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This class will explore principles of comedy through intensive work on scenes and monologues, with some attention to comic theory and great comedic performances preserved on film. For students with scene study experience.
“I’m ready to take more acting courses! Really appreciated the wisdom and advice from the instructor. Very important in making the students feel comfortable.” A fun and fast-paced introduction to what acting is all about, with plenty of practice in improvisation, scene study and theatre games. For anyone who's ever wanted to give acting a try—or...
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A practical course for the actor. Using improv and excerpts from plays, this class will explore the power of actions and objectives as tools to spark creativity, believability and growth. For actors with some scene study experience.
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A one-day quick intro to some acting fundamentals. Myth: Acting is about talent and talent is something you’re born with. Reality: Acting is a craft that anyone can learn at any age. Acting is also a fun and deeply satisfying activity, and Washington has more opportunities for doing it than practically anywhere else. Take two hours on a Saturday...
If you've ever seen a corporate training video (think of the pre-flight instructions you see on passenger planes) then you've seen an industrial film. You may not know the actors' names, but they're making a living with their talent. In this class students will learn to apply the same tools one brings to a three-act play to a 30-second commercial...
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Dialogue is the playwright’s primary tool for conveying a story that ultimately becomes a visual, aural, and emotional experience for an audience. In this one-day workshop, participants will look at various functions of dialogue and discuss how actors, designers, and directors use dialogue as a basis for transforming words on the page to life on...
In this workshop participants will explore tactics and strategies in writing longer works, putting scenes together, and telling a longer story than the typical ten-minute play. Participants will use exercises to jump-start the imagination, consider various approaches to the writing process, and apply a feedback method designed to facilitate continued...
A first course in the art of voiceovers, including commercials, narration, and promos. Introduction to all skill areas, including copy interpretation, the physical use of the voice, the business of the VO biz, and home studios. All students will receive intensive recorded practice with critique.
An introduction to techniques of socially conscious street theatre from one of Washington's primary practitioners of the art. Students will study the history of activist performance in public spaces and learn how to design and perform pieces of their own
Identify, relax, and warm up parts of the body that hold tension. Develop free movement and expressiveness. Work on posture, gesture, walking, and expanding physical potential. Pair with Principles of Realism.
Learn the ins and outs of creating a one-person show, including how to use personal stories, imagery, dreams, and myths as fabric for constructing original performance pieces. All students will create, stage, and perform a solo piece by the course's end. This class is recommended for playwrights, actors, and anyone interested in exploring artistic...
A fun and fast-paced introduction to what acting is all about, with plenty of practice in improvisation, scene study and theatre games. For anyone who's ever wanted to give acting a try—or those who haven't done it since that one time in high school. Students also learn the basics of auditioning and the business of acting. This class is designed...
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