Master Classes

Professional development and training opportunities for local theatre professionals. Classes are led by notable theatre artists from Tampa Bay and beyond.

Acting Shakespeare with L. Peter Callender
Shakespeare’s iconic characters and language are still thriving, and classical text is just as essential as contemporary text for the modern actor. Dive into the poetic language and characters of William Shakespeare in this 3 hour masterclass taught by L. Peter Callender. Cultivate the skills necessary to tackle complex Shakespearean text, and bring characters to life with confidence and authenticity.

Participants should bring a piece from Shakespeare – any play or character, no less than ten lines. Memorization is encouraged, but not required.

Saturday, November 3rd 2018
At American Stage.


More about the instructor:
L. PETER CALLENDER is currently performing as Pops in the American Stage production of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & CRAZY, where he has also directed three critically acclaimed and award-winning productions (JITNEY, JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE and A RAISIN IN THE SUN) over the past three years. He will be returning in January to direct Dominique Morisseau’s PIPELINE. Mr Callender is artistic director of African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, has performed in over 20 Shakespeare plays, most recently Richard in RICHARD III and directed five. He has performed coast to coast over the years in over 15 regional theaters. Some favorite roles include: Caliban in THE TEMPEST, Leontes in THE WINTER’S TALE, Simon in THE WHIPPING MAN, Colonel Pickering in PYGMALION, Roebuck Ramsden in MAN AND SUPERMAN, Adolphus Cusins in MAJOR BARBARA, Sam in ‘MASTER HAROLD’…and the Boys, Mr M in MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA!, Robert Mugabe in BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE and Becker in JITNEY. Peter has appeared on Broadway in PRELUDE TO A KISS (Helen Hayes Theater) and off-Broadway in BLACK EAGLES (Manhattan Theater Club) and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. More on Mr Callender can be found on his website


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Take the next step in becoming an actor!  Through scene work and in-class exercises, students will have an opportunity to take what they’ve learned in Acting 1 and delve deeper into the actor’s process. Students will explore what it really means to be in the moment, further script analysis skills, and work to create three dimensional characters with depth.  The course culminates in a performance of scenes for invited guests. Prerequisite:  Adult Acting I

Minimum: 8 students
Maximum: 16 Students

Dates: April 18 – June 27, 2016 (sans May 9)
Time: Mondays from 6pm-8pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: June 27, 2016, 6:30pm
Instructor: James Rayfield
Tuition: $270


Dates: January 11 – March 14 (10 weeks)
Time: Mondays from 6-8pm
Location: American Stage
Final Performance: Monday, March 29, 2016
Instructor: James Rayfield
Tuition: $260

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.