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We offer master-level training for professionals along with exciting introductory classes for theatre enthusiasts.

 

Introduction to Acting

Do you want to act, but aren't sure where to start? This six-week class 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. Outside prep time may be required. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time
(Choose one of the four days listed)

Mon • Sep 25 - Oct 30 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Jeffrey Roark
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Mon • Sep 25 – Oct 30 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Matthew Schneck
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Tue • Sep 26 - Nov 7 (no class Oct 31) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Tom McNally
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Wed • Sep 27 - Nov 1 • 12 - 2pm • Heather Hughes
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Approaching A Play: The Craft of Acting

* Please review date and time carefully. Changes have been made since the fall brochure was mailed.

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. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Sat • Sep 23 – Nov 4 (no class Oct 7) •10am – 12pm• Timothy McCracken
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study I

After you've gotten a handle on the fundamentals of acting, keep building on those skills with 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 environment and watch them pay off! Outside rehearsal time is required. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $300 • 3 hr class time
(Choose one of the two days listed)

Tue • Sep 26 - Nov 7 (no class Oct 31) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Tara Falk
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Thu • Sep 28 - Nov 2 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Gabriella Cavallero
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study II: Angels In America

Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America delves into the lives of several characters during the AIDS crisis in 1980's NYC. This seminal work explores the chaos, mortality and redemption during this time. The class will use scenes from both Part One - Millennium Approaches and Part Two - Perestroika to further delve into layers of character, relationship and behavior for an intensive study. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

8 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time

Mon • Sep 18 - Nov 6 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Timothy McCracken
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Advanced Acting: The Wiles and Wit of Wilde and Coward

Stressful families, social satire, wit and drollery inhabit the plays of Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward, two of the premiere satirists and sculptors of the English language in their own time. These classic comedies will flex your verbal dexterity, human insight, timing and wicked sense of humor. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

8 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time

Mon • Sep 18 - Nov 6 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Sabin Epstein
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Prerequisites: Scene Study I & II, or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Shakespeare's Monologues and Soliloquies

Navigating the text of Shakespeare in a scene or play is a great challenge and opportunity, but can be even more difficult for his monologues and soliloquies. Whether onstage or for an audition, keeping the "ball" of thought, energy and intention afloat can be quite a feat. This class will dissect the approach to this text, be it verse or prose, to help give you concrete mindset for breaking down larger bodies of text, finding beat changes and impulse to keep the language alive. You'll walk away with a layered and rich interpretation. 8 student minimum, 14 student maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Sat • Sep 23 - Oct 28 • 10am - 12pm • Geoffrey Kent
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Prerequisites: Shakespeare's Text or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Introduction to Improv

Want to learn how to perform on the spot? Work with local improv creator and performer Jessica Austgen as she introduces and reinforces the basics of improvisation. Designed for all experience levels, discover how to loosen up, be more spontaneous and take risks on stage. Using group activities and improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for spontaneity, making strong choices and increasing confidence. See why improv is a trend that keeps on growing! 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Sat • Sep 23 - Nov 4 (no class Sep 30) •10am – 12pm • Jessica Austgen
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Advanced Improv

Ready to take your acting and improv skills to the next level? Join this advanced improvisation class where you will focus on scene work, characters and engaging in the moment. Learn to craft improvised plays complete with character arcs and discovered connections. Students will explore and gain mastery in creating successful scenes while using classic improv forms such as The Harold, Armando, and La Ronde. Develop dynamic stories and characters and watch them come to life on the spot. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Wed • Sep 27 - Nov 1 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Brian McManus
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Prerequisite: Intro to Improv or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Voice and Speech for the Actor

Discover how the mechanics of your voice and the intricacies of speech relate to effective communication. Harness the power of your voice through inflection, rhythm, tempo, breath support and articulation. Focus your energy and increase your ability to project in a safe, relaxed way. This is an essential class for all actors, including those interested in voice over work. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Tue • Oct 3 - Nov 14 (no class Oct 31) • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Jeffrey Parker
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Prerequisite: Intro to Acting & Scene Study I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Physical Storytelling & Clown Workshop: Not Just a Red Nose

Play with another way to unlock a character: approaching their physicality. Physical storytelling can be a tremendous way for you to discover the elements of the character you're embodying. Students will explore an in-depth awareness of your physical self and behavior, as well as some of the in's and out's of basic clowning through a variety of activities, exercises and small projects. All students will delve into their sense of play and celebrate what they can discover! 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time

Wed • Sep 27 - Nov 1 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Justin Walvoord
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Prerequisite: Intro to Acting or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

The Art of Movement: Low-Flying Trapeze and Releasing

Feel the freedom of flight as you learn Low-Flying Trapeze techniques. Principles of Skinner Releasing Technique are explored through guided imagery, an approach that is exceptionally effective for actors. Try a new way to free your body and discover a new and unlimited form. Wear long sleeves and prepare to get a good workout! 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

8 sessions • $275 • 2 hr class time

Mon • Sep 25 - Nov 13 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Steven Cole Hughes
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Acting on Camera I

Do you have a burning desire to work in film and television, but are intimidated by being in front of a camera? What do you do when the red light goes on? How do you approach the work when the director calls, "Action"? Learn to apply basic acting techniques to on-camera skills, build confidence in front of the camera and pursue film work in your local market. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time

Mon • Sep 25 - Oct 30 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Brian Landis Folkins
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Acting on Camera II

After building your confidence and ease on camera in Acting on Camera I, dive more fully into the technical and creative side of the on-camera medium. Utilizing current TV and film scripts, you will work with scene partners to create work that is truly "in the moment," featuring extreme close-ups, reaction shots and more. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time

Thu, Sep 28 – Nov 2 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Brian Shea
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Prerequisite: Acting On Camera I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Commercial Voice Over I

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, take direction constructively and increase your versatility. Learn about demos, agents, auditions and the voice over market to get going. You'll even get to work in a professional recording studio during your final class. 10 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $275 • 2.5 hr class time
(Choose one of the two days listed)

Tue • Sep 26 - Nov 7 (no class Oct 31) • 6 - 8:30pm • Tia Marlier
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Sat • Sep 30 - Nov 4 • 10am - 12:30pm • Martha Harmon Pardee
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Audio Book Narration

Audio book narration is a marathon, not a sprint. Join us as we explore the world of storytelling and audio books. Delve into unique performance techniques for different genres, compiling the details of your demo, how to get hired, and the equipment and material you'll need to make it in this industry. As one of the fastest-growing niches in the voice over world, audio books offer a fantastic opportunity for actors. 6 student minimum, 8 maximum.

6 sessions • $300 • 3 hr class time

Wed • Sep 27 - Nov 8 (no class Oct 18) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Adam Verner
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Dialect: British RP Intensive

Build your skills in this popular dialect, British Received Pronunciation, with direct application to text. In the first session you will fine-tune the sounds and substitutions, using monologue or scenes provided for you. The second session will be spent visiting these scenes with an emphasis on the use of your dialect. Get yourself ready for the next Downton Abbey.

2 sessions • $95 • 2.5 hr class time

Wed • Nov 1 & 8 • 6:30 - 9pm • Jennifer Thomas
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Playwriting Lab

Seize the opportunity to start a play, or continue to develop a play you've been working on. Designed for the work of beginning and ongoing playwrights, 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, and in the last class, actors will read selections of your play for you to hear, enjoy and learn from. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

7 sessions • $315 • 3 hr class time

Thu • Sep 28 – Nov 9 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kelly McAllister
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The Craft of Screenplay

Everything we see in the movie theater, on television and streamed online begins with a screenplay. Crafting a screenplay requires an understanding of the visual narrative and the techniques used to "show" a story rather than "tell" a story. This introductory class will focus on proper use of the screenplay form and how one develops the visual narrative using the story principals of character, plot and tone. Over the course of 7 weeks, you'll work on creating a first draft of a short screenplay (12-20 pages), culminating in a readings by actors in the final class. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

7 sessions • $315 • 3 hr class time

Tue • Sep 26 - Nov 14 (no class Oct 31) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Michael Catlin
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MASTER CLASS PROJECT FALL 2017

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Wit by Margaret Edson
Directed by Timothy McCracken
Auditions: TBA
Rehearsals: Nov 6 - Dec 13: No rehearsals Wednesday - Sunday of Thanksgiving week.
Performances: Thu, Dec 14 – Sat, Dec 16 • 7:30pm

Professor Vivian Bearing, a brilliant University Teacher of the writing of John Donne, is catapulting through the most challenging and personal journey of her life; fighting Stage- Four Metastatic Ovarian Cancer. We join Professor Bearing as she shares with us the day to day consideration and learning that happens through a series of interactions with doctors, nurses, colleagues and former students. This heart-wrenching play is a fantastic study of character and humanity in the face of the inevitable.
For the audition, please prepare one monologue. Sides will be provided. Bring a headshot and current resume.

Email education@dcpa.org to set up an audition time. Please prepare one monologue and bring a headshot and current resume. Sides will be provided.

Two previous DCPA Education classes or workshops required to audition.

The Master Class Project is funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund.

Don't have time to commit to classes with multiple sessions? Try a workshop for a lesson in less time.

 

Meisner Intensive: An Ounce of Behavior

If you missed it last year or if you are back for more, don't miss this opportunity to work with one of Denver's finest directors and teachers, Christy Montour-Larson. Through the Meisner acting technique, students will discover that they are never done learning the craft of acting. Rooted in the work of master acting teacher Sanford Meisner, this workshop uses a series of exercises that build upon each other to create a useful set of new skills to master truthful human behavior. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

2 Sessions • $120 • 3 hr class time

Sat & Sun • Sep 23 & 24 • 1 - 4 pm • Christy Montour-Larson
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Prerequisite: Intro to Acting & Craft of Acting, or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Musical Theatre: Acting Your Song

At the heart of every song in musical theatre is storytelling. What are the given circumstances surrounding your "moment" and how can you use the song to continue telling your story? Finding the through line, impulse and objective of a song is integral to the continued journey of your character. This workshop will invite you to focus on one song, digging in and getting specific. After unpacking the material in the first session, bring the song back in the second session, and build on the layers you are beginning to find. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

2 sessions • $120 • 3 hr class time

Sat • Oct 7 & 14 • 1 - 4 pm • Jeff Roark
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Advanced Voice Over: Self Direction

In the Colorado voice over market, nearly all auditions and many jobs require the talent of self-direction. How can you be objective about your own performance? How can you know whether you're producing a competitive recording? This pragmatic workshop is geared to voice over artists with a home studio (or an interest in setting one up). 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

2 sessions • $80 • 2 hr class time

Sat • Nov 4 & 11 • 3 - 5pm • Mare Trevathan
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Prerequisite: Voice Over I or instructor approval. Inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Improvisation: Something from Nothing

It may seem like improvisers are the most wildly funny people on earth, but wit is only a small portion of creating something from nothing. The real trick is having awareness of yourself and your environment, calling upon your own personal connections to what is being established within the context of a scene. In this workshop, you'll experience a series of tools for creating self-awareness around how you're showing up in a scene. You'll find that what is perceived as funny is actually a byproduct of your authentic reaction to your current reality. 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time

Sat • Nov 11 • 1 - 4 pm • Kerstin Caldwell
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All Levels Welcome

 

Advanced Acting Workshop: 5 Minute Max

Advanced acting students will receive an opportunity to bring a fully-rehearsed and prepared scene of your choosing for feedback and adjustments. Students will be challenged to dig in and realize a scene to their fullest capacity without previous instruction. Material is completely in your hands, but must be no more than 5 minutes in length. Be prepared to receive specific, detailed and direct feedback from this team in our new workshop!

1 session • Free • 3 hr class time

Sat • Oct 21 • 1 - 4pm • Sabin Epstein, Kate Gleason & Allison Watrous

To apply, please submit a head shot and resume to education@dcpa.org. Tuition will be funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund.

 

Brand Yourself

Understanding your brand as an actor means recognizing the perceptions and feelings you can naturally invoke in others. Actors work in a visual medium where audiences glean vital information before a word is spoken. Discovering your brand is vital to picking your marketing materials, growing your opportunities in the audition room and framing your process once you book the role. Learn tips to identify and nurture your unique brand, and how to successfully leverage it in the audition room and on set. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time

Sat • Oct 28 • 1 - 4 pm • Krista Gano
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Public Speaking for Business Professionals Intensive: Execute with Excellence

* Please review date and time carefully. Changes have been made since the fall brochure was mailed.

Polish your presentation skills to deliver your ideas in a clear, efficient and powerful way. This highly individualized class will capitalize on your strengths, address your challenges and non-verbal aspects, and explore prosody and text to maximize your effectiveness. You’ll learn to address your nerves and overcome common fears as you gain skills to make you more effective and competitive in your career. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

1 session • $100 • 3 hr class time

Tue • Oct 3 • 6 - 9pm • Timothy McCracken
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DCPA Education Summer Classes
The Lewis E. Myers, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Arts in Education, Student Matinees, Study Guides
Riverfront Park Community Foundation
Xcel Energy Foundation
Fine Arts Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries

Dramatic Learning
Noble Energy
Target Xcel Energy Foundation

Second Act
Miracle Ear

DPS Shakespeare Festival
June Travis

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Anadarko

Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Regional High School Playwriting
Workshop and Competition

The Ross Foundation, June Travis

“DaVita is proud to support the DCPA, which truly embodies the values of innovation and creativity — keeping the arts alive in distinctive ways to inspire a new generation of leaders. DCPA’s commitment to arts education is truly inspirational, and DaVita is grateful for its commitment to this community.”