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Winter 2022 Studio Classes



Please send proof of vaccination to Karen Rathje at karen@pac.edu before the first day of class.
Please read our COVID safety rules for The Actors Conservatory to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty.


Karen Rathje, Director of Education


We currently offer online evening and weekend classes via Zoom and/or in-person for patrons, theatre lovers and people invested in the arts who need a flexible schedule to study the craft of acting. Whether you’re new to acting, a working professional, a playwright, patron, or theater lover, the Studio Program offers a wide range of dynamic classes designed to meet your interests and needs.

Post-secondary credit is available for some classes and professional development (clock-hour) credit is available for all classes. If a more comprehensive immersion program is what you’re looking for, click here for information about our two-year Conservatory program.

Please note: Many of these courses are designed to be repeatable, emphasizing process, discovery and fluency.

Partial tuition grants are available. Apply here.

Class Levels

Level I

For those who are interested in exploring the fundamentals of the craft of acting.

Those with no acting experience will find this is just the place for personal growth and development, whether polishing communication skills, overcoming shyness or just gaining a little spontaneity in their lives. There’s no pressure in our classes; it’s all about relaxing and enjoying the acting experience—and making new friends along the way.

Level II

For those who have taken Acting I or the equivalent and are interested in broadening and deepening acting skills.

Most students find​ that they gain confidence in their first acting class and want to try another session. Others with previous acting experience may just want to hone their skills. For these students, it’s time to move on to the next level or maybe add monologue work, film or improv to the mix.

Level III

For those with a grasp of the fundamentals and some performance experience and are curious about exploring deeper possibilities.

At this stage, serious students have the opportunity to repeat a favorite class or go on to the most advanced level—which will complete their training in the adult program. Then, with a solid acting foundation, they may choose to audition for The Studio Acting Intensive Program or the two-year Conservatory Program for career-minded actors.


For all levels of experience and the general public.


Advanced Acting - Scene Study

Note: This class will be offered in-person at Goldsmith Blocks – 412 NW Couch Street, Suite 301

May 2 – June 27, Mondays (8 classes) *Note: There will be no class on May 30 due to the Memorial Day Holiday*
5:30 – 8:30pm

Instructor: Sarah Lucht
Who is this class for: Level III
Prerequisite: Recent Stage Performance Experience or Permission of the Instructor
Cost: $250

This course will focus on exploration of scenes from modern (20th and 21st century), realistic plays, assigned by the instructor. Advanced Acting will emphasize tactics of connection and character revelation, contact with the actors’ emotional life, as well as in-depth text analysis of the assigned scenes. Students will develop their listening and responding skills, apply Stanislavski’s fundamentals, and engage with the art and craft of acting while expanding their own range of expression and creativity.

Some outside work will be required.

Register Here

Enrollment capacity: 12


Improvisation Lab

Note: This class will be offered in person at Goldsmith Blocks – 412 NW Couch Street, Suite 301

February 20, March 13, April 3, April 24, May 15, June 5
Sundays (6 Classes)

2:00 – 5:00pm
*There are six classes. You may sign up for all six or you may sign up for four classes and attend any four classes on dates that you select.*

Instructor: Theresa Robbins Dudeck
Who is this class for: Level II or III
Prerequisite: Improvisation I or equivalent
All 6 classes: $125 OR
Any 4 classes of your choice: $100 *Notice of your selections is not required.*

Are you eager to work out your improvisation muscles and to develop some new impro skills? The Improvisation Lab will offer improvisers (Level II and up) an opportunity to dive into impro methods that develop the imagination, range of expression, agility, willingness to take risks and harness the power of uncertainty and skills for creating compelling performances (scripted and unscripted), stories, and unique characters. This workshop is not only for improvisers but for artists and makers (actors, directors, writers, educators, entrepreneurs, etc.) who are interested in bringing an improvisation mindset and more spontaneity and play into their creative, collaborative processes.

Suggested Accompanying Classes: Acting I or II, Script Analysis

Register Here

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12



Location of Classes

Goldsmith Blocks
412 NW Couch St. Suite 301
Portland, OR 97209

Goldsmith Blocks