Spring Classes Now Online!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 | Blog

Spring registrations are officially open!

KIDS CLASSES:

Story to Stage, ages 6-9
This skill building program will encourage students to explore role-playing, improvising, scene creation and more. Each class begins with reading a classic adventure story. Students will work together to lift that story from the page to the stage. It’s a great way to develop self-confidence, creativity and teamwork skills. Oh, it’s really fun, too!

Stage Craft, ages 7-12Bagdad Saloon 2014 McKnight-2227
This is the perfect class for children who learn best using their hands. Students will discover creative and exciting ways to tell stories using their very own, originally crafted, puppets and masks. All artwork will go home with students to ensure that the fun continues at home.

Movie Musicals, ages 8-12
Do you love singing in the shower? Are the songs from your favourite movie musicals constantly stuck in your head? Would you love to be acting, singing and dancing? Then you’ll love this class! Whether you’re belting out show tunes, learning dynamic choreography or creating textured characters, one thing’s for certain, you’ll have a blast!

Story to Stage, ages 10-12
This skill building program will encourage students to explore role-playing, improvising, scene creation and more. Each class begins with reading a classic adventure story. Students will work together to lift that story from the page to the stage. It’s a great way to develop self-confidence, creativity and teamwork skills. Oh, it’s really fun, too!

Kids Acting Stage & Screen, ages 10-12
Learn about acting  in a course full of laughs and creativity. Develop your performance skills while exploring additional acting techniques and a variety of skills, including camera work, improvisation, acting games and script-building. It’s a great way to develop self-confidence, creativity and teamwork skills.

TEEN CLASSES:

The Scene, ages 13-18
Take on a fun and challenging approach to exploring scripted works. Sharpen your skills by rehearsing scenes from diverse, challenging, contemporary plays.  Learn to analyze text for beats, subtext, character motivations, strategies and playable actions. This class is essential for those looking to break into the next level of acting.

Teen Acting Stage & Screen, ages 13 to 18
Enjoy the best of both worlds! Explore acting skills for theatre and film while collaborating on complex group work. This course will develop your acting and performance skills including camera work, improvisation, scene study and character work, as you progress to scripted scene work.

The Audition, ages 13-18
You’ve got the chops, you’ve got the training, but how do you translate that into work? This course will demystify the process of auditioning for theatre as well as film and TV.  Learn about the acting business, preparation, presentation and protocol. Examine the roles and responsibilities of actors, directors, agents and producers. Practice monologues, sides, and cold reads. You’ll leave ready to seek out and take on that next big audition!

Stage Combat, ages 14 to 18
What do punching, slapping, rolling, and safety all have in common? Find out in this intensely fun and physical class. Learn all the tools you’ll need to create amazing stage and film fights which will leave your friends and family more impressed than that time you got 500 likes on your Instagram selfie.

ADULT CLASSES:

Style, ages 18 and up
Familiarizing yourself with different styles of theatre can help enrich your repertoire as a performer. This class will cover various dramatic and physical genres such as Clown, Mask, Butoh, Melodrama, and more! Work with experienced theatre artists to explore new and diverse styles of performance.

Musical Revolution, ages 18 and up
Discover the musicals that changed Broadway! Students delve into ‘revolutionary’ works like Hair, Rent, Phantom of the Opera and more.

The Monologue, ages 18 and up
Having the right monologue is critical to showcasing your abilities as an actor and ultimately booking work. This 8 week course is dedicated to helping you find the perfect monologues that are both compelling to watch and best suited for you. Class work concentrates on techniques which build focus and relaxation, storytelling, delivery and theatricality.

The Scene, ages 18 up
Take on a fun and challenging approach to exploring scripted works. Learn to analyze text for beats, subtext, character motivations, strategies and playable actions. If you’re looking to take your acting skills further, this is the course for you.

Acting on Camera – Take 1, ages 18 up
Students will work on scenes from film and TV scripts and develop techniques for this very specialized genre of acting. This fun-filled course will open the door into the captivating world of film and television.

Stage Combat, ages 18 up
You’ve studied the text, so now what? Working with an experienced fight choreographer, you’ll develop the fundamentals of safe combat for stage and screen. Come learn some brand new skills that will make you the action hero you were destined to be!

Voice Over – Radio Plays, ages 18 up
Theatre of the ear has been around a long time. It reached its greatest audience with the advent of radio beginning in the 1920’s. Even when television became the popular home entertainment, radio drama and comedy continued to find a sizable audience for many years. Now the Internet has helped it find a new audience in the form of podcasts. The course gives an opportunity to perform popular radio drama of the past while looking to the future of the form.

Intro to Acting, ages 18 up
Explore improvisation, movement, voice work and character development in a friendly classroom environment while you begin to build the foundation of your actor training. No previous experience necessary. A great creative outlet and a wonderful way to unleash the drama within!

Bouffon Workshop with Eric Davis

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 | Blog

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Wanna Fool Around? 

Take a Bouffon Workshop!

16 hours of mockery, mischief and mayhem await you as the creator of Red Bastard teases out your inner BOUFFON.   Find your critical fun as we seek laughter through explosive parody, strange bodies, and a nudge from the devil himself. 

In the world of Bouffon, the audience is the joke.  This pack of grotesque outsiders engage and parody the audience with great joy, intelligence and charm in order to expose hypocrisy and flaws.  To play as Bouffon is to celebrate paradox! They are disgusting, yet beautiful. They hate you, yet they flatter you.

A ferocious social satire is about to explode, liberating the energy in the room with an immense pleasure to play. +

Find YOUR Funny with Cara Lytwyn

Monday, January 9th, 2017 | Blog

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Welcome to Finding the Funny, a creative writing class that introduces you into the weird and quirky world of standup comedy. In this class you will learn different writing techniques and exercises for generating your own standup material. The end goal is to have a 3-5 minute set to perform at the end of term cabaret.

The class provides a safe and supportive environment to share and develop material, notes and ideas. You will learn about creating an onstage presence, how to structure and perform your material, as well as various aspects of honing your standup comedy skills.

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