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  • Fall Session I
  • Fall Session II
  • Workshops
  • New! Discount Packages

Fall Session I

SCHEDULE: Classes are weeknights, 6:45 p.m.–9:15 p.m. for six sessions (unless otherwise listed)
LOCATION: Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE
TUITION: All classes cost $335
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Adults 18 and over only
Tuition is non-refundable.

WANT A DISCOUNT?
- Register for Fall I classes by August 24 and receive $25 off tuition.
- Register for two classes at the same time and receive a 15% discount off tuition. (Must call 202-547-5688 to get this discount.)
- Register for three classes for more than a 20% discount off tuition. (Must call 202-547-5688 to get this discount.)
- Find more discounts here.

Scholarships Available.


The Basics

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

RESERVE

Mondays, September 14 through October 26, 2015 (No Class on Columbus Day, October 12)
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 an exploration of the actor’s vocal, physical and psychological instrument.


IMPROVISATION

RESERVE

Tuesdays, September 22 through October 27, 2015
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.


VOICE AND TEXT

RESERVE

Wednesdays, September 16 through October 21, 2015
Instructor: Elizabeth Alman
Prior experience: Not required.

Explore the integration of voice and language while deepening your understanding of the creative power of your own voice. Using the language of Shakespeare as their inspiration, students will explore the complex links between breath, thought, emotion, voice, and language, while increasing their ability to utilize safely and effectively an expressive, powerful, and fully embodied voice either onstage or in daily life.


PLAYWRITING

RESERVE

Wednesdays, September 16 through October 21, 2015
Instructor: Stephen Spotswood
Prior Experience: Not required.

Tell stories on stage without performing. Learn the basics of playwriting through exploring dramatic structure, creating compelling stories and characters, and discovering the vast potential of live theatre. In this class, students will create original work as well as have the opportunity to adapt and reinterpret existing material, finding inspiration in the season of plays at Shakespeare Theatre and other theatres around Washington, D.C.

Go Further

FUNDAMENTALS OF SCENE STUDY

RESERVE

Thursdays, September 17 through October 15, 2015
(6:45 p.m.—9:45 p.m. for five sessions)
Instructor: Brent Stansell
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Introduction to Acting or equivalent required.

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 contemporary texts in rehearsal and performance.


APPROACHING SHAKESPEARE WITH GREGORY WOODDELL

RESERVE

Mondays, September 14 through October 26, 2015
(No Class on Columbus Day, October 12)
Instructor: Gregory Wooddell
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Introduction to Acting or equivalent required.

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. Don’t miss the chance to learn from STC Affiliated Artist Gregory Wooddell last seen at STC in As You Like It.


ACTING ON CAMERA

RESERVE

Tuesdays, September 22 through October 27, 2015
Instructor: Brenna McDonough
Prior Experience: Introduction to Acting or equivalent required.

Expand your marketability and put your skills to work for the camera. Through improvisation techniques and working with scripts, students will learn the basic skills needed to audition and work in films, commercials, and corporate industrial training films. Under the guidance of award-winning actor and author of You Can Work On-Camera Brenna McDonough, students will also explore the professional demands of being a successful working actor in the Washington/Baltimore market.


MOVEMENT TECHNIQUES

RESERVE

Thursdays, September 17 through October 22, 2015
Instructor: Paul Hope
Prior Experience: Not required

Looking to become more comfortable using your body and voice? Expand your knowledge of movement and vocal techniques. Discover the connections between your breath and body through an actor's exploration of various physical and vocal techniques, from neutral mask to Commedia and Laban. Students will apply their physical and vocal exploration to creating characters and working with text in performance.

For Business Professionals

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

RESERVE

Mondays, September 14 through October 26, 2015 (No Class on Columbus Day, October 12)
Instructor: Vanessa Hope
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.



Fall Session II

SCHEDULE: Classes are weeknights, 6:45 p.m.–9:15 p.m. for six sessions (unless otherwise listed)
LOCATION: Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE
TUITION: All classes cost $335
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Adults 18 and over only
Tuition is non-refundable.

WANT A DISCOUNT?
- Register for Fall II classes by October 13 and receive $25 off tuition.
- Register for two classes at the same time and receive a 15% discount off tuition. (Must call 202-547-5688 to get this discount.)
- Register for three classes for more than a 20% discount off tuition. (Must call 202-547-5688 to get this discount.)
- Find more discounts here.

Scholarships Available.


The Basics

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

RESERVE

Thursdays, October 29 through December 10, 2015 (No Class on Thanksgiving, November 26)
Instructor: Brent Stansell
Prior Experience: Not required.

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


VOICE AND SPEECH

RESERVE

Wednesdays, October 28 through December 9, 2015, 6:45 p.m.—8:45 p.m.
(No Class on November 25)
Instructor: Tonya Beckman
Prior experience: Not required

Explore the integration of voice and language while deepening your understanding of the creative power of your own voice. Through a broad range of exercises, students will explore the complex links between breath, thought, emotion, voice, and language, while increasing their ability to utilize safely and effectively an expressive, powerful, and fully embodied voice either onstage or in daily life.

Go Further

FUNDAMENTALS OF SCENE STUDY

RESERVE

Mondays, November 2 through December 7, 2015
Instructor: Eva Wilhelm
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Introduction to Acting or equivalent required.

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 contemporary texts in rehearsal and performance.


BLOOD AND THE BARD: EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE’S (S)WORDS

RESERVE

Thursdays, October 29 through December 10, 2015
(No Class on Thanksgiving, November 26)
Instructor: Paul E. Hope
Prior Experience: Not required.

Join Paul E. Hope, Independent Fight Director (Utah Shakespeare Festival, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Michael Howard Studios NYC and more), in a course integrating basic combat with Shakespeare’s words. Build skills in theatrical fighting styles including rapier and dagger, broadsword, and other classical weapons through rehearsal and performance.


PLAYWRITING II

RESERVE

Wednesdays, October 28 through December 9, 2015
(No Class on November 25)
Instructor: Stephen Spotswood
Prior Experience: Playwriting I or equivalent required.

Discover the nuances of playwriting through exercises exploring dramatic structure and character. Expand beyond basic playwriting skills in a workshop setting with acclaimed local playwright Stephen Spotswood. This class is designed for students who have already had a beginning playwriting class, either at STC or elsewhere; students are expected to have completed a rough or partial draft of a play before the first day.

Master Your Craft

ADVANCED SCENE STUDY WITH KATIE deBUYS

RESERVE

Saturdays, October 31 through December 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
(No Class on November 27)
Instructor: Katie deBuys
Prior Experience: Fundamentals of Scene Study or equivalent required.

Plunge into scene work using in-depth text analysis, focusing on contemporary text. Through concentrated partner work under guidance from Helen Hayes-nominated actress Katie deBuys last seen at STC in As You Like It, discover techniques professional actors use to develop character and make bold, dynamic choices.


SCENE STUDY INTENSIVE WITH NAOMI JACOBSON

RESERVE

Mondays, November 2 through December 7, 2015
Instructor: Naomi Jacobson
Prior Experience: BY AUDITION ONLY. EMAIL stctraining@shakespearetheatre.org to schedule your audition.

Plunge into scene work using in-depth text analysis, focusing on both contemporary and classical text. Through concentrated partner work under guidance from STC veteran and Helen Hayes Award-winner Naomi Jacobson (appearing this season at STC in The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound), discover techniques professional actors use to develop character and make bold, dynamic choices.

For Business Professionals

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

RESERVE

Mondays, October 19 through November 23, 2015
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. (Early Registration ends September 28)


ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

RESERVE

Tuesdays, November 3 through December 8, 2015
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.


STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT FOR PROFESSIONALS

RESERVE

Tuesdays, November 3 through December 8, 2015
Instructor: Joy Jones
Prior Experience: Not required.

Increase the effectiveness of your verbal communication with colleagues, clients and others. This class will provide a safe, supportive environment with customized instruction and feedback to enhance students’ ability to speak with a Standard American Accent.


ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS PART II

RESERVE

Mondays, November 2 through December 7, 2015
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.



Master Acting Workshops

LOCATION: The Forum at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW
TUITION: $30 for a single workshop; $50 for both workshops
REQUIREMENTS: Adults and ages 14 and older only
Tuition is non-refundable.

Join the cast of STC’s Man of La Mancha for workshops exploring the fundamentals of musical theatre performance.

Acting Through Song with Martín Solá

RESERVE Monday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Raise your voice and make your character come alive! Participants will have the chance to interpret classic songs from the musical theatre canon with personal coaching. Explore acting tactics of body awareness, breath, and mechanics of voice to make your musical performance shine.


Dance 101 with Ceasar Barajas

RESERVE Monday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Come learn the dance styles that influenced STC’s Man of La Mancha! Dive into approaches to musical theatre dance and movement, including techniques borrowed from Jazz, Hip Hop, and other styles. Open to beginners and to anyone who wants to finesse their moves.



OR REGISTER HERE FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS


Martín Solá*
The Padre
NEW YORK: Broadway: The King and I, Coram Boy, Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème; Off-Broadway: INTAR: All Eyes and Ears (Emilio, World Premiere); The Public Theater: Pirates of Penzance at the Delacorte, Giant, 2012 member of the Shakespeare Lab; City Center Encores: credits include Fanny, Pipe Dream. REGIONAL: credits include Connecticut Repertory Theatre: Olives and Blood (Luís Trescante); The Goodspeed Opera House: The Most Happy Fella. OPERA/CLASSICAL: Featured Artist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The New York City Opera: more than a dozen productions including Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Porgy and Bess (Live from Lincoln Center). TELVISION: numerous television appearances singing for Andrea Bocelli; CBS’ Hostages. TEACHING: Martin is a teacher and educator, including the position of The Pesky Artist in Residence at Lafayette College in 2012-13, and has taught private voice lessons for more than 20 years. WEB: www.martinsola.com

 

Ceasar F. Barajas*
Pedro/Fight Captain
REGIONAL: Walnut Street Theatre: In the Heights (Graffiti Pete); TUTS: Man of La Mancha, Miss Saigon, Urban Cowboy (Wes); FCLO: King and I, West Side Story. FILM: Once Upon A Cheerleader, L.A. Dior (opposite Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard). TELEVISION: Amazon’s Alpha House, Showtime’s Weeds, Starz Power, NBC’s Blacklist, Brothers. DANCE: Jennifer Lopez, Sara Bareilles, Chris Brown. WEB: www.ceasarfbarajas.com

*member of Actor’s Equity


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.