Adult Classes & Training Programs


Ignite creativity, artistry, and collaboration.

At American Stage, we provide three tracks of opportunities for adult learners:

American Stage Improv classes welcome life-long learners to be curious and creative, discovering more about themselves and others by exploring the performing arts. These courses are typically offered in 9-week sessions.

Master Classes invite artists studying or pursuing a career in theatre to expand their skills, and elevate their expertise. These courses are typically offered as one-time sessions.

Corporate Training & Team-building brings your group together in a supportive and approachable environment to sharpen collaboration, communication, and creative thinking.

American Stage Education fosters an accessible environment that encourages a sense of belonging, curiosity, and collaboration. Our teaching artist staff consists of working theatre professionals who are culturally competent, have a passion for teaching, and are trained in key methodologies.

Both in-person and virtual course options are available throughout the season. See below for details!

 

 

Class Details Below!

Interested in Financial Aid?

Partial aid is available for adult learners who demonstrate financial need. Please contact education@americanstage.org or 727.823.1600 ext 213 to request an application.

Improv Classes

Ignite creativity.

Improv for All!

Dive into the world of improv comedy with American Stage. Brand new to improv?  Ready to give it a try? Looking to brush-up your creative thinking? This is where you start your journey. Be present and honest in the moment, discover  the joy of connecting with others, and let your creativity shine! 

In the class students will:

  • Learn improv basics like listening, offering/acceptance, and “Yes, And.”
  • Explore short-form improv games that to build  comedic characters, and heighten  quick wit 
  • Explore creativity, hone their comedic voice and build self-confidence.

Who is this class for: This class is great for the improv newbie or the skilled improviser looking to review and refresh the foundations of their artistry.  No experience necessary, you’ve got everything you need.

Date: Wednesday Nights 7:00-9:00PM
October 6 – December 8th (No Class – Nov. 24)
*Bring A Friend to Improv – Oct 27th
Student Show: December 12th
Cost: $225
Class Capacity: 15 max – mask required

Enroll Today!

 

Improv Scene Study

Moving beyond short form improv games and simple scenes, this class series breaks down the fundamentals of great improv scene work. Our natural reactions can make the funniest version of ourselves. Learn methods used to sustain a scene beyond the “first three lines.” 

In this class students will:

  • Build upon the fundamentals of improv that reinforce, support, listening and flexibility. 
  • Identify the “first unusual  thing” and  find  the “game” of each scene.
  • Lean skills to improvise fully realized environments.

Who is the class for: This class is  great if you’ve taken an improv class before (like Improv Basics), or if you have studied acting/theatre and are looking to expand your actor’s toolbox.

Date: Wednesday Nights 7:00-9:00PM
October 6 – December 8th (No Class – Nov. 24)
*Bring A Friend to Improv – Oct 27th
Student Show: December 12th
Cost: $225
Class Capacity: 15 max – mask required

Enroll Today!

 

Characters for Improv

Coming Spring 2022! 

Bold. Comedic. Grounded. Elevate the skills needed for character work, an element essential to dynamic, improvised scenes. Learn to make choices that clearly define the characters you create, center them in a place of authenticity, and heighten and explore them as the world of the scene unfolds. This class combines modules and exercises in improvisation and acting technique.

In this class students will:

  • Learn about the character creation process & explore various acting techniques
  • Understand the many variations of character-driven games in scene-work
  • Explore how character relationships and honest choices to advance the scene.
  • Build fully realized characters

Who is the class for: An excellent course for improvisers seeking to sharpen their acting technique, as well as actors seeking to broaden their approach and their breadth of character-work. This class is best for those who have some understanding of improv scene-work (we recommend taking our Improv Scene Study class first), but it is also a fun and supportive environment for those who have only taken a basic improv class, or have studied acting/theatre and are looking to expand your actor’s toolbox.

Date: Wednesday Nights 7:00-9:00PM
Dates Coming Soon!!
*Bring A Friend to Improv – Oct 27th
Student Show:
Cost: $225
Class Capacity: 15 max – mask required

Coming Soon!

 

Performance Formats

Coming Spring 2022! 

Coming Soon!

Fall Trimester:
October 4 – December 12

Spring Trimester:
March 7 – May 7

Summer Trimester:
June 27 – August 28

Master Classes

Ignite artistry.

Details coming soon!

Fall Trimester:
October 4 – December 12

Spring Trimester:
March 7 – May 7

Summer Trimester:
March 23 – July 24

Corporate Training
& Team-building

Ignite collaboration.

Details coming soon!

Fall Trimester:
October 4 – December 12

Spring Trimester:
March 7 – May 7

Summer Trimester:
March 23 – July 24

Things to Know

Basic Program Policies and FAQs

A 10% discount is available for Military family members and Teachers (with ID). Call the Adult Education Associate to apply this discount – 727-823-1600 x 213.

Each class culminates in a final student show for invited guests.

The most current COVID-19 safety procedures will be implemented throughout classes, and required of guests attending student shows. Our safety protocols include, but are not limited to:

  • Complying to CDC recommendations for educational organizations as a baseline for safety protocols. We will institute additional safety measures as needed.
  • All teaching artists are vaccinated & tested weekly for COVID-19.
  • Masks & social distancing are required for everyone in the classroom.
  • Heightened cleaning procedures are implemented prior the start of each class period.

Read the full American Stage COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan here.

Si hablas Español y quieres más información sobre los programas de teatro de American Stage, por favor envíanos un email a education@americanstage.org o llamanos al (727) 823-1600, extensión 212. 

For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact the Education Department at education@americanstage.org.