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Adult Acting & Playwriting Classes

In-Person and Online

Acting, Musical Theatre, Improvisation and Playwriting Classes

The Adult Conservatory was founded almost fifty years ago with the mission to create classes that would be fun and informative—for people of every age and ability. Today, in addition to the large variety of acting classes, the program includes courses in playwriting, improvisation and musical theatre, enabling students to arrange their own curriculum based on interests and skills.

UPCOMING SESSIONS 

Fall: ​​​​​Sept. 27 - Nov. 16, 20​2​​2
​​​​​​​Winter: ​​​​​Jan. 23 - Mar. 15, 20​2​​​3
Spring: April 3 - May 24, 2023

Proof of vaccination required. Masks no longer required but you may wear one if you choose.

Most classes are offered every session, bu​t can not be guaranteed. See the cancellation and refund policies.

Fall Session: Sept. 26 - Nov. 16, 2022

Class Options

ACT I BASIC SKILLS (In-Person)

TUESDAYS 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Sept. 27 - Nov. 16, 2022
Instructor: Richard Soto

Learn the fundamentals of acting through exercises in basic improvisation skills, scene study and monologues. Explore and develop all the actor's artistic tools: body, voice and imagination. Students will learn to be both quicker on their feet and freer with their minds. Character monologues will be chosen and analyzed to stretch and develop the student's natural gifts of expression. Students will learn techniques that professionals re-visit and refresh throughout their careers. Students also will explore monologues with an eye toward using them as audition pieces. This class is an excellent place to honor and examine the acting “bug.” This class is designed for full group participation as well as carefully tailored one-on-one work. The atmosphere is friendly, highly supportive, stimulating and fun.

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MUSICAL THEATRE (Online or In-Person)

ONLINE: MONDAYS 6-9 p.m., Sept. 26 - Nov. 14, 2022
IN-PERSON: WEDNESDAYS 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 28 - Nov. 16, 2022
(No class on Tuesday, June 28 or Wednesday, June 29)
Instructor: Tom Shelton

Musical Theatre offers an approach to the repertoire of Broadway song from the standpoint of the actor—how to ACT a song, not just sing it. It starts with the idea that if you can SPEAK you can SING, and approaches songs as musical monologues, seeking new techniques of expression, relaxation and freedom. Students from all levels of musical experience are welcome.

For the Online Class: Teaching Artist Tom Shelton will be playing piano, and students will be singing their pieces (primarily solos) via Zoom in this online class. Recommendations include a computer with a built in camera, or an iPhone that can be put on a tripod, and fairly good internet connection. Students must have access to PDF of their sheet music. Not required but recommended are an external mic and headphones for better sound quality. (Fairly essential for a singing class!) Again, as in the regular, in-person classes, students will be encouraged to stick around for the full 3-hour session. Full class feedback is encouraged at all times!

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IMPROVISATION I (In-Person)

TUESDAYS 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 27 - Nov. 22, 2022 (No class on Nov. 1)
Instructor: Greg Atkins

If the mere thought of having to "make it up on the spot" chills your blood, makes your palms go sweaty and raises your voice an octave, this is the class for you. This fast-paced, fun workshop focuses on acting, characterization, creativity and spontaneity through improvised scenes and theatre games. The emphasis is on thinking faster, making stronger choices and increasing confidence.

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ACT II SCENE STUDY (In-Person)

TUESDAYS 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 27 - Nov. 25, 2022 
Prerequisite: at least one semester of actor training.
Instructor: Martin Noyes

Take the next step in the study and performance of scenes and monologues, with tools for creating precise, focused, relaxed and playful relationships on stage. First, students revisit key basics: objectives, text analysis, listening, relaxed awareness and focus. Next, through monologue and scene work with partners, they apply these tools, with the primary focus on cultivating the ability to openly and honestly listen and respond. Students will present one monologue and at least one scene. Using in-class exercises, they will also hone such skills as concentration, body awareness, emotional freedom and specificity, actions, play, heightening emotional connection, self-awareness, self-confidence, commitment, comfort, confusion, fear, character physicalization, memorization and storytelling. If this sounds like a lot, it is! In this class, we work, we laugh and we learn a great deal. Prerequisite: at least one semester of actor training.

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ACT III ADVANCED SCENE STUDY AND CHARACTERIZATION (In-Person)

TUESDAYS 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 27 - Nov. 15, 2022
Prerequisite: completion of two semesters of actor training.
Instructor: Emily Heebner

In this class, we dig deeper into texts, creating more truthful and vibrant characters with powerful onstage relationships. Scene work may involve modern as well as classical plays, according to a student's preference and experience. At this class level, a student feels comfortable with the language of basic acting techniques. Some of the techniques we will practice are: relaxation, commitment, listening, authentic response, characterization, script analysis, and playing strong objectives.

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ADVANCED IMPROV (In-Person)

WEDNESDAYS 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 28 - Nov. 23, 2022 (No class on Oct. 26)
Prerequisite: Advanced Improv and/or permission from the instructor.
Instructor: Greg Atkins

This is a class for students who have moved beyond the basics of improvisation and want a more intense experience. Instructor Greg Atkins' no-nonsense, high-energy approach to improvisation will help students break through fear of the unknown and prepare for any acting (or life) challenge, whether on stage or off. Using the beginning improv class as a springboard, this class will show students how to:

  • liberate spontaneity
  • think quickly on their feet
  • enhance creativity
  • make exciting dramatic choices

As Atkins says in his best-selling book IMPROV!, "There are only four areas in which improvisation will help you: auditions, performances, business and life."

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DISCOVERING YOUR VOICE: INTRODUCTION TO PLAYWRITING (Online)

MONDAYS 6-9 p.m., Sept. 26 - Nov. 14, 2022 
Instructor: Diana Burbano

Students will start the class with short writing exercises and a check-in with the instructor, while the second half of the class will consist of reading from student work generated either in class or outside of class. Reading of work is highly encouraged. PDFs are the easiest way to share. Beginning to experienced writers are welcome.

Online Recommendation: include a computer with a built-in camera, or an iPhone that can be put on a tripod, and a good internet connection. Not required but recommended are an external mic and headphones for better sound quality.

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The Theatre Conservatory has been a part of Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory for more than five decades. The Theatre Conservatory and its staff of professional working artists have been an integral part of SCR from the theatre's start, with the goals of laying a strong training foundation and enriching the lives of all its students.

Would you like to register by phone or do you have questions? Call the Education Office at (714) 708-5510

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