Acting for Business Professionals

Acting for Business Professionals

MAR 28 – May 2

Tuesdays, March 28 through May 2
6:45–9:15 p.m. ET


Reserve by March 27, 11:59 p.m. ET

Instructor: Dan Crane
Prior Experience: Not required.

Public speaking is essential for any business professional. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to become more relaxed, organized, and persuasive, whether you are collaborating with coworkers, or the keynote at a conference. Learn fresh strategies to share your big ideas with poise and precision. Study the physical, vocal, and analytical techniques used by actors and directors to maximize the potential of every meeting, presentation, and negotiation in the business world.

Dan Crane, STC Teaching Artist

Years with STC: 13

What Students Say: “I really enjoyed the instructor and content we covered in classes—the material and exercises were engaging, informative, and highly relevant for business professionals (or anyone, for that matter!). I noticed the benefits of having this time carved out each week to focus on tools and techniques for being an impactful communicator—my boss actually commented on noticeable improvements in my “meeting presence” over the last few months in the context of my annual performance review.”

From the Syllabus:
Week One: Exploring the Action

Week Two: Telling the Story

Week Three: Engaging the Voice

Week Four: Analyzing the Text

Week Five: Rehearsing the Choices

Dan Crane first began teaching with Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2006, and was the Resident Teaching Artist from 2016 to 2020. He has also served as a Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University and Howard University, and as an affiliated teaching artist at Folger Shakespeare Library. As an instructor of Professional Development Workshops at STC, Mr. Crane specializes in communication and engagement strategy, applying creative arts approaches to business acumen. Workshop clients include the National Gallery of Art, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Foreign Service Institute at the US Department of State, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP Foundation, Institute for International Education, and many more. In 2017 Mr. Crane was the lead trainer at the American Counsels for International Education Foreign Leadership Exchange seminar in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He trained at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, holds a BFA from Ithaca College, and an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University.