Beginning Improvisation | #324

Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg

Take the Plunge!

Improvisation is a form of theatre storytelling where the entire 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 a capacity for being fully attentive and ‘in the moment’ with your fellow actors. Enthusiasm and willingness matter most! Come and experience what happens when you 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 the basic rules while exercising those rules. In the last class you’ll share your new skills with an invited audience.

September 10-November 12, Mondays 7:15–9 PM (10 weeks)
Studio Theatre, 14 student maximum
Tuition: $245

Intermediate Improvisation | #326

Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg

Dive Deeper!

Picking up where Beginning Improvisation left off, this intermediate class will give you a more challenging range of games to further hone your newly developed skills. Playing with others who are also learning to stand on their own two feet will gently raise the bar and give you a deeper understanding of what we know about creating scenes and characters together. The class will also introduce you to the principles of long-form improvised storytelling. Completing Beginning Improvisation or having a working knowledge of the fundamentals of improvisation will ensure you benefit fully from this class. In the last class you’ll share your new skills with an invited audience.

September 10-November 12, Mondays 5:15–7 PM (10 weeks)
Studio Theatre, 14 students maximum
Tuition: $245

Authentic Acting | #332

Instructor: Lennie Dean

Explore characters in depth!

This class is designed for those with some acting/performance experience who are interested in refreshing and further developing their skills. During the first five weeks of classes I will teach you specific tools to assist you in delving into how to approach creating a character in a play using classic individual acting exercises. Then I will assign you a monologue so you can put the tools to practical use. During the last five weeks of classes we will explore two-person scene exercises, examining story and relationship, which will lead to scene work from a contemporary play. Class requires some outside time for working with partners on scenes.

September 11–November 13, Tuesdays 10 AM–1 PM (10 weeks)
Studio Theatre, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $395

Awakened Acting | #322

Instructor: Jessica Headington

How do you show up in the world?

In this engaging class you’ll work on three key acting skills: being acutely aware of how you affect others and how others affect you, how to use ‘intention’ to build characters and how to choose ‘actions’ to execute your characters’ intentions. Through instruction in the fundamentals of improvisation, exercises, scene work, lots of practice and performing your scenes in front of a live audience this class will give you new practical tools you can use on stage, and off. If you’re a curious beginner or an eager intermediate actor this class is for you!

September 16-November 18, Sundays 7–9 PM (10 weeks)
Studio Theatre, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $295


Lennie Dean
Education Associate

(707)523-4185 ext.122 (message box only)

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    52 W 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
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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.