Young Actors Conservatory –
Dates To Be Announced In The Future
Mon – Thurs 10 am to 4 pm Monday – Thursday
12-12:30 Lunch (Students bring their own bag lunch)
Snacks and water provided in afternoon.
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Christopher Shaw: Acting and Mask
Sarah Zinsser: Acting
Brad Greenquist: Acting for Camera
Michael Balsley: Acting and Shakespeare
Eric Anderson: Stage Combat and Movement
Jared Fladeland: Mask and Movement
Teachers: Christopher Shaw
and Sarah Zinsser
Explore the basics of acting, which is always the starting point and at the heart of even the most accomplished actor’s craft. Following a fun and creative path from the freedom of “play” (improvisation, theatre games) to more advanced acting exercises (based on the work of Strasberg, Meisner and Stanislavsky) and a strong focus on detailed scene work from published plays. The class focuses on the group as an ensemble as well as discovering, exploring, and strengthening the unique talents of each individual actor.
Acting for Film
Teacher: Brad Greenquist
In this class, students get an introduction to the rigors of acting for the camera, as well as plenty of practical application. The students adapt a scene for the camera from their conservatory acting class. All students act in front of the camera, as well as crew the shots (holding the boom, marking the shots, etc). Basic camera technique is applied: thinking in shots (long, medium, two-shot, close-up, etc); how to pull your face to the lens; how to speak to the mics; and how to block yourself for camera
Teacher: Michael Balsley
In the Acting Shakespeare class, students are initially thrown into the muscular energy of Shakespeare’s language with an exercise in Elizabethan insults. After hurling verbal venom at one another for a couple of hours, amid much laughter, they seem to get the connection between language and intention. We move on from there to monologues and scenes from Shakespeare’s plays Students seem to emerge from the class with a visceral sense of the poetry. History and context are left to the teachers of those areas. At PRT, we want to give young actors a vibrant sense of performing the Bard.
Introduction to Stage Fighting
Teacher: Eric Anderson
The purpose of this course is to introduce young students to the art of performing stage violence, with a concentration on the three elements of illusion, repeatability and, above all, safety. Students will learn hand-to-hand techniques and classical weapons techniques.
Mask and Movement
Teacher: Jared Fladeland
This class is an intensive introduction to some of the most respected forms of movement training for actors. We explore body language and stage presence through games and age-appropriate exercises, and we reconnect young actors to their innate playfulness and expressivity.
ALL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN ALL CLASSES (Ages 10-18)
Summer tuition is $595. Sign up a friend and get $50 off!
Welcome to the Pacific Resident Theatre Young Actors Conservatory! Classes at PRT are for kids, ages 10-18, who want to act. You may have a lot of experience, or this may be your first class. We encourage you to join us and discover the joy of acting! Explore improvisation, scene and monologue work, voice, movement, storytelling, Shakespeare, stage combat and acting for film. Professional actors and directors who are members of the company teach all Conservatory classes. We offer after school classes and a fantastic summer intensive. Please contact us to take a free trial class!
Tuition due at first class unless other arrangements made. As always payment plans are an option if paid in full over the course of the session.
For more information e-mail email@example.com or call (323) 632-4894.
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