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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 you are not sure where to start? This six-week class is designed specifically for the beginning actor and will teach the fundamentals of the craft. You'll learn 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 • Apr 4 - May 9 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Kate Gleason
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Wed • Apr 5 - May 10 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Tara Falk
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Thu • Apr 6 - May 11 • 12 - 2pm • Heather Hughes
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Approaching A Play: The Craft of Acting

Has Introduction to Acting gotten you excited to learn new skills with more challenging material? Here's your chance to deepen your acting technique through craft 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 • $225 • 2 hr class time

Mon • Apr 3 - May 8 • 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. 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 of the two days listed)

Wed • Apr 5 - May 10 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Justin Walvoord
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Sat • Apr 8 - May 13 • 10am - 1pm • Timothy McCracken
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study II: William Inge

William Inge has been described as the playwright of the heartland and as America's Chekhov. His commitment to writing what he knew helped portray the rich humanity in the small towns of Kansas. Using his incredible canon of plays including Bus Stop, Come Back, Little Sheba, Picnic, and Dark at the Top of the Stairs, this class will focus on specific character work, development of relationships and the authenticity of the moment. Explore the characters and environments of Inge's plays while diving deeper into the work each week. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

8 sessions • $325 • 3 hr class time

Mon • Apr 3 - May 22 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Allison Watrous
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I

 

Advanced Acting: Ibsen

Playwright Henrik Ibsen, the father of modern psychological portraiture known for his socially conscience pieces, will be the subject of this process-oriented acting class. You'll focus on the cultural, social, moral, ethical and gender dynamic within Ibsen's plays and examine their modernity today. Using The Doll's House, Hedda Gabbler and Enemy of the People as starting points, you'll zero in on class distinctions, sexual dynamics, obsessions, psychological and behavioral patterns and personal transformation. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

8 sessions • $325 • 3 hr class time

Mon • Apr 3 - May 22 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Sabin Epstein
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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 • $225 • 2 hr class time

Wed • Apr 5 - May 10 • 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 to focus on scene work, characters and engaging in the moment. Create improvised narratives – complete with character arcs and in-the-moment connections – while exploring how to set up successful scenes. This master level course will teach classic improv forms such as The Harold, Armando, La Ronde and more to help you develop dynamic stories and characters for the stage. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time

Mon • Apr 3 - May 8 • 7 - 9pm • Sarah Kirwin
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Improv or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Voice and Speech for the Actor

Discover how the mechanics of your voice and the intricacies of speech relate to effective communication. Harness 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.

6 sessions • $225 • 2 hr class time

Sat • Apr 8 - May 13 • 10am - 12pm • Jeffrey Parker
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Acting on Camera I

Do you aspire to work in film and television, but are intimidated by being in front of a camera? Get comfortable being on screen and learn the best ways to approach the work when the director calls "Action!" in this comprehensive class. You'll apply basic acting techniques to on-camera skills, build confidence on set and be prepared to pursue film work in our local market. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time

Mon • Apr 3 - May 8 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Brian Landis Folkins
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Acting on Camera II

After building your confidence and ease on screen in Acting On Camera I, take a deeper dive into the technical and creative side of working on-camera. Utilizing current TV and film scripts, you'll pair with scene partners to create work that is truly in the moment. Try out everything from extreme close-ups to reaction shots as you experiment with the medium. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $295 • 3 hr class time

Wed • Apr 5 - May 10 • 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 as you analyze and activate commercial copy, learn to take direction and increase your versatility. Get going with your future in the field as you learn about demos, agents, auditions and the voice over market. 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
(Choose one of the two days listed)

Thu • Apr 6 - May 11 • 6 - 8:30pm • Mare Trevathan
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Sat • Apr 8 - May 13 • 10am - 12:30pm • Gabriella Cavallero
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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 both beginning and ongoing playwrights, the lab will focus on developing character, dialogue and moving the story forward through plot and structure. After developing your pieces through regular readings, actors will read selections of your play on the last day of class so you can listen, learn and enjoy the fruits of your efforts. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

7 sessions • $315 • 3 hr class time

Tue • Apr 4 - May 16 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kelly McAllister
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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 • $225 • 2 hr class time

Fri • Apr 7 - May 12 • 10am - 12pm • Piper Lindsay Arpan
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Musical Theatre Intensive: Singing and Acting Your Song

As a musical theatre artist, connecting with your material and translating it into a strong, believable interpretation can be a great challenge. Overcome the intimidation by working with two of our region's finest musical theatre directors. Whether you're preparing for an audition or rehearsing a show, you'll learn how to interpret the material more specifically. Learn how to utilize lyrics and the dynamics of the score to find the key to performing your piece in an authentic way. 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

4 sessions • $275 • 3 hr class time

Sat • Apr 8 - Apr 29 • 1 - 4pm • Michael Duran & Nick Sugar
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All Levels Welcome

 

MASTER CLASS PROJECT SPRING 2017

Fight and Flight: a trapeze and movement project devised with Steven Cole Hughes and Ensemble
Directed by Steven Cole Hughes
Auditions: Mon, Apr 3 • 6 – 8pm OR Sat, Apr 8 • 11am - 1pm
Rehearsals: Apr 10 - May 11 • Evenings and Sat afternoons, no rehearsals Fri and Sun
Performances: Thu, May 11 – Sat, May 13 • 7:30pm

Seize this rare opportunity to work with actor/director Steven Cole Hughes, former Artistic Director of an aerial movement-based company in New York. The ensemble will work with Steven to create an original story told in the language of movement, including low flying trapeze. This devised work will be an opportunity to explore the art of physical storytelling in a true ensemble form and literally take flight in the process.

Email education@dcpa.org to set up an audition time for either Apr 3 or Apr 8. 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.

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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Build Your Own Home Voice Over Studio

If you've taken voice acting classes and you are ready to begin recording, stake out a setup of your own. Learn how to turn a closet or corner into a recording space, choose an appropriate microphone and other gear, and use an audio app to prepare a typical voice over audition. Emphasis will be placed on affordable DIY options, including some resources you might already have. Don't miss this opportunity to take the next step in your voice over hobby or career. 8 student minimum.

1 Session • $60 • 3 hr class time

Sat • Apr 15 • 1 - 4pm • Rick Reid
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Prerequisite: Voice Over I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Stage Combat Intensive: Theatrical Firearms Safety

Don't miss the opportunity to work extensively with theatrical firearms including revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. This is the perfect course for actors, directors and stage managers who want to test for the Society of American Fight Directors skills proficiency in the safe handling of theatrical firearms. In addition to safe loading, handling and unloading of our blank fire weapons, students will have multiple opportunities to fire each type of weapon with hands-on instruction. No experience necessary – gain these valuable skills outside of the pressure of an actual performance. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

2 Sessions • $325 (includes SAFD certification fee & ammunition) • 6 hr class time

Sat & Sun • Apr 22 & 23 • 10am - 5pm (lunch break from 1 - 2pm) • Geoffrey Kent
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All Levels Welcome

 

The Power of Stillness

An actor's life is a busy one. As counterintuitive as slowing down and being still might seem, artists can learn that there is a great treasure in this basic and powerful principle. Learn the art of stillness both onstage and off as you discover how your life opens up when you carve out time to slow down and be still. Through hands-on practice, you'll develop more passion and clarity in your acting choices by cultivating a life-changing skill that will enhance your onstage creativity. This is a fantastic class for business professionals, as well. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

2 Sessions • $120 • 3 hr class time

Sat & Sun • Apr 22 & 23 • 1 - 4pm • Cajardo Lindsey & Michanda Lindsey
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All Levels Welcome

 

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.

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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