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Adult Classes - Fall 2014


Learn from the Tampa Bay Area’s top theatre artists! Whether you are an absolute beginner or have some previous acting experience, American Stage Education has a class for you.  Classes are available throughout the year for adults of all experience levels looking to explore their creativity and expand their theatrical knowledge. 

For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact the Education Department at 727-823-1600 x 204 or email education@americanstage.org.

Classes for Fall 2014

Acting I
Created for curious students interested in exploring the mysteries of acting, this class invites students to take the first step in becoming an expressive, confident stage actor.  Through the use of improv exercises and games, students will begin to build a strong foundation of skills. Focus will be placed on listening, concentration, moment-to-moment work, creativity, movement and vocal skills, and ensemble building. The course culminates in a performance of improvisations, exercises, and monologues for invited guests at the end of each semester.

Minimum: 6 students
Maximum: 16 students

Dates: September 15-November 17 (10 weeks)
Time: 
Mondays from 6:00pm-8:00pm at American Stage
Final Performance:  Monday, November 17
Tuition:
$250



Intro to Improv
"Yes, and…" In improvisation we practice this simple skill to make our scenes a success.  And if you try it, your life will be changed for the better both on stage and off.  In the Intro to Improv class at American Stage, you will learn how to give up judgment, embrace new possibilities and say “yes” to change. This class will introduce you to the fundamentals of improv comedy and give you the skills to think quickly and creatively on your feet.  Imagine playing games that make you laugh and have fun with other adults, while opening up new possibilities for your life both on stage and off.  This class is for students new to improv or for anyone who wants to revisit the core concepts behind this popular performance style. (It’s a great way to prepare for our Section I - Organic Improv class if you are new to acting or improv.)  The class will culminate in a showcase performance for family and friends.  

Minimum: 6 students
Maximum: 20 students

Dates: October 4-November 22 (8 weeks)
Time: 
Saturdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm at American Stage
Final Performance:
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Tuition: $160

Section 1 - Organic Improv
Have you ever wondered how talented improvisers are able to create hilarious scenes seemingly out of nowhere? Then come learn the art of organic, long-form improvisation at American Stage! Following a sequential, step-by-step method developed by critically acclaimed improvisers Gavin Hawk and Ricky Wayne, our instructors will teach you how to build funny scenes from the ground up, based on simple audience suggestions. Students will learn and put into practice core improv concepts like Acceptance, Give and Take, Status, and Space/Object Work. No matter what your improv experience level is, this eight-week course will show you how to create consistently interesting improvisation, culminating in a showcase that will delight and impress your friends and family.

Minimum: 10 students
Maximum: 20 students

Dates: October 4-November 22 (8 weeks)
Time: 
Saturdays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at American Stage
Final Performance:
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Tuition: $192
Lab Fee:  $30*

Section 2 – Premise Improv
Drawing on the principles of sketch comedy, Premise Improv picks up where Organic Improv left off. Our instructors will teach you how to create scenes from truthful sources such as stories, dreams, and interviews, and apply a comic premise to them. Students will learn and put into practice improv concepts such as finding the Game of the Scene, Heightening, and Walk-Ons, while learning about sketch comedy scene forms like Clash of Context, Inappropriate Response, and the Simple but Impossible Task. This ten-week class will take your improv to the next level, culminating in a showcase for your friends and family.

PREREQUISITE: Organic Improv and instructor approval.

Minimum: 10 students
Maximum: 16 students

Dates: October 11-December 20 (10 weeks) No class on November 29
Time: 
Saturdays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at American Stage
Final Performance:
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Tuition: $250


* All students in Section I - Organic Improv are required to purchase The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual. You may purchase this book through American Stage Education or on your own. You must have the book on the first day of class.  Once your enrollment for the class has been processed, someone will be in touch with you about purchasing the book.

Classes subject to change and/or cancellation if enrollment is below the minimum number needed. Should this occur, your tuition will be fully refunded.

For more information or if you are having problems trying to enroll on-line, please call the Education Department at 727-823-1600 x 204 or email education@americanstage.org.

 

 

 
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