All classes postponed through March 25.

We hope to be able to resume classes in the coming weeks. As we monitor this quickly evolving situation, we will be in contact with you as we reschedule classes.

Adult Programs

Whether participants are new to the stage or seasoned performers or playwrights, our classes for adults provide a place to explore, strengthen skills, and grow as artists and people. Our classes for seniors are designed to help transform attitudes toward aging to a new vision of continuous growth, and to honor and celebrate the sharing of rich and varied experiences of older adults.


Spring 2020 Session

Beginning Improvisation | #360

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.

Mar 23-May 25 | Mondays 7:15–9 pm (10 wks)
Instructor: Heather Gibeson
Rehearsal Hall, 14 student maximum
Tuition: $245


Intermediate Improvisation | #353

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. Completion 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.

Mar 23-May 25 | Mondays 5:15–7 pm (10 wks)​
Instructor: Heather Gibeson
Rehearsal Hall, 14 students maximum
Tuition: $245


Beginning to Intermediate Acting for Adults | #355

Curious if you have what it takes to be an actor?

This class is designed around you the individual student, whether this is your first time exploring acting, you have an audition you'd like to prepare for, or a long-term goal this is the class for you! Mike is a professional actor and an experienced acting coach; he will help you realize your unique qualities as an actor and to look for truth in your work. Building on the first half of the class, you will then be given a monologue and a scene to apply the basic tools you have explored. In this class, you will learn to get in touch with your core inspiration, select and develop winning monologues and scenes, develop a character, build confidence, and understand what it takes to become an actor!

Mar 24-May 26 | Tuesdays 10 am-1 pm (10 wks)
Instructor: Mike Schaeffer
Rehearsal Hall, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $395


Staged Reading Production Workshop | #359

Rehearse and perform a ‘staged reading’!*

This staged reading production workshop is designed for the intermediate/advanced actor who is ready to move from classroom monologues and scene work to performance of a "staged reading" before an audience. A "staged reading" is a performance where you will have script in hand, minimal blocking, costumes, and lighting. You will rehearse a selected contemporary play thoroughly, starting with table work where you will learn about the author and structure of the play, moving on to character development and blocking. Essentially you receive the experience of what it is like to act in a play without the standard six weeks, Monday through Friday, 6-10 pm rehearsal period.

*Casting is limited! Acceptance into the staged reading production workshop is by consent of the instructor only! Please email education@6thstreetplayhouse.com indicating your interest. Not all interested will be accepted into the program due to requirements of the number of characters the chosen play requires.

Mar 25-May 27 | Wednesdays 6-9 pm (10 wks)
Instructor: Jess Headington
Rehearsal Hall, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $395


Viola Spolin Technique Class | #361

“What is called talent is simply a greater individual capacity for experiencing.” -Viola Spolin

This class utilizes Viola Spolin’s techniques to benefit you as an actor, director, teacher, or anyone interested in learning about improvisational theatre! Through a fun and engaging methodology, you will learn to solve problems and hone performance skills! The Spolin Method, or “Game Theatre,” provides an experiential approach to problem solving, performance skills and improvisation.

About the Instructor: Al Kaplan worked directly with Paul Sills (Viola Spolin’s son and founder of Second City) and trained in Story Theatre at the Body Politic in Chicago. Kaplan is a very experienced actor and director in the Bay Area who recently workshopped with Aretha Sills, Paul’s daughter, and Spolin side coach.

Mar 28-May 16 | Saturdays 10 am-12 pm (8 wks)
Instructor: Al Kaplan
Rehearsal Hall, 15 student maximum
Tuition: $200


Improv Workouts

Flex your improv muscles!

Improvisation is a form of theatre storytelling where the entire thing 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 5-week intensive class will teach you all of the basic rules of good improv, then push you to exercise your newfound improvisational muscles with your classmates!

Thursdays, Apr 2-30, 2020 | 6-8pm (5 wks)
Instructor: Matlock Zumsteg
Rehearsal Hall, 12 student maximum
Tuition: $199


Master Class Musical Theatre Audition Workshop with Eric Jackson

A one-of-a-kind experience that will teach you effective audition techniques and help you build your audition and performance process.

Designed for performers of all levels, the Musical Theatre Audition Workshop will immerse the student into a deeper, more precise understanding of the audition process and song performance mastery!

Students will be guided in:

  • The principles of preparing for a musical theatre audition. 
  • Integrating acting choices and vocal technique. 
  • How to be authentic and emotionally connected during your performance.
  • Discovering your unique abilities, passion and creativity in the audition process!
  • Audition techniques to set-you up for success.

Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 1-5pm
Instructor: Eric Jackson
Monroe Stage, 9 student maximum, 50 audit tickets available
Level: All levels welcome
Ages: Teens and Adults (ages 15 and older)
Tuition: $300
Audit: $50*

Requirements: Bring your updated resume and headshot, and a musical theatre audition piece (16 Bars - a full song) appropriately marked with any necessary cuts or directions.

*Auditors are allowed to watch the master class, but do not actively participate.

These are adult classes. Click here for children and teen classes.

Contact

Juliet Noonan
Director of Education

(707) 523-4185 ext.122 (message box only)
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 $35 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.