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Voice Acting

$430

with CJ Critt

Calendar Sep 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 12 weeks

CJ Critt’s 12 week Voice Over experience is a full spectrum introduction to the many areas that actors may use their voice professionally, including TV and radio commercials, industrials, messages-on-hold and E-learning. You will do exercises for increasing your skill sets in these areas and receive feedback from a seasoned professional and coach.

We travel the country and the globe, exploring accents, where they come from, how the geography and history of the people inform their dialects, and then use script samples to capture the flavor, music and broad strokes renditions of these accents for use on stage and behind a microphone. We work on Audio Book Narration, discovering your signature sound, the secrets of 'narrator neutral', handling different genre and creating a world of characters for the book--basically how to read like a pro. We take a playful look into Anime and Animation scripts, reading for Video Game auditions, creating character voices on the spot, basic career information on home studios, demo tapes, and practical next steps for students and those ready to make the most of their talents and desire to seek their next opportunity!

Expect 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. This will be a small group with lots of one-on-one attention.

*There are a very limited number of seats in this class and all will get lots of personal attention. 

No class October 10 or November 21.

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Payment plan available: $130 deposit plus 5 payments of $60.00, paid weekly.

Improv Class

$390

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.

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Stage West Performance Lab

$390

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.

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Foundations of Acting: The Lively Art of Serious Play

$390

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.

ALL STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM IN AN ACTING SHOWCASE.

“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.

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