First Mondays – Local Playwrights Forum

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

Do you want to act, but aren’t sure where to start? Join us on Zoom for this four-week class that is designed specifically for the beginning actor and will teach you the fundamentals of the craft. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance natural and spontaneous. Discover the building blocks of acting through improvisation, theatre exercises and character work.
4 sessions • $200 • 2 hr class time
(Choose one the five days listed)
Wed • Aug 19 – Sep 9 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Patrick Elkins – Zeglarski

Thu • Aug 20 – Sep 10 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Timothy McCracken

Thu • Sep 10 – Oct 1 • 6:30-8:30pm • Patrick Elkins- Zeglarski

Mon • Oct 12 – Nov 2 • 6:30-8:30pm • Samuel Wood

Tue • Oct 13 – Nov 3 • 6:30-8:30pm • Rachel Taylor

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

APPROACHING A PLAY: THE CRAFT OF ACTING

Has Introduction to Acting gotten you excited to learn new skills with more challenging material? Deepen your acting technique through skill-building exercises while learning core elements of text analysis using material by world-class playwrights. Gain the tools to delve into your character, understand the complexities of the scene and become an active part in the journey of a play as a whole.
4 sessions • $200 • 2 hr class time
Tue • Oct 13 – Nov 3 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Timothy McCracken

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

SCENE STUDY I

After you’ve gotten a handle on the fundamentals of acting, keep building on those skills in Scene Study I. Continue discovering and exploring key elements of text analysis and characterization while working on scenes from theatre’s best playwrights. Take creative risks in a supportive online environment and watch them pay off! Rehearsal outside of class time will be required. This class will be completely virtual – all rehearsals should be held on Zoom or another virtual platform.
4 sessions • $200 • 2 hr class time
(Choose one the two days listed)
Tue • Sep 8 – 29 • 6:30-8:30pm • Samuel Wood

Mon • Oct 12 – Nov 2 • 6:30-8:30pm • Justin Walvoord

Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

SCENE STUDY II- IBSEN

Ibsen’s plays are the foundation of modern psychological drama.  Ibsen was writing provocative issue and social dramas at the end of the nineteenth century to explore the world and society This Scene Study II class will focus on Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House and will explore the fundamentals of action, objectives, given circumstances, and obstacles to create dynamic, riveting acting. Rehearsal outside of class time will be required. This class will be completely virtual – all rehearsals should be held on Zoom or another virtual platform.
4 sessions • $225 • 2.5 hr class time
Thu • Sep 10 – Oct 1• 6:30 – 9pm • Sabin Epstein

Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

SCENE STUDY II- MULTIPLE MANIA!

One of the great and joyous challenges for an actor is that of being able to create and play a diversity of character types. This class invites you to further your craft in exploring examples of plays that ask for one actor to play multiple parts: Bruce Norris’, Clybourne Park; Charles Busch’s, Psycho Beach Party; Charles Ludham’s, The Mystery of Irma Vep; Jessica Blank’s and Erik Jensen’s, The Exonerated; John Leguizamo’s, Mambo Mouth; Mo Gaffney’s and Kathy Najimy’s, Parallel Lives (The Kathy and Mo Show); Moises Kaufman’s, The Laramie Project; Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf; Paul Rudnick’s, Valhalla; Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz; Eric Overmyer’s, On The Verge and Robert O’Hara’s, Booty Candy. It’s a workout of imagination, physicality, and script analysis. Rehearsal outside of class time will be required. This class will be completely virtual – all rehearsals should be held on Zoom or another virtual platform.
4 sessions • $225 • 2.5 hr class time
Wed • Oct 14 – Nov 4 • 6:30 – 9pm • Patrick Elkins-Zeglarksi

Prerequisites: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

ADVANCED ACTING – THE PLAYS OF RAJIV JOSEPH

Explore the works of award-winning playwright, Rajiv Joseph. With plays that inquire into time, relationship and difference, Rajiv Joseph’s works have made him a popular choice for production in American theatres large and small. Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist but it is his two works, Gruesome Playground Injuries and Animals Out of Paper, that solidified his reputation as an actor’s playwright unafraid of inviting actors into the intimacies of his gift of language and connection. As Joseph, himself inquired of his works, “could act as a dramatic inquiry into the very nature of anxiety: how and why we fear the unknown and the future, and how we negotiate those fears?” Rehearsal outside of class time will be required. This class will be completely virtual – all rehearsals should be held on Zoom or another virtual platform.
4 sessions • $225 • 2.5 hr class time
Tue • Sep 8 – 29 • 6:30 – 9pm • Allison Watrous
Instructor approval required to register – inquire at education@dcpa.org.

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

ADVANCED ACTING – CHEKHOV

A doctor by trade, a writer by temperament and passion, Anton Chekhov is one of the great modern playwrights.  True yesterday, true today, and true tomorrow, his plays endure and are an endless enigma, open to a thousand different interpretations, all still pertinent in today’s world.  This Advanced Acting class will explore, in depth, two person scenes from any one of the four major plays: The Seagull, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, and Uncle Vanya.  Rehearsal outside of class time will be required. This class will be completely virtual – all rehearsals should be held on Zoom or another virtual platform.
4 sessions • $225 • 2.5 hr class time
Tue • Oct 13 – Nov 3 • 6:30 – 9pm • Sabin Epstein
Instructor approval required to register – inquire at education@dcpa.org.

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

ADVANCED ACTING – CARYL CHURCHILL

Seize this opportunity to work on material from one of theatre’s finest living playwrights, in the words and worlds of Caryl Churchill. With a career that has spanned over 50 years (including Top Girls, Mad Forest, Serious Money, A Number and Love and Information) this award winning and prolific playwright has created plays that continue to push boundaries in regards to socio-political subject matter, as well as the fundamental cores of humanity and relationship. Her exploration and approach to text, punctuation and given circumstances feed artistry founded in curiosity and discovery. Rehearsal outside of class time will be required. This class will be completely virtual – all rehearsals should be held on Zoom or another virtual platform.
4 sessions • $225 • 2.5 hr class time Thu • Oct 15 – Nov 5 • 6:30 – 9pm • Timothy McCracken
Instructor approval required to register – inquire at education@dcpa.org.

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

SCENE STUDY: 3 MINUTE MAX

Receive feedback and adjustments on a fully rehearsed and prepared scene of your choice from a team of theatre professionals. You’ll be challenged to dig in and realize a scene to your fullest capacity without previous instruction. The material you choose must be 3 minutes or less in length from a published play and fully blocked for the online space. Be prepared to receive specific, detailed, and direct feedback in the first session. After practicing on Tuesday, you’ll bring your scene back for more feedback, work, and consideration. Scene partners will be assigned via a random lottery pick.
2 sessions • $100 • 2 hr class time
Mon, Oct 5 & Wed, Oct 7 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Sabin Epstein, Timothy McCracken and Allison Watrous
Instructor approval required to register – inquire at education@dcpa.org.

Acting Technique & Scene StudyMulti-Session Class

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

Do you have a burning desire to work in film and television, but are intimidated by being in front of the camera? Get ready to approach the work with the director calls action, “Action!” Learn to apply basic acting techniques to on-camera skills and build confidence in front of the camera.
4 sessions • $200 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Sep 9 – 30 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Timothy McCracken

Multi-Session ClassPlaywriting

PLAYWRITING LAB

Here is an opportunity to start a play, or continue to develop the play you’ve been working on. Designed for beginning, and ongoing playwrights and their work, the Lab will focus on developing character, dialogue and moving the story forward through plot and structure. Your work will be regularly read to help development.
3 sessions • $150 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Sep 14 – 28 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Kelly McAllister

AuditioningMulti-Session Class

THE ART OF AUDITIONING

Don’t miss the chance to share your work with DCPA Casting Director Grady Soapes and strengthen your audition skills as you work on monologues in an audition scenario. The first class will focus on presenting monologues and material and the second class will focus on sides provided in the class for preparation. Mr. Soapes will provide specific feedback to individuals in this work, helping you develop and hone your skills so you can confidently land the next part.
2 session • $100 • 2 hr class time
Tue, Oct 6 & Thu, Oct 8 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Grady Soapes

Acting Technique & Scene StudyAuditioningMulti-Session Class

SHAKESPEARE’S TEXT

Get ready to tackle your next Shakespeare play or audition. Focus on immediate techniques to break open his text and fearlessly explore verse. This class focus on soliloquy and monologue work. Learn from one of Colorado’s premier Shakespearean actors as you engage with and activate the text of The Bard. Previous scene study experience recommended.
2 sessions • $100 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Oct 15 & 22 • 6:30-8:30pm • Geoffrey Kent

Acting Technique & Scene StudyOne-Time Workshop

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

Do you have a burning desire to work in film and television, but are intimidated by being in front of the camera? Get ready to approach the work with the director calls action, “Action!” Learn to apply basic acting techniques to on-camera skills and build confidence in front of the camera.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Sat • Aug 22 • 10am – 12pm • Timothy McCracken SOLD OUT
New Section Added! Sat • Aug 22 • 1-3pm • Timothy McCracken

Commercial Voice OverOne-Time Workshop

INTRO TO COMMERCIAL VOICE OVER

Is your voice your favorite asset? Step up to the mic and learn the basics of the radio and television voice over industry. Analyze and activate commercial copy, learn to take direction and increase your versatility.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
(choose one of the two days listed)
Mon • Sep 14 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Tia Marlier

Wed • Nov 4 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Tia Marlier

Acting Technique & Scene StudyOne-Time Workshop

MASTER CLASS: EXTREME CHARACTER

Do you ever feel stuck when developing a character?  Do you feel that your characters tend to be similar?  Do you want to push your character spectrum to the outer limits? Explore the land of character and the tools of transformation.  This workshop will help you discover creative ways to unlock your character potential and examine techniques of creating strong characters- one of the key foundations of acting technique. Gain the tools to delve into characterization and become an active part in the journey of the play as a whole.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Sep 16 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Allison Watrous

Acting Technique & Scene StudyOne-Time Workshop

MASTER CLASS: STELLA ADLER

A leading force in the training methods of American actors, Adler famously split from the Stanislavski-based teaching methods of her Group Theatre colleague, Lee Strasberg and focused her training of actors based on her own training with Stanislavski: not focusing on an emotion (emotional recall) but finding the emotional response within circumstance, gesture, voice and action. The long list of celebrities who have studied Adler’s acting style include Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Candice Bergen, Melanie Griffith, Warren Beatty, Teri Garr, and Harvey Keitel. This workshop explores the activities and inquiry points associated with the Adler technique.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Sep 21 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Samuel Wood

Dance & MovementOne-Time Workshop

BROADWAY CHOREOGRAPHY

Don’t miss this opportunity to dust off your character shoes and get moving in your own space! Learn fun and challenging Broadway choreography and exercise your technique in theatre dance fundamentals. Dancers will be led through a warm-up before learning a fun routine, all through Zoom.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Sep 23 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Piper Lindsay Arpan

Commercial Voice OverOne-Time Workshop

ADVANCED VOICE OVER: AUDIO BOOKS

The audiobook market is thriving and it’s the perfect time to increase your versatility. Learn the tricks of the trade from a narrator of over 650 audiobooks. This workshop will focus on the tools and fundamentals of narrating fiction.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Sep 28 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Mare Trevathan

Dance & MovementOne-Time Workshop

BROADWAY CHOREOGRAPHY – THE SONGS OF HAMILTON

Do not throw away your shot at moving to these iconic tunes. This is a class designed specifically for online learning and sharing of dance combinations inspired by the electric choreography of Hamilton. Join us for a fun and fast-paced class, beginning with a full body warm up and then moving into a sharp and energetic combo.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Tue • Oct 6 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Cedric D. Hall

Acting Technique & Scene StudyOne-Time Workshop

MASTER CLASS: DRAMATIC CONFLICT

Roll up your sleeves for a little conflict! Dramatic conflict can enlighten observation, response and objective. This class will examine how dramatic conflict serves to propel plot, drive dialogue, and define character relationships. Fundamental to conflict are the skills of raising stakes, activating objective and action, playing against text, and remaining in the moment through active listening and genuine response.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Tue • Oct 6 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

Acting Technique & Scene StudyDance & MovementOne-Time Workshop

MASTER CLASS: PHYSICAL COMEDY

Step out of your comfort zone and play! Physical comedy training is focused on sharpening specific tools to connect with yourself and your audience. In this workshop we’ll work to serve the moment by reacting to and playing the space using different games and improvisations. Bring your silly, your joy, your fearlessness…and some comfortable clothes to move in your own space.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Thu • Oct 8 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Justin Walvoord

ImprovOne-Time Workshop

SHORT FORM IMPROV

Brush up your short form! This class will delve deep into the canon of short form improv – exploring different game types like character, justification, storytelling, endowment, environment, and more. We will break down game structures, formats, and work to polish gameplay for everyone’s favorite short form gut-busters.
All levels welcome.
1 sessions • $50 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Oct 14 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Sarah Kirwin

Acting Technique & Scene StudyDance & MovementOne-Time Workshop

MASTER CLASS: VIEWPOINTS

Explore Anne Bogart’s physical Viewpoints. The Viewpoints, simply, describe movement through time and space and are an excellent way for collaborators to share a common language and for individual performers to build specific, physical characterizations. In this class, we’ll investigate the Viewpoints’ power both to strengthen the relationship between performers and to give an individual performer the tools to develop and embody a character with precision and presence.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Oct 12 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Allison Watrous

Acting Technique & Scene StudyOne-Time Workshop

MASTER CLASS: UTA HAGEN

Uta Hagen was one of the foremost acting teachers of the 20th century. A celebrated actress in her own right, and author of the seminal texts Respect for Acting and A Challenge for the Actor, she trained many of the outstanding actors of the American Stage and Screen and her studio in New York is still active today. Join DCPA Education Head of Acting, Timothy McCracken, to explore the fundamental techniques of this master of the art form including the Hagen Questions, exploration of objective and obstacle, the influence of given circumstances, and inner character development.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Oct 21 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Timothy McCracken

Acting Technique & Scene StudyOne-Time Workshop

BECOMING CHARACTER: ZOMBIE LAND

Join the world of the undead and explore bold characterization in this interactive Halloween themed workshop.  Learn zombie make-up techniques and develop your flesh-eating side through physical character work. Grab a zombie buddy and push your character choices to the next level in this fully transformational workshop.  Get Ready to walk with the dead!
A shortlist of suggested makeup items needed for the class will be provided upon registration.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $65 • 2.5 hr class time
Thu • Oct 22 • 6:30 – 9pm • Rachel Taylor & Justin Walvoord

Acting Technique & Scene StudyDance & MovementOne-Time Workshop

MASTER CLASS: MOMENT WORK: TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT

This workshop with explore the creative devising and staging process of Moment Work to ignite artistry and inspire creative thinking.  Moment Work is Tectonic Theater Project’s; the creators of the groundbreaking play The Laramie Project, devising method that explores the theatrical potential of all the elements of the stage in order to create strong theatrical moments and storytelling. This workshop is open to all artists who seek new ways of creating work and of reimagining existing texts.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Oct 26 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Allison Watrous

Acting Technique & Scene StudyDance & MovementOne-Time Workshop

MOVE YOUR BODY, EXPAND YOUR VOICE

Empower and strengthen the connection between movement and voice. This workshop will ignite and expand your full vocal range and arsenal of acting choices through movement. Break habitual patterns in your work and explore ways to release your vocal range and learn all the colors, dynamics and possibilities of strong vocal choices linked to movement and your body.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Oct 28 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Gabriella Cavallero

AuditioningOne-Time Workshop

COMMERCIAL AUDITIONS

Take the guesswork out of the commercial audition process and join DCPA Education Head of Acting Timothy McCracken, whose experience includes both local and national commercials. In this online workshop, students will learn how to prepare for an audition, activate commercial text, and tools to strengthen presence and delivery.
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Nov 2 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Timothy McCracken

ImprovOne-Time Workshop

LONG FORM IMPROV

Creating long-form improvisation can feel like magic. Unleash a flurry of curious characters that follow each other through a spontaneously created story, establishing relationships that are clear and connective. In this class, students will use long-form structures and exercises to learn how to quickly identify the connection between you and your scene partner so that you can build the scene together and watch it thrive!
All levels welcome.
1 session • $50 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Nov 4 • 6:30 – 8:30pm • Sarah Kirwin

First Mondays – Local Playwright ForumOne-Time WorkshopPlaywriting

FIRST MONDAYS – Local Playwright Forum

Calling all local playwrights: DCPA Education is thrilled to offer a resource to hear your material read out loud. Submit 10 minutes of a work-in-progress for a special opportunity to help you develop it further. This cold reading series is a tip of the hat to Naked Angels’ “Tuesdays at 9,” a program that has helped playwrights develop their work for years in NYC and LA.
Procedure for submitting your work to be read: To queue your material, please email education@dcpa.org. The queue will open at 9am on the day of the forum and will close at 12pm. The first 8 submissions will be read at that evening’s forum.
New virtual FIRST MONDAY procedure: All submitting playwrights, actors, and Zoom audience members please register below. All registered participants will be sent the Zoom link to join the day of the forum.

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