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  • Winter Session
  • Spring Session
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Winter Session

SCHEDULE: Classes are weeknights, 6:45 p.m.–9:15 p.m. for six sessions (unless otherwise listed)
LOCATION: Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE
TUITION: All classes cost $335
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Adults 18 and over only
Tuition is non-refundable.

WANT A DISCOUNT?
- Register for winter classes by January 11 and receive $25 off tuition.
- Register for two classes at the same time and receive a 15% discount off tuition. (Must call 202-547-5688 to get this discount.)
- Register for three classes for more than a 20% discount off tuition. (Must call 202-547-5688 to get this discount.)
- Find more discounts and scholarship information here.


New! Beyond the Stage

Interested in the art of theatre but feeling a little shy for the spotlight? There’s much more to theatre than acting.

PLAYWRITING

RESERVE

Wednesdays, February 3 through March 9, 2016
Instructor: Stephen Spotswood
Prior Experience: Not required.

Tell stories on stage without performing. Learn the basics of playwriting through exploring dramatic structure, creating compelling stories and characters, and discovering the vast potential of live theatre. In this class, students will create original work as well as have the opportunity to adapt and reinterpret existing material, finding inspiration in the season of plays at Shakespeare Theatre and other theatres around Washington, D.C.


Performance: The Basics

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

RESERVE

Wednesdays, February 3 through March 9, 2016
Instructor: Renea Brown
Prior Experience: Not required.

Always wanted to try your hand at acting, but never had the chance? The journey begins here with an exploration of the actor’s vocal, physical and psychological instrument.

PHYSICAL COMEDY

RESERVE

Mondays, February 1 through March 14, 2016 (No class on President’s Day, February 15)
Instructors: Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell
Prior Experience: Not required.

Explore the physical techniques that support comic performance, with exercises in stillness, reaction, mimetic gesture, physical characterization, status, clown and much more. Mark draws on his training with Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau. Sabrina draws on her training in the LeCoq pedagogy with Dody DiSanto with concentration in the realm of the theatrical clown. Their complimentary approaches combine to address both nuts-and-bolts technical skills and more elusive issues of honesty, presence and accessibility.

VOICE AND SPEECH

RESERVE

Tuesdays, February 2 through March 8, 2016
Instructor: Joy Jones
Prior experience: Not required

Explore the integration of voice and language while deepening your understanding of the creative power of your own voice. Through a broad range of exercises, students will explore the complex links between breath, thought, emotion, voice and language, while increasing their ability to utilize safely and effectively an expressive, powerful and fully embodied voice either onstage or in daily life.

MOVEMENT TECHNIQUES

RESERVE

Thursdays, February 4 through March 10, 2016
Instructor: Paul E. Hope
Prior Experience: Not required

Is your whole body getting in on the action? Discover the connections between your breath and body through an actor's exploration of various physical theatre techniques, from neutral mask to Commedia and Laban. Students will apply their physical and vocal exploration to creating characters and working with text in performance.


Go Further

FUNDAMENTALS OF SCENE STUDY

RESERVE

Mondays, February 1 through March 14, 2016 (No class on President’s Day, February 15)
Instructor: Eva Wilhelm
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Introduction to Acting or equivalent required.

Ready to move past improvisation exercises and start chewing on some text? Plunge into scene work through in-depth text analysis, concentrated partner work and full investment in given circumstances! This class will help participants explore ways to activate contemporary texts in rehearsal and performance.

APPROACHING SHAKESPEARE WITH GREGORY WOODDELL

RESERVE

Mondays, February 1 through March 14, 2016 (No class on President’s Day, February 15)
Instructor: Gregory Wooddell
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Introduction to Acting or equivalent required.

Covered the basics and ready to tackle the Bard? Through a mixture of performance and text analysis, students will gain a working knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays and language – verse, prose, meter, character and intent – a foundation that can then be applied towards continuing study and performance. Don’t miss the chance to learn from STC Affiliated Artist Gregory Wooddell (appearing this season in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Round House Theatre).

ACTING ON CAMERA: PART TWO

RESERVE

Tuesdays, February 2 through March 8, 2016
Instructor: Brenna McDonough
Prior Experience: Acting on Camera or equivalent required.

Intensify your on-camera training! This course expands on the basic training offered in Acting on Camera, with special emphasis on improvisation and visualization skills necessary for successful auditions. Improve the skills you need to make an audition completely believable and real. Students will gain confidence and improve concentration in auditions by working on camera every week with individual instruction from professional actor and You Can Work on Camera!-author Brenna McDonough.

SHAKESPEARE SCENE STUDY WITH GREGORY LININGTON

RESERVE

Saturdays, February 27 through April 2, 2016 (9:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Gregory Linington
Prior Experience: Prior or current participation in Approaching Shakespeare or equivalent required.

Plunge into scene work from Shakespeare’s canon through in-depth text analysis focusing on tools to unlock the acting clues hidden in Shakespeare’s verse. Through concentrated partner work in rehearsal under guidance from professional actor Gregory Linington (appearing at STC this season in Othello and The Taming of the Shrew), discover techniques trained classical actors use to develop textual clarity, invest in the given circumstances and beats, physicalize actions and intentions, actively listen, and make bold, dynamic choices.


For Business Professionals

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS


RESERVE

Thursdays, February 4 through March 10, 2016
Instructor: Dan Crane
Prior Experience: Not required.

Whether it’s the boardroom or lunchroom, client or co-worker, maximize the potential of every meeting, presentation and negotiation in the business world. In a fun, comfortable environment, learn how to listen and communicate more effectively and become more relaxed, present and persuasive in public through the study of techniques used by actors and directors in the theatre.

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS


RESERVE

Mondays, February 22 through March 28, 2016
Instructor: Brent Stansell
Prior Experience: Not required.

Whether it’s the boardroom or lunchroom, client or co-worker, maximize the potential of every meeting, presentation and negotiation in the business world. In a fun, comfortable environment, learn how to listen and communicate more effectively and become more relaxed, present and persuasive in public through the study of techniques used by actors and directors in the theatre.



Spring Session

SCHEDULE: Classes are weeknights, 6:45 p.m.–9:15 p.m. for six sessions (unless otherwise listed)
LOCATION: Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Studios, located at 507 or 516 Eighth Street SE
TUITION: All classes cost $335
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Adults 18 and over only
Tuition is non-refundable.

WANT A DISCOUNT?
- Register for Spring classes by March 7 and receive $25 off tuition.
- Register for two classes at the same time and receive a 15% discount off tuition. (Must call 202-547-5688 to get this discount.)
- Register for three classes for more than a 20% discount off tuition. (Must call 202-547-5688 to get this discount.)
- Find more discounts and scholarship information here.


New! Beyond the Stage

Interested in the art of theatre but feeling a little shy for the spotlight? There’s much more to theatre than acting.

INTRODUCTION TO COSTUME CRAFTS

RESERVE

Mondays, March 28 through April 18, 2016 ($275 for four sessions)
Instructor: Josh Kelley
Prior Experience: Not required.

Explore the techniques professional costume artisans use to make hats, crowns, and masks. Learn how to construct projects using a variety of materials like thermoplastic, leather, metal, and fabric. Rivet, glue, sew, and burnish to create functional costume crafts with Josh Kelley, Craft Artisan at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Materials will be provided.

BASIC SEWING

RESERVE

Wednesdays, March 30 through April 20, 2016 ($275 for four sessions)
Instructor: Randall Exton
Prior Experience: Not required.

Gets hands-on experience with an introduction to both hand sewing and machine sewing. Learn skills that are the building blocks of costume construction from a professional draper in the Costume Shop at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Materials will be provided.

DIRECTING FOR THE STAGE

RESERVE

Tuesdays, March 15 through April 19, 2016
(No class on April 12; additional class on Wednesday, March 23)
Instructor: Michael Dove
Prior Experience: Prior experience with directing not required; familiarity with theatre recommended.

Immerse yourself in understanding the rehearsal and production process from the professional director’s point of view. Join Michael Dove (Producing Artistic Director of Forum Theatre) for this crash course on directing for the stage, open to new directors, actors of all levels, and those with a literary interest. Students will discover their unique approaches to directing from the first production meeting to opening night through discussions and exercises in text analysis, staging scenes, and creating or critiquing production concepts and designs.

PLAYWRITING II

RESERVE

Wednesdays, March 30 through May 4, 2016
Instructor: Stephen Spotswood
Prior Experience: Playwriting I or equivalent required.

Discover the nuances of playwriting through exercises exploring dramatic structure and character. Expand beyond basic playwriting skills in a workshop setting with acclaimed local playwright Stephen Spotswood. This class is designed for students who have already had a beginning playwriting class, either at STC or elsewhere; students are expected to have completed a rough or partial draft of a play before the first day.


Performance: The Basics

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

RESERVE

Mondays, April 4 through May 9, 2016
Instructor: Eva Wilhelm
Prior Experience: Not required.

Always wanted to try your hand at acting, but never had the chance? The journey begins here with an exploration of the actor’s vocal, physical and psychological instrument.

VOICE AND SPEECH

RESERVE

Thursdays, April 7 through May 12, 2016
Instructor: Elizabeth Alman
Prior experience: Not required

Explore the integration of voice and language while deepening your understanding of the creative power of your own voice. Through a broad range of exercises, students will explore the complex links between breath, thought, emotion, voice, and language, while increasing their ability to utilize safely and effectively an expressive, powerful, and fully embodied voice either onstage or in daily life.

IMPROVISATION

RESERVE

Wednesdays, March 30 through May 4, 2016
Instructor: Jim Gagne
Prior Experience: Not required.

Using games and exercises designed to stimulate creativity, think quickly in the moment, and encourage risk-taking (while having a ton of fun!), participants will create motivated characters in dynamic scenes as they perform completely improvised.


Go Further

BLOOD AND THE BARD: EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE’S (S)WORDS

RESERVE

Thursdays, March 31 through May 5, 2016
Instructor: Paul E. Hope
Prior Experience: Not required.

Join Paul E. Hope, Independent Fight Director (Utah Shakespeare Festival, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Michael Howard Studios NYC and more), in a course integrating basic combat with Shakespeare’s words. Build skills in theatrical fighting styles including rapier and dagger, broadsword, and other classical weapons through rehearsal and performance.

DIALECTS

RESERVE

Tuesdays, March 22 through April 26, 2016
Instructor: Joy Jones
Prior Experience: Not required.

Expand your repertoire of dialects and get comfortable using them in audition and performance. This class will introduce students to a range of tools to analyze and perform common stage dialects including Standard American, RP (British) and New York.

AUDITION MONOLOGUE WORKSHOP

RESERVE

Thursdays, March 31 through May 5, 2016
Instructor: Renea Brown
Prior Experience: Some experience with acting required.

Auditions approaching? Gain insight and skills for both contemporary and classical monologues under the guidance of STC Resident Teaching Artist Renea Brown.


Master Your Craft

CONTEMPORARY SCENE STUDY WITH THOMAS KEEGAN

RESERVE

Mondays, April 4 through May 9, 2016
Instructor: Thomas Keegan
Prior Experience: Fundamentals of Scene Study or equivalent required.

Plunge into contemporary scene work using in-depth text analysis and detailed character exploration. Through concentrated partner work under guidance from professional actor Thomas Keegan (appearing this season in Women Laughing Alone with Salad at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Glass Menagerie at Ford’s Theatre, and The Body of an American at Theatre J), discover techniques professional actors use to develop character and make bold, dynamic choices.

SCENE STUDY INTENSIVE WITH NAOMI JACOBSON

Mondays, April 4 through May 9, 2016
Instructor: Naomi Jacobson
Prior Experience: BY AUDITION ONLY. EMAIL stctraining@shakespearetheatre.org to schedule your audition.

Plunge into scene work using in-depth text analysis, focusing on both contemporary and classical text. Through concentrated partner work under guidance from STC Affiliated Artist and Helen Hayes Award-winner Naomi Jacobson (appearing at STC this season in The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound), discover techniques professional actors use to develop character and make bold, dynamic choices.


For Business Professionals

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

RESERVE

Tuesdays, March 22 through April 26, 2016
Instructor: Brent Stansell
Prior Experience: Not required.

Whether it’s the boardroom or lunchroom, client or co-worker, maximize the potential of every meeting, presentation and negotiation in the business world. In a fun, comfortable environment, learn how to listen and communicate more effectively and become more relaxed, present and persuasive in public through the study of techniques used by actors and directors in the theatre.

ACTING FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

RESERVE

Mondays, April 4 through May 9, 2016
Instructor: Vanessa Hope
Prior Experience: Not required.

Whether it’s the boardroom or lunchroom, client or co-worker, maximize the potential of every meeting, presentation and negotiation in the business world. In a fun, comfortable environment, learn how to listen and communicate more effectively and become more relaxed, present and persuasive in public through the study of techniques used by actors and directors in the theatre. (Early Registration ends September 28)

STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENT FOR PROFESSIONALS

RESERVE

Wednesdays, March 30 through May 4, 2016
Instructor: Joy Jones
Prior Experience: Not required.

Increase the effectiveness of your verbal communication with colleagues, clients and others. This class will provide a safe, supportive environment with customized instruction and feedback to enhance students’ ability to speak with a Standard American Accent.


Musical Theatre Dance Workshop with Monette McKay

LOCATION: The Forum at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC
TUITION: $30
REQUIREMENTS: Adults and ages 13 and older only
SCHEDULE: Sunday, December 13, 2015, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Tuition is non-refundable.

RESERVE

Don’t miss the chance to dance with Broadway performer and cast member of STC’s Kiss Me, Kate, Monette McKay. Dive into approaches to musical theatre dance and movement under the guidance of a fun, talented and supportive professional performer and educator. Open to beginners and to anyone who wants to finesse their moves.

Monette_McKayMonette McKay*
A New York native, Monette began her dance training at a young age. She studied at For Dancer's Only in Little Falls, NJ and was a member of New Jersey's Tap Ensemble under the mentorship of Deborah Mitchell. During high school, Monette received the Paper Mill Playhouses's Rising Star Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated the following year for Best Actress. While she was on scholarship at the Paper Mill Playhouse's Young Performer's Summer Conservatory, her passion for musical theatre flourished. She went on to achieve a BA in Theatre and Speech at Wagner College in New York City. After graduation, Monette toured the country with the National Tour of Mamma Mia! before landing her Broadway debut in the same show at the Winter Garden Theatre. She then went on to join the company of the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis on Broadway. Monette also performed in Broadway's high-flying musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

As a teacher, Monette has taught throughout New York City and New Jersey and across the country with programs like Broadway Connection, Broadway Workshop, Camp Broadway, and even at her Alma Mater. She strives to create an atmosphere in which each student is free to craft his/her uniqueness as well as understanding the discipline and perseverance it takes to succeed in the performing arts.

www.monettemckay.com

*member of Actor’s Equity


New! Discount Packages

Three Class Package

Tuition: $800

STC Education is excited to offer discount packages for students who wish to commit to a continued study of acting. The discount package includes three courses which can be taken at any time throughout our Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer sessions.

To register and to schedule your courses, please call our Education Hotline at 202.547.5688. Payment must be made in full.

Students may register for any three courses they choose within a year of their first class. Alternatively, we can recommend a structured curriculum to meet your goals.

Sample Tracks:

Laying the Groundwork

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Includes:

  1. Introduction to Acting
  2. Fundamentals of Scene Study
  3. Elective of your Choice

Specifically designed for students who are just beginning their journeys in theatrical performance, Laying the Groundwork is a track of highly interactive, performance-based classes through which students will acquire the fundamental skills needed to pursue further, more intensive study. Taught by an exciting roster of working professionals, Laying the Groundwork provides special attention to the actor’s instrument and process.


Classical Core

Prerequisite: No previous experience required.

Includes:

  1. Approaching Shakespeare
  2. Shakespeare Scene Study
  3. Elective of your Choice

The Classical Core package provides an opportunity for actors who have some training and experience to delve more deeply into the work of Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. Students will explore physical, vocal and other techniques designed to help them meet the challenges of performing heightened-language texts. Taught by a roster of working classical actors, the Classical Core will provide students with the special skills they need to understand and perform the work of Shakespeare.