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Introduction to Acting

Mon • Oct 5-Nov 9 6:30-8:30pm • 6 weeks • Rodney Lizcano •  $225

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. Space for 14 max – 8 min students.

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Introduction to Acting

Wed • Oct 7-Nov 11 1-3pm • 6 weeks • Tam Dalrymple Frye •  $225

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. Space for 14 max – 8 min students.

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Introduction to Acting

Wed • Oct 7-Nov 11 6:30-8:30pm • 6 weeks • Brian Shea •  $225

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. Space for 14 max – 8 min students.

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Approaching A Play: The Craft of Acting

Sat • Oct 3-Nov 14 (no class Oct 31) 10am-12pm • 6 weeks • Timothy McCracken •  $225

Has Introduction to Acting got you excited to try out your skills with some more challenging material? Here’s your chance to deepen your acting techniques through material by world-class playwrights. Learn the 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 scene study and text analysis: objectives, obstacles, given circumstances, and more.  Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

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Scene Study I

Tue • Oct 6-Nov 10 6:30-9:30pm • 6 weeks • Justin Walvoord •  $295

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. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

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Scene Study I

Thu • Oct 8-Nov 12 12-3pm • 6 weeks • Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski •  $295

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. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

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Scene Study II: The Newcomers

Tue • Sep 22-Nov 10 6:30-9:30pm • 8 weeks • Allison Watrous •  $325

Welcome the Newcomers! Continue to develop your craft, push your boundaries and explore new territory. This class will focus on modern playwrights that are currently writing the best new material. Enter the worlds of Rajev Joseph, Annie Baker, Nick Payne, Laura Eason, Matthew Lopez, Lisa D’Amour, Aaron Posner and many more. It’s time for a fresh take on theatre. Outside rehearsal and study is required. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I

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Advanced Acting: 9/11 Plays and Playwrights

Mon • Sep 21-Nov 16 (no class Sep 28) 6:30-9:30pm • 8 weeks • Timothy McCracken •  $325

How did 9/11 shape theatre and voices of the early 2000's? Discover how the infamous day deeply affected our culture, country and lives through plays and playwrights that focused on the events...and its aftermath. These emotional works will challenge the heart and mind of every artist. Outside rehearsal and study is required. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

PREREQUISITE: Scene Study I & II or Instructor Approval

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Intro to Improv!

Wed • Oct 7-Nov 18 (no class Oct 21) 6:30-8:30pm • 6 weeks • Jessica Austgen •  $225

Want to learn how to perform on the spot? Work with Cult Following and Denver favorite Jessica Austgen as she introduces and reinforces the basics of improvisation. Designed for all experience levels, 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 spontaneity, making strong choices and increasing confidence. See why improv is a trend that keeps on growing. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

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Professional Sketch & Improv

Wed • Oct 7-Nov 11 7-9pm • 6 weeks • Sarah Kirwin •  $225
(Showcase performance Nov 18)

This performance-level improv class, students will learn how to write, produce and perform sketch comedy, as well as hone in on advanced improv forms. After creating characters and scene ideas, costumes and props will be added to the production and the class will culminate with a sketch and improv showcase. Showcase Performance for invited guests will be held on Wed. Nov 18 at 7:30pm. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

PREREQUISITE: Must have Instructor approval. Call 303.446.4892 to arrange meeting Instructor. 

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Voice and Speech for the Actor

Tue • Oct 6-Nov 10 6:30-8:30pm • 6 weeks • Jeffrey Parker •  $175

Learn how the mechanics of your voice and the intricacies 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 ability to project in a safe, relaxed way. This is an essential class for all actors, including those interested in Voice Over work. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

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The Art of Movement: Low-Flying Trapeze and releasing

Thu • Oct 8-Nov 12 6:30-9:30pm • 6 weeks • Robert Davidson •  $250

Feel the freedom of flight with The Skinner Releasing Technique as you learn 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. Get the opportunity to work personally with Mr. Davidson, a world-renowned master teacher and the DCPA Theatre Company Movement Director. Get some exercise in a fun and creative way! Wear long sleeves. Space for 15 max - 8 min students.

NEW STUDENTS WELCOME

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Stage Combat: Unarmed

Sat • Sep 5-Nov 7 10am-1pm • 10 weeks • Geoffrey Kent •  $375 + $50 optional SAFD skills proficiency test fee.

Get hands on with the basic techniques needed to create a safe and effective fight on stage. Fall down, toss people other around, pull hair and throw punches – without getting a scratch. Particular attention will be paid to the safety required to perform fights as well as how to connect stage combat techniques to text, character and intention. Conclude the class with a fight performance .Passing students will receive a Society of American Fight Director’s Certification in Unarmed - an excellent addition to an actor, stage manager, teacher or director’s professional resume. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

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Acting on Camera I

Mon • Oct 5-Nov 9 6:30-9:30pm • 6 weeks • Brian Landis Folkins •  $295

Are you intimidated by being in front of a camera? What do you do when the red light goes on? How do you do the work when the Director calls action? Learn to apply basic acting techniques to on-camera skills, build confidence in front of the camera, and pursue film work in your local market. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

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Acting on Camera II

Thu • Oct 8-Nov 12 6:30-9:30pm • 6 weeks • Brian Shea •  $295

After building your confidence and ease on camera in Acting on Camera I, dive more fully into the technical and creative side of on-camera acting. Utilizing current TV and film scripts, you will work with scene partners to create work that is truly “in the moment,” featuring extreme close-ups, reaction shots and more. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

PREREQUISITE: Acting On Camera I

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Commercial Voice Over I

Tue • Oct 6-Nov 10 6:30-8:30pm • 6 weeks • Tia Marlier •  $225

Is your voice your favorite asset? Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and television voice over industry. Analyze and activate commercial copy, learn to take direction and increase your versatility. Learn about demos, agents, auditions and the voice over market to get going with your career. You even get to work in a professional recording studio during your final class. Note: Bring a flash drive to each class. Space for 10 max – 8 min students.

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Audio Book Narration

Wed • Oct 7-Nov 11 6:30-9:30pm • 6 weeks • Adam Verner •  $295

Audio book narration is a marathon, not a sprint. Join us as we explore the world of storytelling and audio books. Delve into unique performance techniques for different genres, the details of compiling your demo, how to get hired, and the equipment and material you’ll need to make it in this industry. As one of the fastest-growing niches in the VO world, audio books offer a fantastic opportunity for actors. Space for 8 max – 6 min students.

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Dialects for the Actor: Irish

Wed • Oct 7-Nov 18 (no class Oct 21) 6:30-8:30pm • 6 weeks • Jennifer Thomas • $225

Tackle the tricky Irish dialect. Learn the basics of the Standard Irish Stage Dialect through scenes from plays and film. You’ll even explore and sample a few of the other regional dialects in Ireland. We emphasize learning a dialect through multiple vocal elements that include resonance, sound quality, rhythm and articulation. We’ll also address breathing, alignment, and movement as it relates to the dialect. You’ll have a great time and leave with a convincing accent. A must for anyone planning to audition for this year’s Master Class Project, Dancing at Lughnasa. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

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Coming in November
Master Class Project 2015

Dancing at Lughnasa

By Brian Friel
Directed by Timothy McCracken

First produced in 1990, this lyrical, passionate ensemble play takes us to County Donegal, Ireland in 1936. Five sisters, all unmarried, face the daily struggles of survival as well as the possibility of love and hope for a better future. Told as a memory through the eyes of one of their sons, the play transports the audience to a time of life laced with bitter challenges as well as idealistic hope. Dialect will be utilized for this production. Irish Dialect class highly recommended. 

5 Women, 3 Men.
AUDITIONS: Week of Oct 26
REHEARSALS: Nov 16-Dec 16 6:30-9:30pm
PERFORMANCES AT 7:30pm: Wed Dec. 16, Thu Dec 17 & Fri Dec 18
$300

For the audition, prepare two contemporary contrasting monologues. Also, be prepared for cold readings. Bring a headshot and current resume. Call 303.446.4892 or email education@dcpa.org to set up an audition time for the week of Oct 26.

Two previous DCPA Education classes or workshops required to audition.









One Weekend Only
Meisner Intensive: An Ounce of Behavior

Sat-Sun• Oct 17-18 1-4pm • 2 SessionsChristy Montour-Larson • $100

If you missed it last year or if you are back for more, don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of Denver’s finest directors and teachers, Christy Montour-Larsen. Through the Meisner acting technique, students will discover that they are never done learning the craft of acting. Rooted in the work of master acting teacher Sanford Meisner, this workshop uses a series of exercises that build upon each other to create a useful set of new skills to master truthful human behavior. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.
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Free Workshop
An Introduction to the Suzuki Actor Training Method

Sat • Nov 7 • 1-4pm • 1 session • Anne Penner • Free

The Suzuki Method’s principal concern is to restore the wholeness of the human body to aid performance and uncover the actor’s innate expressive abilities. This rigorous physical discipline is drawn from ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater, and martial arts. It seeks to heighten the actor’s emotional and physical power while committing to each moment on stage. The workshop is a perfect introduction to Suzuki for an intermediate or advanced actor eager to find more physical tools to strengthen their acting. Please wear clothes for movement (as well as socks and bring a memorized 30 second monologue. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

ALL LEVELS WELCOME

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The Roundtable
A Special Event for DCPA Education Students Only
The Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St., 3rd Floor

Mon • Oct 19 9:30pm • 1 Night Only •  Free to all DCPA students

Denver has one of the most exciting local theatre scenes in the country and you can be a part of it. Discuss everything from the process of casting to applying your education to rehearsing and performing plays, musicals, indie films, or improv. Get the most recent and useful insights into professional casting from the pros themselves: Theatre and film directors, casting directors, and local actors. Ask them directly how to get involved, when/where to learn about auditions, and how to be proactive in your efforts to begin working as an actor in this vibrant local market.

Only presently enrolled DCPA Education students will be admitted.

Lifelong Learning for Older Adults
Open to Students 60+


Acting for the Fun of it!

Wed • Oct 7-Nov 11 1-3pm • 6 weeks • Tam Dalrymple Frye • $120

Has it been a while since you’ve been on stage or are you looking to spark a new passion? This class is designed specifically for the theatre enthusiast. Whether you’re an “old pro” or a theatre novice, this class will teach you the fundamentals of the craft. Discover the building blocks of acting through storytelling, theatre games, improvisation and scene work. Bring your lifetime of valuable experiences center stage and take creative risks in a fun, safe environment. This class is taught in conjunction with our adult education Introduction to Acting.

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Public Speaking for Business Professionals: Execute with Excellence

Tue • Oct 6-Nov 10  7:30-9:30pm • 6 weeks • Hilary Blair & Robin Miller • $175

Polish your presentation skills to deliver your ideas in a clear, efficient and powerful way. 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. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

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Voice and Speech for Business Professionals

Tue • Oct 6-Nov 10 6-7:30pm • 6 weeks • Hilary Blair • $175

Learn how the mechanics of your voice and the importance of speech relate to being an effective communicator. 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 to express their ideas. Space for 14 max - 8 min students.

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Education 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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