Adult Virtual Classes & Programs
The American Stage Virtual Academy provides accessible opportunities for adult students and professional artists to continue their theatre education through digital and social media platforms. Virtual programs go beyond the physical stage, guiding students to shape and elevate their creative voice and technique through unique learning opportunities, and storytelling genres. Ignite your artistry, connect with our student community, and empower your personal and professional growth.
Sketch Comedy Writing
Beginner to Intermediate
Date: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30PM, June 10 – July 15
Instructor: Gavin Hawk
Dive into the world of sketch comedy with American Stage Improv. Each 2-hour class will explore how to write comedic sketches, including finding the game of your sketch, writing in different formats (commercial parody, topical, etc). No experience necessary! This class is great for beginners and seasoned writers looking to refine their skills. All classes will be held on Zoom.
African-American Theatre Legacy
Why We Tell The Story…
Date: Thursday evenings from 6-7:30PM, June 11- July 16
Instructor: Patrick A Jackson
This 6–week course explores the history, impact and power of African-American Theatre in the world. Through script analysis and creative conversations with African-American theatre professionals, students will dive into the contributions of African-American culture to the American Theatre Canon.
Live & Laugh Workshop
A Part of our CREATIVE WELLNESS Series
Date: Tuesday evenings from 6-7PM, beginning June 9
Price: $125 for full June-August session or $12 drop-in rate
Instructor: Patrick A. Jackson and Skye Lindberg
Join CEO/Producing Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte and special guests in a series of virtual community roundtables about live theatre during the pandemic and beyond.
Live 30-Minute Zoom Conversations on Mondays at 6 p.m.
June 8: Staging a Creative Comeback
What role can the arts play in creating a Post-Covid renaissance in our community? Join CEO/Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte for live, 30-minute dynamic conversations with thought leader guest John Collins, Executive Director of the St. Pete Arts Alliance to share perspectives on staging a creative comeback in St. Pete.
As a special thank you to our subscribers and donors, we are proud to bring you Creative Conversations.
If you are not yet an American Stage subscriber or donor, we suggest a donation of $10/conversation or $30 for the entire series. For more information, please email email@example.com
ASI Study Hall
Join fellow ASI students, instructors, and performers for a virtual happy hour & conversation. Each free event prompts participants to watch/listen/or read about the topic of this month’s event. Then we virtually gather to discuss perspectives, reactions, and takeaways about the study and art of improv, or comedic performance in general.
3rd Thursdays from 8-9PM via Zoom
Next ASI Study Hall:
Thursday, May 21st.
May’s topic: COMEDIC DUOS…
Who are our favs & not so favs, and what do we observe or learn from them about…
Having each other’s back/embracing mistakes
“The ask” or other aspects of their typical format that are unique
Classic & Contemporary suggestions to look into:
(We’ll include links in the event discussion – PLEASE ADD YOUR OWN DUO SUGGESTIONS AND LINKS TOO!)
Middleditch & Schwartz
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Key & Peele
Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein
Mike Nichols & Elaine May
Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy
Bud Abbott & Lou Costello
Ball & Arnaz
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