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Introduction to Acting

Kate Gleason • $225 • Mon, Oct 6-Nov 10 • 6:30-8:30pm • Studio 8

Do you want to act, but you are not sure where to start? This six-week class is designed specifically for the beginning actor and will teach you the fundamentals of the craft. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance natural and spontaneous. Discover the building blocks of acting through improvisation, theatre exercises and character work. Outside prep time may be required.

 

Introduction to Acting

Tam Dalrymple Frye • $225 • Tue, Oct 7-Nov 11 • 12-2pm Studio 1

Do you want to act, but you are not sure where to start? This six-week class is designed specifically for the beginning actor and will teach you the fundamentals of the craft. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance natural and spontaneous. Discover the building blocks of acting through improvisation, theatre exercises and character work. Outside prep time may be required.

 

Introduction to Acting

Ashlee Temple • $225 • Thu, Oct 9-Nov 13 • 6:30-8pm Studio 8

Do you want to act, but you are not sure where to start? This six-week class is designed specifically for the beginning actor and will teach you the fundamentals of the craft. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance natural and spontaneous. Discover the building blocks of acting through improvisation, theatre exercises and character work. Outside prep time may be required.
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Acting 101: The Essentials

Lawrence Hecht • $295 • Sat, Oct 4-Nov 15 (no class Oct 25) • 9am-12pm • Blue Studio, 2nd Floor

Whether you’re starting your first Scene Study class or finishing your 10th Advanced Acting class, it’s always a good time to work on the basics of acting. Explore the techniques of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Fletcher and more. Approach acting as a craft. Strengthen your process through exercise. Work on the essential building blocks of characterization. Acting 101 is an acting exercise class. Outside preparation time is required. Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study I

Allison Watrous • $295 • Tue, Oct 7-Nov 11 • 6:30-9:30pm • Studio 1

This class is designed for those who have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of acting and want to further develop their skills. Discover the key elements of text analysis and characterization while working on theatre’s best playwrights. Outside rehearsal time is required. Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study II – Best of the Best, The Pulitzer Winners

Timothy McCracken • $295 • Mon Oct 6-Nov 10 • 6:30-9:30pm Studio 1

Work on scenes from some of the best plays ever written. Scene Study II will focus on plays and playwrights that have been selected for the Pulitzer Prize, playwriting's highest honor. We will focus on contemporary American plays for this class. Hone your craft skills, learning more about objective, actions, obstacles and given circumstances while working on the best. Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting, Scene Study I

 

Advanced Acting: The Meisner Technique — An Ounce of Behavior

Christy Montour-Larson • $295 • Wed, Oct 8-Nov 12 • 6:30-9:30pm Studio 8

Work with one of Denver’s finest directors and teachers, Christy Montour-Larson. Students that experience Meisner acting technique will discover that they are never done learning the craft of acting. Rooted in the work of master acting teacher Sanford Meisner, this class uses a series of exercises that build upon each other, allowing new skills in mastering truthful human behavior. Outside rehearsal may be required. Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting, Scene Study I or Instructor’s Approval


Stories on Stage — The Art of Storytelling

Anthony Powell • $295 • Thu, Oct 9-Nov 13 • 6:30-9:30pm Studio 1

Work with renowned director and Artistic Director of Denver’s Stories on Stage, Anthony Powell, on storytelling for an audience. Unlock the text and learn how to interpret great stories in exciting ways. This art form is growing by leaps and bounds across the theatre world. Enhance your basic acting skills and learn new skills that will make you a more diverse and imaginative artist. Not to be missed! Outside rehearsal may be required.


Voice and Speech for the Actor

Ashlee Temple • $175 • Wed, Oct 8-Nov 12 • 6:30-8pm Studio 6

Learn how the mechanics of voice and the importance of speech relate to effective communication. Explore the power of your voice through inflection, rhythm, tempo, breath support and articulation. Focus your energy and increase your volume in a safe, relaxed way. This is an essential class for all actors, including those interested in Voice Over.


Playwriting II — Finishing the Story

Steven Cole Hughes • $295 • Mon, Oct 6-Nov 10 • 6:30-9:30pm • Jones Library, 1st Floor

It’s time to finish that opus. Refine the work. Hear it read aloud. Rework it. Hear it again. This class takes the work of Playwriting I to a whole different level. The challenges are tougher but the payoff greater. Hear your work read by working actors. Outside reading and writing is required. Prerequisite: Playwriting I

 

Acting on Camera I

Brian Landis Folkins • $295 • Wed, Oct 8-Nov 12 • 6:30-9:30pm Studio 3

What do you do when the red light goes on? What do you do when they call action? Learn to apply basic acting technique to on camera skills, build on-screen confidence and develop filmed material suitable for a reel. Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting
 


Commercial Voice Over I

Tia Marlier • $225 • Tue, Oct 7-Nov 11 • 6-7:30pm Studio 3

Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and TV voice over industry. Analyze and act commercial copy, learn to take direction and increase your versatility. Learn about demos, agents, auditions and the voice over market. You will work in a professional recording studio during your final class. Note: bring a flash drive to each class.

 

Commercial Voice Over I

Tia Marlier • $225 • Tue, Oct 7-Nov 11 • 8-9:30pm Studio 3

Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and TV voice over industry. Analyze and act commercial copy, learn to take direction and increase your versatility. Learn about demos, agents, auditions and the voice over market. You will work in a professional recording studio during your final class. Note: bring a flash drive to each class.

 

Commercial Voice Over II: The Workout

Kathleen Ham • $175 • Thu, Oct 16, 23, 30 & Nov 6 • 6:30-8:30pm Studio 3

Step up to the mic and stretch your voice over muscles. You’ll discover your strongest reads through clear choices, vocal range and originality. This class will address common bad habits and how to overcome them. Strengthen your skills as a voice over artist by eliminating frequently overlooked practices and patterns. Note: bring three pieces of copy that you’d like to work-out. Prerequisite: Previous voice over experience or Commercial Voice Over I
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Animation Voice Over

Jennifer Thomas • $225 • Mon, Oct 6-Nov 10 • 6:30-8pm Studio 3

Let those wild characters living inside you come out and play. You'll learn to create, define and develop character voices for animation in commercials, online videos, video games and more. We'll begin with the foundation of breath then play with resonance, inflection, rhythm and speech. Exercises and games will help you visualize, physicalize and track your characters. We'll work on copy and scripts for practice.

 

Stage Combat: Broadsword

Geoffrey Kent • $375 • Sat, Aug 30-Oct 25 & Sun Nov 2 • 9:30am-12:30pmStudio 12

Broadsword, the go-to weapon for Shakespearean histories, is a challenging physical weapon style well suited for Joan of Arc and Henry V. The basic movements of this two-handed weapon complete with acting beats and text work will be covered. The class concludes with the Society of American Fight Directors Skills Proficiency Test, a great addition for an actor's resume.

 

The Art of Movement: Releasing and Flying

Robert Davidson • $295 • Mon, Oct 6-Nov 10 • 6:30-9:30pm Studio 12

The Skinner Releasing Technique provides a strong base for the learning of Low-Flying Trapeze techniques. Principles of multi-directional balancing and multi-dimensional thinking and economy are explored through kinesthetic imagery, an approach that is exceptionally effective for actors. Work personally with our Theatre Company’s Movement Director. It’s more fun and creative than going to the gym! Wear long sleeves.

 

Improvisation for the Actor

Jessica Austgen • $225 • Tue, Oct 7-Nov 11 • 6:30-8:30pm Studio 10

This class introduces and reinforces the basics of improvisation. Designed for the performer at any level, learn how to loosen up, be more spontaneous and take risks on stage. Using group activities and improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for creativity, spontaneity, making strong choices and increasing confidence.

 

Public Speaking for Business Professionals: Execute with Excellence

Hilary Blair & Robin Miller • $175 • Tue, Oct 7-Nov 18 (no class on 10/14) • 7:30-9:30pm Studio 6

Polish your presentation skills to execute clear, efficient and powerful delivery. This highly-individualized class will capitalize on your strengths, address your challenges and non-verbal aspects, and explore prosody and text to maximize your effectiveness. You’ll learn to control nerves and overcome common fears as you gain skills to make you more effective and competitive in your career.

 

Voice and Speech for Business Professionals

Hilary Blair • $175 • Tue, Oct 7-Nov 18 (no class on 10/14) • 6-7:30pm Studio 8

For business professionals! Learn how the mechanics of voice and the importance of speech relate to effective communication. Explore the power of your voice through inflection, rhythm, tempo, breath support and articulation. This is an essential class for all professionals who use their voice.


Macbeth by William Shakespeare Master Class Project

Directed by Lawrence Hecht • $300
Auditions: Sep 30 & Oct 1
Callbacks: Oct 6
Rehearsals: Mon-Fri, 6-10pm beginning Oct 6 Studio 11
Open Rehearsals: Nov 13-15 and 20-22: 7:30pm

Considered one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful works, Macbeth dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfill the ambition for power. To audition, prepare two contrasting Shakespeare pieces, at least one in verse. Bring a headshot and resume.

Contact us at 303.446.4892 beginning Sep 8 to schedule an audition. Two previous Education classes or workshops are required.


Audition for Stage

Chip Walton, Artistic Director of Curious Theatre Company

$180 • Sat, Nov 1, 15 & 22 • 1-4pm Studio 1

Auditioning might just be an actor’s hardest job. Learn the ins and outs of auditioning from master teacher and director, Chip Walton. Take control of your audition, prepare material, nail the cold reading and take the fear out of the audi­tion room. If you are planning on auditioning for anything on stage in the near future, this class is for you. Bring two memorized monologues, your picture and your resume.

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Recent studies in The New York Times and Cognitive Daily suggest that training skills used by actors may increase overall cognitive health. With this in mind, the Education Department offers one-time workshops that introduce basic principles in a fun and social setting.

Second Act: Introduction to Acting

Kate Gleason • $120 • Wed, Oct 8-Nov 12 • 1-3pm Studio 1

Has it been awhile since you’ve been on stage? Or, you want to try acting, but are not sure where to start? This class is designed specifically for the theatre enthusiast. Discover the building blocks of acting through storytelling, theatre games, improvisation and scene work. Bring your lifetime of valuable experiences center stage. Take creative risks in a fun, safe environment. Why just watch, when you can do?
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Second Act: Sing Out!

Robyn Yamada • $60 • Tue, Oct 14, 21 & 28 • 1-3pm Studio 2

Sing for the fun of it while you gain physical and mental health benefits that result from singing in a group. Sing Out! provides a choir experience for active adults — regardless of their talent or experience. No prior singing experience is required, and you do not need to read music or audition. Experience the pure joy of making music and making friends.
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Second Act: Voice Overs

Justin Walvoord • $20 • Fri, Oct 10 • 1-3pm Studio 3

Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and TV voice over industry. Analyze and act commercial copy, learn to take direction and increase your versatility. Learn about demos, agents, auditions and the voice over market. This may be a whole new career opportunity!
REGISTER

Second Act: Line, Please: Memory Training

Garrett Ayers • $20 • Mon, Oct 13 • 1-3pm Studio 6

Every day, new studies appear showing that the memorization techniques that actors use for remembering their lines can help us all keep that memory sharp. Learn how you can memorize faster and better, all the while saving time, reducing stress and gaining confidence
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Second Act: Fred and Ginger — Favorite Film Dances

Jim Brown • $20 • Fri, Oct 24 • 1-3pm Studio 12

An afternoon of enchantment. An afternoon of magical tunes. No partner necessary. A wheelchair? A walker? Perfect. Ballroom dancing really does challenge every part of your system, from your hearing, vision, mental alertness to coordination and your cardiovascular system. Dancing and spinning with autonomy, balance and a cognitive awareness of space and body helps us to understand why we need to join exercise with a pleasant activity.
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Academy Summer Classes: 
Robert & Judi Newman Summer Series for Children 
Lewis E. Myers Fund

Arts in Education, Student Matinees, Study Guides: 
The Anschutz Foundation 
Boeing 
CoBiz Financial 
Colorado Creative Industries 
Corley Legacy Foundation 
DaVita 
Faegre Baker Daniels 
Fidelity Investments 
Keith & Kathie Finger 
Alan & Katie Fox 
Margot & Allan Frank 
IMA Foundation 
Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation Fund 
Kinder Morgan Foundation 
Walter S. Rosenberry III Charitable Trust 
SCFD 
Target 
US Bank 
Xcel Energy Foundation


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