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Studio Program

Summer 2021 Studio Classes

Contact

Karen Rathje, Director of Education

karen@pac.edu

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.

Everybody

For all levels of experience and the general public.

Acting

Acting I: Acting for Real

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Note: This class will meet in person at Zidell Yards

July 12 – August 30, Mondays (8 classes)
6:30 – 9:30pm

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

Are you the curious type? Do you want to explore the fundamentals of acting? Or do you have previous training, but are just feeling a little rusty? Maybe you want to get to know yourself just a little better? If so, our Acting For Real acting course is a great place to explore. You will develop or deepen the fundamental acting tools we use as the foundation for all of our courses at The Actors Conservatory: living truthfully under imaginary circumstances, saying yes to your impulses, investing in playing an authentic action to, for and with your acting partner. Reciprocity is a core value at The Actors Conservatory. This class will be an entry into an exciting and safe environment to explore the possibilities of YOU.

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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Note: This class will be offered hybrid, and you may choose to take it online or in-person at Zidell Yards.

July 6 – August 24, 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 and will focus on exploration of scenes from modern (20th and 21st century), realistic plays, assigned by the instructor. Acting II 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

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

Enrollment capacity: 12

Shakespeare: Character Development Though Monologue Work

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Note: This Class will meet in-person at Zidell Yards

July 7 – August 11, Wednesdays (6 Classes)
6:00 – 8:00pm

Instructor: Michael Mendelson
Who is this class for: Level II or III
Prerequisite: Acting I or equivalent
Cost: $150

Come explore Shakespeare through monologue development. Dig into what Shakespeare has given us on the page. Using the text as it is written, unlock and explore a deeper and more textured relationship to the language. The character emerges through the text from how the text works. Remember, there is meaning in a comma. As an actor we have the gift to go anywhere our imagination will take us.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 8

Directing

A Director Prepares

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Note: This class will be offered online via Zoom

July 18, July 25, August 1, Sundays (3 classes)
4:30 – 6:30pm

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

AnaSofía Villanueva shares her philosophy and approaches for preparing for the first rehearsal as a director. In unit one, AnaSofía demystifies the process of developing a unique concept by offering a step-by-step methodology for how textual analysis can unlock and illuminate creative possibilities. Unit two is a discussion on how character analysis can translate into conceptualizing blocking and the formation of a shared language with actors. In the third unit, AnaSofía shares tools and resources for preparing a safe and collaborative rehearsal space.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Workshops

Improvisation to Enhance Your Life

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Note: This class will be offered online via Zoom 

July 8 – August 12, Thursdays (6 Classes)
5:30 – 7:30pm

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

Theatrical improvisation techniques and theories are not just for onstage performances! Offstage, improvisation training is helping people work more collaboratively, respond to curveballs with agility, generate ideas spontaneously, engage with others authentically, and become fully present in relationships with self and others. Furthermore, having an improvisation mindset enables one to travel through everyday life seeing everything as an offer (even setbacks and mistakes) and the world as a stage with every interaction being an improvisational performance! In this 6-week workshop, participants will learn, laugh, and play together as they apply improv techniques, games, and theories to enhance interpersonal skills and to develop an improv mindset for navigating the road of life. We all improvise. Why not do it better?

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 14

Stereotypes in Storytelling: How It Happens, Why It Matters and What We Can Do

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Note: This class will be offered online via Zoom 

July 22 OR August 12, Thursday (1 Class, which will be offered twice)
6:30 – 8:30pm

Instructor: Bruce Poinsette
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $25

In this workshop, we will explore how harmful stereotypes and tropes show up in theatre, why it’s important to address them and what can be done at all levels of production to create more honest characters, real dialogue and a genuinely equitable and inclusive theatre experience. Storytelling helps us better understand the world. Thus, we cannot accept a storytelling environment that casually misrepresents marginalized groups and discourages their participation. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will leave with a roadmap for how to approach creating or advocating for an equitable and inclusive storytelling experience.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 14

Location of All Classes

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

The Actors Conservatory at Zidell Yards