Stage West is celebrating its 40th year!! Our Education department is looking back and moving forward in celebration of this milestone anniversary. Our goal is to provide an experience of fun and creativity while learning the art of theater! We infuse all of our classes with acting techniques from a variety of sources.
September 28, 2:00 – 5:00, with a mini-performance at 4:30
Ready to deepen and hone your improv skills? Want to take next steps in creating improv scenes? Want to have even more fun? Come on over and let Allison show you the way!
Taught by Allison Connor
Shakespeare: Fun with the Bard!
October 5, 1:00-5:00
What’s fun about Shakespeare? Everything! From vibrant language to unique characters, exciting storytelling and more! We’ll dive into all of these during this fun afternoon of games, exercises, and exploration. Whether you’ve been nervous about trying Shakespeare, or you want to refresh your existing relationship with the Bard, this workshop will be playful and rejuvenating to give you new, dynamic connections to his work. Come dressed to move!
Taught by Joanne Zipay
October 12, 2:00 – 4:00
A panel of playwrights discuss their process, answer questions, and share ideas for getting you started writing your play…or finishing it!
These classes have begun
Sep 9-Dec 9 | 6:30-8:00 | No class Oct 14 | Show & Tell on Dec 9
Acting for Adults, Foundation 1
For beginners as well as actors with experience | Learn new acting tools or expand your skill set. Students explore a variety of techniques from vocal support to interpreting material. We will dive into the Michael Chekhov approach to unleashing imagination and developing the actor’s instrument. Dana Schultes, Executive Producer of Stage West, will guest teach for several sessions focusing on Uta Hagen.
Taught by Beth Bando Bontley
Sep 10-Dec 10 | 6:30-8:00 | No class Nov 26 | Performance date/time TBD
Practical Acting: From Technique to Rehearsal & Performance
Prerequisite: previous acting training | This class is open to students who have some training under their belts and want to move into performance, shifting from the laboratory into practical application of skills learned.
Using scenes from Doubt, students will experience the process from auditioning all the way to performance. The class includes modified set and costumes along with cue to cue, final tech and final dress rehearsals. We will complete the course with a performance.
Taught by Beth Bando Bontley
Sep 11-Dec 11 | 6:30-8:00 | No class Nov 27 | Performance: Dec 11, 7:00
The Art of Cabaret Singing
A piano, a stool, a microphone and you. This unique art form delves into the story in song, emphasizing interpretation as well as musicality. Each student will learn two contrasting songs, and develop their vocal instrument as well as acting and performance skills. Class will end with a Cabaret performance.
Taught by Beth Bando Bontley and David Haskins
Sep 12-Nov 21, 6:00-7:00
Acting for Seniors
Want to learn basic acting skills and vocabulary to enhance your theatrical experiences? Come enjoy a fun-filled environment for re-visiting old skills or building new ones, with plenty of growth, stimulation and camaraderie for all! Acting basics will include techniques from Chekhov, the Yale School of Drama and more!
Taught by Douglas Davidson
September 14, 2:00-5:00, with a mini-performance at 4:30
Students will learn theater games, exercises and “scene work” in a fun and supportive environment. We will develop skills in listening, teamwork, creativity, and spontaneity. Improv is joyous, playful and fun! Come join us!
Taught by Allison Connor
All Weekly Courses have an additional $15 Registration Fee
- Adult Class, Foundation 1
$75 per month, $300 for the semester
- Practical Acting: From Technique to Rehearsal & Performance
$75 per month, $300 for the semester
- The Art of Cabaret Singing
$120 per month, $480 for the semester
- Acting for Seniors
$60 a month, $180 for the 3 month semester
All Mini-Courses have an additional $10 Registration Fee
- Beginning Improv: $50
- Advanced Improv: $50
- Shakespeare: Fun with the Bard!: $65
- Playwriting Symposium: $25 (No registration fee; No Early Bird Specials)
All Courses have a $15 drop fee.
Discounts & Specials:
Season ticket holders and their families:
$15 off each class tuition.
For semester long classes, register from before Aug 30 and get $10 off.
For further info, email: Beth [at] stagewest.org or call 817-554-3613
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 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 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 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.
Yvonne brings over 25 years of experience working in the academic and artistic theatre arena. She is a co-founder of the theatre initiative for Artes de la Rosa (ADLR) at the Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth, TX; founding Artistic Director of the Planet Ant Theatre in Detroit and served as Education/Outreach coordinator with Walk & Squawk Performance Project. She was the Associate Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit. Ms. Duque is a Master Mask-Maker, having studied with Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater in California. Mask Design/create credits include Antigone, The Birds, Oedipus, to name a few. As an actor, she has appeared on stage for Hip Pocket, Stage West, Fort Worth Theatre, Kids Who Care and Artes de la Rosa and holds Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Penn State University. In 2006, Ms. Duque represented ADLR at The White House in Washington D.C., receiving the Coming Up Taller award from former First Lady Laura Bush for outstanding achievement in arts youth programming.
Columbia University Dean's Fellow for the Playwriting Class of 2018 -- is a playwright, director, lyricist, and composer. Her most recent piece, The Feather Doesn't Fall Far from the Wing: A Play with Music, was featured at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. In addition to writing, directing, and composing The Feather, she has served as assistant director to two-time Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson at the Billie Holiday Theatre and Golden Globe-winner Regina Taylor at the Goodman Theatre. Currently, she is excited to assistant direct the world premier of Chasing Alice by Tom Part IV at KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts. Lastly, she is a new member of Texas Christian University's theatre faculty and excited to be among the amazing teachers at Stage West. You can learn more about Ayvaunn at ThePennSpeaks.com.