"Is there no play,
To ease the anguish

of a torturing hour?"

2020 SCENE STUDY CLASSES

Murmurations

A new devised piece by Visionbox,
directed by Jennifer McCray Rincon

Dates: September 29th - November 8th
Mondays- Wednesday 6-9pm

In this 5 week sequence actors will work on a new performance piece to be produced in Spring of 2021. The development process will emulate the work of companies like Tectonic Theatre Project, who created and produced The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman (first at the DCPA in 2000). Actors, writers and directors are encouraged to take this class.

We will begin with a research and writing phase during which students will look at films, books, interviews, journals, magazines etc to research. The approach can be from the comic and satiric to the dramatic. As material is created by the members of the group it will also be worked on as text for actors.

Visionbox opened the company in 2010-11 with a similar kind of production: The Othello Project. In this piece the company looked at Domestic Violence and PTSD in the military through the lens of Shakepeare's play. Anyone interested in participating please send headshot, bio and cover letter to info@visionbox.org to set up an interview.

After 6 weeks of development a first draft will be presented in the Denver Arts Week in an online performance November 6, 7, and 8th. In 2021 the piece will have its first production at McNIchols Civic Center.

 

 

CLASS LIMIT 16 ACTORS BY AUDITION ONLY.

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

Shakespeare Scene Study

Solo projects

Dates: November 3rd - December 3rd
Mondays- Wednesday 6-9pm

(Note: Each actor commits to two of these three evenings, open rehearsal Zoom performance Thursday December 3rd 6pm.)

Contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare plays and characters has been part of Visionbox classes and performances since our founding.

 

Actors each select one character from the Shakespeare canon as the basis for a solo performance piece.

 

Each actor will write, direct, and act in their own scripts that explore the relationship between Shakespeare’s extraordinary writing and our own time.

 

CLASS LIMIT 16 ACTORS BY AUDITION ONLY.

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

2021 SCENE STUDY CLASSES

Chekhov, Ibsen & Strindberg

Dates: January 4th - February 11th
Mondays- Wednesday 6-9pm

Open Rehearsal Performance Feb 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 early Actor's 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. 

 

CLASS LIMIT 16 ACTORS BY AUDITION ONLY.

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

American Classical Realism

Dates: February 15th - March 25th
Mondays- Wednesday 6-9pm

Open Rehearsal Performance Feb 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: March 29th - May 6th
Mondays- Wednesday 6-9pm

Open Rehearsal Performance May 6th

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 10th -June 17th
Mondays- Wednesday 6-9pm

Open Rehearsal Performance June 17th

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 21st - July 9th
Mondays- Wednesday 6-9pm

Open Rehearsal Performance July 9th

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