Master Classes & Training for Professional Artists

Tampa Bay is an exciting region for the performing arts, filled with talent and continued artistic growth. American Stage believes in providing opportunities for professional theartre artists to develop and thrive. Courses are led by local and nationally renown theatre professionals.

Master Class Workshop Series – 8 week sessions led by locally and nationally renown theatre professionals.

Master Class Guest Artists Intensives – specialized sessions with guest artists working on our mainstage productions.

Improv Training Program – Explore the art of making things up, elevate your acting technique, and hone your comedic storytelling instincts.

Classes subject to change and/or cancellation if fewer than the minimum number of students enroll. Should this occur, your tuition will be fully refunded.

Discounts:
Receive 15% if you qualify in one of these ways:
Retake a Level (applies to L1-L4)
Enroll in a 2nd class during the same quarter
Present a current college ID at the Box Office
(15% discounts can only be applied via phone or at Box Office. Cannot be used in combination with EARLY promo)

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Playwriting

Mondays 
Dates: 
January 27 – March 16
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Location: American Stage
Instructor: Natalie Symons
Invited Play Reading: March 17
Tuition
: $180 (with offer code EARLY by Dec 31), $225 (after Dec 31)

Class Description

Ignite your creative voice through the art of Playwriting. Elevate your writing technique in this program designed for writers and actors. Learn basic scene structure, character development, establish action, with weekly writing assignments and in-class exercises to generate material and establish a regular writing schedule. Workshop Series will culminate in a staged reading of student work for friends, family and limited guests.

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Directing

Tuesdays
Dates: 
January 27 – March 16
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Location: American Stage
Instructor: Benjamin Ismail
Invited Play Reading: March 17
Tuition
: $180 (with offer code EARLY by Dec 31), $225 (after Dec 31)

Class Description

For actors, directors, playwrights, and filmmakers. Focus on script analysis and preparation, blocking and movement, business, uses of improvisation and working with actors, rhythm and tempo, theatrical organization, and integration of all aspects of technical theatre. Format consists of lecture and scene presentation.

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Solo Storytelling

Coming Spring 2020!
Dates:
TBD
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Location: American Stage
Instructor: TBD
Invited Performance Date: TBD
Tuition
: $225

Class Description

In this class you will learn the basic elements of telling a narrative story, how to take a crowd by surprise and make them care, how to be real and truthful on stage, and how to discover and communicate the real meaning behind your experience. Classes will include verbal and written exercises, examples of performances from some of the finest storytellers, and various techniques and approaches to prepare yourself for a performance of your story.

Enrollment Opens Spring 2020

Contemporary Scene Study

Coming Spring 2020!
Dates: 
TBD
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Location: American Stage
Instructor: TBD
Invited Performance Date: TBD
Tuition
: $225

Class Description

Plunge into scene work using in-depth text analysis, focusing on contemporary text. Through concentrated partner work discover techniques professional actors use to develop character and make bold, dynamic choices.

Enrollment Opens Spring 2020

Storytelling through Song with Jodi Kimura

Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
Time:
3-5pm
Location: 
American Stage
Tuition: $85

Instructor: Jodi Kimura with musical accompaniment by Michael Raabe.

About the Workshop

Jodi Kimura is a visiting guest artist from LA in American Stages’ current production of Vietgone. She’s been a working actor and a singer who has performed all over the US and the UK. Toronto Broadway World said, “To watch her sing is to observe a masterclass in acting subtext.” She is also a vocal coach and director in LA who loves to work with singers at any level to develop their story telling through song. Looking at text, subtext, context and phrasing, she can help you turn a string of notes and words on a page into the story YOU want to tell. Whether you’re working on preparing for an audition or a performance, or just wanting to develop your craft as an artist though song, she can help take you to that next level.

Who should take this Master Class Intensive?

This intensive is recommended for all levels! From a beginner musical theatre artist working to find the right audition piece to the seasoned performer looking to add some new skills and to their toolbox. Additionally this intensive is a great way to prepare for American Stage’s upcoming musical auditions for FOOTLOOSE and NEXT TO NORMAL.

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About Jodi Kimura

JODI KIMURA – originally from Maui and now in LA, was Bloody Mary in the US Lincoln Center First National tour of SOUTH PACIFIC for which she earned a Helen Hayes nomination. She was also the only American in the UK tour. Regional favorites: Tetsuko Tanaka, et. al in IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER with Annette Benning (Kirk Douglas & Kennedy Center); Mrs. Kipfer in Tim Rice’s new musical FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Ogunquit Playhouse) Rosie in MAMMA MIA (Sacramento Music Circus, Merry Go Round Playhouse); Woman 3 in WOMEN BEYOND BORDERS (Rubicon); Bloody Mary in SOUTH PACIFIC (Riverside, Maltz Jupiter, Gateway, Musical Theatre West, Rubicon, La Mirada [Ovation nomination]); Juno in ANOTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND with Olympia Dukakis (Orlando Shakespeare, ATP)Love to Dustin and everyone at The Mine, her mom, family and Amber-Sky. Thanks to Stephanie, Brian, Jim and everyone at American Stage! Jodikimura.com

About Michael Raabe

MICHAEL RAABE – Originally from South Dakota, Michael is an in-demand Music Director/Accompanist/Vocalist/Arranger for theaters and artists throughout Central Florida.  He is the resident Music Director at freeFall Theatre, where he recently did new arrangements for their “80’s intergalactic-rock” take on The Pirates Of Penzance and composed new music for Peter Pan. He has also done extensive work here at American Stage with their popular “Park” musicals and cabarets. Other musical merriment includes Disenchanted! (Off Broadway), Orlando Shakes, Theatrezone, Busch Gardens, and the Straz Center.   A true crooner at heart (with crazy retro-tastic mashups), Michael’s played to sold out houses swingin’ with Sara DelBeato and the band Retrotastic! Next summer, freeFall Theatre will premiere his new musical OZ (written with Eric Davis) based on L. Frank Baum’s beloved Land of Oz.  Michael loves the art of storytelling through music and the collaboration of artists coming together to share that story.   www.michaelraabe.com