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Voice Over Acting Master Class: Audiobook Narration


with CJ Critt

Calendar Aug 9, 2022

From Hollywood stars to first time voice pros, the world of audio books is waiting for excellent storytellers, golden voices, and those with the knack of effectively channeling the authors voice and imagined world--with only the written word, their voice, and the microphone.

Is it magic? Not quite, but having the skills to create a world of characters out loud, illuminate what’s on the page and serve up excellent audio can be learned and experienced, and that’s where a master class introduction comes into play. Get an overview of what it takes to become the voice of an author. Learn the secret of Narrator Neutral, find your Signature Voice, create a world of characters, and read skillfully, with a sense of flow, like the story is unfolding, ‘right now’ and discover the tone and pacing and joy in sharing stories and words out loud.

Real world audition scripts and sample reads, with creative exercises to clear out the vocal cobwebs and begin creating character voices, to learning where first time narrators go to share their work and get opportunities.

$40* | Tuesday, August 9 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | ONLINE | 16+ | CJ Critt



This is class 3 of 3 in a Master Class series, focusing on different voice acting disciplines. Check out the Accents class on June 21st + the Anime and Video Game class on July 12th.

Each unit offers 2 hours of focused, creative fun, and one-on-one coaching. Using real-world script samples and creative exercises, the actor learns to be more expressive, discover their signature sound and reading strengths, and uncover the areas they can improve. Whether you are a first-time actor getting an introduction to voice acting, or an experienced stage/commercial actor who aims to to be more skillful, versatile and hirable.



CJ Critt, former in-house voice talent for Disney Radio, has recorded over 200 books of popular fiction for Recorded Books, Harper Audio, BBC America Audiobooks, Listen up/Lantern Audio and more.” A decades long working member of Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, she currently does stage work, often employing foreign accents, coaches voice and writing students, writes wild musicals and voices a number of anime characters for studios in North Texas.

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Junior Musical Mayhem!


with Sarah Gay and Hannah Arguelles

Calendar Sep 12, 2022 at 4:30 pm, runs for 12 weeks

2nd-5th Grade Musical Theatre

Does your little one love to sing, dance, and act? Enroll them in a semester of CrAzY fun as we blast through their favorite musical theatre songs and scenes. These kids will dance and sing their hearts out in a new class brought to you by the dynamic professional musical theatre duo Hannah Arguelles and Sarah Gay. Top off the semester by seeing your kiddo shine in our final performance in the Russell Theatre December 11th.

No class October 10 or November 21


Middle School Musical Madness


with Sarah Gay and Hannah Arguelles

Calendar Sep 12, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

6th-8th grade Musical Theatre

Middle school can be rough, but this class sure isn’t! Find your voice in our supportive and inclusive environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are.

Your experienced instructors, Hannah Arguelles and Sarah Gay, keep fun the focus as we sing, dance, and act our way through musical theatre’s greatest group songs and most spectacular solos.

These young artists will help create the show based on their musical theatre favorites, with a final class performance December 11th in the Russell Theatre.

No class October 10 or November 21

Musical Theatre Masters


with Sarah Gay and Hannah Arguelles

Calendar Sep 12, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 12 weeks

9th-12th grade Musical Theatre

For the more mature student who wants to up their skillset and loves being onstage, this class is a perfect fit! We will act, sing, and dance our way through the semester, focusing on teenage characters from the musical theatre cannon. Students will receive weekly instruction in musical theatre movement (no previous dance experience required), vocal technique, and acting. The semester will culminate in a showcase performance December 11th in the Russell Theatre.

No class October 10 or November 21

Improv Class


with Jennie Godfrey

Calendar Sep 13, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Practice both long-form and short-form improv development under the guidance of seasoned performer and educator Jennie Godfrey. Regularly playing improv games sharpens mental focus and taps you into creativity. This makes this class popular with professional performers as well as people with zero theatre experience. Anyone who recognizes the value of collaborative play and seeks out the medicine of laughter is welcome. We cap off the semester in front of an audience in the Russell Theatre.

Stage West Performance Lab


with Douglas Davidson

Calendar Sep 13, 2022 at 7 pm, runs for 12 weeks

Twelve-week immersive experience for students who have taken one or more Adult Acting classes at Stage West or have commensurate experience. Students will learn rehearsal and performance technique in a supportive environment as they work together to create a public performance at Stage West!

Learn how to:

  • Get the most out of first script readings.
  • Dig for clues about character before rehearsal begins.
  • Make dynamic choices about actions and relationships.
  • Find the music of the text, and explore vocal qualities.
  • Physicalize character choices.
  • Integrate choices with the choices of the director and fellow actors.
  • “Raise the stakes” when the director gives that note.
  • Safely access emotional life in a scene.
  • And much more…

The ultimate goal of this class is to create an ensemble of performers who continue to develop as artists and collaborators in future Performance Lab productions.

No class October 11 or November 22. 

Stage West Junior Troupe


with ShaVonne Banks-Davis

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 4:30 pm, runs for 12 weeks

4th-7th Grade Theatre Arts

In Junior Troupe you will develop the most important skills for a young theatre artist, through fun and inspiring drama activities. Explore improvisation exercises, creative writing, spoken word, monologue and scene work. Finish the semester with a performance on the Russell stage!

Students will receive mentorship from artist and educator ShaVonne Banks-Davis. Come make friends with fellow artists of your age group and give your inner artist all that it needs to grow and thrive! Whether it's your first time trying out a theatre class, or you've already performed on stage, this class welcomes you and has something to offer.

No class October 12 and November 23.

The Stage Westies


with Aaron Knowles Dias

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 4:30 pm, runs for 12 weeks

1st-3rd Grade Theatre Arts

Our youngest Troupe puts the FUN back into Theatre Arts Fundamentals with collaborative play, learning games, plus a performance in the Russell Theatre at the end!

Develop basic performance skills including:

  • how to better express through your body and voice
  • reading comprehension
  • the arts of communication and storytelling
  • sense of personal responsiblity
  • how to collaborate with others respectfully
  • techniques for self-calming and focusing

No class October 12 and November 23.

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