

Auditions approaching? Gain insight and skills for both contemporary and classical monologues under the guidance of Helen Hayes Award-winning, Shakespeare Theatre Company veteran actor, Naomi Jacobson. Prior experience and/or training is required for this course. Students should come prepared with a two-minute Shakespeare monologue in verse and/or a contemporary monologue.


PLAYING COMEDY WITH NANCY ROBINETTERESERVE

Mondays, July 7 through August 11, 2014
Instructor: Nancy Robinette
Prior Experience: Fundamentals of Scene Study or equivalent required.

Learn how to play a scene for every last laugh! With coaching from gifted comedic actor and Helen Hayes Award-winner Nancy Robinette, learn how to tackle both classic and contemporary comedic scenes. Students will explore comedic style appropriate to some of the funniest scenes in dramatic literature, tackling skills in physical and vocal performance, language, and character.


ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS PART IIRESERVE

Wednesdays, July 9 through August 13, 2014
Instructor: Vanessa Hope
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Acting for Business Professionals required.

In this follow-up to Acting for Business Professionals, participants will embark on a deeper exploration of theatre techniques covered in Part I. Designed for business professionals looking to polish their communication and presentation skills with more coaching, this course will include performances of a variety of texts.




New! Discount Packages

Three Class Package

Tuition: $800

STC Education is excited to offer discount packages for students who wish to commit to a continued study of acting. The discount package includes three courses which can be taken at any time throughout our Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer sessions.

To register and to schedule your courses, please call our Education Hotline at 202.547.5688. Payment must be made in full.

Students may register for any three courses they choose within a year of their first class. Alternatively, we can recommend a structured curriculum to meet your goals.

Sample Tracks:

Laying the Groundwork

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Includes:

  1. Introduction to Acting
  2. Fundamentals of Scene Study
  3. Elective of your Choice

Specifically designed for students who are just beginning their journeys in theatrical performance, Laying the Groundwork is a track of highly interactive, performance-based classes through which students will acquire the fundamental skills needed to pursue further, more intensive study. Taught by an exciting roster of working professionals, Laying the Groundwork provides special attention to the actor’s instrument and process.


Classical Core

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Includes:

  1. Approaching Shakespeare
  2. Shakespeare Scene Study
  3. Elective of your Choice

The Classical Core package provides an opportunity for actors who have some training and experience to delve more deeply into the work of Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. Students will explore physical, vocal and other techniques designed to help them meet the challenges of performing heightened-language texts. Taught by a roster of working classical actors, the Classical Core will provide students with the special skills they need to understand and perform the work of Shakespeare.


One-Day Classes

Workshop with Swiss Theatre Collective MerciMaxRESERVE

Sunday, May 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
STC Rehearsal Studios, 507 8th Street SE, Washington, DC
Tuition: $30

Tuition is non-refundable.

The Zurich-based experimental theatre collective MerciMax will be working with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and other Zeitgeist Festival partners, to produce their award-winning piece Coffee & Prejudice in Washington, D.C. this May. This workshop, for all skill levels, is an opportunity to explore the themes of their work through improvisation, investigation of form, language, and physical movement. (No movement experience required.) MerciMax uses interaction between audience and performer to probe questions of narrative, suspicion and judgment. The workshop will be a great opportunity to work with a dynamic group of international artists who are constantly expanding the boundaries of drama and storytelling.

More about MerciMax’s Coffee & Prejudice:

Coffee & Prejudice invites the audience to test its powers of judgment live in a 1:1 confrontation. Each participant is alone with a “performer” at a table, listening to his/her story, unable to really (re)act or escape. And then this performer leaves, and the next one enters.

The piece is developed by Karin Arnold, Jessica Huber, and Mischa Robert from MerciMax, a Swiss theater collective that displays a special interest in theatre forms beyond the stage while playfully experimenting with the spectators’ perspective, in collaboration with The Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Ticketed performances are available for 16 audience members at a time (divided into two groups) on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut. Reserve your tickets here.