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Introduction to Acting (Mondays) Just addedREGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Jan 11 - Feb 22 (no class Jan 18) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Kate Gleason

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 (Mondays)REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Jan 11 - Feb 22 (no class Jan 18) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Justin Walvoord

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 (Wednesdays)REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jan 13 - Feb 17
• 6:30 - 8:30pm • Kate Gleason

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. Space for 14 max – 8 min students.

 

Introduction to Acting (Thursdays)REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Jan 14 - Feb 18
• 1 - 3pm • Rachel Kae Taylor

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. Space for 14 max – 8 min students.

 

Approaching A Play: The Craft of ActingREGISTER

6 sessions • $225   • 2 hr class time
Thu • Jan 14 - Feb 18 • 6 - 8pm • Timothy McCracken 

Has Introduction to Acting gotten you excited to try out your skills with some more challenging material? Here’s your chance to deepen your acting techniques through material by world-class playwrights. Learn the 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 scene study and text analysis: objectives, obstacles, given circumstances, and more. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study I (Mondays)REGISTER

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Jan 11 - Feb 22 (no class Jan 18) 6:30 - 9:30pm • Rodney Lizcano

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 (Saturdays)REGISTER

8 sessions • $275 • 2 hr class time
Sat • Jan 16 - Mar 5 • 10am - 12pm • Kathleen McCall 

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: Neil Simon ExtravaganzaREGISTER

8 sessions • $325 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jan 12 - Mar 1 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kate Gleason

Neil Simon is one of America's greatest and most prolific playwrights. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Emmy, and has been nominated for an Oscar. Often overlooked as a master playwright, his comedies show the depth and complexity of everyday life, from family struggles and relationship woes to workplace and career conflicts. Come explore the funny, poignant worlds he has created throughout his career. Outside rehearsal and study is required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITES: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I

 

Advanced Acting: Magical Realism REGISTER

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jan 26 - Mar 1 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Allison Watrous 

Be boundless as you explore plays and playwrights that push and expand the theatrical convention of realism – where magic elements are a natural part of the mundane. Challenge yourself to explore the seemingly realistic and magic of everyday through the work of playwrights from the classical age to today. Outside rehearsal and study in required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Scene Study I & II

 

Shakespeare’s Text REGISTER

8 sessions • $275   • 2 hr class time
Sat • Jan 16 - Mar 5 • 10am - 12pm • Geoffrey Kent 

Get ready to tackle your next Shakespeare play or audition. This acting class will focus on techniques to break open Shakespeare’s text and allow you to fearlessly explore both verse and prose. Class will include scene work, soliloquy, and monologue work. Learn from one of Colorado’s premiere Shakespearean actors as you engage and activate the text of The Bard! 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Intro to Acting and Scene Study I, or Instructor Approval

 

Advanced Auditioning: Get Ready for the GeneralsREGISTER

8 sessions • $275 • 2 hr class time
Sat • 10am - 12pm • Jan 16 - Mar 5 • Sylvia Gregory and Sam Gregory

Get prepared for the Denver area General Auditions in April with this master class designed to make your auditions compete at a professional level. Explore all aspects of the audition process with two of Denver’s major theatre and casting pros. Make your audition materials shine with hands on text work and coaching. Leave the class with two polished monologues, as well as focused work on do’s and don’ts, intros, and transitions. Please bring your headshot, resume and two monologues (one contemporary and one classical) to the first class. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Must have Instructor approval. Call 303.446.4892 to arrange meeting Instructor. 

 

Intro to Improv!REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jan 13 - Feb 17 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Jessica Austgen 

Want to learn how to perform on the spot? Work with CULT FOLLOWING and Denver improv 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.

 

Professional Sketch & Improv Level 2REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jan 13 - Feb 17 • 7 - 9pm • Sarah Kirwin • $225

Intro to Improv gave you the basics –now it’s time to take them to the next level! This course will further your improv training by focusing on developing interesting and dynamic characters while exploring the mechanics of scene work. Discover how to think quickly and build your confidence on stage. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Intro to Improv or must have Instructor approval. Call 303.446.4892 to arrange meeting an instructor. 

 

Voice and Speech for the Actor REGISTER

4 sessions • $150 • 2.5 hr class time
Sat • Jan 16 - Feb 6 • 10am – 12:30pm • Jeffrey Parker

Learn 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.

 

Physical Storytelling: The Art of Character and ClownREGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Tue • Jan 12 - Feb 16 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Justin Walvoord

Want to learn about another way to unlock character? Physical storytelling can be a tremendous way for any actor to explore and discover the element of “who.” Get ready to laugh, cry, fall over and throw tantrums in this fast-paced character and clown class.  Students will explore some of the ins and outs of basic clowning through a variety of activities, exercises and small projects. It’s time to delve back into your sense of play and celebrate how to be loud, open and emotionally raw. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

The Art of Movement II: Ongoing Low-Flying Trapeze and ReleasingREGISTER

8 sessions • $250 • 2 hour class time
Thu • Jan 14 - Mar 10 (no class Jan 28) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Robert Davidson 

Ready for more flight? Build on the techniques you developed in The Art of Movement and take the next step in low-flying trapeze and releasing. Open your mind and body to more challenging multi-directional dancing and multi-dimensional thinking through kinesthetic imagery. Continue working personally with Mr. Davidson, a world-renowned master teacher and the DCPA Theatre Company Movement Director. Get ready for a stimulating workout! Wear long sleeves. 8 student minimum, 15 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: The Art of Movement or Instructor Approval. Call 303.446.4892 to arrange meeting an instructor. 

 

Acting On Camera IREGISTER

6 sessions • $295   • 3 hr class time
Mon • Jan 11 - Feb 22 (no class Jan 18) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Brian Landis Folkins

Do you have a burning desire to work in film and television, but you don’t know how to get started? 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 lens, and pursue film work in your local market. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Acting or Instructor Approval. Call 303.446.4892 to arrange meeting an instructor. 

 

Advanced On Camera: “A Sorkin Feast”REGISTER

8 sessions • $325 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Jan 11 - Mar 7 (no class Jan 18) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Timothy McCracken and Brian Shea

Are you a fan of The West Wing, Sports Night, The Newsroom, and many more? Here is a rare opportunity for you to apply your Acting On Camera skills to Sorkin’s wonderful words and amazing work. All actors will take part in every aspect of filming, from acting and camera work to sound, slating, and more. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: On Camera I and II or Instructor Approval. Call 303.446.4892 to arrange meeting an instructor. 

 

Commercial Voice Over I (Tuesdays)REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Tue • Jan 12 - Feb 16 • 6:30 - 9pm • 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 bring life to commercial copy, get comfortable with taking 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. 10 student minimum, 12 maximum.

 

Commercial Voice Over I (Saturdays)REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Sat • Jan 16 - Feb 20 • 1pm - 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 bring life to commercial copy, get comfortable with taking 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. 10 student minimum, 12 maximum.

 

Commercial Voice Over: The Workout  REGISTER

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Jan 14 - Feb 18 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Kathleen Ham

Step in front of the mic and stretch your voice over muscles. Students will find and activate their strongest reads through clear choices, playful visualization and “stepping outside the box.” This class will identify and address individual voice over obstacles and common bad habits, all while exploring positive solutions and techniques. Get into the flow with this authentic, organic class. Please bring three pieces of copy that you’d like to work out and a flash drive to each class. 8 student minimum, 10 maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Commercial Voice Over I or previous voice over experience

 

Audio Book NarrationREGISTER

6 sessions . $295 . 3 hr class time
Wed • Jan 13 – Feb 17 • 6:30-9:30pm • Adam Verner

Audio book narration is a marathon, not a sprint. Join us as we explore the world of storytelling and audio books. Delve into unique performance techniques for different genres, compiling the details of your demo, how to get hired, and the equipment and material you’ll need to make it in this industry. As one of the fastest-growing niches in the VO world, audio books offer a fantastic opportunity for actors. 6 student minimum, 8 maximum.

 

Dialects for the Actor: The World of Wilde–Standard British DialectREGISTER

6 sessions • $225   • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jan 13 - Feb 17 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Jennifer Thomas

Learn the dialect utilized with so many classical and contemporary British plays. Explore class distinction in terms of dialect. We emphasize learning a dialect through multiple vocal elements that include resonance, sound quality, rhythm and articulation. We’ll also address breathing, alignment, and movement as it relates to the dialect. Have a great time and leave with a convincing accent. This class is a must for anyone planning to audition for this year’s Master Class Project, An Ideal Husband. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Playwriting I: Telling the StoryREGISTER

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jan 12 - Feb 16 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kelly McAllister

While many people have started to write a play, few have finished. Telling a story is the most important job of the playwright, and you’ll explore how to create compelling characters and believable dialogue while moving the story forward through plot and structure. Play with how to bring imagery, metaphor, and theatricality to your writing. Outside reading and writing is required.

 

Coming in March
Master Class Project Winter 2016 

An Ideal Husband
By Oscar Wilde 
Directed by Kate Gleason

Secrets, blackmail, betrayal and bodices lace the lives of the Robert and Lady Chiltern in this very moving and delightful play. Explore the world penned by Oscar Wilde, a master playwright and wordsmith from the 19th Century. As with Wilde’s most famous piece, The Importance of Being Earnest, this play will test your turn of phrase and engage you in verbal sparring while delving into class, British society, and the effects of its morality during this time period.

  • ROLES TO FILL: 6 Women and 9 Men
  • AUDITIONS: Week of Feb 8
  • REHEARSALS: Mon - Thu Feb 22 - Mar 22 from 6:30 - 9:30pm
  • PERFORMANCES at 7:30pm on Wed Mar 23, Thu Mar 24 & Fri Mar 25
  • PRICE: $300

For the audition, prepare one classical or language-driven 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 the week of February 8, 2016. 

*If you are in a class during the overlap of time, the director will work around your class schedule. Two previous DCPA Education classes or workshops required to audition.


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


Killing the Joke (One Weekend Only)REGISTER

$60 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Mar 7 6:30 - 9:30pm • Michael Bouchard

Become a master joke-teller. Explore how to execute the perfect joke and learn why we think certain things are funny. Whether you're a professional actor looking to sharpen your craft or just hoping to be the life of your next office party, this class is for anyone who wishes to stretch their comedic range and always get a laugh. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Touch Me! An Improv Workshop (One Weekend Only)REGISTER

$60 • 3 hour class time
Sat Feb 20 • 1-4pm • Sarah Kirwin and Jessica Austgen

Knowing how to use physical touch on stage is key to performing successful improv and creating a cohesive group mind. Discover how to move a romantic or fight scene forward while maintaining the trust of your scene partner. Assert your own boundaries and recognize boundaries in fellow performers while learning techniques for safe stage combat. Learn how to carry your partner through a scene, literally and figuratively. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Mask Movement Workshop (FREE Workshop)REGISTER

Two Sessions • FREE • 3 hr class time each day
Sat Feb 20 and Sat Feb 27 • 1 - 4pm • aDEOye

This workshop will explore dynamics in visual storytelling by combining elements of Jacques Lecoq’s techniques: The 20 Movements, Mime, and Neutral Mask with elements of Circus Groundwork. We will focus on solo movement, partnered movement, and group formation, using your body as an instrument to express language. Please wear clothes for moving around and bring three lines of memorized text. 8 student minimum, 14 student maximum.

PREREQUISITE: Two previous DCPA education classes or workshops required to participate in this workshop.

 

STAGE COMBAT 2 DAY INTENSIVE
Rumble in the Rockies: Swashbuckling
REGISTER

Two Days • $225 • 6 hour class time each day
Sat Mar 12 and Sun Mar 13 • 9am - 12pm and 1 - 4pm • Geoffrey Kent and Guest Artist

A weekend workshop tuned to all things swordplay. This two-day intensive will start with swordplay basics, then concentrate on connecting the word-to-the-action and the action-to-the-word. On the second day, we’ll combine text with the choreography from day one, culminating in a mass Three Musketeers-style battle for our finale. A great mini-workshop to brush off the rust, learn some brand new skills for Shakespeare and have a duel or two! 10 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

Screenplay Writing Master ClassREGISTER

Two Sessions • $150 • 3 hr class time
Sat Feb 6 and Sun Feb 7 • 1 - 4 pm • Sibyl Gardner

Seize this rare opportunity to work with Sybil Gardner, feature film and TV writer with credits from Law and Order to Nashville. Learn the steps to turn an idea into a screenplay and dive into the elements of treatments, story outlines, structure, and dialogue. You’ll leave with a solid foundation to start writing a screenplay. 10 student minimum, 14 maximum.

 

We believe in lifelong learning for older adults.
Students over the age of 60 are welcome to explore new techniques and keep expanding their theatre knowledge.


Acting for the Fun of it!REGISTER

Thu • Jan 14 - Feb 18 • 1 - 3pm • 6 weeks • Rachel Taylor • $120

Has it been a while since you’ve been on stage or are you looking to spark a new passion? This class is designed specifically for the theatre enthusiast. Whether you’re an “old pro” or a theatre novice, this class will teach you the fundamentals of the craft. Discover the building blocks of acting through storytelling, theatre games, improvisation, and scene work. Bring your lifetime of valuable experiences center stage and take creative risks in a fun, safe environment. This class is taught in conjunction with our adult education Introduction to Acting.

 

Second Act Workshop
On Camera
REGISTER

2 SESSIONS ONLY • $40 • 2 hr class time
Fri • 1 - 3pm • Jan 15 and Jan 22 • Timothy McCracken

Step in front of a camera – even for the first time – to explore the world of On Camera acting. You’ll use commercial copy and short scenes from TV and film to learn how to make adjustments quickly and distill your choices down so that they work in front of the lens. There is a large market of work in the Denver area for film and commercials and this could be your next career opportunity. No experience necessary.

 

Public Speaking for Business Professionals: Execute with ExcellenceREGISTER

6 Sessions  $175 • 2hr class time
Mon • Jan 11 - Feb 22 (No Class Jan 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 prosody 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.

 

Voice and Speech for Business ProfessionalsREGISTER

6 Sessions  $175 • 1 1/2 hour class time
Mon • Jan 11 - Feb 22 (No Class Jan 18) • 6 - 7:30pm • Hilary Blair 

Learn how the mechanics of your voice and 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.

 


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

“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.”