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Our daytime, evening and weekend acting classes fit into every schedule and are offered year-round to make sure everyone has an opportunity to learn.

 

Conquering the Dance Audition

Don't miss the opportunity to build your confidence and ease with the third part of a musical theatre audition: The Dance. While many actors feel confident with their singing and acting skills, nailing the dance portion of an audition or show can feel like another story. Spend six weeks exploring the important technical and performance elements of dance often used in musical theatre choreography. Build your background so you can step onto the stage and own it. 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time
Fri • Feb 16 - Mar 23 • 10am - 12pm • Piper Lindsay Arpan

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Intermediate Commercial Voice Over (new class!)

Hone your commercial voiceover technique and learn about other aspects and genres of the voice over industry. Learn how to give distinct multiple "takes", self-direct, record and edit auditions, interpret casting briefs, and much more. Designed for students who have already taken a beginning level VO class or who have professional studio experience. Intermediate VO "graduates" will be eligible to audition for the new Advanced VO: Demo Preparation in Fall. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Feb 21 - Mar 28 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Tia Marlier and Mare Trevathan

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MASTER CLASS PROJECT WINTER 2018

DCPA One-Act Play Festival
(Plays To Be Announced)
Directed by Allison Watrous, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski and Timothy McCracken
Auditions: Wed, Mar 7, 6 - 8pm & Thu, Mar 8, 6 - 7pm; Callbacks 7 - 8pm
Rehearsals: Mar 12 – Mar 26 (Evenings and Saturday Afternoons TBD). No rehearsals Friday and Sundays.
Performances: Thu, Mar 29 - Sat, Mar 31 • 7:30pm

Join us for the first One-Act Play Festival in the DCPA's Education Department. Three different worlds will be realized in different environments in the building, with all three plays performed nightly in our culmination. Each actor will be cast in one play, and outside study will be an important part of this process.

For the audition, prepare one contemporary monologue. Also, be prepared for cold readings. Bring a headshot and current resume. Email education@dcpa.org to set up an audition time.

Two previous DCPA Education classes or workshops required to audition.
The Master Class Project is funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund.

 

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)


Sat • Mar 31 - May 5 • 10am - 12pm • Kate Gleason
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Mon • Apr 2 - May 7 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Gareth Saxe
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Tue • Apr 3 - May 8 • 12 - 2pm • Heather Hughes
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Wed • Apr 4 - May 9 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Justin Walvoord
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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. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time
Mon • Apr 2 - May 7 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Timothy McCracken
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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 • Apr 3 - May 8 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Matthew Schneck
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Thu • Apr 5 - May 10 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Tara Falk
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting

 

Scene Study II: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

Explore the enchanting world of Tom Stoppard's award-winning play Arcadia. As it gracefully moves between 1809 and the present, this witty, complex, breathtaking and heartfelt play explores everything from love and discovery to chaos theory, algorithms and the power of a simple waltz. Don't miss this opportunity to concentrate on scene work through the heightened text of a master playwright.

8 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time
Wed • Apr 4 - May 30 (no class May 9) • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Allison Watrous
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Prerequisite: Introduction to Acting & Scene Study I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Advanced Acting: Lillian Hellman and Thornton Wilder

Focus on opposing aspects of the American experience from two amazing playwrights. Discover the contrast between the political, social and moral implications of post-World War II affluence through the plays of Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes, The Autumn Garden, Toys in the Attic) compared to the humanistic optimism of Thorton Wilder (Our Town, The Matchmaker, The Skin of Our Teeth). This advanced scene study class requires extensive preparation and rehearsal. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

(Choose one of the two days listed. Please note the different prerequisites)

8 sessions • $330 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Mar 31 - May 19 • 10am - 1pm • Sabin Epstein
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Prerequisite: Scene Study I & II, or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.


7 sessions • $330 • 3.5 hr class time
Thu • Apr 5 - May 24 (no class April 12) • 6 - 9:30pm • Sabin Epstein
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Prerequisite: Scene Study I & II and at least one previous class with Mr. Epstein. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

Advanced Auditioning Technique

This master class on auditioning is designed to help you compete at a professional level. Explore all aspects of the audition process with two of Denver's major theatre and casting pros as they make your materials shine with hands-on text work and coaching. Leave the class with two polished monologues, as well as focused work on headshots and resumes, do's and don'ts, intros and transitions. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

6 sessions • $275 • 2.5 hr class time
Sat • Mar 24 - May 5 (no class Apr 21) • 10am - 12:30pm • Sylvia Gregory and Sam Gregory

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Must have DCPA Education or instructor approval. Please submit head shot ad resume to 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 • Apr 7 - May 12 • 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 • Apr 4 - May 9 • 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 • Apr 3 - May 8 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Jeffrey Parker
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Viewpoints & Suzuki Method Intensive

Immerse yourself in the groundbreaking and fascinating language of Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method. These approaches can help build your physical skills and awareness so you can immediately apply them to all of your work as an actor and artist. The approach to - and beauty of - this work is truly awe-inspiring and will provide a great physical challenge for all involved. 8 student minimum, 20 student maximum.

4 sessions • $195 • 2.5 hr class time
Wed • Apr 11 - May 2 • 6:30 - 9pm • Anne Penner
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Musical Theatre Intensive: Singing and Acting Your Song

As a musical theatre artist, connecting with your material and translating it into a strong, believable interpretation can be a great challenge. Overcome the intimidation by working with two of our region's finest musical theatre directors. Bring two contrasting songs, a ballad and an up-tempo, to learn how to interpret the material more specifically. Focus on utilizing lyrics and the dynamics of the score to find the key to performing your piece in an authentic way.8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

4 sessions • $275 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Apr 7 - Apr 28 • 1 - 4pm • Michael Duran (Apr 7 & 14) & Nick Sugar (Apr 21 & 28)
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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? Get ready to 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 • Apr 2 - May 7 • 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
Tue • Apr 3 - May 8 • 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 the two days listed)


Tue • Apr 3 - May 8 • 6 - 8:30pm • Martha Harmon Pardee
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Sat • Apr 7 - May 12 • 10am - 12:30pm • Tia Marlier
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Commercial Voice Over: The Workout

Step in front of the mic and stretch your voice over muscles. Students will find and activate their strongest reads through clear choices, playful visualization and stepping outside the box. Identify and address your individual voice over obstacles and common bad habits, all while exploring positive solutions and techniques. Get into the flow with this authentic, organic class. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

6 sessions • $230 • 2 hr class time
Wed • Apr 4 - May 9 • 6:30 - 8:30pm • Kathleen Ham
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Prerequisite: Commercial Voice Over I or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

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
Tue • Apr 3 - May 15 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Kelly McAllister
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Feature Length Screenplay - the Draft

During this intermediate level class, you will execute a first draft of a feature length screenplay - the true test of a writer who wants to create for film or television. Develop and explore the essentials of a well-executed screenplay: a 90-120 page draft, paying attention to the principals of story (character, plot and tone), engagement and a working knowledge of how to execute the visual narrative form. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

7 sessions • $315 • 3 hr class time
Tue • Apr 3 - May 15 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Michael Catlin
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Prerequisite: The Craft of Screenplay or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org.

 

MASTER CLASS PROJECT SPRING 2018:

Movement Project - Orlando, by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Steven Cole Hughes
Auditions: Tue, Mar 27, 6 - 9pm & Sat, Mar 31, 1:30-4:30pm
Rehearsals: Week of Apr 2 - Week of May 7, Mon - Thu, and Sat afternoons. Rehearsal days and times will vary throughout the process, no rehearsals on Fridays or Sundays.
Performances: Thu, May 10 - Sat, May 12, 7:30 pm

Take flight in an aerial exploration of Virginia Woolf's time traveling, gender-bending hero/heroine Orlando. In a beautifully poetic adaptation by Sarah Ruhl, this Master Class will combine text and character development with aerial and floor movement to create a unique, collaborative story. This will be directed specifically for the low-flying trapeze by Steven Cole Hughes.

For the audition, be prepared for cold readings, as well as movement. Please dress in movement attire and bring a headshot and current resume. Email education@dcpa.org to schedule an audition time.

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.

 

Build Your Own Home Voice Over Studio

If you've taken voice acting classes and you are ready to begin recording, stake out a setup of your own. Learn how to turn a closet or corner into a recording space, choose an appropriate microphone and other gear, and use an audio app to prepare a typical voice over audition. Emphasis will be placed on affordable DIY options, including some resources you might already have. Don't miss this opportunity to take the next step in your voice over hobby or career. 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

1 Session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Feb 17 • 1 - 4pm • Rick Reid

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Killing the Joke

Become a master joke-teller and slay your audience. Explore how to execute the perfect joke using tried-and-true theatrical methods mixed with a splash of science. Whether you're a professional actor looking to sharpen your craft or just hoping to be the life of your next office party, this class is for anyone who wishes to stretch their comedic range and always get a laugh. 8 student minimum, 14 maximum.

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Mon • Feb 26 • 6:30 - 9:30pm • Michael Bouchard

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Public Speaking for Business Professionals Intensive: Execute with Excellence

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 control 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 • Feb 20 • 6 - 9pm • Hilary Blair

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Advanced Acting Workshop: 5 Minute Max

Get an opportunity to receive feedback and adjustments on a fully rehearsed and prepared scene of your choice. You will be challenged to dig in and realize a scene to your fullest capacity without previous instruction. Material is completely in your hands, but must be no more than 5 minutes in length and must be from a published play. Be prepared to receive specific, detailed and direct feedback from this team of theatre professionals. This workshop will accept applications for enrollment and a maximum of 12 students will be accepted. Scene partners will be assigned via random lottery pick.

1 session • Free • 3 hr class time
Sat • May 19 • 1 - 4pm • Sabin Epstein, Kate Gleason, Timothy McCracken, Allison Watrous

Prerequisite: Advanced Acting level class and/or instructor approval. Please email headshot and resume to education@dcpa.org. This workshop is funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund.

 

Advanced Voice and Speech Intensive: Vocal "Boot Camp"

Get your instrument "tuned up" for your spring vocal projects. This two-week voice intensive will focus on relieving tension patterns, shaking loose old habits, deepening breath and control, improving power and resonance, and applying these skills to scripted and improvised speech. You'll receive full vocal workouts, useful tools to increase vocal flexibility and stamina, individual attention and handouts on vocal health and safety. Find your voice and take it to the next level. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

2 sessions • $120 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Apr 28 & May 5 • 1 - 4pm • Jeffrey Parker

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Prerequisite: Voice and Speech for the Actor or instructor approval. Please inquire at education@dcpa.org. This workshop is funded through the Lewis Myers Scholarship Fund.

 

The Reel Path to Professional; Know your Industry

Ever feel like the film and television industry is a mystery? Not sure where or how to get started? Get to know the business in which you want to compete and grow. Learn how a project gets to production, how casting works, the players, the terms, and ask your burning questions. By understanding your field, you can better strategize and position yourself to be an "answer" to a production's needs. 8 student minimum, 12 maximum.

1 session • $60 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Apr 14 • 1 - 4pm • Krista Gano

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Improvisation: Viola Spolin's Body Mind Intuition

The legacy of Viola Spolin's work isn't comedy at all. It's the ability for actors, performers, and people from all walks of life to easily access their intuition. When we engage in play, we access the space where the mind's dictation of what to do next is quieted and the body instead informs the mind of how to respond to the world around it. 8 student minimum, 16 maximum.

2 sessions • $120 • 3 hr class time
Sat • Apr 14 & 21 • 1:30 - 4:30pm • Kerstin Caldwell

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Public Speaking for Business Professionals Intensive

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 control 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 • Apr 17 • 6 - 9pm • Hilary Blair

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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.”