Receive transformational training from master teachers. Explore your creative gifts in a dynamic and nurturing environment. Network and collaborate with talented local theatre artists. Experience live performance on a professional stage. Lean into your next chapter of artistic and personal growth.
Bare Bones | Intro to Acting for Total Beginners
Mondays 7:00-8:30pm | January 30 - March 6, 2023
Jennie Lynn Godfrey | $195 for 6 Weekly Classes
If all the world's a stage and all the men and women in it merely players, then you had better learn what you're supposed to do! This workshop is perfect for adults with little to no theatre experience, or if you have been out of practice for a while. Students will learn the basics of stage directions, using the body to create characters and bringing scenes to life, all while meeting new people and playing fun theatre games.
Meisner 1: The Reality of Doing | Acting Technique for All Levels
Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm | Feb 1 - March 8, 2023
Douglas Davidson | $195 for 6 Weekly Classes
Sanford Meisner’s name is synonymous with an acting technique that offers students a concrete, step-by-step approach to achieve the goal of the actor: "living truthfully under imaginary circumstances." In his long career, he taught several generations of actors this technique, including many Academy, Tony, and Emmy winners, designed to be applicable to any challenge they would face. We will practice Meisner’s Foundation Exercises: Repetition, Independent Activity, and The Knock on the Door, and learn Key Concepts like "Preparation" and "As-Ifs." This course aims to help actors of all experience levels:
- Feel empowered to create vibrant characters by connecting to their uniqueness.
- Find permission to fully respond, moment to moment, to the text and to other actors.
- Share that truthful response with the audience.
"The foundation of acting is the reality of doing.’"– Sanford Meisner
Improv | Adult Class for All Experience Levels
Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm | March 21 - May 9 + Performance Wednesday, May 10
Siouxsie Easter | $290 for 9 Weekly Sessions
Whether you have no acting experience, or years on the stage, improv classes are a great way to have fun and exercise your creativity! We will learn and play with both short and long form improvisation. Regularly playing improv games helps with public speaking, mental focus, spontaneity, stage fright, creativity, and getting out of work mode and into play! The last session is a performance in the Russell Theatre on Wednesday, May 10th.
Production Lab | Guided Production Process for Actors Building Confidence
Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm | March 22 - May 10 + Rehearsals May 6-9, Performance May 10
Jennie Lynn Godfrey | $390 for 7 Weekly Classes + Production Week
Are you interested in what the rehearsal and performance process is like for a theatre production, but you're unsure of what might be expected of you? Or, has it been a while since you have been in a show, and you want to brush up on your skills before auditioning again? In this unique program you will be guided through the process of auditioning for, rehearsing, and performing several short published plays, under the mentorship of professional director and theatre educator Jennie Lynn Godfrey. Everyone gets a part that is best suited to their strengths and each actor will receive individualized guidance and feedback based on their skill level. Some previous theatre experience is encouraged. Contact education [at] stagewest.org to determine if this class is right for you.
Performance Lab | Learn > Rehearse > Perform for Experienced Actors
Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm | March 21 - May 9, Rehearsals May 6-8, Performance May 10, 2023
Douglas Davidson | $390 for 8 Weekly Sessions + Production Week
Master acting teacher Douglas Davidson teaches you essential principles and effective techniques for approaching rehearsals and performance. Apply and integrate this learning as you're guided through a real rehearsal process and, finally, take the stage for a public performance at Stage West on May 10th. Learn how to:
- Get the most out of first script readings.
- Dig for clues about a character before rehearsal begins.
- Make dynamic choices about actions and relationships.
- Find the music of the text, and explore vocal qualities.
- Physicalize character choices.
- Integrate choices with the choices of the director and fellow actors.
- “Raise the stakes” when the director gives that note.
- Safely access emotional life in a scene.
And much more…
The ultimate goal of this class is to create an ensemble of performers who continue to develop as artists and collaborators in future Performance Lab productions. For students who have taken one or more acting classes at Stage West or have commensurate experience. Contact education [at] stagewest.org to determine if this class is right for you.
EMAIL education [at] stagewest.org WITH ANY QUESTIONS!
Important Policy Info
- Price includes a non-refundable 7.5% processing fee.
- Full refund (less processing fee) available up to 48 hours before the first class.
- Pro-rated refunds (less processing fee) are available up to a certain date for classes that run 4 or more weeks.
- Students under 18 can request permission to take an adult class by emailing education [at] stagewest.org.