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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 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 two days listed)

Tue • Jun 6 - Jul 18 (no class Jul 4) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Tara Falk
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Thu • Jun 8 - Jul 20 (no class Jul 6) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Jada Dixon
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Approaching A Play: The Craft of Acting

Has Introduction to Acting excited you to learn new skills with more challenging material? Here's your chance to deepen your acting technique through skill building exercises, as well as learning core elements of text analysis using material by world-class playwrights. Learn 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, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Mon • Jun 5 - Jul 17 (no class Jul 3) • 6 - 8pm • Timothy McCracken
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Prerequisite: 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. 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.

6 sessions • $300 • 3 hr class time

Tue • Jun 6 - Jul 18 (no class Jul 4) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Justin Walvoord
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study II: Lanford Wilson's Tally Trilogy

Lanford Wilson's voice and impact on American theatre, which began in the late 60's, is indelible. You'll have an opportunity to work specifically on three of his plays that connect the life and experiences of the Tally family. Seize this rich opportunity to delve into the world of one family that Wilson so deftly created, full of joy, pain, and surprise. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

8 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time

Tue • Jun 6 - Aug 1 (no class Jul 4) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kate Gleason
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I

 

Advanced Acting: Shakespeare's Scenes

Build on what you've learned in our Shakespeare's Text class or from your own work outside of the DCPA as you tackle scenes from Shakespeare's cannons. Learn how to actively apply elements of craft, verse and text work to fully realize the characters and story in scenes. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

8 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time

Tue • Jun 6 - Aug 1 (no class Jul 4) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Steven Cole Hughes
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Prerequisites: Scene Study I & II or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Introduction to Improv

Want to learn how to perform on the spot? Work with local improv regular Brian McManus as he 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 • $230 • 2 hr class time

Wed • Jun 7 - Jul 19 (no class Jul 5) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Brian McManus
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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 will focus on scene work, characters and engaging in the moment. Learn to craft improvised plays complete with character arcs and discovered connections, creating successful scenes. This level will teach classic improv forms such as The Harold, Armando, La Ronde to help you develop dynamic stories and characters for the stage.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Wed • Jun 7 - Jul 19 (no class Jul 5) • 7 - 9pm • Sarah Kirwin
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Improv 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 discover pieces 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 and will discover dynamic plays and playwrights. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $300 • 3 hr class time

Wed • Jun 7 - Jul 19 (no class Jul 5) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kate Gleason
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Prerequisite: Intro to Acting & Scene Study 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 you can step onto the stage and own it. 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Wed • Jun 7 - Jul 19 (no class Jul 5) • 6 - 8pm • Piper Lindsay Arpan
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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 • $300 • 3 hr class time

Thu • Jun 8 - Jul 20 (no class Jul 6) • 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, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $300 • 3 hr class time

Wed • Jun 7 - Jul 19 (no class Jul 5) • 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, learn to take direction and increase your versatility. Get the ins and outs of 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 • $280 • 2.5 hr class time

Tue • Jun 6 - Jul 18 (no class Jul 4) • 6 - 8:30pm • Martha Harmon Pardee
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Dialect and Character

Try on a character for size through the lens of another culture or country. Dialects can enhance voice over, on-camera, theater, film and overall storytelling work. Do you have the chops to do Pepe le Pew, Groundskeeper Willie, Foghorn Leghorn, or Stewie Griffin? Explore the process of learning a dialect with exercises, movement, voice play, games and online research. You'll transport yourself to a different worlds and cultures while gaining a roster of new dialects and characters. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Thu • Jun 8 - Jul 20 (no class Jul 6) • 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 help you learn. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

7 sessions • $315 • 3 hr class time

Tue • Jun 6 - Jul 25 (no class Jul 4) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kelly McAllister
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MASTER CLASS PROJECT SUMMER 2017:

The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote
Directed by Timothy McCracken
Auditions: Wed, May 31 • 6 - 8pm OR Thu, Jun 1 • 6 - 7pm; Callbacks 7 - 8pm
Rehearsals: Jun 12 - Jul 26 • Evenings and Sat Afternoons, no rehearsals Fri and Sun
Performances: Thu, Jul 27 – Sat, Jul 29 • 7:30pm

Horton Foote, one of America's prominent voices of family life and the South, uses beautiful lyricism combined with an incredible ear and insight, to create an indelible set of characters in his play. The story focuses on Mrs. Carrie Watts, a woman who has to live with a daughter-in-law who hates her and a son who is fearful of ever taking her side. While the unhappy family lives in a Houston apartment, she dreams of returning to Bountiful, where she was raised. She eventually runs away and embarks by bus to her destination. She meets several people along the way and upon her arrival, she is taken back to Houston by her son and daughter-in-law, but not before making some incredible discoveries in her own life.

Email education@dcpa.org to set up an audition time for either May 31 or Jun 1.Please prepare one monologue and bring a headshot and current resume. Sides will be provided. 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.

Advanced Voice and Speech Intensive: Vocal "Boot Camp"

Get your instrument "tuned up" for your summer 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 29 & May 6 • 1 - 4pm • Jeffrey Parker
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Prerequisite: Voice and Speech for the Actor or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org

 

Devised Movement Impact Workshop

This two day workshop is perfect for performing artists of all mediums. Add new skills to your storytelling tool box as you use movement and the human body as a vehicle to tell your stories. Work with renowned actor, dancer and movement teacher Laurence Curry to learn valuable techniques and insightful improvisation strategies, and more. You'll walk away with the ability to achieve greater communication, create better blocking and try endless captivating possibilities to enhance your work. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

2 Sessions • $120 • 3 hr class time

Sat & Sun • May 20 & 21 • 1 - 4pm • Laurence Curry
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All Levels Welcome

 

Audition Workshop: Nailing the Callback

The callback process may be the most important aspect in landing the role. Finding the combination of making specific, strong choices while having the ability to make adjustments on the spot is integral to your success. In this workshop, you will tackle material and receive valuable feedback and insight from this panel; including new DCPA Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director Nataki Garrett. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

1 Session • $125 • 4 hr class time
Sat • May 6 • 1 - 5pm • Allison Watrous, Timothy McCracken, Nataki Garrett and Kirkaldy Myers

Prerequisites: Scene Study II and Advanced Scene Study or instructor approval. Please inquire at 303-446-4892 or email tmccracken@dcpa.org.

 

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. You'll work on specificity that is nuanced and accessible to you in the moment. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

2 Sessions • $80 • 2 hr class time
Sat • Jul 22 & Jul 29 • 12 - 2pm • Mare Trevathan

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Prerequisites: Voice Over I or instructor approval. Please inquire at tmccracken@dcpa.org.

 

FUNPROV

Stuck in an improv rut? New to improv and want to be more fearless? This is the workshop for you! Have more fun with your craft, get out of your head and experience the joy of reacting freely with fellow actors. You'll focus on how to loosen up, make the process easier on yourself and create stories that will have your audience in stitches. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

1 Session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Jul 22 • 11am - 2pm • Sarah Kirwin

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All Levels Welcome

 

How to Pitch for Actors

The vital element to landing gigs as an actor is knowing the difference between and audition and an interview or meeting. Whether you're meeting in a formal setting or are networking on-the-fly, this pitch 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 over 20 years.

1 Session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Jul 15 • 11am - 2pm • Hilary Blair

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All Levels Welcome

 

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 Box Troll Movie." 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 Dead2," "Portal 2," and "Destiny." Dee will discuss the art and career of voice over from amateur to pro. Don't miss this entertaining and pragmatic overview of voice acting from one of its modern masters.

One night only! • Free to all DCPA students
Mon • Jun 26 • 6:30 - 8:30pm

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

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 and address your challenges through the exploration of rhythm 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 • Apr 29 • 1 - 5pm • Hilary Blair
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1 session • $100 • 3 hr class time

Tue • Jun 27 • 6 - 9pm • Hilary Blair
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