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Introduction to Acting

Mon • Jan 12-Feb 23 (no class Jan 19)  6:30-8:30pm 6 sessions • 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.

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Introduction to Acting

Wed • Jan 14-Feb 18 12-2pm 6 sessions • 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.

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Introduction to Acting

Thu • Jan 15-Feb 26 (no class on Feb 19)  6:30-8:30pm 6 sessions • Justin Walvoord •  $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.

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Extreme Physical Characterization

Sat • Jan 10-Feb 14  9am-12pm 6 sessions • Lawrence Hecht •  $275

All right, you asked for it and it’s back. Working from the outside in? What does that really mean when working on a character? It means goofy, outrageous choices: Funny walks and silly clothes. It means being a zombie and a Rock Star. Find out why Extreme Characterization wins Academy Awards. Come prepared with two memorized monologues and be prepared to go extreme! Outside rehearsal time is required. Prerequisite: Scene Study I or Instructor Approval

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Scene Study I

Mon • Jan 12-Feb 23 (no class on Jan 19) 6:30-9:30pm 6 sessions • Kate Gleason •  $295

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

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Scene Study II: The Plays of John Patrick Shanley

Tue • Jan 13-Feb 24 (no class on Feb 17) • 6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Allison Watrous •  $295

Oscar. Tony. Pulitzer. Dive into the world of highly decorated playwright John Patrick Shanley. Work on scenes from the dark and seedy neighborhoods of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Savage in Limbo, the whispering halls of a Catholic School in Doubt, and from the newly crafted Irish love story of Outside Mullingar. Prepare to be challenged.Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting, Scene Study I

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Advanced Acting: The Three Sisters by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Mon • Jan 12-Mar 9 (no class on Feb 19) 6:30-9:30pm • 8 sessions • Lawrence Hecht •  $295

This is an entire class dedicated to one of the greatest plays ever written, The Three Sisters. First meet and then become some of theatre’s most beloved characters. Share in the joy, pain, humor and sorrow of Anton Chekhov’s beloved ode to the human spirit. The class will conclude with a performance of, at least, one full act. Outside rehearsal and study is required .Prerequisite: Scene Study I & II or Instructor Approval

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Improvisation for the Actor

Tue • Jan 13-Feb 24 (no class Feb 17) 6:30-8:30pm • 6 sessions • Jessica Austgen •  $225

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.

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Improvisation for the Actor Level 2: Layering Character

Wed • Jan 14-Feb 25 (no class Feb 18) 7-9pm • 6 sessions • Sarah Kirwin •  $225

Ready for more fun? This class is for all actors ready to expand their knowledge beyond the fundamentals of improvisation. Work with the extraordinary Sarah Kirwin, recently voted Colorado’s Best Female Improviser. Delve deeper into the inner workings of characters and scenes, taking them to their next level of performance. There’s nothing like the thrill of making it “work.” Prerequisite: Improvisation for the Actor or 3 months improv experience

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MASTER CLASS PROJECT 2015: The Heidi Chronicles
by Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Ashlee Temple

Discover Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, The Heidi Chronicles. Trace Heidi Holland’s coming of age from high school in the ’60s to her career in the ’80s. As Heidi struggles with that ever present question "Can women have it all?", she and the people in her life explore questions of career, romance, friendship and family. The Heidi Chronicles is rich with humor and humanity exploring questions that remain timely and relevant to all of us.

Auditions: Mar 2 & 3 • Callbacks: Mar 4
Rehearsals: Mar 10 - Apr 7
Mon - Fri 6:30-10pm, Sat 1-4pm
Performances at 7:30pm: Tue, Apr 7; Wed, Apr 8; Thu, Apr 9
$300

Two previous DCPA Education classes or workshops are required to audition. For the audition, prepare two contemporary contrasting monologues. If you are called back, be prepared for cold readings. Bring a headshot and current resume.

Contact us at 303.446.4892 after Feb 16 to schedule an audition time on Mar 2 or 3.


 

Voice and Speech for the Actor

Wed • Jan 14-Feb 25  6:30-8pm • 6 sessions • Courtney Esser •  $175

For actors. 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.

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Playwriting I: Telling the Story

Mon • Jan 12-Feb 23 (no class Jan 19)  6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Steven Cole Hughes •  $295

Many people have started to write a play, few have finished. Telling a story is the most important job of the playwright. We’ll explore how to create compelling characters and believable dialogue while moving the story forward through plot and structure. We’ll play with how to bring imagery, metaphor, and theatricality to your writing.  Outside reading and writing is required. Prerequisite: Instructor’s Approval

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Acting on Camera I

Wed • Jan 21-Mar 4 (no class Feb 18)  6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Brian Landis Folkins •  $295

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

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Acting on Camera II

Mon • Jan 12-Feb 23 (no class Jan 1)  6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Timothy McCracken •  $295

Building upon your confidence and ease on camera created in Acting on Camera I, you will dive more fully into the technical and creative side of on camera acting. Utilizing current TV/film scripts, you will work with scene partners to create work that is truthfully “in the moment” featuring extreme close-up, reaction shots and more. Prerequisite: Acting On Camera I

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Commercial Voice Over I

Tue • Jan 13-Feb 24 (no class Feb 17)  6-7:30pm • 6 sessions • Tia Marlier •  $225

Is voice over for you? Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and television 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. Limited enrollment

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Commercial Voice Over I

Tue • Jan 13-Feb 24 (no class Feb 17)  8-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Tia Marlier •  $225

Is voice over for you? Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and television 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. Limited enrollment

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Commercial Voice Over: The Workout

Thu • Feb 12-Mar 5  6:30-8:30pm • 4 sessions • Kathleen Ham •  $175

Step in front of the mic and stretch your voice over muscles. Students will find and activate their strongest reads through clear choices, playful visualization and “stepping outside the box.” The class will address how to overcome common bad habits. Strengthen your skills as a voice over artist by eliminating frequently overlooked practices and patterns. Note: Bring three pieces of copy to work-out. Prerequisite: Previous voice over experience or Commercial Voice Over I

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Character Voices

Mon • Jan 12-Feb 9 (no class Jan 19)  6:30-8:30pm • 4 sessions • Jennifer Thomas •  $175

Strengthen your acting skills by strengthening your vocal skills. Increase your range and vocal flexibility. This class will focus on different aspects of character voices: dialects, impersonation, stereotypes and even real people with quirks and affectations. See how strong vocal choices can lead to strong acting choices.

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The Art of Movement: Low-Flying Trapeze and Releasing

Tue • Jan 13-Feb 24  6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Robert Davidson •  $295

The Skinner Releasing Technique provides a strong base to 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. Mr. Davidson has served as the DCPA Theatre Company Movement Director, and now’s your chance to work personally with this world-renowned master teacher. It’s more fun and creative than going to the gym! Wear long sleeves. New students welcome.

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Winter Class Registration begins Nov 19, 2014. Please check back.

Musical Theatre Intensive: Getting Ready for the Audition
Singing, Acting, Dancing

Sat-Sun • Jan 24-25  1-5pm • A Weekend Marathon • 8 hrs of class time • Diana Dresser, Steff Grogan, Jeff Roark •  $100

Back by popular demand! No matter what your level of musical skill, every actor must be prepared to sing and “move” on stage. Work with working professionals in a boot camp and discover your hidden talents. Actors who can, even minimally, sing and move are in high demand. Bring the sheet music for two songs you want to explore. Wear clothes to move in. Bring your energy and fun.Enroll early. All levels welcome

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The Complete Actor Workshop

Sat • Mar 7  1-5pm • A One Day Session • 4 hr of class timeBarbara Gehring & Michael Nuccio •  $90

Combine improvisation and scene study skills to create effective performances and winning auditions. Students will gain tools used in improv and traditional acting methods to heighten spontaneity, create honest reactions and be in the moment. Sharpen your skills and learn how to create subtext for scripts, scenes and audition pieces. Reinvigorate yourself. Reinvigorate your art. Designed for actors and improvisers, novices and professionals. Please prepare a 1½-2 minute classical or contemporary monologue.

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Improvisation for the Actor Level 3: Mechanics of Scenework

Wed • Mar 11-Apr 8  7pm-9pm 6 Sessions •  Sarah Kirwin •  $225

Mechanics of Scenework takes improv training to the advanced level. Time to get your hands dirty. Pop the hood and see the real inner workings. Find real moments while working toward complete honesty onstage. Understanding why scenes work and how to best achieve a high scene success ratio should be every improv artist’s goal. Learn advanced techniques that you can apply to all scenework.Prerequisite: Improvisation for the Actor Level 2 or Instructor approval.

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SPECIAL EVENT
Producing Your Own Work with Chip Walton

Mon • Mar 9, 16, 23 & Apr 6 (no class Mar 30) 6:30-9:30pm • 4 Sessions •  Chip Walton, Producing Artistic Director, Curious Theatre Company •  $100

Learning to depend on yourself is a must for survival as an artist. From having the right "pitch" to starting your own theatre, every detail matters. Mr. Walton and his colleagues have built Curious Theatre Company into a successful and established professional theatre, but it all started with a dream between a group of artists. Find out their story and the ins and outs of making your own work.

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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: Six-week Series
Introduction to Acting

Wed • Jan 14-Feb 18  1-3pm • Ashlee Temple • $120

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. Whether you’re a subscriber, usher, volunteer or theatre novice, learn the fundamentals of the craft. Discover the building blocks of acting through storytelling, theatre games, improvisation and scene work. Take creative risks in a fun, safe environment. Why just watch, when you can do!

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Second Act: Sampler

Voice Overs

Fri • Jan 16  1-3pmJustin Walvoord • $20

Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and television 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! No experience necessary.

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The Play’s the Thing 

Mon • Feb 9  1-2:30pmTam Dalrymple Frye • $15

Drawing from a rich history of theatre and improvisation games, this fun and interactive workshop will introduce the importance of “play.” This one time session will exercise your brain by playing games that encourage spontaneity and flexibility while increasing your attention span, memory and problem solving skills.

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Voice and Speech for Business Professionals

Tue • Jan 13-Feb 17  6-7:30pm 6 sessions • Hilary Blair •  $175

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.

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Advanced Public Speaking for Business Professionals: Execute with Excellence

Tue • Jan 13-Feb 17  7:30-9:30pm 6 sessions • Hilary Blair & Robin Miller •  $175

You’re already good. And you want to be great. You know the basics and now really want to step up your presentation, public speaking and communication game.  This class will challenge you to boldly assess your skills, toss out the bad, build on what works and take the risk on new ideas to make an even greater impact. Stop being “good enough.”

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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


“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.”