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Our daytime, evening & weekend acting classes fit into every schedule and are offered year-round to make sure everyone has an opportunity to learn.


Introduction to ActingREGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Tue  • Oct 4 – Nov 8 • 6:30-8:30pm • Heather Hughes

Do you want to act, but you are not sure where to start? This six-week class is designed specifically for the beginning actor and will teach you the fundamentals of the craft. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance natural and spontaneous. Discover the building blocks of acting through improvisation, theatre exercises and character work. Outside prep time may be required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Introduction to Acting REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Oct 5 – Nov 9 • 12-2pm • Timothy McCracken

Do you want to act, but you are not sure where to start? This six-week class is designed specifically for the beginning actor and will teach you the fundamentals of the craft. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance natural and spontaneous. Discover the building blocks of acting through improvisation, theatre exercises and character work. Outside prep time may be required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Introduction to Acting REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Oct 6 – Nov 10 • 6:30-8:30pm  • Diana Dresser

Do you want to act, but you are not sure where to start? This six-week class is designed specifically for the beginning actor and will teach you the fundamentals of the craft. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance natural and spontaneous. Discover the building blocks of acting through improvisation, theatre exercises and character work. Outside prep time may be required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Approaching A Play: The Craft of Acting REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Oct 3 – Nov 14 (No class 10/31)  
6-8pm • Timothy McCracken 

Has Introduction to Acting got you excited to try out your skills with some more challenging material? Learn more tools and language you can use to delve into your character, understand the complexities of the scene, and become an active part in the journey of a play as a whole. This class is specifically designed to introduce tools for character development and scene study through acting exercises and text analysis. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study I REGISTER

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Oct 3 – Nov 14 (No class 10/31) • 6:30-9:30pm  • Justin Walvoord 

After you’ve gotten a handle on the fundamentals of acting, keep building on those skills with Scene Study I. Continue to discover and explore the key elements of text analysis and characterization while working on scenes from theatre’s best playwrights. Take creative risks in a supportive environment and see the reward! Outside rehearsal time is required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study I REGISTER

8 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Oct 1 – Nov 19 • 10am-12pm • Kate Gleason 

After you’ve gotten a handle on the fundamentals of acting, keep building on those skills with Scene Study I. Continue to discover and explore the key elements of text analysis and characterization while working on scenes from theatre’s best playwrights. Take creative risks in a supportive environment and see the reward! Outside rehearsal time is required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study II: The World of Williams REGISTER

8 sessions • $325 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Oct 1 – Nov 19 • 10am-1pm • Timothy McCracken

Tennessee Williams has provided some of the richest characters and compelling drama amongst all of our American Playwrights. With The Glass Menagerie being featured in the DCPA Theatre Company’s season, this is a wonderful opportunity to dig in and explore the relationships and worlds created by this amazing writer. Outside rehearsal and study, as well as seeing The Glass Menagerie, is required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Acting and Scene Study I

 

Advanced Acting: MoliéreREGISTER

8 sessions • $325 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Sep 26 – Nov 21 (No class 10/31) • 6:30-9:30pm • Sabin Epstein

Molière, often known as France's Shakespeare, is famous for plays of wit, humor, fast-paced action and psychological insight. As a satirist, Molière railed against hypocrisy, excess, greed, selfishness – topics fresh from today's headlines. Seize this opportunity to work on Molière's greatest comedies (enlivened by John Wilbur's masterful translations in rhyming couplets) and discover the genius of France's greatest dramatist. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITES: Scene Study I and II

 

Meisner TechniqueREGISTER

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Wed • Oct 5 – Nov 9 • 6:30-9:30pm • Christy Montour-Larson

Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of Denver’s finest directors and teachers, Christy Montour-Larsen. Through the Meisner acting technique, students will discover that they are never done learning the craft. Rooted in the work of master acting teacher Sanford Meisner, this class uses a series of exercises that build upon each other to create a useful set of new skills to master truthful human behavior. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITES: Intro to Acting, either Craft of Acting or Scene Study I or instructor approval

 

Intro to Improv! REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Oct 5 – Nov 9 • 6:30-8:30pm • Jessica Austgen 

Want to learn how to perform on the spot? Work with CULT FOLLOWING and Denver favorite Jessica Austgen as she introduces and reinforces the basics of improvisation. Designed for all experience levels, learn how to loosen up, be more spontaneous and take risks on stage. Using group activities and improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for spontaneity, making strong choices and increasing confidence. See why improv is a trend that keeps on growing! 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Advanced ImprovREGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Oct 3 – Nov 14 (No class 10/31) • 7-9pm • Brian McManus •  $225 

Ready to take your acting and improv skills to the next level? Join this advanced improvisation class where you will focus on scene work, characters and engaging in the moment. Craft improvised plays complete with character arcs and discovered connections while exploring how to create successful scenes. This master level will teach classic improv forms such as The Harold, Armando, La Ronde and others to aid students in developing dynamic stories and characters for the stage.

PREREQUISITE: Intro to Improv or instructor approval

 

Voice and Speech for the Actor REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Sat • Oct 8 – Nov 12 • 10am-12pm • Jeffrey Parker

Discover how the mechanics of your voice and the intricacies of speech relate to effective communication. Explore the power of your voice through inflection, rhythm, tempo, breath support and articulation. Focus your energy and increase your ability to project in a safe, relaxed way. This is an essential class for all actors, including those interested in Voice Over work. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Mind and Movement Intensive for ActorsREGISTER

4 sessions • $225 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Oct 29 – Nov 19 • 1-4pm • Laurence Curry & Bob Davidson

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to work with two of Denver’s finest movement teachers as you focus on the relationship of body and mind to text, and relate it to the craft of acting. Delve into technique as you share two sessions with each teacher, finding new ways to explore and unlock your technique. You’ll become more aware of your body to unlock its power on stage! 8 student minimum, 20 student maximum.

 

The Art of Movement: Low-Flying Trapeze and ReleasingREGISTER

8 sessions • $250 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Sep 29 – Nov 17 • 6:30-8:30pm • Robert Davidson

Feel the freedom of flight with The Skinner Releasing Technique as you learn Low-Flying Trapeze techniques. Principles of multi-directional balancing and multi-dimensional thinking and economy are explored through kinesthetic imagery, an approach that is exceptionally effective for actors. Get the opportunity to work personally with Mr. Davidson, a world-renowned master teacher and the DCPA Theatre Company Movement Director. Get some exercise in a fun and creative way! 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

 

Acting on Camera I REGISTER

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Sep 26 – Nov 14 (No class 10/10 and 10/31) • 6:30-9:30pm • Brian Landis Folkins

Do you have a burning desire to work in film and television, but are intimidated by being in front of a camera? What do you do when the red light goes on? How do you approach the work when the director calls, “Action”? Learn to apply basic acting techniques to on camera skills, build confidence in front of the camera and pursue film work in your local market. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Acting on Camera IIREGISTER

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Oct 3 – Nov 14 (No class 10/31) • 6:30-9:30pm • Brian Shea

After building your confidence and ease on camera in Acting on Camera I, dive more fully into the technical and creative side of the on camera medium. Utilizing current TV and film scripts, you will work with scene partners to create work that is truly “in the moment,” featuring extreme close-ups, reaction shots and more.
8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Acting On Camera I or instructor approval

 

Commercial Voice Over I REGISTER

6 sessions • $275 • 2.5 hr class time
Thu • Oct 6 – Nov 10 • 6:30-9pm • Mare Trevathan

Is your voice your favorite asset? Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and television voice over industry. Analyze and activate commercial copy, learn to take direction and increase your versatility. Learn about demos, agents, auditions and the voice over market to get going with your career. You’ll even get to work in a professional recording studio during your final class. Note: Bring a flash drive to each class. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

 

Commercial Voice Over I REGISTER

6 sessions • $275 • 2.5 hr class time
Sat • Oct 8 – Nov 12 • 1-3:30pm • Tia Marlier

Is your voice your favorite asset? Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and television voice over industry. Analyze and activate commercial copy, learn to take direction and increase your versatility. Learn about demos, agents, auditions and the voice over market to get going with your career. You’ll even get to work in a professional recording studio during your final class. Note: Bring a flash drive to each class. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

 

Dialects for the Actor: Southern American Dialect REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Oct 6 – Nov 17 (No class 10/27) • 6:30-8:30pm • Jennifer Thomas

The diversity of the American South has inspired playwrights, screenwriters, poets and opera librettists. Embody the essential dialect of the American South, from the soft drawl heard in Tennessee Williams' and Horton Foote’s plays, to many others. Students will be assigned scenes to utilize and study the dialect in class while covering the elements of the voice such as projection, resonance, breathing and articulation. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Playwriting LabREGISTER

7 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Oct 4 – Nov 15 • 6:30-9:30pm • Kelly McAllister

Start a play from scratch or continue to develop the play you’ve been working on with the guidance of a seasoned playwright. Designed for the work of both beginning and ongoing playwrights, the Lab will focus on developing character, dialogue and moving the story forward through plot and structure. Your work will be regularly read to help development, and in the last class, actors will read selections of your play for you to hear, enjoy and learn from. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

 

Musical Theatre: Singing and Acting your Song REGISTER

4 sessions • $225 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Oct 8 – Oct 29 • 1-4pm • Michael Duran & Nick Sugar

Connecting with your material as a musical theatre artist and translating it into a strong, believable interpretation can be a great challenge. You’ll work with two of our region’s finest musical theatre directors on how to approach your song material, be it for an audition or actually within a show itself. Learn ways to utilize lyrics as well as the dynamics of the score to find the key to performing your piece in an authentic way! 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.
All levels welcome!

 

Stage Combat: Blade Play - Rapier and DaggerREGISTER

10 sessions • $375 + $50 optional SAFD skills proficiency test fee • 3 hr class time
Sat • Sep 10 – Nov 12 • 9:30am-12:30pm • Geoffrey Kent

Rapier and dagger is the weapon combination of countless classical match-ups like Hamlet vs. Laertes and Mercutio vs. Tybalt. This intensive stage combat course will cover all of the techniques needed to sell an R&D swordfight to an audience, from flashy cross parries to disarms to brutal looking “kills.” Particular attention will be paid to partnering, safeties and connecting the physical action to character and text. Class will conclude with the performance of a fight, complete with scene, for a Society of American Fight Director’s Skills Proficiency Test (SPT). An SPT is an excellent certification for an actor, director or teacher’s growing resume. No experience necessary.

 

MASTER CLASS PROJECT FALL 2016:
ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
Plays To Be Announced
Directed by Allison Watrous, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski & Timothy McCracken
Auditions: Sat Nov 5 • 1:30-4:30pm
Rehearsals: Nov 14 – Dec 7 • Evenings and Saturdays TBD, no rehearsals Wed-Sun of Thanksgiving week.
Performances: Thu Dec 8 – Sat Dec 10 • 7:30pm
Join us for the first One-Act Play Festival in the DCPA’s Education Department. Three different worlds will be realized in different environments in the building, with all three plays performed nightly in our culmination. Each actor will be cast in one play, and outside study will be an important part of this process.

For the audition, prepare one contemporary monologue. Also, be prepared for cold readings. Bring a headshot and current resume. Call 303.446.4892 or email education@dcpa.org to set up an audition time for Nov 8.

Two previous DCPA Education classes or workshops required to audition.

The Master Class Project is funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund 

Don’t have the time to commit to classes with multiple sessions?
Try a workshop for a lesson in less time.


Accents and Dialects Skills WorkshopREGISTER

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Nov 5 • 1-4pm • Jenny Thomas

Accents and dialects are fun and fascinating – discover multiple learning techniques that focus on awareness, physicality, play, drill and more. Our step-by-step process takes you from the general (such as breathing and posture) to the specific (such as sound substitutions and word choices). You’ll focus on recreating the specific resonance, pitch range, rhythm and articulation changes necessary to sound authentic. We’ll try out the world of accents and dialects, from the multiple varieties in the United States to world varieties of English such as Irish or Australian. And let’s not forget the endless accents of Europe and other continents! You will leave with an action plan for beginning the journey of studying an accent or dialect of your choice. 

One Session Only!

 

Advanced Editing for ImprovREGISTER

1 Session • $60 • 3 hour class time
Sat • Nov 19 • 10am-1pm • Sarah Kirwin

Explore and hone your editing skills beyond the more common sweeps and tap outs that are used in most improvisation sets. Master edits like “The Swinging Gate,” “Soft Entrances,” and “Pop Out Monologues” to discover smoother scene transitions and theatrical sets. This workshop will focus on expanding your Improv Editing tool kit!

 

Free Event For Students
The Roundtable: Working in Film in Colorado

One night only! • Free to all DCPA students
Tue • Nov 8 • 7:30 pm

Denver has a thriving film and web series making community, for both Non Union and Union actors. Discuss everything from the process of casting to applying your education to auditioning and working in the film and series scene. Get useful, timely insights into professional casting and working from the pros themselves – filmmakers, casting directors and actors  who are working regularly. Ask them directly how to get involved, when and where to learn about auditions, and how to be proactive in your efforts to begin working as an actor in this vibrant local market.
Only presently enrolled DCPA Education students will be admitted.

 
DCPA Education Summer Classes
The Lewis E. Myers, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Arts in Education, Student Matinees, Study Guides
Riverfront Park Community Foundation
Xcel Energy Foundation
Fine Arts Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries

Dramatic Learning
Noble Energy
Target Xcel Energy Foundation

Second Act
Miracle Ear

DPS Shakespeare Festival
June Travis

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Anadarko

Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Regional High School Playwriting
Workshop and Competition

The Ross Foundation, June Travis

Voice and Speech for Business ProfessionalsREGISTER

6 sessions • $175 • 90 minute class time
Tue • Oct 4 – Nov 8 • 6-7:30pm • 6 weeks • Hilary Blair

Learn how the mechanics of your voice and the importance of speech relate to being an effective communicator. Explore the power of your voice through inflection, rhythm, tempo, breath support and articulation. This is an essential class for all professionals who use their voice to express their ideas. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Public Speaking for Business Professionals: Execute with ExcellenceREGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Tue • Oct 4 – Nov 15 (no class Oct 18) • 7:30-9:30pm • Hilary Blair & Robin Miller 

Polish your presentation skills to deliver your ideas in a clear, efficient and powerful way. This highly individualized class will capitalize on your strengths, address your challenges and non-verbal aspects, and explore speech patterns and text to maximize your effectiveness. You’ll learn to control nerves and overcome common fears as you gain skills to make you more effective and competitive in your career. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

“DaVita is proud to support the DCPA, which truly embodies the values of innovation and creativity — keeping the arts alive in distinctive ways to inspire a new generation of leaders. DCPA’s commitment to arts education is truly inspirational, and DaVita is grateful for its commitment to this community.”