BEGINNING ACTING

Students will learn to use text analysis and their own imagination to develop a character. Each student will learn a monologue, which they will perform in class as an audition. Emphasis will be placed on three fundamentals of performance:

o Dynamic Choices

o Voice and Movement

o Listening

Requirements: Students will little or no theatre experience who want to have fun. Ages 12-15.

Instructor: Floyd Harden first set foot on stage over 40 years ago. He studied at CSU Chico and the Second City in Los Angeles. Floyd  has performed professionally in several sketch comedy groups and at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre and others. Floyd recently portrayed Sherlock Holmes at The Newport Theatre Arts Center where he will be directing next winter.

INTERMIDIATE ACTING

Students will apply character motivations to explore ways to approach a scene, focusing on Stanislavski’s seven questions as a basis for creating well rounded characters. Three of the main emphases of this course will be:

o Character Analysis

o Objectives and Intentions

o Environment and Movement

Requirements: Students are required to have taken an acting class. Ages 13-16.

Instructor: Lauren Velasco has been acting for over 16 years. She earned her master’s degree in Playwriting and Dramaturgy at the University of Glasgow. Lauren has worked as an actor, director, and dramaturg. A few notable roles she has played include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cordelia in King Lear, Emmi in Taking Sides and Cheerleader in Bleacher Bums.

ADVANCED ACTING (Scene Study)

Students will learn to find the living truth of characters, breaking down a scene and navigating the richness of the text to explore the inner lives of the characters and the forces that drive them. Three of the main emphases of this course will be:

o Scene Analysis

o Creative Collaboration with Scene Partners

o Making Adventurous Choices

Requirements: Students are required to have had previous acting experience. Ages 14-17.

Instructor: Rhonda Goldstein has been a theatre educator for more than 25 years, working with every grade level from elementary school to university. She holds a BA in Theatre Communications from Emerson College and an MA in Theatre from Villanova University where she focused on dramatic literature and directing. Rhonda has been recognized with best director and acting awards and was twice awarded excellence in achievement in theatre education. Rhonda is a proud associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).

For information on our classes, please email us at ntacclasses@gmail.com