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Fall 2021 Studio Classes

 

*MASKS AND PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL IN-PERSON STUDIO STUDENTS.*

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.

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 be offered in person at Goldsmith Blocks – 412 NW Couch Street, Suite 301

October 6 – December 1, Wednesdays (8 classes) *No class Thanksgiving week on November 24*
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

*CLASS IS FULL*

Note: This class will be offered hybrid, and you may choose to take it online or in-person at Goldsmith Blocks – 412 NW Couch Street, Suite 301

September 28 – November 16, 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

On Camera Acting

*CLASS IS FULL*

Note: This class will be offered online via Skype.

October 7 – December 2, Thursdays *No class Thanksgiving week on November 25* (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 Classes: Acting I or II and Viewpoints

Some outside work will be required

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

Enrollment capacity: 8

Improvisation

Improvisation Lab

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

October 3, October 24, November 14, December 5
Sundays (4 Classes)

2:00 – 5:00pm

Instructor: Theresa Robbins Dudeck
Who is this class for: Level II or III
Prerequisite: Improvisation I or equivalent
Cost: $125

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.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Movement

Viewpoints - Ensemble Movement & Composition

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

October 9 – October 30, Saturdays (4 classes)
11:00am – 2:00pm

Instructor: Chris Harder
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $125

This four-class series introduces students to the movement vocabulary of Viewpoints. Working with the full ensemble and in small groups, students will explore how kinesthetic improvised movement, spacial relationship, tempo, duration, gesture, and shape create theatrical worlds and communicate stories to audiences. Expect to engage physically and to open up to the possibility of human connection in time and space. Open to all levels.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Stage Management

Stage Management - Running the Show

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Note: This class will be offered online via Zoom.

October 25 – November 22, Mondays (5 classes)
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Instructor: Carol Ann Wohlmut
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $135

Want to learn more about working as a stage manager at a professional level? There’s more to it than just “stand-by” and “go”.

This class will give you a basic foundation for honing the art and business of stage managing. Weekly classes will focus on a variety of areas including paperwork, communication skills, how-to build a stage manager’s kit, setting up the rehearsal room, managing conflict, organizing your prompt book, and much more.

This class is open to all and will be tailored to the needs and wants of the class.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Workshops

Repurposing Your Privilege - A Strategy Session

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Note: This class will be offered online via Zoom.

October 14 OR October 28, Thursday (1 Class, which will be offered twice)
6:30pm – 8:30pm

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

In this workshop, we will explore how to use our own privilege to affect social justice in an
ethical and effective manner. In my experience participating in racial justice organizing activities
in suburban areas, I have found that wrestling with our own privilege can be difficult. But once
we embrace it as a tool for affecting change, it can be a powerful equalizer. Join us for a strategy
session to learn how to repurpose your privilege to affect social change.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 14

Location of Classes

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

Goldsmith Blocks