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MASTERCLASS 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 - April 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 to schedule an audition time.

 
Introduction to Acting

Mon • Apr 13-May 18 6:30-8:30pm • 6 sessions • Kate Gleason •  $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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Stage Combat: Swashbuckling

Sat • Mar 28-May 30 • 10am-1pm • 10 sessions • Geoffrey Kent •  $375 + $50 optional SAFD skills proficiency test

Swashbuckling is a fast and flashy blade play that is high on humor and rhythm and equally suited to stage and film. Attention will be paid to partnering, safeties and connecting the physical action to character and text. The techniques required to “sell” a swordfight to an audience tie complement the requirements to sell classical text. Class concludes with a performance of a fight for a Society of American Fight Director’s Skills Proficiency Test.

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Introduction to Acting

Mon • Apr 13-May 18 6:30-8:30pm • 6 sessions • Kate Gleason •  $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 • Apr 15-May 20 12-2pm • 6 sessions • Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski •  $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 • Apr 15-May 20 6:30-8:30pm • 6 sessions • Brian Landis Folkins •  $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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Scene Study I

Tue • Apr 14-May 26 (No Class Apr 28) • 6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Anthony Powell •  $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 I

Thu • Apr 16-May 21 12-3pm • 6 sessions • Justin Walvoord •  $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 New Golden Age of Television

Tue • Apr 14-May 19 • 6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Ashlee Temple •  $295

Recently, there’s been a renaissance in television writing and storytelling. HBO, Showtime, Netflix and even the major networks having been delivering exciting, dramatic, funny, positively addictive scripts. We will work on Breaking Bad,” “True Detective,” “Homeland,” “The Affair,” “Game of Thrones,” “Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards,” “Newsroom,” “The Good Wife,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “New Adventures of Old Christine” along with some classics. Outside rehearsal will be required.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting, Scene Study I or Instructor Approval

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Advanced Acting: The Plays of Eugene O’Neill

Mon • Apr 13-May 18 • 6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Lawrence Hecht •  $295

Only one American playwright won the Nobel Prize for Literature and more Pulitzer Prizes for Drama than any other. As the Father of American Realism, Eugene O’Neill changed American theatre forever and ruled Broadway for more than a decade before being ignored as old fashioned. After his death, his plays were rediscovered: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Iceman Cometh, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Desire Under the Elms, Ah, Wilderness! and more. Outside rehearsal will be required.     

Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting, Scene Study I & II or Instructor Approval

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The Meisner Technique — An Ounce of Behavior

Wed • Apr 15-May 27 (no class on May 6) • 6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Christy Montour-Larson •  $295

This class is for actors of all levels of training. Students who 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.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting or Instructor Approval

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Improvisation for the Actor

Tue • Apr 14-May 19 • 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 4 — Long Form

Wed • Apr 15-May 20 • 7-9pm • 6 sessions • Sarah Kirwin •  $225

How do you tell a story using improv?  Learn to craft improvised plays complete with character arcs and discovered connections. Students will explore and gain mastery in creating successful scenes. This level will teach classic improv forms such as The Harold, Armando, La Ronde and others to aid students in developing dynamic stories and characters for the stage.

Prerequisite: Improvisation for the Actor Level 3 or 3 months’ improv experience

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Advanced Playwriting

Mon • Apr 13-May 18 • 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 will be required.

Prerequisite: Instructor’s Approval

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Voice and Speech for the Actor

Mon • Apr 13-May 18 • 6:30-8pm • 6 sessions • Courtney Esser •  $175

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 ability to project in a safe, relaxed way. This is an essential class for all actors, including those interested in Voice Over.

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Essential Dialects — American Dialects Sampler

Mon • Apr 13-May 4 • 6:30-8:30pm • 4 sessions • Jennifer Thomas •  $175

Take a journey from sea to shining sea and sample a few of the major American dialects — general American, East Coast, Minnesota, Texas and California. We’ll use a variety of texts to play with, from poetry to monologues to pop culture to conversational speech. A class perfect for all actors including On Camera and Voice Over. Expand those dialect skills and get more work.

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Acting on Camera I

Wed • Apr 15-May 20 • 6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Brian Shea •  $295

"Quiet on the set! Roll camera. And action..." Now what? What do you do when the red light goes on? Learn to apply basic acting techniques to On Camera work. This class utilizes current commercial and TV/film scripts to help actors feel more comfortable and confident in front of the camera.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

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Commercial Voice Over I

Tue • Apr 14-May 19 • 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: For Commercial VO I, bring a flash drive to each class.

Limited enrollment

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Commercial Voice Over I

Tue • Apr 14-May 19 • 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: For Commercial VO I, bring a flash drive to each class.

Limited enrollment

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Commercial Voice Over: The Workout

Thu • Apr 16-May 7 • 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.” This class will address common bad habits and how to overcome them. Strengthen your skills by eliminating frequently overlooked practices and patterns. This class has an authentic, organic flow. Enrolled students: Please 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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The Complete Actor Workshop

Sat • Mar 7 1-5pm • One Day Session • Barbara 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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SPECIAL EVENT
Producing Your Own Work with Chip Walton

Mon • Mar 9, 16, 23 & Apr 6 (no class Mar 30) • 6:30-9:30pm • 6 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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Improvisation for the Actor Level 3: Mechanics of Scenework

Wed • Mar 11-April 8 • 7-9pm • 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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Advanced Auditioning: Get Ready for the Generals

Sat & Sun • Apr 11-12 • 1-5pm • 2 sessions • Ashlee Temple & Leslie O’Carroll •  $150

Tailored specifically for those prepping for Denver’s General Auditions on May 1, 2 & 3, make your auditions competitive at a professional level. Work to make your audition materials shine with hands on text work and coaching. Leave the class with two monologues you can feel confident present you at your best. The class includes a debriefing session on May 9. Bring your headshot, resume and two monologues (one contemporary and one classical) to the first class.

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Viewpoint & Compositions: Stories Told Through Movement

Sat • Apr 18 & 25 • 1-4pm • 2 sessions • Anne Penner •  $100

Viewpoints help actors, directors and teachers develop a strong sense of ensemble, as well as strengthen physical and vocal agility and spontaneity. We will examine Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints, explore the relationship between the body and speaking, and create basic story compositions. The class promises to be challenging both for those already experienced with the work as well as newcomers. Please bring a one-minute memorized monologue, comfortable clothing to move in, socks and water.

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The Art of Movement: Low Flying Trapeze & Releasing Mini-Intensive

Sat • May 2, 9 & 16 • 1-4pm • only 3 sessions • Robert Davidson •  $150

You know you want to. You fly in your dreams, now fly for real. The Skinner Releasing Technique provides a strong base for the learning of Low-Flying Trapeze techniques. Robert Davidson has served as 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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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.
 
Voice Overs

Fri • Apr 17 • 1-3pm • 1 session • Justin 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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Shout It Out! Increase Your Vocal Strength

Fri • Apr 24 • 1-3pm • 1 session • Ashlee Temple •  $20

For everyone! 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. Learn how the mechanics of voice can make for more effective communication. It’s time to be heard.

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Overcoming Stage Fright

Fri • May 1 • 1-3pm • 1 session • Ashlee Temple •  $20

Stage fright doesn’t just happen on a big stage; it can occur anytime we have to speak to a group of people, whether it’s five or 500. It can happen to us around a table at lunch or even just over the phone making an appointment. Discover where stage fright comes from and why it is a good thing. Explore breathing techniques that help relieve pressure. Learn how to ask what you want with confidence and clarity. Find the keys to unlock the passion and even joy of speaking in public.

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Tell Your Own Story: The Art of the Monologue

Mon • Apr 20, 27 & May 4 • 1-3pm • 3 sessions • Billie McBride •  $60

How often have you heard “that would make a good play or movie” or “what a great story!”? Well here’s your chance to mold that story into performance material. The monologue has been a powerful theatrical form since the dawn of time. Still today, Broadway is peopled with a flood of one-person shows. Get started with this class, led by one of Denver’s most respected and loved actors, Billie McBride.

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Introduction to Acting: Acting for the Fun of It!

Wed • Apr 15-May 20 • 1-3pm • 6 sessions • Kate Gleason •  $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. 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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Public Speaking for Business Professionals: Execute with Excellence

Tue • Apr 14-May 19 • 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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Voice and Speech for Business Professionals

Tue • Apr 14-May 19 • 6-7:30pm • 6 sessions • Hilary Blair •  $175

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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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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