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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.


Keepin’ It Fresh: Ongoing Improv

Ready to continue honing your improv skills, and rise to the next level? Join this ongoing improvisation class where you will focus on scene work, characters and engaging in the moment. Building on what you have already absorbed, you will work on character arcs and discovered connections. Students will continue to explore and gain mastery in creating successful scenes. This 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.

4 sessions • $175 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Nov 28 – Dec 19 • 6:30-8:30pm • Brian McManus

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Introduction to Acting

Do you want to act, but aren’t 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.

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
(Choose one the three days listed)

Tue • Jan 17 - Feb 21 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Tara Falk
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Wed • Jan 18 - Feb 22 • 12 - 2pm • Heather Hughes
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Thu • Jan 19 - Feb 23 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Justin Walvoord
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Approaching A Play: The Craft of Acting

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 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, including objectives, obstacles, given circumstances and more. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.                                

6 sessions $225 2 hr class time
Sat • Jan 14 - Feb 18 • 10am - 12pm • Timothy McCracken

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Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study I

After you’ve gotten a handle on the fundamentals of acting, keep building on those skills with Scene Study I. Discover and apply 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.

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
(Choose one the two days listed)
Mon • Jan 23 - Feb 27 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Justin Walvoord 
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Thu • Jan 19 - Feb 23 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Anthony Powell
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Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study II: Edward Albee

Edward Albee provided a rich landscape of character, plot and environment for decades and was recognized as our greatest living American playwright until his recent passing. Albee’s observations of the searing brutality of behavior through his wicked sense of humor earned him great acclaim and multiple awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Delve into the deeply complicated characters of Albee's world and challenge your acting chops! 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

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8 sessions • $325 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Jan 23 - Mar 13 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kate Gleason

Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting and Scene Study I

 

Shakespeare’s Text

Get ready to tackle your next Shakespeare play or audition. Focus on techniques to break open his text and 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 with and activate the text of The Bard. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

8 sessions • $275 • 2 hr class time
Sat • Jan 14 - Mar 4 • 10am - 12pm • Geoffrey Kent

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Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I, or instructor approval. Please inquire at 303.446.4892.

 

Advanced Auditioning: Get Ready for the Generals

Get prepared for the Denver area General Auditions in April (including DCPA Theatre Company generals) with this master class designed to help you compete at a professional level. Explore all aspects of the audition process with two of Denver’s major theatre and casting pros as they make your materials shine with hands-on text work and coaching. Leave the class with two polished monologues, as well as focused work on headshots and resumes, do’s and don’ts, intros and transitions. Please bring your headshot, resumé and two monologues (one contemporary and one classical) to the first class. Monologues do not need to be memorized. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

8 sessions • $275 • 2 hr class time
Sat • Jan 14 - Mar 4 • 10am - 12pm • Sylvia Gregory and Sam Gregory

Prerequisites: Must have DCPA Education or Instructor approval. Please inquire at 303.446.4892 or email tmccracken@dcpa.org

 

Introduction to Improv

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.

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jan 18 - Feb 22 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Jessica Austgen

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Advanced Improv

Ready to take your acting and improv skills to the next level? Join this advanced improvisation class where you’ll focus on scene work, characters and engaging in the moment. Craft improvised plays complete with character arcs and in the moment connections while exploring how to create successful scenes. This master level course 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. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Jan 23-Feb 27 • 7 - 9pm • Sarah Kirwin

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Prerequisites: Introduction to Improv or instructor approval. Please inquire at 303.446.4892.

 

Voice and Speech for the Actor

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.

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6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Sat • Jan 14 - Feb 25 (no class Jan 21) • 10am - 12pm • Jeffrey Parker

 

Viewpoints & Suzuki Method Intensive

Immerse yourself in the groundbreaking and fascinating language of Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method. These approaches can help build your physical skills and awareness so you can immediately apply them to all of your work as an actor and artist. The challenge, approach and beauty of this work is truly awe inspiring, and will provide a great physical challenge for all involved. 8 student minimum, 20 student maximum.

4 sessions • $195 • 2.5 hr class time
Wed • Jan 18 - Feb 8 • 6:30 - 9pm • Anne Penner

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Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting, one movement based class, or instructor approval. Please inquire at 303.446.4892.

 

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

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, 14 maximum.

8 sessions • $250 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Jan 19 - Mar 9 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Robert Davidson

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Prerequisites: The Art of Movement or instructor approval. Please inquire at 303.446.4892.

 

Acting on Camera I

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.

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Jan 23 - Feb 27 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Brian Landis Folkins

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Advanced On Camera Master Class

Seize this opportunity to work on a full-length episodic script for six weeks and get ready to create a story from the ground up. This class is a studio-based television shoot filmed in one location. While completing the episode will be the intent, you’ll focus on an actor’s process throughout the shoot on a film set. All students will take part in every aspect of filming, from acting and camera work to sound, slating and more. 8 student minimum,14 maximum.

12 sessions • $375 • 3 hr class time
Mon and Wed • week of Jan 23 - week of Feb 27 (last class Mar 1) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Timothy McCracken and Brian Shea

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Prerequisites: Acting on Camera I or instructor approval. Please inquire at 303.446.4892.

 

Commercial Voice Over I

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.

6 sessions • $275 • 2.5 hr class time
Tue • Jan 17 - Feb 21 • 6 - 8:30pm • Tia Marlier

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Commercial Voice Over: The Workout

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.” Identify and address your individual voice over obstacles and common bad habits, all while exploring positive solutions and techniques. Get into the flow with this authentic, organic class. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jan 18 - Mar 1 (no class Feb 1) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Kathleen Ham

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Prerequisites: Commercial Voice Over I or previous voice over experience.

 

Character Voices

Explore the process of creating character through vocal discoveries and choices. Whether it’s a specific vocal choice for a character in a play, a superhero for a video game, your Great Aunt Gladys for an improv show, or an aardvark for a commercial, you’ll be able to make them sound distinctive and convincing. Explore placement and resonance of sound, along with other tools to impact your sound and speaking. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hone your vocal and character skills in one class. Outside preparation may be required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Jan 19 - Feb 23 • 6:30 - 8:30pm Jennifer Thomas

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Playwriting Lab

Start a play from scratch or continue to develop a script 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.

7 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jan 17 - Feb 28 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kelly McAllister

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MASTER CLASS PROJECT WINTER 2017
Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin
Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski
Auditions: Wed, Feb 15 • 5 - 7pm
Callbacks: Thu, Feb 16 • 5 - 7 pm
Rehearsals: Feb 18 - Mar 22 • Evenings and Saturday afternoons. No rehearsals Friday and Sundays.                                                                                                                           
Performances: Thu, Mar 30 - Sat, Apr 2 • 7:30pm

The vulgar, egotistic junkman Harry Brock has come to a swanky hotel in Washington to make crooked deals with government big-wigs. He has brought along the charming but simple ex-chorus girl Billie, whose lack of social graces embarrasses even Harry. Billie must be taught some of the niceties and a few basic bits of information. A young, idealistic magazine reporter, Paul Verrall, has been investigating political skullduggery and is interested in Brock's activities. He agrees to educate Billie – for a price. He finds Billie has a natural honesty and a frank streak in her, and she begins to learn about history, politics, and what Harry’s true intentions are. With numerous supporting roles, this classic of the Golden Age of Broadway (the original production was staged in 1946) offers the opportunity to work within a masterpiece of theatrical comedic structure. Outside study will be an important part of this process.

For the audition, 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 Feb 15.

Two previous DCPA Education classes or workshops required to audition.
The Master Class project is funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund.

 

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Physical Storytelling & Clown Workshop: Not Just a Red Nose

Play with another way to unlock character: approach the character’s physicality! Physical storytelling can be a tremendous way for any actor to discover the elements of the character they’re embodying. Students will explore an in-depth awareness of your physical self and behavior, as well as some of the in’s and out’s of basic clowning through a variety of activities, exercises and small projects. All students will delve into their sense of play and celebrate what they can discover!  8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

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

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Advanced Voice Over: Translating Direction

What do you do when given the direction to be "softer,” "less sales-y," "funnier" or "not too perfect?” Translate direction into strong acting choices that deliver a believable and engaging performance with this course. Work on specificity that is nuanced and accessible to you in the moment. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Feb 18 • 1:30 - 4:30pm • Mare Trevathan

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Producing Your Own Play

Isn’t it time you began working on producing your own play? Have you been waiting for the “right moment” to get your artistic colleagues together to make it happen? This is it! Meet with the Co-founder and Producing Director of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company to learn about the first steps to bringing your own work to life, from the first considerations, through to Opening Night! Don’t miss this great opportunity!

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Feb 18 • 1 - 4pm • Stephen Weitz

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Killing the Joke

Become a master joke-teller and slay your audience. Explore how to execute the perfect joke using tried and true theatrical methods mixed with a splash of science. 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.

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Feb 20 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Michael Bouchard

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Free Event For Students
The Roundtable: Women in Theatre in Colorado

Denver’s theatre community continues to thrive and grow every year, along with the diversity of roles open to women. And through there are more female CEOs, artistic directors, designers, playwrights and actors, they continue to be underrepresented in all areas. What are we doing to continue to change this trend? Meet a number of theatre professionals who have been a part of the evolution and growth of women’s roles in our local theatre scene. Learn new ideas and approaches and offer your own in this engaging conversation!

Only presently enrolled DCPA Education students will be admitted.

One night only! • Free to all DCPA students
Thu • Mar 9 • 7:30pm

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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 Professionals

Learn how the mechanics of your voice and the importance of speech can be used to become an effective communicator. This Rodenburg-inspired course will focus on power, presence, and “circles of connection,” as well as gestures, timing and staying in flow. 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 ideas and thought. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

5 sessions • $175 • 1.5 hr class time
Tue • Jan 17 - Feb 14 • 6:30 - 8pm • Jeffrey Parker

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Public Speaking for Business Professionals Intensive: Execute with Excellence

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.

1 session • $120 • 4 hr class time
Sat • Jan 28 • 1 - 5pm • Hilary Blair

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