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Introduction to Acting

Mon • Jun 15-Jul 27 (no class Jul 13) 6:30-8:30pm • 6 sessions • Timothy McCracken •  $225

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. 14 max - 8 min

 
Introduction to Acting

Thu • Jun 18-Jul 30 (no class Jul 2) 6:30-8:30pm • 6 sessions • Justin Walvoord •  $225

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. 14 max - 8 min

 

Scene Study I
Wed • Jun 17-Jul 29
6:30-9:30pm (no class Jul 15) • 6 sessions • Timothy McCracken •  $295

This class is designed for those who have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of acting and want to further develop their skills. Discover the key elements of text analysis and characterization while working on theatre’s best playwrights. Outside rehearsal time is required. 14 max - 8 min

Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting or instructor approval

 
Scene Study II: Best of the 70s on Stage and in Film

Mon • Jun 15-Aug 3 6:30-9:30pm • 8 sessions • Lawrence Hecht •  $325

The 1970s was a storm of creativity. Playwrights such as David Mamet, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shepard and David Rabe stormed onto the scene with plays like Fifth of July, Buried Child and Sticks and Bones. Film masterpieces such as The Godfather, The Last Picture Show, Taxi Driver, Chinatown, Annie Hall and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest were revolutionary. Work on scenes from both genre. Outside rehearsal will be required. 14 max – 8 min

Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting, Scene Study I or instructor approval

 
Acting on Camera: Commercials

Wed • Jun 17-Jul 22 • 6:30-9:30pm • 6 sessions • Brian Shea •  $295

Even the Farmers Insurance Guy can win an Oscar. Flo and Mayhem have more fans than most movie stars. You never know when the big one, or lots of little ones, will come along. Be ready. Apply basic acting techniques to on camera commercial work. This class utilizes current commercial scripts to help actors feel more comfortable and confident in front of the camera. 12max – 8 min

Prerequisite: Acting on Camera I or instructor approval

 
Audition with Anthony Powell, Artistic Director of Stories on Stage

Sat • Jul 11-Aug 1 1-4pm • 4 sessions • Anthony Powell •  $200

Auditioning might just be an actor’s hardest job. Take control of your audition situations and prepare the right material. How do we find joy and confidence in such a stressful situation? Can we find creativity and art in that minute or two? Work with DCPA director Anthony Powell who will share his special insights with you. This class will give you the building blocks to a successful audition. 12 max - 6 min

No experience necessary

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Character Voice Over

Tue • Jun 16-Jul 24 6:30-9:30pm • 5 sessions • Jennifer Thomas & Tia Marlier •  $250

Discover the process for learning Characters — a superhero, your Great Aunt Gladys or a real person. Emphasis will be on the organic and technical “Way In” of learning characters and keeping them consistent. We’ll cover some do’s and don’ts of the voice over industry. The last class will be a recording session at a professional studio. Outside preparation may be required. 12 max - 8 min.

Prerequisite: Voice Over I, Character Voice, Dialect or instructor approval

 

Master Class Project 2015
Dating Disconnect
by Karen Goodwin
Directed by Steven Cole Hughes

You can be part of DCPA Education’s first-ever adult student written play. Singles of all ages learn the pitfalls of making a "love connection" via the internet and discover a few rules when it comes to online dating. In this technological age, are social networks and dating sites helping or hurting those seeking a relationship? Couples from their 20s to their 70s. Six blind dates. One waitress serves them all.

Auditions: Jun 15 & 16 • Callbacks: Jun 17
Rehearsals: Jul 6 – Aug 7
Mon – Fri 6:30-9:30pm

Performances at 7:30pm: Wed, Aug 5; Thu, Aug 6; Fri Aug 7
$325

For the audition, prepare two contemporary contrasting monologues. If you are called back, be prepared for cold readings. Bring a headshot and current resume. Contact us at 303.446.4892 after May 24 to set up an audition time on Jun 15 or 16.

Teaching Artist Training: Moving Artistry into Classroom and Community

Mon-Fri • Jun 1-5 8:30am-5pm • 40 hours • $250

More and more cultural institutions and schools are in need of quality Teaching Artists. Join the DCPA Education in collaboration with other major Denver cultural organizations for a week of amazing training, focusing on:

  • Best practices in teaching art-based curriculum
  • Best practices in teaching effective arts-integration curriculum
  • Creation and execution of lesson plans
  • Classroom management skills

This practicum is designed for emergent or established theatre Teaching Artists interested in strengthening the connections between personal artistry and the craft of teaching. Through participation in, and modification of, successfully proven creative drama exercises, participants will have a wide variety of active learning resources for application in K-12 classrooms.  

Contact us at 303.446.4892.

Recent studies in The New York Times and Cognitive Daily suggest that training skills used by actors may increase overall cognitive health. With this in mind, the Education Department offers one-time workshops that introduce basic principles in a fun and social setting.
 

Special New Evening Class!

Introduction to Scene Study

Tue • Jun 16-Aug 4 6-8pm • 8 sessions • Kate Gleason •  $150

Has Introduction to Acting gotten you excited to join the acting frenzy? This class, designed specifically for Second Act, will help you move easily from a world of game playing to a more serious approach to the acting craft.  If you’re looking for a more demanding atmosphere, this will be for you. Take creative risks in a fun, safe environment. Open to students 50+. 14 max - 8 min

Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Attention Second ACTors!
Are you ready to put your newfound skills to work on a new play? Actors 50+ are needed for this summer's Master Class project.

Master Class Project 2015
Dating Disconnect
by Karen Goodwin
Directed by Steven Cole Hughes

You can be part of DCPA Education’s first-ever adult student written play. Singles of all ages learn the pitfalls of making a "love connection" via the internet and discover a few rules when it comes to online dating. In this technological age, are social networks and dating sites helping or hurting those seeking a relationship? Couples from their 20s to their 70s. Six blind dates. One waitress serves them all.

Auditions: Jun 15 & 16 • Callbacks: Jun 17
Rehearsals: Jul 6 – Aug 7
Mon – Fri 6:30-9:30pm

Performances at 7:30pm: Wed, Aug 5; Thu, Aug 6; Fri Aug 7
$325

For the audition, prepare two contemporary contrasting monologues. If you are called back, be prepared for cold readings. Bring a headshot and current resume. Contact us at 303.446.4892 after May 24 to set up an audition time on Jun 15 or 16. Two previous Education classes or workshops required to audition.

Classes offered during the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions.
Fall classes will be announced in August.

Academy Summer Classes: 
Robert & Judi Newman Summer Series for Children 
Lewis E. Myers Fund

Arts in Education, Student Matinees, Study Guides: 
The Anschutz Foundation 
Boeing 
CoBiz Financial 
Colorado Creative Industries 
Corley Legacy Foundation 
DaVita 
Faegre Baker Daniels 
Fidelity Investments 
Keith & Kathie Finger 
Alan & Katie Fox 
Margot & Allan Frank 
IMA Foundation 
Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation Fund 
Kinder Morgan Foundation 
Walter S. Rosenberry III Charitable Trust 
SCFD 
Target 
US Bank 
Xcel Energy Foundation


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