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Adult Classes



Extended Courses

SCHEDULE: Weeknights, 6:45 p.m.–9:15 p.m for six sessions
LOCATION: Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE
TUITION: All classes cost $335
Tuition is non-refundable.

Online registration for Fall Session One has ended, but there are still available spots. To inquire or to register, please call the Education Department at 202.547.5688.

Register for two classes at the same time and receive a 15% discount off tuition. (Must call 202.547.5688 to get this discount.)

Find more discounts here.


The Basics

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

Thursdays, September 25 through October 30, 2014
Instructor: Dat Ngo
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.


FUNDAMENTALS OF SCENE STUDY

Wednesdays, September 24 through October 29, 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.


IMPROVISATION

Tuesdays, September 23 through October 28, 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

AUDITION TECHNIQUES

Tuesdays, September 23 through October 28, 2014
Instructor: Carter Wooddell
Prior Experience: Some experience recommended but not required.

Preparing for an upcoming audition? Audition Techniques covers all aspects of the audition process: monologue selection and preparation, audition etiquette, techniques for cold reading, and ways to get seen by casting professionals. Throughout, actors will receive individual coaching from Carter Wooddell, Resident Casting Director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Participants should come prepared with a monologue they have used in prior auditions.


DREAM ROLES

Mondays, September 22 through November 3, 2014 (No class on October 13)
Instructor: Wyckham Avery
Prior Experience: Approaching Shakespeare or equivalent required.

Hamlet? Lady Macbeth? What character from any play in Shakespeare’s canon have you always wanted to tackle? It’s your choice! Be ambitious and dream. With voice and movement work, text analysis, monologues and scene work with other class members, students will tackle a comprehensive exploration of one character as imagined by Shakespeare.


Master Your Craft

UNLOCK THE CLASSICS WITH NANCY ROBINETTE

Mondays, September 22 through November 3, 2014 (No class on October 13)
Instructor: Nancy Robinette
Prior Experience: Approaching Shakespeare or equivalent required.

Plunge into the classics with in-depth analysis and scene work. Through concentrated partner work under guidance from STC veteran and Helen Hayes Award-winner Nancy Robinette, discover techniques professional actors use to develop character, unlock the acting clues hidden in classical text, and make bold, dynamic choices.


CONTEMPORARY SCENE STUDY WITH TOM STORY

Mondays, September 22 through November 3, 2014 (No class on October 13)
Instructor: Tom Story
Prior Experience: Fundamentals of Scene Study or equivalent required.

Plunge into contemporary scene work using in-depth text analysis and detailed character exploration. Through concentrated partner work under guidance from STC veteran and Helen Hayes Award-winner Tom Story, discover techniques professional actors use to develop character and make bold, dynamic choices.


For Business Professionals

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

Mondays, September 22 through November 3, 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.


ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

Wednesdays and Thursdays, September 24 through October 9, 2014
Instructor: Eva Wilhelm
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 PROFESSIONALS: VOICE AND TEXT

Tuesdays, September 23 through October 28, 2014
Instructor: Dan Crane
Prior Experience: Acting for Business Professionals recommended.

Lead, motivate and empower through the creative power of your own voice! An ideal follow-up to Acting for Business Professionals, participants in this course will explore the integration of voice and language through a variety of theatre-based exercises – skills and concepts easily transferred from the stage to the workplace.


Extended Courses

SCHEDULE: Weeknights, 6:45 p.m.–9:15 p.m for six sessions.
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m for six sessions.
LOCATION: Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE
TUITION: All classes cost $335
Tuition is non-refundable.

WANT A DISCOUNT?
Register by October 14 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.)

Find more discounts here.


The Basics

INTRODUCTION TO ACTINGRESERVE

Wednesdays, October 29 through December 10, 2014 (No class on 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.


FUNDAMENTALS OF SCENE STUDYRESERVE

Mondays, November 10 through December 15, 2014
Instructor: Nancy Robinette
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 under the guidance of Helen Hayes Award-winner Nancy Robinette.


APPROACHING SHAKESPEARERESERVE

Thursdays, November 6 through December 18, 2014 (No class on November 27)
Instructor: Jim Gagne
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.


IMPROVISATIONRESERVE

Mondays, November 10 through December 15, 2014
Instructor: Wyckham Avery
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

SHAKESPEARE ON STAGE WITH GREGORY WOODDELLRESERVE

Saturdays, November 1 through December 13, 2014 (No class on November 29)
10:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Gregory Wooddell
Prior Experience: Approaching Shakespeare or equivalent recommended.

Bring Shakespeare to life with the help of celebrated actor Gregory Wooddell, seen on STC’s stages as Sir Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband, Earnest/John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, and currently as Oliver in As You Like It. Explore Shakespeare’s text from the perspective of the working actor and perform Shakespeare’s best monologues and scenes.


AUDITION MONOLOGUE WORKSHOPRESERVE

Mondays, November 10 through December 15, 2014
Instructor: Lise Bruneau
Prior Experience: Some experience with acting required.

Auditions approaching? Gain insight and skills for both contemporary and classical monologues under the guidance of professional actor Lise Bruneau. Students should come prepared with a two-minute Shakespeare monologue in verse and/or a contemporary monologue.


ACTING ON CAMERARESERVE

Thursdays, November 6 through December 18, 2014 (No class on November 27)
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.


VOICE AND MOVEMENTRESERVE

Tuesdays, November 4 through December 2, 2014, (6:45 p.m.—9:45 p.m. for five sessions)
Instructor: Paul Hope
Prior Experience: Some experience with acting recommended.

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


Master Your Craft

ADVANCED SCENE STUDY WITH NAOMI JACOBSONRESERVE

Mondays, November 10 through December 15, 2014
Instructor: Naomi Jacobson
Prior Experience: Fundamentals of Scene Study or Approaching Shakespeare or equivalent required.

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, discover techniques professional actors use to develop character and make bold, dynamic choices.


For Business Professionals

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALSRESERVE

Wednesdays, October 15 through December 3, 2014 (No class on November 3 or November 26)
Instructor: Eva Wilhelm
Prior Experience: Not required.
Early Registration deadline is Monday, September 22.

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

Tuesdays, November 4 through December 9, 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.




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

Please check back for one-day workshops later this season.