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

 

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 • $230 • 2 hr class time
(Choose one of the four days listed)


Mon • Jun 4 - Jul 16 (no class Jul 2) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Diana Dresser
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Tue • Jun 5 - Jul 17 (no class Jul 3) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Tom McNally
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Wed • Jun 6 - Jul 18 (no class Jul 4) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Kate Gleason
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Approaching A Play: The Craft of Acting

Has Introduction to Acting sparked your interest to learn new skills with more challenging material? Deepen your acting technique through skill-building exercises while learning core elements of text analysis using material by world-class playwrights. Gain the tools 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. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Jun 4 - Jul 16 (no class Jul 2) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Timothy McCracken
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Scene Study I

After you’ve grasped the fundamentals of acting, keep building on those skills with Scene Study I. Continue discovering and exploring key elements of text analysis and characterization while working on scenes from theatre’s best playwrights. Take creative risks in a supportive environment and watch them pay off! Outside rehearsal time is required. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $300 • 3 hr class time
(Choose one of the two days listed)


Mon • Jun 4 - Jul 16 (no class Jul 2) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Matthew Schneck
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Thu • Jun 7 - Jul 19 (no class Jul 5) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Gabriella Cavallero
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study II: Shakespeare’s Comedy

The comedy of the Bard is a pleasure to explore, be it in verse or prose, in the lives of lovers or through “rude mechanicals .” Whether you’re a first time “bard-ophile” or a seasoned Shakespeare fan, you’ll flex your muscles in this genre. Discover intention and how to use the language to drive your character towards their desires in these lovely worlds created by one of our greatest playwrights.

8 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Jun 4 - Jul 30 (no class Jul 2) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Gareth Saxe
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Advanced Acting: American Realism Through The 1950's

The American Realism movement in the United States was built from the concepts of Stanislavski and expressed by a multitude of theatre groups, teachers, directors and actors. Utilizing scenes from playwrights ranging from Miller, Odets, O’Neill, Williams, Inge and more, this class will draw on the Group Theatre, Uta Hagen, Elia Kazan, Marlon Brando, and many defining members of the genre to create fully realized scenes in this intensive course. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.


8 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Jun 4 - Jul 30 (no class Jul 2) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Sam Gregory
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Prerequisite: Scene Study I & II, or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Discovering Monologues

It can be very challenging to pinpoint the perfect pieces to master your next audition. Take the fear out of audition preparation and pick the parts that show your full range of ability while speaking to who you are as an actor. This class will provide the tools and resources to find great audition pieces from both classic and contemporary text and help you mine the script to unlock the character. You’ll walk away with go-to monologues while also discovering dynamic plays and playwrights. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $300 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jun 5 - Jul 17 (no class Jul 3) • 6:30 - 9:30pm Kate Gleason
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Prerequisite: Scene Study I & II, or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Introduction to Improv

Want to know how to create characters and scenes on the spot? Work with Kerstin Caldwell as she introduces and reinforces the basics of this popular art form. Designed for all experience levels, you’ll be reminded of how fun it is to play, be more spontaneous and take risks on stage. Using group activities and some improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for spontaneity, making strong choices and increasing confidence. Come experience the excitement for yourself!

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Jun 7 - Jul 19 (no class Jul 5) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Kerstin Caldwell
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Advanced Improv

Ready to take your acting and improv skills to the next level? Join this advanced class where you will focus on scene work, characters and engaging in the moment. Learn to craft improvised plays complete with character arcs and discovered connections. Students will explore and gain mastery in creating successful scenes while using classic improv forms such as The Harold, Armando, and La Ronde. Develop dynamic stories and characters and watch them come to life on the spot. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Jun 7 - Jul 19 (no class Jul 5) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Brian McManus
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Prerequisite: Intro to Improv or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

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? Get ready to 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, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Jun 4 - Jul 16 (no class Jul 2) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kirkaldy Myers
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Acting on Camera II

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, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jun 5 - Jul 17 (no class Jul 3) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Brian Shea
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Prerequisite: Acting On Camera I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

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, get tips on to take direction and increase your versatility. Learn about demos, agents, auditions and the voice over market to get going. You’ll even get to work in a professional recording studio during your final class. 10 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $275 • 2.5 hr class time

Tue • Jun 5 - Jul 17 (no class Jul 3)  • 6:30 - 9pm • Tia Marlier
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Intermediate Commercial Voice Over

Hone your commercial voiceover technique and dive into other aspects and genres of the voice over industry. Discover how to give distinct multiple "takes", self-direct, record and edit auditions, interpret casting briefs and much more. Designed for students who have already taken a beginning level voice over class or who have professional studio experience. Intermediate voice over "graduates" will be eligible to audition for the new Advanced VO: Demo Preparation class in Fall 2019. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $275 • 2.5 hr class time
Thu • Jun 7 - Jul 19 (no class Jul 5) • 6:30 - 9pm • Tia Marlier
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Prerequisite: Commercial Voice Over I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Conquering the Dance Audition

Don’t miss the opportunity to build your confidence and ease with the third part of a musical theatre audition: The Dance. While many actors feel confident with their singing and acting skills, nailing the dance portion of an audition or show can feel like another story. Spend 6 weeks exploring the important technical and performance elements of dance often used in musical theatre choreography. Build your background so that you can step onto the stage and own it. 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Jun 6 - Jul 18 (no class Jul 4) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Piper Lindsay Arpan
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Character Voices

Gain the tools to find and create unique and fun character voices in this interactive, high-energy class. Whether for voice-over, improv, storytelling or just for fun, you will have a blast and come away from this class with the technique to create a vocally specific character. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

4 session • $195 • 2.5 hr class time
Wed • Jul 11 – Aug 1 • 6:30 - 9pm • Jennifer Thomas
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Playwriting Lab

Seize the opportunity to start a play or continue to develop a play you’ve been working on. Designed for the work of 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 • $315 • 3 hr class time
Thu • Jun 7 - Aug 2 (no class Jul 5 & Jul 19) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kelly McAllister
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The Craft of the Screenplay

Everything we see in the movie theater, on television and streaming online begins with a screenplay. Crafting one requires an understanding of the visual narrative and the techniques used to “show” a story rather than “tell” a story.  This introductory class will focus on proper use of the screenplay form and how to develop the visual narrative using the story principals of character, plot and tone. Over the course of 7 weeks, you’ll work on creating a first draft of a short screenplay (12-20 pages), culminating in a reading by actors in the final class. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

7 sessions • $315 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jun 12 - Jul 31 (no class Jul 3) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Michael Catlin
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MASTER CLASS PROJECT SUMMER 2018
Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Timothy McCracken

Auditions (choose one of the two days listed):
Wed, May 30, 6 - 9pm
Thu May 31, 6 - 8pm; callbacks 8 – 9:30pm                                            

Rehearsals:
Week of Jun 4 – Week of Jul 23
Mon - Thu evenings, and Sat afternoons
Rehearsal days and times will vary throughout the process, no rehearsals on Fridays or Sundays. No rehearsals the week of Jul 2.

Summer and Smoke follows the path of longing, sensuality, repression and unrestrained excess of John Buchanan and Alma Winemiller,  next door neighbors whose relationship has been fraught with desire and disdain since their childhood. Williams’ pre-World War I play chronicles the journeys of two individuals heading in opposite directions, creating casualties around them in this heart wrenching play.

For the audition, please prepare one monologue. Sides will be provided. Bring a headshot and current resume. Email education@dcpa.org to set up an audition time.

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 time to commit to classes with multiple sessions? Try a workshop for a lesson in less time.

 

Public Speaking for Business Professionals Intensive

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.

Choose one of the two dates listed below:

1 session • $100 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Apr 17 • 6 - 9pm • Hilary Blair

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1 session • $100 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jun 26 • 6 - 9pm • Hilary Blair

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Advanced Voice and Speech Intensive: Vocal "Boot Camp"

Get your instrument "tuned up" for your spring vocal projects. This two-week voice intensive will focus on relieving tension patterns, shaking loose old habits, deepening breath and control, improving power and resonance, and applying these skills to scripted and improvised speech. You'll receive full vocal workouts, useful tools to increase vocal flexibility and stamina, individual attention and handouts on vocal health and safety. Find your voice and take it to the next level. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

2 sessions • $120 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Apr 28 & May 5 • 1 - 4pm • Jeffrey Parker

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Prerequisite: Voice and Speech for the Actor or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org. This workshop is funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund.

 

Advanced Acting Workshop: 5 Minute Max

Get an opportunity to receive feedback and adjustments on a fully rehearsed and prepared scene of your choice. You will be challenged to dig in and realize a scene to your fullest capacity without previous instruction. Material is completely in your hands, but must be no more than 5 minutes in length and must be from a published play. Be prepared to receive specific, detailed and direct feedback from this team of theatre professionals. This workshop will accept applications for enrollment and a maximum of 12 students will be accepted. Scene partners will be assigned via random lottery pick.

1 session • Free • 3 hr class time
Sat • May 19 • 1 - 4pm • Sabin Epstein, Kate Gleason, Timothy McCracken, Allison Watrous

Prerequisite: Advanced Acting level class and/or instructor approval. Please email headshot and resume to education@dcpa.org. This workshop is funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund.

 

FREE SPECIAL EVENT FOR STUDENTS
Creatures, Clones and Klaus: The Art, Business and Life of Voice Acting

Los Angeles voice over A-lister Dee Bradley Baker is coming home to Colorado to share his unique insights on the art and business of voice acting in this one-of-a-kind event. You know him on television from “Sponge Bob” (Squilliam, Bubble Bass, Old Man Jenkins), “American Dad” (Klaus), “Phineas and Ferb” (Perry), “Adventure Time” (Cinnamon Bun), “Star Wars: Rebels” (Captain Rex and the clones), and “Avatar: The Last Airbender/Korra” (Momo, Appa, Pabu, Tarrlok). His specialization in creature vocalizations is featured in movies such as The Jungle Book, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Boxtrolls. He voiced Daffy Duck in Space Jam, and is prominently featured in the documentary, I Know That Voice! If you’re a gamer, you know him from the Halo series, World of Warcraft, Gears of War, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, and Destiny. Dee will present an overview of the career of voice acting, demonstrating the separate skills of acting and auditioning (with some audience help!). Bring questions! Don’t miss this entertaining evening with one of the modern masters of VO!

One night only! • FREE to all DCPA students Wed • Jun 13 • 6 - 9pm
Conservatory Theatre

Please RSVP to education@dcpa.org

 

How to Pitch for Actors

The vital element to landing gigs as an actor is knowing the difference between an audition and an interview or meeting. Whether you’re meeting in a formal setting or are networking on the fly, this intensive is a hands-on exploration of business pitching techniques in the realm of the arts. Get the tools to help you succeed when you land a meeting with an agent, casting director or producer of a film. Don’t miss the chance to work with an actor and theatre teacher who has been bridging the world of business and arts for more than 20 years.

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Jul 17 • 6 - 9pm • Hilary Blair

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Advanced Commercial Voice Over: Auditioning Skills Intensive

You've been working on those voice over skills and now how do you book a job? Where do you look for voice over auditions and how do you stand out -- in the GOOD way? This three-hour intensive will focus on fundamentals from taking cold scripts and turning them into recordings with rich choices, to identifying the subtle nuances in your work that will set you apart from your competition. Let’s book that gig!

1 session •  $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Jul 28 • 12 - 3pm • Mare Trevathan

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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

“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.”