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Programs for ages 18+
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Part-Time classes offer students of all backgrounds the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and refine their skills in a professionally rigorous and supportive environment. Nothing is more important to us than the health & safety of our community. While we must stay home in the wake of COVID-19, it doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected and keep honing our craft! At this time, we’ve transitioned all of our part-time programs to the virtual platform Zoom. Whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, we’ve got a class for you!
“Online learning with Zoom has proven to be more intimate, more fulfilling, and more creatively exuberant and artistic than I could have ever imagined. I am eternally grateful to this virtual platform, and to Atlantic, for providing such a rich, ongoing, safe-haven in which to cultivate, express, and further hone my craft.”
– Steve Remeika
“I could not have imagined something like acting technique could be taught over Zoom, but after these 5 weeks I saw such a dramatic change in my work and performance, I now know it can be.”
– Summer Intensive Student
Fall Virtual Classes:
CHEKHOV II: PERFORMING THE UNIVERSAL MYTHOS OF THE CHERRY ORCHARD
Taught by anya saffir
OCT 6 – NOV 17 | TuesDAYS, 12:45-2:45PM ET
A continuing deep dive into the bottomless, inimitable, tragi-comic theatrical world of Anton Chekhov with a focus on his final- and arguably, greatest- masterpiece: The Cherry Orchard. This class is for actors, directors, dramaturges, teachers and Chekhov-lovers who seek an intimate understanding of this play, as well as an expansion and refinement of their artistic practice in approaching Chekhov’s writing from the vantage point of theater-makers. We will consider Chekhov’s biography and the precariously balanced historical moment in which he wrote this greatest of all existential comedies. We will employ the Practical Aesthetics script analysis method in order to make our textual discoveries and instincts playable, immediate, clear and compelling. Through group conversation as well as scene study, we will together investigate the question: how does this play speak to us now.
Prerequisite: This Chekhov 2 class builds on the knowledge base of the first Chekhov classes taught in Summer 2020 as well as the Chekhov class taught in Atlantic’s full time program. Therefore, Chekhov 2 candidates must have some previous background in his plays, as well as some basis in Practical Aesthetics.
POETIC AND MAGIC REALISM: EXPLORING THE PLAYS OF WILSON, MORISSEAU AND GUIRGIS
Taught by Anthony Holiday
OCT 15 – NOV 19 | ThursDAYS, 6-8pm ET
Come explore and grow together as artists! This class is for BIPOC and white artists, actors, performers, and theater professionals interested in collectively developing their creative understanding of the works of August Wilson, Dominique Morisseau, and Stephen Adly Guirgis.
Imagine having the possibility to think on your own and justify your choices with characters who look like you, speak like you and have an ancestry as close to yours as Hamlet had to Shakespeare and Chekhov had to to Astrov. The nuance, specificity, and accessibility of language and poetic realism will be explored. Context and history will be examined to further develop appreciation of the material. Explore a room with complete safety and comfort under the tutelage of BIPOC playwrights and actors. Succeed or fail unapologetically.
The first 3 classes will center around table readings of selected scenes and Socratic style discussions of thematic devices. During the last 3 classes, actors will pair up and select a scene. Diving into the given circumstances of their chosen play and utilizing the language to inform feeling, participants will spend the 2nd part of the program rehearsing and performing a scene in class.
INTRO TO STAND UP COMEDY WRITING
Taught by michelle capor
OCT 16 – NOV 7 | FriDays & SatUrdays, 7-8:30pm ET
Do you enjoy making people laugh? Telling stories? Do your friends tell you you’re funny? Have you ever thought about doing stand up comedy but not sure how to begin? Have you done a little acting, but are wondering how stand up is different? This is a class dedicated to mastering the beginner basics of stand up comedy. Similarly to acting, Stand Up requires a high level of vulnerability and commitment to tell a story, how to find your own comedic voice, and what is unique about the way YOU see the world. Comedian/Actor Michelle Capor, will guide you through weekly writing assignments and performances to help you identify your own brand of funny as well as putting together your first 4-5 minutes of hilarious material. This class will finish with a final very fun, low stakes, invited show. This will be a safe and encouraging space for all. Beginners welcome.
STAND UP COMEDY WRITING: PART 2
taught by michelle capor
NOV 13 – DEC 12 | FriDAYs & SatURDAYS, 7-8:30pm ET
No class NOV 27 & 28
Have you already done some Stand Up? Do you love it and want to get better? Did you know that a lot of great comics are often both amazing writers and actors? In this class we will work on refining both your material and delivery for a 7 minute comedic set. This is a great class for anyone who wants to be even more fearless about finding their specific voice and is willing to push the limits on both their material and performance. This class will also cover basic techniques around storytelling on a microphone, open mic etiquette, acting basics, and crowd work. (And yes, I will talk about hecklers) Comedian/Actor Michelle Capor will guide you through weekly writing assignments and performances to develop a hilarious 7 min comedic set. This class will finish with a final invited show and a guest headliner. This will be a safe, fun and encouraging space for all. *Best for students who have already taken Intro to Stand Up Comedy, and/or have already had some basic experience performing on a stand up stage.
PRACTICAL AESTHETICS AND TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
taught by karen kohlhaas
OCT 13 – NOV 17 | Tuesdays, 6:45-9:45pm ET
In this unique class, you will learn and apply the Practical Aesthetics acting technique to a substantial (12-15 minute) scene from a play by Tennessee Williams, and learn a lot about Williams and his work. No prior experience with Practical Aesthetics is required for this class, but all active participants must have previous acting training / scene study experience. It is also possible to enroll in this class as an auditor.
Tennessee Williams remains one of the most often produced playwrights of all time, with multiple productions of his plays occurring at any given moment, all over the world. His roles have been played by the greatest actors of each generation since they were written. Williams’ work is ideal for learning and exploring the Practical Aesthetics technique because of the vividness and depth of his characters, the brilliance of his plots, and the poetry of his language.
Interspersed between the scenes will be readings from Williams essays on theater, and biographical details that relate to each play. Scenes will be cast based on the group. Thanks to Williams, there are many roles to choose from and everyone will have a great part. Registering for the class signifies that you will accept any role in which you are cast. Please only enroll in this class if you will prepare thoroughly, be a generous, communicative scene partner, and give your whole heart to the work!
$150 to AUDIT
$325 to PARTICIPATE fully
WHOLE BODY VOCAL PRODUCTION: PART 1
taught by quentin lee more
OCT 15 – NOV 18 | Wednesdays & THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm ET
“The voice is impelled by a desire to communicate.” – Chuck Jones
An Introduction to the first 12 core exercises of Atlantic’s Chuck Jones based vocal warm-up. This class is a speaking voice & speech class that will help you to connect to your breath support and expressive range. It will help you speak more clearly and directly for stage work. It also helps singers. Students will begin to navigate unnecessary blocks of tension that inhibit deep breathing, experience the visceral sensation of an expanding range of resonance and develop connection to expanded range of vocal expression. In Part 1: students learn the first 12 exercises and form of the 24 core exercises of Atlantic’s Chuck Jones’ based vocal warm up. Students are introduced to Jones-based “kinesthetic awareness” experientially, through floor work explorations of the visceral sensation of “release” into gravity, and relaxation’s effect on breathing. Release of unnecessary holding in the abdomen around the diaphragm, pelvis, pelvic floor, legs, spine, ribs, shoulders, neck, jaw, tongue, throat – aka, primary, and secondary respiratory regions, is explored, so that the organic process of vocal production and the support inherent in the human animal for power and range, can be revealed via the reflexive responsive breath discovered spontaneously, on impulse.
IMPROVISATION FOR ACTORS IN A VIRTUAL WORLD: PART 1
taught by kevin laibson
OCT 21 – NOV 11 | Wednesdays, 6-7pm ET
Through the cutting-edge medium of socialVR, this class will provide an introduction to improvisational acting as a means of new work development, character exploration, or unrehearsed performance. Based on the work of Viola Spolin and Paul Sills, each session will provide a series of exercises that explore how physical (or in this case virtual) space defines relationships and behaviors. The core thesis of Kevin’s work is that everyone is a sophisticated improviser, and with just a little guidance, students will begin to understand just how many complex and intelligent choices they make every minute of every day, with an eye towards seamlessly bringing that same intelligence and complexity to the stage.
Requirements: To participate in class, students must have access to a VR headset with 6 degrees of freedom and a VR-capable computer, OR a standalone headset such as the Oculus Quest or the HTC Vive Cosmos. Unfortunately, 3dof headsets such as the Oculus Go or the Samsung GearVR will not work.
$125 TO AUDIT
$245 to participate
CULTIVATING CHARACTER: THE NECESSARY COMPLEXITY AND TRUTH OF PERFORMANCE
taught by andy schneeflock
OCT 22 – NOV 12 | ThursDAYS, 1:30-3pm ET
How do we truthfully step into the shoes of characters that are not us? How do we meet the character without sacrificing ourselves to get there? The most compelling thing for an audience is to see a truthful performance. How do you explore a character that seems far from yourself and still grounded in reality? In this class we explore character, looking at some of the most complex characters in drama and determine to see how we can perform them faithfully and truthfully. Actors will be assigned scenes and through a process of tablework, discussion and rehearsal explore new and exciting roles and characters.
Seasonal Part-Time Programs:
Beginners Acting Lab
NOV 1 – DEC 6 | SUNDAYS, 2-3:30PM
NO CLASS NOV 29
Now remote via the zoom platform.
This comprehensive lab is an excellent start or refresher for the beginner adult actor. Explore acting exercises and techniques to develop your basic understanding of how to deliver a compelling and truthful performance. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of the Atlantic Technique through the exploration of scenes or monologues. Improve your communication, public speaking, and presentation skills. No prior experience is necessary. Open Registration.
oct 19 – nov 9 | MONDAYS, 7PM – 10pm
Now remote via the zoom platform.
This workshop is perfect for all actors looking to make the most out of every on-camera audition, self-tape and pilot season by immediately applying these tips and techniques. This is an exclusive opportunity for the serious actor to experience casting sessions with a professional feature film and television casting director, Todd Thaler. Todd’s class sharpens and improves an actor’s on-camera acting skills, starting with demystifying the audition process. Receive coaching on the skills necessary to quickly and easily gather information needed to give your best performance and prevent self-sabotage. This workshop includes: audition sides, cold reads, general auditions and interviews, scene coaching, and video playback. And, in addition to live, real-time auditioning, actors will self-tape between class meetings and review their tapes in class.
SOLD OUT! | Technique Lab I
OCT 19 – DEC 7 | Mondays, 7pm – 9pm
Now remote via the zoom platform.
An 8 week introduction to the Atlantic Technique. Learn how to analyze a scene, play the action truthfully, and maintain an emotional connection to your scene partner. Together this results in strong and compelling performance choices. Exercises will be drawn from Script Analysis and Moment Lab, two fundamental classes in the Atlantic training. Outside rehearsal time is required between the weekly classes. Application and interview required.
Technique Lab II
OCT 20 – DEC 8 | TUESDAYS, 7pm – 9pm
Now remote via the zoom platform.
This advanced Scene Study in 8 weeks builds upon the skills developed in Technique Lab I (LVL I). Actors in this advanced technique class will expand their understanding and implementation of the Atlantic Technique by taking a deep dive into longer scene work and play analysis. Actors will work to strengthen their relationship to a play through extensive analytic work designed to bring greater specificity to their choices. Focus will be on integrating analytic skills with an emphasis on moment-to-moment stamina, and working with the teachers as a director. Outside rehearsal time is required between the weekly classes.
Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of LVL I, Summer Intensive, or Spring Comprehensive, and a teacher recommendation required.
Technique Lab III
Spring 2021 dates TBA
This six-week class will focus on polishing skills gained in Technique Lab I and Technique Lab II by expanding their application to monologues and film/tv material.
During the first 7 meetings actors work on monologue material with faculty member Karen Kohlhaas – choosing pieces that suit them for auditions. They apply the analytical skills they’ve gained in previous Atlantic technique classes and fully block the material, making it audience-ready. This portion culminates in a workshop performance open to guests of the class.
The next 5 meetings look at the technique and its application to film and television material led by faculty member Jen Rau. Actors work on scenes written for the screen to develop skills that prepare them to audition and work in the film/tv industry.
Outside rehearsal time is required between the weekly classes. The class is kept to an intimate size to maximize individual attention. Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of LVL II and teacher recommendation required.
Graduates who have successfully completed all 3 levels of Technique Labs and have a strong teacher recommendation are eligible for an exclusive audition opportunity for a panel of Atlantic Theater Company Artistic staff.