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Winter 2021 Studio Classes

The Actors Conservatory (TAC) and Artists Repertory Theatre (ART) are joining forces by collaborating and sharing resources for the purpose of creating premier performance and educational departments. Expanded education programming will now be directed by TAC and co-produced with ART under the banner The Actors Conservatory at Artists Rep.
 
 

Partial tuition grants are available. Apply here.

We currently offer online evening and weekend classes via Zoom 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.

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.

Everybody

For all levels of experience and the general public.

Acting

Acting I: Introduction to Acting

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January 27 – March 17, Wednesdays (8 classes)
5:30 – 8:30pm

Instructor: Zeina Salame
Who is this class for: Level I or II
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $250

ALL levels of experience are welcome! Want to boost your confidence in social situations? Curious about acting but intimidated to take that first step? Already an acting student looking to reinforce the basics and challenge yourself in another environment? Interested in auditioning for something at a theatre in your area? Join us as we focus on learning essential skills, vocabularies, and professional standards through game playing, ensemble building exercises, and scripted scene/monologue work (assignments may vary based on specific student goals).

Suggested Accompanying Class: Improv for Collaborating, Creating & Connecting, The Art of Acting or Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Some outside work will be required

TA110a: 1 Unit Credit
Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Acting II: Scene Study

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January 19 – March 9, Tuesdays (8 classes)
5:30 – 8:30pm

Instructor: Sarah Lucht
Who is this class for: Level II or III
Prerequisite: Acting I or equivalent
Cost: $250

This course continues the work of Acting I through analysis and on-line (Zoom) exploration of scenes from modern (20th and 21st century), realistic plays. This class acknowledges the circumstances of acting in an on-line context and 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 transcending the current in-person restrictions.

Suggested Accompanying Class: A Director’s Perspective for Actors, How to Be Your Own Director, Improv II, Monologue Intensive, Acting in the Zoomiverse, On Camera Acting, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or Finding Your Light, Literally!

Some outside work will be required

TA110b: 1 Unit Credit
Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

On Camera Acting

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January 25 – March 15, Mondays (8 Classes)
6:30 – 9:30pm

Instructor: Shelly Lipkin
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $250

Relaxation is the key. Reacting is the core.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced stage actor; film and TV acting can be a baffling and sometimes terrifying experience. In this class, we will explore how to develop the inner emotional life of a character, how to react – not perform, how to feel relaxed, comfortable and focused when the director says “Action.” You will learn how to remove self-conscious behavior and how to fill a character, which is the key to a creative and natural on camera performance.

Suggested Accompanying Class: A Director’s Perspective for Actors, How to Be Your Own Director, Acting I or II, Improv II, Monologue Intensive or Finding Your Light, Literally!

Some outside work will be required

TA422a: 1 Unit Credit
Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 8

Monologue Intensive

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January 27 – March 17, Wednesday (8 Classes)
7:00 – 9:00pm

Instructor: Aubrey Saverino
Who is this class for:
Level I, II or III
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$175

In this class, students will learn how to deconstruct monologues, how to rehearse them and how to get them ready for the audition room. You will identify and explore monologues that are best suited to showcase your specific strengths as an actor, and you will leave the class with two contrasting monologues that you will feel confident using in any audition. You will integrate text work, voice, and movement and explore ways to unlock the emotional and intellectual content inherent in good monologues, creating a direct relationship between actor and text.

Suggested Accompanying Class: A Director’s Perspective for Actors, How to Be Your Own Director, Acting I or II, Improv for Collaborating, Creating and Connecting, Acting in the Zoomiverse or Finding Your Light, Literally!

 Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

​Enrollment capacity: 10

How to Be Your Own Director

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January 25 – March 15, Mondays (8 Classes)
5:30 – 8:30pm

Instructor: Jane Unger
Who is this class for:
Level II or III
Prerequisite: Acting I or equivalent
Cost: $200

Collaboration between actor and director is at the core of every performance. But, actors and directors don’t always speak the same language. This is especially true now when face to face rehearsal time is not available for most of us. In this class, you’ll learn to help yourself do some of the work that is usually done in the rehearsal room. You’ll explore the tools needed to open up and build a character using monologues and scene study. You’ll come away feeling confident taking charge of your role in a production.

Suggested Accompanying Class: The Director’s Perspective for Actors, Acting II, Monologue Intensive, On Camera Acting, Acting in the Zoomiverse, or Improv for Collaborating, Creating and Connecting

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

​Enrollment capacity: 10

Improvisation for Actors: Improv II

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February 3 – March 10, Wednesdays (6 classes)
5:30 – 7:30pm

Instructor: Theresa Robbins Dudeck
Who is this class for: Level II or III
Prerequisite:
Improvisation for Actors I, previous improvisation training/experience, or permission of the instructor.
Cost:
$150

Building on the basic theatre improvisation theories and techniques practiced in Level I, this 6-week, online improvisation workshop will dive much deeper into improv methods that develop the artist’s imagination, range of expression, and skills for creating compelling performances (scripted and unscripted), stories, and unique characters (including an introduction to comic mask techniques using faces and everyday objects). This workshop is not only for actors but for artists (directors, writers, educators, etc.) who are interested in bringing an improvisation mindset, more spontaneity, and play into your creative, collaborative processes.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Acting II, On Camera Acting, Acting in the Zoomiverse, The Director’s Perspective for Actors, How to Be Your Own Director, or Improv for Collaborating, Creating and Connecting

3 Flex Passes

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 14

Improvisation for Collaborating, Creating & Connecting

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January 30 – March 6, Saturdays (6 Classes)
10:30am – 12:30pm

Instructor: Theresa Robbins Dudeck   
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost: $150

Improvisation is not just for actors! “Applied Improvisation” is a rapidly growing field of practice, which uses improvisation theatre techniques and theories applied to human development and training. Innovative organizations around the globe now hire impro-trained facilitators to teach their people to do offstage what successful improvisers do onstage: work collaboratively and spontaneously, respond to curveballs with agility, generate endless ideas, engage authentically with and effectively deliver stories to audiences, listen deeply, notice more, and inspire others. In this six-week class, participants will apply the techniques and theories of improvisational theatre to sharpen skills useful in collaborative creation and for building stronger connections with others.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Acting I, Acting II, Monologue Intensive, The Art of Acting, Finding Your Light, Literally!       

3 Flex Passes

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

​Enrollment capacity: 14

Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

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January 30 – March 13, Saturdays (8 classes)
10:30 – 12:30pm

Instructor: Sarah Lucht
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$150

Hey ho, the wind and the rain! Make your way through winter with a class that explores both the familiar and mysterious language of Shakespeare’s “mature comedy,” Twelfth Night.

With its themes of madness and melancholy, reunion and romance, this play provides opportunities for students of all ages and levels of experience to read, interpret, and embody the play. We will look carefully at character, theme, and action by devoting each week of class to an act of the play, and letting Shakespeare lead us into his world. This class will be invigorating and illuminating for actors, theatre-lovers, or anyone who either loves or fears Shakespeare. This class is for everybody!

Suggested Accompanying Class: Dramaturgy for the Audience, Acting I, II or The Art of Acting

3 Flex Passes

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Acting in the Zoomiverse

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January 16 – February 20, Saturdays (6 classes)
1:00 – 3:00pm

Instructor: Barbie Wu
Who is this class for: Level II or III
Prerequisite:
Acting I or the equivalent
Cost:
$150

This acting class will utilize zoom as a platform to discover how actors can deliver lines to each other in order to affect the other person. We will discuss what it means to “land” an action and become an action driven actor based on the given circumstances provided in the script. We will explore the possibility of not feeling self-conscious when acting on a screen and in the twilight zone of acting in the time of zoom.

Suggested Accompanying Class: The Director’s Perspective for Actors, How to Be Your Own Director, Acting II, Improv II or Finding Your Light, Literally!

3 Flex Passes

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

The Art of Acting

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February 27 – March 20, Saturdays (4 classes)
1:00 – 3:00pm

Instructor: Barbie Wu
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$100

This class is a friendly, highly supportive, energetic and fun place to explore the art of acting.

Whether testing the waters for the first time or aiming to develop and deepen an established understanding of the acting experience, this course encourages bold and energized choices, basing those choices on acting fundamentals which inform all truthful performance. This is a fun and engaging class for all!

Suggested Accompanying Class: Acting I, Improvisation for Collaborating, Creating and Connecting, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or Finding Your Light, Literally!

2 Flex Passes

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 10

Playwriting

Radical Playwriting with Anton C. Jones

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January 25 to March 15, Mondays (8 Classes)
4:30 – 7:30pm

Instructor: Anton Jones
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $185

It’s the director’s job to ask, “Why?”  It’s the playwright’s job to ask, “Why Not?” Taking this as a foundation, writers of all levels will explore the craft of playwriting from blank slate through the first draft. Participants will explore dialogue, as well as gain a greater understanding of many other elements of playwriting and playmaking that feed into the blueprint known as a “script.” During this class, your writing will be read out loud by actors to help you evaluate your work as you develop your writing.

Join award-winning playwright and Artistic Director Anton C. Jones for his thoughts and insights about playwriting as you draft your own play or work on a script already in progress.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Dramaturgy for the Audience, Theatre on Film, Good for a Laugh, Queer Drama

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Workshops

A Director’s Perspective for Actors

Offered on two dates – choose one:

February 21, from 1 to 5pm, Sunday (1 class) Register here

March 18, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm, Thursday (1 class) Register here

Instructor: Dámaso Rodriguez
Who is this class for: Level II or III
Prerequisite: Acting I or equivalent
Cost: $100

Work with Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez to explore the director’s perspective on what it means to be fully prepared for successful acting and audition work under any condition. Learn to be fully present, engaged, and committed to the process. You will have the opportunity to put Dámaso’s directions into action in order to see their practical application. This is a very practical workshop that will yield results. Be the actor a director wants to work with again and again.

Suggested Accompanying Class: How to Be Your Own Director, Acting II, On Camera Acting, Acting in the Zoomiverse, or Improv for Collaborating, Creating and Connecting

2 flex passes

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Finding Your Light, Literally!

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January 13 & 20, Wednesdays (2 Classes)
6:30 – 8:00pm

Instructor: Kathleen Kelly
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $50

In a time when working from home has become the norm, enhancing the way you look online and in photos makes a big difference. This class will teach you how to light yourself for: Zoom meetings and readings, self-taping for auditions, and self-photos, including headshots. You will learn how to light yourself at no cost by using what’s available around you and the best equipment you can buy on a budget to properly light yourself. Also, you’ll learn about some low-cost or free and easy apps to edit your tapes and photos on your phone with no Photoshop knowledge required. Find your best light and put your best frame forward.

Suggested Accompanying Class: On Camera Acting, Acting I, II, The Art of Acting or Acting in the Zoomiverse

1 Flex Pass

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 14

Discussion Series

ART Audio Dramaturgy for the Audience – Magellanica

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January 25, February 1, Mondays (2 Classes)
6:30 – 8:00pm

Instructor: Luan Schooler
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$50

The pandemic has introduced new ways of creating theatrical experiences and revived older forms like the radio play. In this class, we will explore differences between stage productions and audio plays, and examine how ART’s audio dramas have been adapted and designed. It is recommended that students listen to the audio drama prior to the class; they will also receive the audio-adapted script two weeks before class begins.

Magellanica by E.M. Lewis:

This class will focus on the structure of this 5-part epic play, and how the specific style of each act keeps the story – and the audience — propelling forward. The use of soliloquies and layered realities will also be explored, along with how the sound design can be both informative and emotive.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Queer Plays, (Mis)Representation, Radical Playwriting, Theatre on Film, Good for a Laugh

1 Flex Pass

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 14

ART Audio Dramaturgy for the Audience – Berlin Diaries

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February 25, Thursday (1 Class)
6:30 – 8:00pm

Instructor: Luan Schooler
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$25

The pandemic has introduced new ways of creating theatrical experiences and revived older forms like the radio play. In this class, we will explore differences between stage productions and audio plays, and examine how ART’s audio dramas have been adapted and designed. It is recommended that students listen to the audio drama prior to the class; they will also receive the audio-adapted script two weeks before class begins.

The Berlin Diaries by Andrea Stolowitz:

This class will focus on the use of a bifurcated narrator, and explore how the play’s structure and design help anchor audiences as the story moves through eras, multiple locations, and states of mind.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Queer Plays, (Mis)Representation, Radical Playwriting, Theatre on Film, Good for a Laugh

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 14

Queer Plays

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January 21, 28 & February 4, Thursdays (3 Classes)
5:30 – 7:00pm

Instructor: Adin Walker
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$75

What constitutes a “queer play”? How has theater shaped our understanding of queerness, and vice versa? As queerness takes on new meanings over time, how has theater participated in those constantly expanding conversations? How do queer audiences activate a “queer gaze” when encountering plays?

These questions form the backbone of this weekly seminar-style exploration of plays that center LGBTQ+ stories and participate in larger conversations around queer representation. We’ll examine works from the early 20th century to plays currently in development. Some of the playwrights whose work we’ll read and discuss include Yilong Liu, L M Feldman, Philip Dawkins, Miranda Rose Hall, Donja Love, Moises Kaufman, Tennessee Williams, Matthew Lopez, Paula Vogel, Shelagh Delaney, Brendan Behan, Edwin Rosales, Dipika Guha, Roger Q Mason, Tony Kushner, and more!

Suggested Accompanying Class: Dramaturgy for the Audience, (Mis)Representation, Radical Playwriting, Theatre on Film, Good for a Laugh

2 Flex Passes

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

(Mis)Representation

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January 17 & 24, Sundays (2 Classes)
5:30 – 7:00pm

Instructor: Zeina Salame
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$50

This introductory level class will focus on accessibly designed conversations on histories and legacies of racial misrepresentation and cultural appropriation in U.S. theatre. We will also apply that context to conversations on contemporary theatre production and social justice movements. There is NO WAY to do this in just two conversations, but this workshop will serve as a beginning to an important education on how the past shapes and contextualizes the present.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Queer Plays, Dramaturgy for the Audience, Radical Playwriting, Theatre on Film, Good for a Laugh, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

1 Flex Pass

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Theatre on Film

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Janduary 31 to February 21, Sundays (4 Classes)
5:30 – 7:30pm

Instructor: Zeina Salame
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$100

In this introductory level workshop, we will leisurely watch and discuss two or three well known theatre productions captured on film. This session’s selected productions are still TBD (class participants will get to vote on what they want to watch based on a list) but participants can look forward to topics such as mid-century American drama, classic American musical favorites, and contemporary productions of various genres.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Queer Plays, (Mis)Representation, Radical Playwriting, Dramaturgy for the Audience, Good for a Laugh, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

2 Flex Passes

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Good for a Laugh

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February 22, March 1, 8 Mondays (3 Classes)
5:30 – 7:00pm

Instructor: Zeina Salame
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$75

In this relaxed literature appreciation style class for ALL levels, we will casually read, watch, and laugh together, reflecting on some of the most famous comedic scenes in theatre over the ages.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Queer Plays, (Mis)Representation, Radical Playwriting, Theatre on Film, Dramaturgy for the Audience, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Location of All Classes

The Actors Conservatory @ Zidell Yards
3121 S Moody Avenue
Suite 200
Portland, OR 97239

The Actors Conservatory at Zidell Yards