Adult Studio Classes

Adult Classes

Contemporary Scene Study

Instructor: Sherry Boyd

Mondays, January 28 – March 18

7:00 - 9:00 PM

$300

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Looking to hone your acting skills? Practice listening, finding truth and making strong choices on stage. Students will rehearse and perform scenes, and prepare a share for family and friends. Previous experience strongly recommended.

Dr. Sherry R. Boyd

Sherry BoydSherry R. Boyd a professor of Humanities at North Lake College in Irving, Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the Texas Tech University with a Directing and Arts Management focus. Dr. Boyd is an accomplished vocalist and theatre artist holding a Bachelor of Music, and Master of Arts in Theatre from Texas Woman’s University with a Directing and Stage Management concentration.

Dr. Boyd is the Coordinator for Humanities at North Lake College. In 2018 she was recognized by North Lake College highest honor for excellence in teaching, the Minnie Stevens Piper Excellence Award. Throughout the years, Dr. Boyd has built a diverse career in teaching, directing, singing, conducting diversity workshops, distance education workshops, and acting.

At present, Dr. Boyd is on sabbatical serving at Hartford Stage as a 2018-2019 Fellow in Education and Community Engagement. While there she will work with Hartford Stage's theatre education programs, which include in-school residencies and workshops, teacher professional development, community engagement events. Also, she will gain knowledge about the different pathways for college students to pursue directed toward working in regional theatre. She is a firm believer in life-long learning.

Intro to Acting

Instructor: Hunter Parker

Tuesdays, January 29 – March 19

7:00 - 9:00 PM

$300

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This course provides a foundation of acting skills and techniques for beginning actors. Through improvisation, monologues and games, actors will develop creativity and confidence while learning to use their natural impulses on stage. No previous experience needed!

Hunter ParkerHunter Parker

Hunter Parker is thrilled to return to Hartford Stage! She has taught classes here and at a number of studios, colleges, and schools around the country. Hunter is known for her positivity and enthusiasm in the classroom, along with a supportive and practical approach to the craft of acting. As a director and actress, she has worked on productions around the country. She recently moved back to Connecticut to teach acting at Hall High School in West Hartford, where she runs the theatre program.

Acting for the Camera

Back by Popular Demand
Instructor: Erica Lubonta

Wednesdays, January 30 – March 20, 2019

7:00 - 9:00 PM

$300

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Learn the technical side of acting in front of the camera. This class will focus on performance techniques for the specific genres of commercials, film and television. Students will work on camera and have the opportunity to review their work, receive feedback, and explore angles, distance, and performance techniques specific to film. All levels welcome.

Erica Lubonta

Erica LubontaOwner and Artistic Director
Erica LuBonta is Owner, Artistic Director, and Founder of The Complete Actor Studio in Avon, Connecticut. She has appeared on numerous off-Broadway and regional stages and has had lead roles in television productions and many independent films. She is also a director and teaching artist in the Education Departments of Hartford Stage and The Bushnell.

Audition Workshop

Tuesday, March 26

6:00 - 9:00 PM

$55

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Actors, are you preparing your auditions for next season? This three-hour intensive workshop will give you a laboratory to work your pieces, and learn valuable do’s and don’ts in the rehearsal room. Explore audition etiquette and keys to confidence. Please come with one or two memorized monologues.

Physical Comedy Masterclass with Michael Preston

Monday, March 25

6:00 - 9:00 PM

$75

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Includes a 3 hour workshop with Hartford Stage’s Scrooge and a ticket to Jeeves and Wooster.

Intro to Improv

Instructor: Casey Grambo

Mondays, April 1 – May 20

7:00 - 9:00 PM

$300

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This introduction to the basics of improvisation is led by Casey Grambo of Sea Tea Improv. Enjoy exciting, fast-paced games designed to develop quick, creative and spontaneous thinking. Improvisation is a great tool for actors, sales people, teachers, public speakers – anyone who wants to gain confidence while enjoying (and inspiring) some laughs. Come play – all levels welcome!