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.
Acting for the Camera: An Overview
Wednesdays, March 20-April 10, 6:30 – 8:00
Location: Stage West Theatre.
For Adults, ages 16 and up.
--> Register here <--
Created by Two Trees Productions and Stage West Theatre
Do you know what to expect on a film set? What is the difference between acting on stage vs acting for the camera? What are techniques for auditioning for commercials or film? What's the difference in auditioning with an actor or with a reader? What is it like to film a scene with multiple takes?
Gregory Beck, film director and owner of Two Trees Productions, will answer all of your questions about what to expect on the set of a film. Linda Leonard, local actress on stage and in film, will teach the basic concepts of acting on camera. Beth Bando Bontley, Education Director at Stage West Theatre, will share techniques to support your acting skills. We will lead you through a commercial and film audition. Gregory will film you in a multiple take scene.
Come join our 4 session pilot program! Leave equipped with knowledge that will last a lifetime in your acting career.
Special Pilot Program fee: $160, plus a $15 admin fee, payable in two monthly payments.
• If you have taken a Fall or Spring class at Stage West, receive a $50 discount.
• Register by March 13 and receive 2 free tix to any Stage West main stage show, Thurs/Fri (reservations required.)
• Gregory will offer a 2-look photo shoot, delivered digitally, for only $50.
--> Register here <--
For more info email Beth [at] stagewest.org
Week 1: Gregory Beck will take us through film production basics including: Who’s who on set; set terminology; knowing the camera; introduction to slating. (Each actor will be given commercial copy for the following week.)
Week 2: Linda Leonard will speak about the craft of working on camera from an actor’s perspective. She will address the difference between working for Stage vs Screen and address audition techniques. We will film your commercial copy. (Each student will be given a short scene for the following week.)
Week 3: Auditioning: with a reader, with another actor, plus tips on filming your own taped auditions.
Week 4: We will film a short scene, with multiple takes and reaction shots.
In addition, Gregory will offer a 2 look photo shoot, delivered digitally, for only $50.00.
Acting for Adults: Foundation Part 2, Completing the Chekhov Techniques
Jan 14 –April 22, (no class Feb 25 and March 11)
Taught by Doug Davidson
Learn a rehearsal & performance system and the art of creating unique characters. Using the ideas and techniques from Foundation 1, students will work on scenes and monologues while studying the more advanced ideas in Foundation 2.
(Beth Bando Bontley will teach a mini Foundation Part 1 to students who wish to jump on in to this class. Speak with her at Beth [at] stagewest.org.)
Acting for Seniors
Jan 15-April 23, (no class Feb 27 and March 12)
Taught by Michael Muller
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! The focus for this semester is the Meisner approach with a bit of Chekhov thrown in the mix!
Audition & Monologue Preparation
Jan 23 – Feb 13
An Actor Prepares! And we want to help you be prepared for annual area generals, college auditions and auditioning in general.
This class is for pro-active actors, both new and veteran, who wish to prep and polish audition skills and knowledge. Students will receive assistance in selecting material and be coached by Stage West faculty during the 4 week class. The monologues will be seen by Stage West producers /staff directors.
Feb 2 and Feb 9, 2:00 – 6:00; Performance Feb. 9 at 6:30
Improv Intensives: Classic 2nd City and Groundling Style Improv
For ages 18 +
Taught by Allison Connor
In this 2-Saturday workshop students will learn through theater games, exercises and “scene work” in a fun and supportive environment. We will develop skills in listening, teamwork, creativity, and spontaneity. The 2 days of improv training will culminate in a "Night at the Stage West Improv" show for family and friends.
Class Fees: A $15 admin fee will be added per course
Drop Fees: $25, for courses dropped after enrollment
Acting for Seniors
$50 a month, $200 for the 3 month semester
Adult Class, Foundation 2, Completing the Chekhov Techniques
$75 per month, $300 for the semester
Audition & Monologue Preparation
$120 plus a $10 admin fee; Can be paid in full or 2 payments
Discounts & Specials
Please choose the discount that works best for your situation. Offers may not be combined.
For Stage West Theater Subscribers/Season Pass holders: $10 off per class.
Each additional family member or sibling gets 10% off the full-priced first member.
Email: education [at] stagewest.org
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!
Michael Muller is happy to be joining Stage West as a member of the education team. He has appeared in over 70 productions across the metroplex with performances at Stage West as well as Amphibian Productions, Jubilee Theatre, Circle Theatre, Dallas Theatre Centre, Casa Manana, Theatre Three, Fort Worth's Shakespeare in the Park . He also worked as Production Manager for The Dallas Shakespeare Festival for 3 years, Producing Director for Shakespeare in the Park for 7 years, and as Producer and Director for about 35 National Tours. He also has taught acting for about 20 years, most recently at Paschal High School .