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Our daytime, evening & weekend acting classes fit into every schedule and are offered year-round to make sure everyone has an opportunity to learn.


Introduction to ActingREGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Jun 13 - Jul 25 (No class Jul 4) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Jeffrey Roark

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. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Introduction to Acting REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jun 15 - Jul 20 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Tara Falk

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. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Approaching A Play: The Craft of Acting REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Tue • Jun 14 - Jul 19 • 6:00 - 8:00pm • Timothy McCracken

Has Introduction to Acting got you excited to try out your skills with some more challenging material? Learn more tools and language you can use to delve into your character, understand the complexities of the scene, and become an active part in the journey of a play as a whole. This class is specifically designed to introduce tools for character development and scene study through acting exercises and text analysis. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study I REGISTER

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jun 14 - Jul 19 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Gabriella Cavallero 

After you’ve gotten a handle on the fundamentals of acting, keep building on those skills with Scene Study I. Continue to discover and explore the key elements of text analysis and characterization while working on scenes from theatre’s best playwrights. Take creative risks in a supportive environment and see the reward! Outside rehearsal time is required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study II: Arthur Miller’s PlaysREGISTER

8 sessions • $325 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jun 14 - Aug 2 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kate Gleason

There is no shortage of terrific material to draw from for this Scene Study class. Delve deeper into the works of one of America’s greatest playwrights as you keep developing your craft by considering character, objectives, actions and behavior. Using scenes from classics like All My Sons, The Crucible and Death of a Salesman, as well as lesser-known works, you’ll make new discoveries in your work through Miller’s rich and approachable plays.

PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Acting and Scene Study I

 

Advanced Acting: The Politics of CharacterREGISTER

8 sessions • $325 • 3 hr class time
Thu • Jun 16 - Aug 4 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Anthony Powell

What better time to approach politics than in an election year? Explore the elements of characters and their political intrigue through the works of renowned playwright David Hare. Dive into the psyche and behavior of a character driven by political gain, platforms and societies. Out of class rehearsal and study is a must. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITES: Scene Study I and II or instructor approval

 

Intro to Improv! REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Jun 16 - Jul 21 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Brian McManus

Want to learn how to perform on the spot? Designed for all experience levels, this class will teach you 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 spontaneity, making strong choices and increasing confidence. See why improv is a trend that keeps on growing. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Conquering the Dance Audition REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jun 15 - Jul 27 (no class on Jul 13) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Piper Lindsay Arpan

Don’t miss the opportunity to build your confidence and ease with the third part of a musical theatre audition: The Dance. While many actors feel confident with their singing and acting skills, nailing the dance portion of an audition or show can feel like another story. Spend 6 weeks exploring the important technical and performance elements of dance often used in musical theatre choreography. Build your background so that you can step onto the stage and own it! 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

 

Acting on Camera I REGISTER

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Thu • Jun 16 - Jul 21 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Brian Shea 

Do you have a burning desire to work in film and television, but are intimidated by being in front of a camera? Want to have a competitive edge in the growing film market in Denver? How do you approach the work when the director calls, “Action”? Learn to apply basic acting techniques to on-camera skills, build confidence and get comfortable in front of the camera. Get ready to nail your next audition! 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Character VoicesREGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jun 15 - Jul 27 (No class Jul 6) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Jennifer Thomas

Explore the process of creating character through vocal discoveries and choices. Whether it’s a superhero for a video game, your Great Aunt Gladys for an improv show, an aardvark for a VO commercial, or an everyday person, you’ll be able to make them sound distinctive and convincing. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hone your vocal and character skills in one class. Outside preparation may be required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Playwriting LabREGISTER

7 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jun 14 - Jul 26 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kelly McAllister

Whether you’re starting a play or are in the middle of working on a script, get the notes you need to take your writing to the next level. Designed for beginner and ongoing playwrights, this lab will focus on developing characters and dialogue while moving the story forward through plot and structure. Your work will be regularly read to help development, and in the last class, actors will read selections of your play so you to hear it come to life. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

 

MASTER CLASS PROJECT SUMMER 2016
Leap
By John Yearley
Directed by Timothy McCracken

Auditions: Mon, May 30 and Wed, Jun 1 • Callbacks: Thu, Jun 2
Rehearsals: Jun 6 - Jul 20 • Evenings and Saturdays TBD (no Friday or Sunday rehearsals)
Performances: Thu, Jul 21 – Sat, Jul 23 • 7:30pm

Leap, described by the playwright as a “comedy about shock,” follows the moments before, during and after the 9/11 attacks. Focused on a fascinating handful of people directly affected by the events of that day, it examines the elements of loss and its pain, avoidance and narcissism. Discover how a tragic national circumstance can have a direct relation to our personal lives in numerous ways. 

ROLES TO FILL: 4 Men, 3 Women

For the audition, prepare one contemporary monologue. Sides will also be provided for your audition. Bring a headshot and current resume.

Call 303.446.4892 or email education@dcpa.org to set up an audition time. Two previous Education classes or workshops required to audition.

The Master Class Project is funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund.

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Entertainment Technology Symposium with Cirque du Soleil
FREE Symposium
REGISTER

Sat • Apr 23 • 12-10pm & Sun • Apr 24 • 9am-6pm

Jump at the rare opportunity to spend a weekend in the classroom with the technology experts at Cirque du Soleil and their preferred vendors TAIT, Meyer Sound, Philips Entertainment, and Columbus McKinnon. Discover the inner workings of entertainment technology such as automation, engineering projects, stage lighting, rigging, sound and costumes from the experts at the largest theatrical producer in the world. All of the necessary technology and gear will be provided for the sessions. Participants must be at least a Junior in High School and currently working with an educational or professional theatre program.

 

The Business of Acting: How to Build your Opportunities and CareerREGISTER

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Wed • Apr 27 • 6:30-9:30pm • Patty Kingsbaker

Becoming a successful actor takes a serious review of your approach to the business side of your career. You’ll take a look at your resumé, networking, agent, and how immersed you are in the market to determine where you can improve your chances at being seen for a role and landing your next job. Patty Kingsbaker, Partner and Agent at Radical Artists Agency, will share her knowledge and insights stemming from a 30-year career as a casting director, producer and talent agent. Topics will include getting prepared for the business side of acting, finding an agent, how to choose casting sites, and how to build your career as a working actor. If you plan to stay in this market or move to a larger one, this evening is a must.

 

Producing Improv ShowsREGISTER

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Mon • May 16 • 6:30-9:30pm • Sarah Kirwin

Do you have a great idea for a show, but don’t know where to start? Take the first step to get your show out of your head and onto the stage. This workshop is designed to help up-and-coming show producers turn their ideas into money-generating improv shows. Learn from one of the minds behind CULT FOLLOWING, the DCPA’s standout theatrical improv show.

 

The Roundtable: Musical Theatre Companies, Directors and Choreographers

1 session • Free to all DCPA students
Mon • May 2 • 9:30pm

Denver has one of the most exciting local musical theatre scenes in the country and you need to be a part of it. We’ll discuss everything from the casting process to applying your education to auditioning and working in musical theatre. Get the most recent and useful insights into casting and working from the pros themselves: musical theatre companies, directors and choreographers. Ask them directly how to get involved, when and where to learn about auditions, and how to be proactive in your efforts to begin working as an actor in this vibrant scene.
NOTE: All current and former DCPA students are welcome.

 

Teaching Artist Training: Moving Artistry into Classroom and Community REGISTER

2 sessions • $225 • 6 hr class time (12 hrs total)
Tue, May 31 and Wed, Jun 1 • 10am - 4pm

Are you interested in sharing your theatre skills in the classroom? Or are you a Teaching Artist who is looking for additional strategies and tools for teaching? If so, this is the professional development opportunity for you!

Join DCPA Education for intensive Teaching Artist training, focusing on:

  • Best practices in teaching art-based curriculum
  • Best practices in teaching effective arts-integration curriculum
  • Creation and execution of lesson plans
  • Classroom management skills

Since integrating theatre into a core curriculum provides students with authentic, meaningful learning experiences on a minimal budget, more and more cultural institutions and schools are in need of quality Teaching Artists comfortable with designing and facilitating arts-integrated lessons.

This practicum is designed for emergent or established theatre Teaching Artists interested in strengthening the connections between personal artistry and the craft of teaching. By participating in proven creative drama exercises, participants will receive a wide variety of active learning resources for application in K-12 classrooms. The practicum also includes opportunities for lesson plan design and theatre activity adaptation.

 

Introduction to Voice OverREGISTER

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Jun 11 • 1 - 4pm • Tia Marlier

Jump at this wonderful opportunity to test your chops and introduce yourself to the world of voice over! Work with outstanding voice over teacher and professional Tia Marlier as you develop basic skills and understanding of voice over. This class is designed for beginners who are ready to try a new craft. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

 

Introduction to Voice OverREGISTER

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Jun 18 • 1 - 4pm • Tia Marlier

Jump at this wonderful opportunity to test your chops and introduce yourself to the world of voice over! Work with outstanding voice over teacher and professional Tia Marlier as you develop basic skills and understanding of voice over. This class is designed for beginners who are ready to try a new craft. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

 

The Power of StillnessREGISTER

2 sessions • $100 • 2.5 hr class time
Mon, Jun 20 and Mon, Jun 27 • 6:30 - 9pm • Cajardo Lindsey and Michanda Lindsey

An actor’s life is a busy one. As counterintuitive as slowing down might seem, artists know that there is a great benefit to this basic and powerful principle of being still. Through hands-on practice, you’ll develop more passion and clarity in your acting choices. This workshop is for those who are ready to cultivate a life-changing skill that will enhance their onstage creativity. It’s also a fantastic class for business professionals.
All levels welcome!

 

The Art of Live Story TellingREGISTER

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Jul 18 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Erin Rollman

Storytelling has been an art form for centuries and has recently been re-discovered as compelling entertainment on stage around the country. Explore key techniques to storytelling that can truly engage your listener. Join one of Denver’s finest storytellers in learning the joys of this art form.

 

FUNPROVREGISTER

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Jul 9 • 10am - 1pm • Sarah Kirwin

Stuck in an improv rut? New to improv and want to feel more fearless? This is the workshop for you! Learn to have more fun with your improv, get out of your head and experience the joy of reacting freely with fellow actors. This improvisation workshop will focus in on how we can make improv easier for ourselves.

 

DCPA Education Summer Classes
The Lewis E. Myers, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Arts in Education, Student Matinees, Study Guides
Riverfront Park Community Foundation
Xcel Energy Foundation
Fine Arts Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries

Dramatic Learning
Noble Energy
Target Xcel Energy Foundation

Second Act
Miracle Ear

DPS Shakespeare Festival
June Travis

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Anadarko

Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Regional High School Playwriting
Workshop and Competition

The Ross Foundation, June Travis

“DaVita is proud to support the DCPA, which truly embodies the values of innovation and creativity — keeping the arts alive in distinctive ways to inspire a new generation of leaders. DCPA’s commitment to arts education is truly inspirational, and DaVita is grateful for its commitment to this community.”