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Adult Classes



  • Winter Session
  • One Day Classes
  • New! Discount Packages

Extended Courses

SCHEDULE: Weeknights, 6:45 p.m.–9:15 p.m or 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
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Adults 18 and over only
Tuition is non-refundable.

WANT A DISCOUNT?
Register by January 5 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 ACTING

RESERVE

Mondays, January 26 through March 9, 2015 (No class on President’s Day, February 16)
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 STUDY

RESERVE

Wednesdays, January 28 through March 4, 2015
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 contemporary texts in rehearsal and performance.


PHYSICAL COMEDY

RESERVE

Mondays, January 26 through March 9, 2015 (No class on President’s Day, February 16)
Instructors: Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell
Prior Experience: Not required.

Explore the physical techniques that support comic performance, with exercises in stillness, reaction, mimetic gesture, physical characterization, status, clown and much more. Mark draws on his training with Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau. Sabrina draws on her training in the LeCoq pedagogy with Dody DiSanto with concentration in the realm of the theatrical clown. Their complimentary approaches combine to address both nuts-and-bolts technical skills and more elusive issues of honesty, presence and accessibility.


PLAYWRITING

RESERVE

Mondays, January 26 through March 9, 2015 (No class on President’s Day, February 16)
Instructor: Hannah Hessel Ratner
Prior Experience: Not required.

Tell stories on stage without performing. Discover the basics of playwriting through exploring dramatic structure and crafting compelling dialogue. In this class, students will create original work as well as adapt and reinterpret classics, finding inspiration in the season of plays at Shakespeare Theatre Company.


APPROACHING SHAKESPEARE

RESERVE

Thursdays, January 29 through March 12, 2015 (No class on February 26)
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.


IMPROVISATION

RESERVE

Thursdays, January 29 through March 5, 2015
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 SCENE STUDY

RESERVE

Tuesdays, January 27 through March 3, 2015
Instructor: Joel David Santner
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Approaching Shakespeare or equivalent required.

Plunge into scene work from Shakespeare’s canon through in-depth text analysis focusing on tools to unlock the acting clues hidden in Shakespeare’s verse. Through concentrated partner work in rehearsal under guidance from professional actor Joel David Santner (most recently seen at STC in this season’s As You Like It), discover techniques trained classical actors use to develop textual clarity, invest in the given circumstances and beats, physicalize actions and intentions, actively listen, and make bold, dynamic choices.


Master Your Craft

ADVANCED SCENE STUDY WITH NANCY ROBINETTE

RESERVE

Saturdays, January 31 through March 14, 2015 (No class on February 14), 10:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Nancy Robinette
Prior Experience: Fundamentals of Scene Study 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 Affiliated Artist and Helen Hayes Award-winner Nancy Robinette, discover techniques professional actors use to develop character and make bold, dynamic choices.


For Business Professionals

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

RESERVE

Mondays/Wednesdays, January 26 through February 11, 2015
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

RESERVE

Tuesdays, January 27 through March 3, 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.




One-Day Classes

LOCATION: The Forum at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW
TUITION: $25 for a single workshop; $40 for both workshops
Tuition is non-refundable.
REQUIREMENTS: Adults and ages 14 and older only

Master Acting Class with Andrew Veenstra

RESERVE

SCHEDULE: Sunday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Join Andrew Veenstra, currently starring as Orlando in STC’s As You Like It, for an acting workshop exploring movement and character. Through rehearsal, discussion, and work in Lecoq-based movement techniques, expand your skill set for creating dynamic characters on stage. Hear about Andrew’s process for crafting performances and his work on the character of Orlando.

Master Acting Class with the Cast of STC’s As You Like It

RESERVE

SCHEDULE: Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Curious about what it takes to be a working professional actor? Learn about the craft and how to pursue a living from it from cast members of STC’s As You Like It, playing until December 14. Join working actors Gregory Wooddell (Oliver), Tara Giordano (Audrey), Joel David Santner (Le Beau), and Ian Bedford (Charles)* for a discussion about the ins and outs of acting professionally, from working in DC, to auditioning in New York, to traveling and working regionally across the US. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to ask advice from experienced professionals.
*cast members subject to change

Or REGISTER HERE for BOTH workshops.


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.