Professional Directing Seminar

Instructor: Craig A. Miller

Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Jan 14 - TBD*, 2017 (12 weeks) in the Studio Theatre  

The director is the unifying visionary of the theatre art; enrolling the talents of all the theatre disciplines to converge, meld, and tell the same story.  How does this happen?  What is talent vs. skill?  Explore the significance and freedom of a shared vocabulary with playwrights, actors, designers, technicians, administrators, etc.  Who is the audience, and what do they mean to us?  What are we looking for in an audition?  How can we be the one in the room with all the answers?  In this professional, part round table and part on-your-feet exploration of the directing art, we discuss and answer the great questions, set theory into practice, and demystify the scary pitfalls of directing plays in a modern theatre culture.

 Entrance into the class is by interview only - please contact Craig Miller at craig@6thstreetplayhouse.com to set up an interview time.

*Final schedule TBA at first class, based on student and instructor schedules.

Tuition: $250.00

Beginning Improvisation for Adults - Take the Plunge

Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm, Jan 30 - April 17, 2017 (12 weeks) in the Studio Theatre  

Improvisation is a form of theatre story-telling where all of the story is being created at the very moment it is performed. Being good at improv is not acting talent in the conventional sense, but more of a capacity for being fully attentive and ‘In the Moment’ with your fellow actors. Enthusiasm and willingness matter most! Come and experience what happens with you a get a bunch of strangers to faithfully follow the rules of the game. And, the rules are brilliant; they let magic emerge from a story people build together. This beginning class will teach you all of the basic rules while exercising those rules. The last class will culminate with sharing your new skills of improv with an invited audience.  Max 18 students.

 “Every conversation in life is an act of improvisation; no one gives you a script for the day when you wake up. Improv class is rehearsal for feeling comfortable in dealing with whatever happens in any situation with other Human Beings.”Matlock Zumsteg

Tuition: $180.00

Intermediate - Advanced Improv Technique

Instructor: Matt Cadigan

Sundays 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Feb 5 - April 30, 2017 (12 weeks*) in the Rehearsal Room

Through this course we will build upon improv techniques learned in the intro to improv class and explore improv beyond "yes, and  . . . "

Students will learn how to free up their thinking and act on instinct in a supportive way with one another.  We will focus on the concepts of 'gifting' our partners, building scenes as an ensemble, proper use of 'support' in scenes and how to use and identify when to use our own stock characters which we will develop in class.  This will take us into some work with masks, Commedia and clowning.  By the end of the course we will be introduced to the work of Del Close and Charna Halpern and begin to explore long form improv and how to perform basic 'Harold'.  The last class will be an improv show with invited audience.

Tuition: $240.00

*No Class April 16

 

 

Scene Study for Adults

Instructor: Lennie Dean

Wednesdays 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Feb 8  - April 12, 2017 (10 weeks) in Studio Theatre

This class will focus on elements required to move from monologue work to scene study; listening and responding, conflict, stakes, and will include building skills for how to approach scripts with performance in mind. It will include the following techniques instruction: Eric Morris, Uta Hagen and Stanislavski.  All students will work on at least two assigned scenes during the 10 weeks.  Some outside class work will be required.

Tuition: $400.00

Beginning to Advanced Acting for Seniors Act 1

Instructor: Lennie Dean

Tuesdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Feb 7 - April 11, 2017 (10 weeks) in Studio Theatre

This class emphasizes the Eric Morris Technique - we will explore this system which gives a step by step approach to not only creating character but specific reliable craft tools to clear emotional blocks, tensions and insecurities which will encourage ‘moment to moment’ authentic expression. We will also cover the basics of the traditional ‘Method’ technique – script breakdown, objectives and actions.  The class is for students of all levels of experience, beginning to advance.  Class starts with a warm-up and moves to individual work–including monologues and scene work.  The class will culminate with a *Showcase Extravaganza of monologues and scenes presented to the public.  Max 12 students

Tuition:  $400

Beginning to Advanced Acting for Seniors Act 2

Instructor: Lennie Dean

Thursdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Feb 9 - April 13, 2017 (10 weeks) in Studio Theatre

This class emphasizes the Eric Morris Technique - we will explore this system which gives a step by step approach to not only creating character but specific reliable craft tools to clear emotional blocks, tensions and insecurities which will encourage ‘moment to moment’ authentic expression. We will also cover the basics of the traditional ‘Method’ technique – script breakdown, objectives and actions.  The class is for students of all levels of experience, beginning to advance.  Class starts with a warm-up and moves to individual work–including monologues and scene work.  The class will culminate with a *Showcase Extravaganza of monologues and scenes presented to the public.  Max 12 students

Tuition:  $400

Private Monologue/Audition Coaching

Instructor: Craig A Miller

Time arranged with instruction -  Space: TBA

6th Street Playhouse Artistic & Education Director, Craig A. Miller, has directed over 150 professional productions across the country and is a former casting director in the NYC market.  His comprehensive private instruction and consultation is geared toward the actor who is preparing for that big audition, applying to professional/collegiate training programs, or just wanting to add another couple pieces to your repertoire.  Whether it’s the role of a lifetime, a list of dream schools, or you have no idea where to start, Craig can get you ready. Private consultations include: exploring colleges, picking the right head shot, effective resume layout, appropriate monologue selection, and industry standard audition/interview techniques.  Groups of four or more are welcome to inquire about arranging an Auditioning Master Class. 

Tuition: $60.00/hour, or by arrangement with instructor

Contact

Lennie Dean
Education Associate

(707)523-4185 ext.122 (message box only)
education@6thstreetplayhouse.com

How to Register:

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  • Mail completed registration form to
    52 W 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
  • Fax completed registration form to
    707 523-3544.
  • In person during box office hours
    1:00 - 4:00 Tuesday - Friday, or
    11:00 - 2:00 Saturday.

Tuition

Classes require a 50% deposit at registration.  Tuition is due in full by the first day of class.  Limited scholarships and payment plans are available; contact education@6thstreetplayhouse.com

Refunds

We understand that you may find a class is not what you expected, or that life circumstances may change after you enroll. If you choose to withdraw, you may submit written notification prior to the third class to receive a pro-rated refund.  No refunds will be provided after the third class.  There will be no make-up classes or refunds for missed classes.