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Stage West Education Department



Our Classes

Adult Improv Troupe Mini Class

$180

with Jennie Godfrey

Calendar Jun 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm

A fan favorite, our adult improv troupe will participate in both long-form and short-form improv development. The troupe will have a chance to work with a live audience through performance opportunities offered throughout the semester.

$180 | Monday, 6:30 - 8:00 PM | 6 weeks, beginning June 20 | 16+ | Jennie Lynn Godfrey

Bare Bones Beginners Acting Workshop

$180

with Jennie Godfrey

Calendar Jun 29, 2022 at 6:30 pm

If all the world's a stage and all the men and women in it merely players, then you had better learn what you're supposed to do! This workshop is perfect for adults with little to no theatre experience, or if you have been out of practice for awhile. Students will learn the basics of stage directions, using the body to create characters and bringing scenes to life, all while meeting new people and playing fun theatre games. This class will be too fun *not* to join in! 

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Foundations of Acting: Building a Performance

$180

with Douglas Davidson

Calendar Jun 29, 2022 at 6:30 pm

This six week course will provide tools and techniques for actors to use while working through different stages of the rehearsal process. Learn to make dynamic choices, craft complex characters, and find an engaging and powerful level of performance! 

$180* | Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:00 PM | 6 weeks, June 29 - August 3 | Fin | 16+ | Douglas Davidson

Payment plan available: $90 deposit plus 1 payment of $90.00, paid every two weeks.

Summer Teen Conservatory (ages 13-18)

$650
Calendar Jul 11, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 3 weeks

The Summer Conservatory is an innovative program offering teenagers a chance to study all aspects of theatre through the mentorship of professional artists. Students will perform in a fully produced original adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, as well as help the production team bring design elements to life. 2 performances the evening of July 29!

Full Course

Voice Over Acting Master Class: Anime and Video Games

$40

with CJ Critt

Calendar Jul 12, 2022 at 6 pm

A warrior? A priestess? A robot? Or maybe a hyper competitive teen intent on being number one on the swimming team. Welcome to Anime and Video games.

As the opportunity for voicing characters in video games and dubbing foreign language anime shows grows here in North Texas, local voice and character actors are stepping up and going to the studio--often from their own home studio. Discover how to create voice characters on the spot, take direction to offer nuanced performance and better match times and existing performances you are ‘matching.’ Learn how to expand the range of characters you can play convincingly, experience walla and making unscripted ‘efforting’ sounds and practice with real world audition scripts that reflect projects being cast today.

 $40* | Tuesday, July 12 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | ONLINE | 16+ | CJ Critt

 

VOICE OVER MASTER CLASS SERIES - SUMMER 2022

This is class 2 of 3 in a Master Class series, focusing on different voice acting disciplines. Check out the Audiobook Narration class on August 9th.

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.

 

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

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. http://www.cjcritt.com/

Rebels with a Cause: Musical Theatre Camp AUGUST SESSION (Ages 8-12)

$350
Calendar Aug 1, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

*Attention: This is the same material as the June 13-17 camp* Kids will love exploring singing, acting and movement as they study some of musical theatre's favorite news-making, world-shaking characters. A team of professional teaching artists will lead campers through a staged production featuring songs from musicals such as Newsies, Matilda, The Lion King, and more. This full day camp ends a performance on Stage West's main stage space with lights, costume pieces and an adoring audience.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 5 payments of $50.00, paid weekly.

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Voice Over Acting Master Class: Audiobook Narration

$40

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

 

VOICE OVER MASTER CLASS SERIES - SUMMER 2022

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.

 

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

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. http://www.cjcritt.com/

Teen Audition Prep

$1,400
Calendar Aug 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Sundays 6-8:30pm | August 15, 2022 - February 19, 2023 

9th-12th grade  | Sarah Gay and Hannah Arguelles 

A 7-month program for talented teenagers who envision a future on stage, beyond the high school level.

Is your dream to be accepted into a college theatre program? Or to be hired professionally? This course gives you training and tools so you can successfully navigate the audition process, and nail that break-through audition!

Each student receives:

  • Hand selected audition materials for college and professional auditions.
  • College prescreen and audition taping.
  • 1 professionally edited headshot (add-on options available).
  • Weekly audition preparation and skill instruction.
  • Professional guidance for the college audition process.
  • Individual pre-semester meeting (student and parent/guardian) to assess audition materials and set student goals.
  • Bi-weekly one-on-one coaching in area of students’ choice (voice, acting, or dance).
  • A showcase in December to share the work.
  • Gain the confidence to fully let your artistic expression shine and be seen!
  • Your instructors, Sarah and Hannah, blend their talents as professional performers, keen directors, and experienced educators to support you through the audition process from start to finish. 

This course is designed to sync up with college audition and callback season to provide support just when you need it. We are proud of our students! Last year’s college acceptances included TCU, SMU, OSU, Columbia College, and Boston Conservatory. 

If you’re not preparing for college auditions right now, you can take this course to be super well prepared when the moment comes for your own big audition!

 

Total cost is $1400. Payment plan available making 7 payments of $200.

 

 

::: CLASS DETAILS :::

Sundays 6-8:30pm at Stage West Theatre

Class is not held every single Sunday. There are 18 sessions total.  See the list of class dates below.

Class dates are subject to change. If the teachers deem that necessary, registrants will be given advanced notice. 

DATES

August 14, 21, 28

September 11, 18, 25

October 2, 9, 16, 23

November 6, 13

December 4, 11* 

January 8, 22

February 5, 19 

*December 11- Industry and parent showcase 

 

::: APPLICATION :::

There are only 10 spots and those should fill quickly. Admission is by audition or instructor approval.

Follow this link to apply: https://forms.gle/6KCtY1cAttjhb24p7

Once we have received your application and admitted you, we will send you back to this sales page to pay and enroll.

 

::: TEACHER BIOS :::

Sarah Gay - Sarah is an actor, director, music director and teacher with a busy voice studio. Most recently, her directing work was seen at Circle Theatre for their first post-pandemic show, The Last Wide Open, and at TexARTS in Austin for Honky Tonk Laundry. Sarah is a member of Actors Equity and has been seen on stages across Texas, including Dallas Theatre Center, ZACH, The Alley, Uptown Players, Casa Mañana and Lyric Stage.  Sarah has a passion for arts education and has been teaching and directing theatre for youth for over 20 years, and is also a staff member at TCU, where she teaches Music Together for their early childhood music program.  Sarah has helped countless students prepare for college auditions in both her private studio and as a teacher for Stage West’s College Prep Program.

Hannah Arguelles - Hannah is an actor, choreographer, and director who has worked all across the DFW metroplex. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with dual degrees in Theatre for Young Audiences and Music, with a minor in Directing.  Her choreography has been seen across Texas with her work for school choirs of all levels from McAllen to Plano and everywhere in between.  Hannah formerly served as the Education Director at Casa Manana theatre where she cultivated the love of theatre in hundreds of young artists.

Payment plan available: $400 deposit plus 13 payments of $71.42, paid every two weeks. Final payment of $71.54.




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