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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. 

Foundations of Acting: The Lively Art of Serious Play


with Douglas Davidson

Calendar Sep 14, 2022 at 7 pm, runs for 12 weeks

What is the nature of the Actor’s Reality in performance? How does it differ from everyday life? How does the actor achieve a level of performance that is vividly expressive, emotionally resonant, truthful, and, yet, powerfully theatrical?

Drawing from a variety of modern techniques—Meisner, Practical Aesthetics, Michael Chekhov, Active Analysis, and others—this playful and energetic class will explore a variety of skills and techniques through the use of games and exercises, improvisation, body and voice work, and scene and monologue study. The emphasis will be on learning to create a character for the stage or the camera. Students will learn “real world” acting skills in a supportive learning environment. Acting can only be learned by doing and everyone will be actively in play in every class. This course is designed to provide the basis for a lifetime of continued learning and growth in the fascinating craft of acting.


“The basis for any true art is our ability to live consciously or unconsciously in the World of Imagination.” – Michael Chekhov

“The foundation of acting is the reality of doing.” — Sanford Meisner

“The virtuosity and pleasure of play are the most important dimensions of acting.” – Jacques Lecoq

No class October 11 or November 22.

Adult Improv Troupe Full Summer Class
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