Basics and Beyond: Act Now!

Instructor: Lennie Dean

Tuesdays 10 am – 1:00 pm, Sept 19 - Dec 5 (11 weeks*) in Studio Theatre

This class emphasizes the Eric Morris Technique - we will explore his 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 also encourages ‘moment to moment’ authentic expression. We will also cover the basics of the traditional ‘Method’ technique – script breakdown, objectives, actions and obstacles. 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. Students in this class may opt to participate in working on selected One Act Plays that will be produced December 10 and 11 at 7:00PM.  Max 12 students

* No class week of Nov 19 - 26

Tuition: $440.00

Scene Study: Connections

Instructor: Lennie Dean

Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Sept 20 - Dec 6 (11 weeks*) in Studio Theatre

This class will focus on elements required to move from monologue work to scene study; listening and responding, conflict, and 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. Students in this class may opt to participate in working on selected One Act Plays that will be produced December 10 and 11 at 7:00PM. Some outside class work will be required.  Maximum: 12 students

* No class week of Nov 19 - 26

Tuition: $440.00

Authentic Acting

Instructor: Lennie Dean

Thursdays 10 am – 1:00 pm, Sept 21 - Dec 7 (11 weeks*) in Studio Theatre

This class emphasizes the Eric Morris Technique - we will explore his 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 encourages ‘moment to moment’ authentic expression. We will also cover the basics of the traditional ‘Method’ technique – script breakdown, objectives, actions and obstacles. 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. Students in this class may opt to participate in working on selected One Act Plays that will be produced December 10 and 11 at 7:00PM.  Max 12 students

* No class week of Nov 19 - 26

Tuition:  $440.00

Beginning Improvisation for Adults - Taking the Plunge

Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm, Sept 18 - Nov 20 (10 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 14 students.

Tuition: $150.00

Intermediate Improvisation for Adults – Dive Deeper!

Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg

Mondays 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm, Sept 18 - Nov 20 (10 weeks) in the Studio Theatre

Picking up where Beginning Improvisation left off, Intermediate Improv will give students a more challenging range of games that will further employ and hone the skills they’ve now developed. It will also provide a glimpse into the principles of long-form improvised storytelling. Previous enrollment in Beginning Improvisation for Adults is recommended, but not required, so long as the student has a working knowledge of improv and its fundamentals. Playing with others who are also learning to stand on their own two feet will gently raise the bar for you and allow for a deeper contemplation and understanding of what we know about creating scenes and characters together. Max 14 students

Tuition: $150.00

Senior Play Reading Series - 'The Classics'

Instructor: Beulah Vega

Fridays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Sept 22, Oct 6, Oct 20 and Nov 3 (4 meetings/8 weeks) in the Rehearsal Hall

Come journey through time with theatre as your guide! We will read four classic plays starting with the Ancient Greeks and ending with Arthur Miller, comedy and drama. Pre-read and post-read class discussions will include “cold read” skills, historical perspectives, the playwright and relevance to our world today. Students will be given one play every class period * to familiarize themselves with. Then we will assign parts and read the play together as a group two weeks later. Plays are Trojan Women by Euripides, Tartuffe by Moliere, A Doll’s House by Ibsen and The Crucible by Miller. *First play will be sent to you online and hard copies will be available at first meeting.

Tuition $100.00 (includes material fees & scripts)

Awakened Acting Class - How do you show up in the world?

Instructor: Brian Glenn Bryson

Sundays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Sept 24 - Nov 19 (9 weeks) in the Rehearsal Hall  

Whether onstage, in your living room, or in the checkout line at the grocery store, every moment is an opportunity to either ease suffering or cause it. This acting class helps actors develop a greater awareness of how they are affecting each other, and gives them the opportunity to practice affecting each other in a compassionate environment. Through exercises, improvisations, and scene work, actors explore the power of intention and the importance of choosing an action. Actors also explore and practice the fundamentals of improvisation.

Tuition: $225.00

Instructor: Brian Glenn Bryson

Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Sept 20 – Nov 12 (9 weeks) in the Rehearsal Hall

Adults will interview kids about life and then portray them word for word in Brian Glenn Bryson's next documentary theatre project at 6th Street Playhouse. During the process of creating and performing this original documentary theatre piece, the adult cast will explore Brian Glenn Bryson's "Awakened Acting" technique and the fundamentals of dramatic writing and improvisation. Class also includes instruction by 6th Street Staff in ‘production’ elements: Costumes, props, sets and marketing. Students will then have an opportunity to choose a position on production team and execute tasks for the show. This project will hold space for each cast member to have a conversation/interview with a young person in his or her life and then honor that young person by portraying them word for word on stage in a compelling theater piece. All work will culminate in performances on our GKHardt stage that will make audiences laugh and cry and cheer. Tech Week: 11/6 - 10. Performances: 11/10 at 7pm, 11/11 at 2 pm and 7pm, 11/12 at 2:00.

Tuition: $600.00

Contact

Lennie Dean
Education Associate

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

How to Register:

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    52 W 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
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    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 second class. A $25 processing fee will be applied to defer costs plus prorate for classes attended.  A check for the remaining balance will be sent in approximately two weeks  There will be no make-up classes or refunds for missed classes.