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Studio Program

Spring 2021 Studio Classes

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Karen Rathje, Director of Education

karen@pac.edu

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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April 14 – June 2, 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: Public Speaking for Everyone, The Art of Acting, Physical Character Lab, Monologue Intensive, Musical Theatre Audition and Performance or Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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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April 20 – June 8, 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 & Directors, Monologue Intensive, Acting in the Zoomiverse, Physical Character Lab, Musical Theatre Audition and Performance, On Camera Acting, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Public Speaking for Everyone.

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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June 7 – July 26, 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 & Directors, Acting I or II, Monologue Intensive, Acting in the Zoomiverse, Physical Character Lab, Musical Theatre Audition and Performance, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Public Speaking for Everyone.

Some outside work will be required

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

Enrollment capacity: 8

Physical Character Lab

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April 10 – May 15, Saturdays (6 Classes)
10:30am – 12:30pm

Instructor: Lauren Wilson
Who is this class for:
Level I, II or III
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$150 (3 Flex Passes)

Dive into creating original, physical characters from the ground up, through embodiment of images and forces from the natural world around us. Working from a foundation of curiosity, physical play, and responsiveness, we’ll embody elements, animals, and other forms found in nature, to discover how their movements and rhythms can give rise to a character’s body, voice, perspective, and story. The natural world in its forms and movements offers a deep well of inspiration for actors, and pathways for playing vivid characters very different from oneself. This workshop welcomes seasoned actors, beginning actors, dancers, movers, and anyone curious about how characters can come to life initially not through words or text, but through the body.

Suggested Accompanying Class: A Director’s Perspective for Actors, Acting I or II, Monologue Intensive, Musical Theatre Audition or Performance, Acting in the Zoomiverse or The Art of Acting, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Public Speaking for Everyone.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

​Enrollment capacity: 12

Musical Theatre Audition and Performance

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May 6 – May 27, Thursdays (4 Classes)
6:30 – 8:30pm

Instructor: Diana Burbano
Who is this class for:
Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $100 (2 Flex Passes)

Hone your skills in a fun, interactive, low pressure class.

This class will tackle repertoire, singing to your strengths and audition technique. It will help you make choices that are actable and clear. It will also touch on how to handle nerves, and what to do if you feel you “can’t sing.” Students should prepare to sing a song of their choice for the first day, preferably an audition cut and be ready for adjustments. Accompaniments can be found online by using karaoke tracks on YouTube or Spotify.

All skill levels encouraged to attend.

Suggested Accompanying Class: A Director’s Perspective for Actors & Directors, Acting I or II, Physical Character Lab, Acting in the Zoomiverse or The Art of Acting, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Public Speaking for Everyone.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

​Enrollment capacity: 10

Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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April 10 – May 22, Saturdays (7 classes)
10:30am – 12:30pm

Instructor: Sarah Lucht
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$150 (3 Flex Passes)

“I must go seek some dewdrops here, and hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.”

….So sayeth a fairy in Shakespeare’s magical and poetical comedy of love and merry madness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We will examine the play, itself, as well as our relationship to it. For some this will be a lovely revisiting of the palaces and woods in Midsummer’s Athens, while the delightful story, for others, may be brand new. “Finding Meaning Today” 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, while letting Shakespeare lead us into his world. Scenes and speeches will be assigned for more detailed exploration. 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: A Director’s Perspective for Actors & Directors, Acting I or II, Monologue Intensive, Physical Character Lab, Acting in the Zoomiverse or The Art of Acting, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Public Speaking for Everyone.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Acting in the Zoomiverse

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May 22 – June 26, 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 (3 Flex Passes)

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: A Director’s Perspective for Actors & Directors, Acting I or II, Monologue Intensive, Physical Character Lab, The Art of Acting or Public Speaking for Everyone.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

The Art of Acting

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April 10 – May 15, Saturdays (6 classes)
1:00 – 3:00pm

Instructor: Barbie Wu
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite:
None
Cost:
$150 (3 Flex Passes)

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: A Director’s Perspective for Actors & Directors, Acting I or II, Monologue Intensive, Physical Character Lab, Acting in the Zoomiverse or Public Speaking for Everyone.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 10

Playwriting

Finding the Beat: The Musicality of Playwriting

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April 12 to June 14, Mondays (10 Classes)
4:30 – 7:30pm

Instructor: Anton Jones
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $200

A play doesn’t need to be a musical or an opera to have musicality. Additionally, a playwright does not need to be a musician to find the musicality of their play.This 10 week course approaches the craft of playwriting through a musician’s lens. Through exercises that explore tempo, dynamics, rhythm, lyricism and more, we will seek to find the soul and the beat of our scripts.

Suggested Accompanying Class: How to Craft a Personal Theatrical Narrative, Developing Solo Work, Book Club: BIPOC Playwrights Take On …, Acting I, Acting II, The Art of Acting, or Public Speaking for Everyone

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

How to Craft a Personal Theatrical Narrative

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April 18, Sunday (1 Class)
6:30 – 9:00pm

Instructor: E.M. Lewis
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $25 (1 Flex Pass)

In this hands-on playwriting workshop, students will participate in a guided brainstorming exercise, then learn a simple way of crafting their own story into a theatrical presentation. In-class writing will culminate in participants sharing a simplified, structured version of their story, that can be built upon later or used as a template for creating their own one-person show.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Radical Playwriting, Developing Solo Work, Book Club: BIPOC Playwrights Take On …, Acting I, Acting II, The Art of Acting, or Public Speaking for Everyone

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Workshops

Public Speaking for Everyone

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April 11 to May 2, Sundays (4 Classes)
5:30 – 7:30pm

Instructor: Zeina Salame
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $100 (2 Flex Passes)

Come, ye business professionals, scholars, researchers, students, and all! Join us in this relaxed and friendly environment to build your confidence in front of a crowd and work toward your communication goals. We will practice introductory level theatre exercises formatted specifically to support skills like relating to broad audiences and infusing empathy, clarity, and vivid storytelling into your presentations. We will also discuss some practical and strategic differences between presenting speeches through virtual gathering platforms vs. in-person spaces. Assignments will vary based on participant goals but will likely include crafting and presenting the actual speeches some may have pending.

Suggested Accompanying Classes: The Art of Acting, Acting I, Monologue Intensive, Physical Character Lab, Developing Solo Work or How to Craft a Personal Theatrical Narrative

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

A Director’s Perspective for Actors & Directors

Offered on two dates – choose one:

April 18, from 1 to 5pm, Sunday (1 class) Register here

June 6, from 1 to 5pm, Sunday (1 class) Register here

Instructor: Dámaso Rodriguez
Who is this class for: Level II or III
Prerequisite: Acting I or equivalent
Cost: $100 (2 Flex Passes)

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: Acting I, Acting II, Monologue Intensive, On Camera Acting, Acting in the Zoomiverse, The Art of Acting or Developing Solo Work

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Monologue Intensive

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May 16 & May 23, Sundays (2 Classes)
11:00am – 3:00pm

Instructor: Sarah Lucht
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $100 (2 Flex Passes)

Receive specific feedback and engage in intensive coaching of monologues you want to polish and refine. Students will bring two contrasting pieces to be coached in an intensive and personal environment. We will work on editing, activating, and creating a beginning, middle, and end to your two to three minute audition.

Sarah Lucht has been coaching actors and preparing them for professional and academic auditions for twenty years. She brings her own experience as a professional actor, coach, and educator, as well as an approach which is both practical and compassionate.

Suggested Accompanying Class: A Director’s Perspective for Actors & Directors, Acting I or II, The Art of Acting, Physical Character Lab, Acting in the Zoomiverse or Public Speaking for Everyone.

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Who Is Drag, And What Am I?

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April 22, Thursday (1 Class)
6:30 – 8:00pm

Instructor: Carla Rossi (with slight intellectual support from Anthony Hudson)
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $25 (1 Flex Pass)

Join Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi — with slight intellectual support from Anthony Hudson — as she introduces you to the art of drag (What is it? Who can do it? What does it look like? Why does it smell so bad?) and charts its foundational concepts (character, camp, drink tickets, and more) in this Earth Day spectacular that is part performance, part Q&A, part lecture, and, like all drag should be, preternaturally unhinged.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Developing Solo Work, Acting I, II, The Art of Acting or Acting in the Zoomiverse or Book Club: BIPOC Playwrights Take On …

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 14

Best Practices in Intimacy

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April 29, Thursday (1 Class)
6:30 – 8:30pm

Instructor: Amanda Cole
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $25 (1 Flex Pass)

This workshop addresses the fundamentals of consent work in the creative work spaces. Participants will learn: best practices for intimacy and consent work for both the rehearsal and performance process; insight into the cultural shift of the intimacy direction movement; and opportunities to explore how intimacy and consent practice work in congruence with the need for more ethical and informed creative spaces.

*Content warning: class material includes references to sexual violence and trauma.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Who is Drag, and What am I?, Developing Solo Work, Acting I, II, The Art of Acting or Acting in the Zoomiverse or Book Club: BIPOC Playwrights Take On …

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Developing Solo Work

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May 2, Sunday (1 Class)
1:00 – 3:00pm

Instructor: Kayla Kelly
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $25 (1 Flex Pass)

Are you looking to tell a story from within? This all-level class focuses on building a solo show. Plan to hone the skills you already have or maybe even challenge yourself to learn something new while creating the foundation for solo work. This class will help you create the structure needed while also engaging your creativity and applying your own unique skills.

Suggested Accompanying Class: How to Craft a Personal Theatrical Narrative, Book Club: BIPOC Playwrights Take On …, Acting I, Acting II, Monologue Intensive, The Art of Acting, or Public Speaking for Everyone

Professional Development Clock-Hour Credit Available

Enrollment capacity: 12

Book Club: BIPOC Playwrights Take On …

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May 9 to May 30, Sundays (4 Classes)
5:30 – 7:30pm

Instructor: Zeina Salame
Who is this class for: Everybody
Prerequisite: None
Cost: $100 (2 Flex Passes)

In this book club style series, we read plays by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) writers and discuss some of the great many topics and themes these pieces take on. The theme for this session is “Plays on Plays.” Each of the works on our spring 2021 reading list interrogates representation in arts and entertainment industries through the creative approach of being a play about the making of a piece of theatre (or film/tv). We will cover one play per week that participants should have read in advance of our conversation. NOTE: This workshop asks participants to support artists through the purchase of play texts. A list of planned readings and helpful links to guide you will be provided in advance.

Suggested Accompanying Class: Who is Drag, and What am I?, Developing Solo Work, Acting I, II, The Art of Acting or Acting in the Zoomiverse, Finding Meaning Today: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Public Speaking for Everyone.

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