"Is there no play,
To ease the anguish

of a torturing hour?"

2021 SCENE STUDY CLASSES

Chekhov, Ibsen & Strindberg

Dates: January 4th - March 11th
Mondays - Wednesday 6:00 PM MT - 9:00 PM MT

Open Rehearsal Performance March 11 

Typically Chekhov is the foundation for actor training in many conservatories and graduate schools. He created a revolutionary style of writing and performance in theater of his time, which we now call "realism." His director was Stanislavski and the work of The Group Theatre and The Actors Studio was deeply influenced by the collaboration between Chekhov and Stanislavski. His plays are complex, yet simple, and never easy; his characters profound and challenging for actors at any time in their lives or careers. Chekhov is a writer who should be revisted over and over by anyone studying professional acting and technique. Ibsen and Strindberg were contemporaries of Chekhov's and offer actors challenging character, behavior, and content. After five weeks of scene study, one play will be selected and rehearsed for five weeks with a performance on March 11th - March 14th.

 

CLASS LIMIT 16 ACTORS BY AUDITION ONLY.

TUITION:  (20 Classes, 80 Class Hours)   $800

Some limited scholarships are available 

American Classical Realism

Dates: March 15th - April 15th
Mondays - Wednesday 6:00 PM MT - 9:00 PM MT

Open Rehearsal Performance April 11

This intensive actor training sequence begins with American Classical Realism and the Actor's 5 Questions. Actors create character through the study and articulation of objective and action work, as revealed through text analysis. Actors move away from indicating and mood acting as they become more focused on the given circumstances and behaviors defined by the playwright. The plays of writers like Tennesee Williams & Arthur Miller offer complex and specific information for actors in the development of advanced technique. Harold Clurman and The Group Theatre will be studied as the context for the development of the American Acting Approach.

TUITION:  (10 Classes, 40 Class Hours)   $400

American & British Comedy:

Dates: April 19th - May 20th
Mondays - Wednesday 6:00 PM MT - 9:00 PM MT

Open Rehearsal Performance May 20th

This class will take an in depth look at some of the specific techniques around the analysis and playing of comedy in American and British plays. Scenes will be selected from a wide range of playwrights including but not limited to Neil Simon, Christopher Durang, David Ives, Sarah Ruhl, Wendy Wasserstein, Caryl Chruchill, Tom Stoppard, David Mamet, Harold Pinter, Oscar Wilde, and Noel Coward. The Actor’s 5 Questions, physical behavior, comic timing, lozzi, and irony will be studied in the context of these great writers.

 

CLASS LIMIT 16 ACTORS BY AUDITION ONLY.

TUITION:  (10 Classes, 40 Class Hours)   $400

Archetypal Acting (Brecht & Greek):

Dates: May 24th -June 24th
Mondays  - Wednesdays 6:00 PM MT - 9:00 PM MT

Open Rehearsal Performance June 24th

This class will explore character and acting approches to the work of Bertolt Brecht and Greek Theatre (Aeschylus, Euripedes, and Sophocles). The work of Joseph Campbell will also be referenced in the class, in particular the power of myth as well as the directing work of Lee Breuer. Actors will explore the use of archetype and attitude in accessing character in ways outside of ordinary realism. This class will also prepare students for work in the contemporary avant-garde as well as physical theatre. 

TUITION:  (10 Classes, 40 Class Hours)   $400

Shakespeare Intensive

Dates: June 28th - July 2nd
Mondays - Fridays 6:00 PM MT - 9:00 PM MT

Open Rehearsal Performance July 2nd

This is the most advanced of classes as it requires a study not only of character and psychology in Shakespeare's plays, but more importantly, how to act his poetic and heightened language. Rules of scansion, structure of language, grammar, metaphor, and image will be a focus of the class and will move actors into a deeper understanding of style. After the study of sonnets, actors will work on Shakespearean soliloquy and then move on to partnered scene work from all of the Shakespeare canon.

 

CLASS LIMIT 16 ACTORS BY AUDITION ONLY.

TUITION:  (10 Classes, 40 Class Hours)   $400