Adult & Senior Classes

Stage West education courses are a fun and creativity-enhancing way to learn the arts of theater, improvisation, and public speaking! We infuse all of our classes with acting techniques from a variety of sources. Come get hooked on drama!

Round 2, Spring Courses

Mondays
Mar 16 – Apr 6 | 6:30pm – 8pm

Acting for Adults, Foundation 2, Part 2: How to Apply Technique

In this class, Douglas Davidson focuses on ‘practical acting’. Students will learn how to apply a variety of techniques-- from Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner and Earle Gister (Yale School of Drama) -- in rehearsal and performance.

Taught by Douglas Davidson
Ages 18+

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Tuesdays
Mar 17 – Apr 7 

TBA

To Be Announced! We have several exciting contenders for this class slot!! The winning course will be announced in February! 

Taught by TBA
Ages 18+

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Wednesdays
Mar 18 – Apr 8 | 6:30pm – 8pm

“Let’s Talk Better, Y’all”: Improve Voice, Diction & Public Speaking Skills

A four week exploration into all elements that create better speaking!

Week 1: Accent Reduction, Taught by Maggie Crawford
In this class, we focus on fine-tuning our ear and learning correct vowel sounds and placements.

Week 2: Secrets to Better Diction, Taught by Joanne Zipay
Give your articulation muscles a workout, with fun, energizing exercises designed to stretch, make clearer sounds and improve your diction.

Week 3: How to Be a Better Speaker, Taught by Beth Bando Bontley
Learn a variety of techniques to lessen nervousness, connect with your audience and enhance your public speaking abilities— from wedding toasts to professional presentations.  

Week 4: How to Craft a Speech, Taught by Kim Titus
Learn how to prepare a presentation from an engaging introduction to a powerful conclusion; develop techniques to remain calm and confident; and discover how to practice your speech for maximum effectiveness. 

Ages 18+

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Saturday, Feb 15, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Beyond Borders: An Introduction to International Theatre-Making; An Exploration into Post-Dramatic Theatre.

Participants will take part in exercises geared towards post-dramatic theatre: a type of theatre that operates outside of the lines of Aristotelian, plot-driven, drama-based work.
 
It uses spectacle (movement, voice, design, puppets, ritual, pageantry) to:
  • create environment and shift mood
  • get at the emotional truth  
  • maximize theatricality to elevate stakes
  • create dynamic, unforgettable visual moments on stage. 
We will explore versatile tools to create large poetic gestures and unlock a more forceful theatricality.
 
Julie Paucker and Brian Bell met at the German National Theater in Weimar and have been working closely together since. With their combined experience making theatre in Germany, Switzerland, France and America, Julie and Brian will introduce students to new methods of theatre-making and new theatre forms being created in German-speaking Europe.  Julie Paucker will introduce her work as the artistic director of the KULA Compagnie and Brian Bell will discuss the challenges/rewards of being an American stage director in Germany. 
 
Taught by Julie Paucker and Brian Bell
Ages 18+
 

Tuition Schedule

All Courses have an additional $15 Registration Fee.
There is a $25 drop fee, plus fee for classes attended, in the first two weeks. After that time, no refunds are allowed.

  • Acting for Adults, Foundation 2, Part 2: How to Apply Technique
    $115; 2 month payment plan available | Register by FEB 14 for $10 off, plus 1 free ticket (to a Stage West Main Stage show, Thurs/Fri, reservations required). Register by MAR 9 for $5 off.
     
  • “Let’s Talk Better, Y’all”: Improving Voice, Diction & Public Speaking Skills
    $115; 2 month payment plan available | Register by FEB 14 for $10 off, plus 1 free ticket (to a Stage West Main Stage show, Thurs/Fri, reservations required). Register by MAR 9 for $5 off.
     
  •  Beyond Borders: An Introduction to International Theatre-Making; An Exploration into Post-Dramatic Theatre.
    $45 | Register by FEB 1 for $10 off

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For further info, email: Beth [at] stagewest.org or call 817-554-3613

Teachers

Beth Bando Bontley, Education Director
Beth has honed her skills over the decades in all areas of theater. She has acted extensively in NYC and in Boston, where she established her first acting studio. Locally she has performed with Echo, Theater 3, Circle, Runway and Artisan Theaters.  She has taught at TCU, TCC, STAGE, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Children’s Theater and Kids Who Care.

Beth earned her BA in Speech and Drama at Trinity University; completed the two year conservatory at Circle in the Square in NYC; and earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Her original one woman show, ‘Acet-o-philous or Vinegar Love’ has been performed at Arts 5th Ave, the United Solo Festival in NYC and the Ft. Worth Fringe. She is also an author and a speaker, devoted to personal and artistic growth.

Allison Connor
Allison has been performing and teaching Improv for over 20 years.  She has performed and trained with The Groundlings in L.A., The Second City in Chicago and Gotham City Improv in NYC.  She has taught Improv at The Comedy Store in L.A. and led numerous improvisational workshops for corporations, schools and universities.  She has appeared in many national television commercials and on HBO's improvised hit comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm."  

Allison teaches Improv within the Keller ISD and currently directs the Keller High School Indian Improv Troupe and the all-kid Minor Trouble Improv Co. 

She is delighted to be working at Stage West!

Joanne Zipay 
Joanne Zipay founded NYC’s Judith Shakespeare Company in 1995 and served as its Artistic Director for 20 years.  She has taught, directed, dramaturged, and performed in the professional theatre coast-to-coast for over 40 years.  Joanne studied Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego MFA program, and has also studied with John Barton of the RSC.  She has taught students of all ages at institutions including Pace University, City College of NY, Stella Adler Conservatory, Children’s Shakespeare Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, National Shakespeare Conservatory, and Collin College.  This season, she will direct Stage West’s production of Into the Breeches!

Douglas Davidson
Douglas Davidson has studied in New York City, LA and London. He currently teaches acting at TCC. He graduated from New York University, Tisch School for the arts, BFA in 1987 and MFA in 1992. His professional training includes The Drama Studio, Actor Training Course, London; Practical Aesthetics with William H. Macy and David Mamet; Judith Weston, Directing Actors for Film, LA; and directing seminars with Martin Scorsese, Costa-Gavras and Spike Lee.