Adult Studio Classes

Adult Classes

Performing Shakespeare

Instructor: Geoffrey Sheehan

Mondays, October 15 – December 10 (no class on Veterans Day)

7:00 - 9:00 PM

$300

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This eight-week course will provide an approach to breaking down Shakespeare’s text, which can often feel daunting. Emphasis will be placed on identifying clues in the language to help make an actor make strong and clear vocal and physical choices. Students will have the opportunity to work with a guest artist from Hartford Stage’s upcoming production of Henry V, and will have a monologue or scene ready to share by the final week.

Geoffrey Sheehan

Geoffrey SheehanGeoffrey Sheehan is Co-Founder and Artistic Associate of Capital Classics Theatre Company, producers of the Greater Hartford Shakespeare Festival, where he has performed in and directed many Shakespearean plays. Geoffrey is a professor and program coordinator of Theater Arts at Housatonic Community College. He received his B.F.A. in Drama from UConn and his M.A.L.S. in Theater from Wesleyan University.

Acting for the Camera

Instructor: Erica Lubonta

Tuesdays, October 16 – December 4

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.

Contemporary Scene Study

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.

Intro to Acting

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!

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!