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Fall 2022 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, Managing Director

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

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

September 19 – November 7, Mondays (8 classes)
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Instructor: Andrea White
Who is this class for: Level I or II
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $275

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.

Register Here

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

Enrollment capacity: 12

Acting II – Scene Study

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

September 21 – November 9, Wednesdays (8 classes)
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Instructor: Sarah Lucht
Who is this class for: Level II or III
Prerequisite: Acting I or equivalent
Cost: $275

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 relation, 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

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

Enrollment capacity: 12

Acting III – Advanced Scene Study

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

September 13 – November 1, Tuesdays (8 classes)
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Instructor: Michael Mendelson
Who is this class for: Level III
Prerequisite: Acting II or equivalent
Cost: $325

Advanced Scene Study is an 8-week course that will explore the intricacies of scene study. ​This is a process class for the advanced actor. This class will begin by exploring some basic acting exercises and techniques, then move onto a nuts-and-bolts look at scene study. Our focus will be on defining beats, exploring relationship, moment-to-moment work, spatial relationship, needs/wants and intentions. We are always working off of what our scene partner is offering while engaging the actor’s imagination with a strong belief in the given imaginary circumstances. We will spend time exploring a visceral “impulse-response” and the implications and impact that has on the emotional life of the scene.

Some outside work will be required.

Register Here

TA110c: 1 Unit Credit
Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 10

Improvisation

Improvisation Lab

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

September 11, September 25, October 16, November 6, November 20, December 11
Sundays (6 Classes)

2:00pm – 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: $135 OR
Any 4 classes of your choice: $110 *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.

Register for 6 Classes Register for 4 Classes

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Sketch Comedy

Introduction to Sketch Comedy

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

September 24 – November 12, Saturdays (8 classes)
11:00am – 1:00pm

Instructor: Paul Stein
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $200

Are you a fan of sketch comedy? Do you have a funny idea but are unsure how to turn it into a comedic sketch? If you’re interested in having fun and laughing while you write, then this is the class for you. In this course, you will learn a variety of sketch formats, beat structures and comedic writing fundamentals, and most importantly, how to develop compelling characters.

Students will participate in writing exercises and brainstorming techniques. Weekly assignments will examine premise, character and parody. Video and script samples, feedback discussions and Q&A will also be featured. This class is open all levels of experience. Students will create sketches to be read out loud by fellow students during the course.

Register Here

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Playwriting

Playwriting: Learn to Write a One-Act Play

Note: This class will be offered online via Zoom.

September 19 – November 7, Mondays (8 classes)
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Instructor: Paul Stein
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $185

Interested in playwriting but the thought of finishing a full-length play seems a little daunting? Then, why not start by writing a 10-minute play or a short one-act. If you’re new to playwriting and want to know more about technique, there’s no better way to begin than by learning about the 10-minute and one-act genres. In this fun and encouraging environment, you will acquire tools and tips on how to construct a short play. And, by the end of this course, you will write and complete a draft of your short play.

This course will focus on the craft of playwriting. Open to a beginner or advanced dramatist. Through discussions, writing exercises, and short play examples, you will be taught the elements of dramatic structure and learn how to further develop your characters, conflicts and settings. We will also explore staging alternatives by examining site-specific and Zoom platform possibilities.

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