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We've revamped our next session of classes to bring you more exciting offerings, with three distinct levels: Explore (Beginner), Create (Intermediate) and Collaborate (Advanced). Register by e-mailing classes@guthrietheater.org or calling 612.225.6172 (be sure to consider prerequisites). Check back often - we'll be adding more classes throughout the year!

Ready to dive in? View our registration and payment information for more details. We look forward to having you join us!

 

Explore (Beginner)


Intro to Acting- 4 weeks*
If you've never tried acting or are looking to explore your natural talents, this class is perfect for you. Come play, exercise your imagination and learn some new skills. No experience necessary. No prerequisite, Ages 18+, Capacity: 14 students

Tuesdays, January 17-February 7, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Teaching Artist: Laura Esping
Class Fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee)                                    

AND

Wednesdays, February 1-22, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Michelle Hutchison
Class Fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee) 

*We're sorry. Both sessions are full. Contact Madeline Achen at 612.225.6172 or MadelineA@guthrietheater.org to join the wait list and receive updates when additional classes are scheduled. 

 

Improvisational Mindset - 4 weeks
Improvisation is about discovering what's there, in the moment, right in front of you. Developing your improvisational mindset is a fun way to tap into the strengths and skills you already have. This course explores the tenets of improvisation and how these skills can make you more adaptable, effective, and empathetic-both personally and professionally. No prerequisite, Ages 18+, Capacity: 14 students

Thursdays, February 2-23, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Teaching Artist: Jim Robinson
Class Fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER

Voice and Speech 1 - 4 weeks*
Do you desire to be heard? To keep your listener engaged? To be more easily understood? This class will help you develop the skills to become a more effective speaker. Through exercises, discussions, and practical application, participants will discover how to speak with a motivating, inspiring, and commanding voice. No prerequisite, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 students

Tuesdays, January 17- February 7, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Teaching Artist: Mira Kehoe
Class Fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee) 

*We're sorry. This class is full. Contact Madeline Achen at 612.225.6172 or MadelineA@guthrietheater.org to join the wait list and receive updates when additional classes are scheduled.  

Voiceover 1 - 4 weeks (two sessions available)
Have you ever been curious about the world of radio and broadcast? Discover your vocal range and explore the necessary skills required to deliver the copy, impress the client, and sell the product. Learn the basics of choosing the right piece, reading commercial copy, and much more. No prerequisite, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 students

Wednesdays, January 11-February 1, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Jim Cada
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER

OR

Wednesdays, March 1-22, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Jim Cada
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


Movement for the Actor - 4 weeks
Action is embodied by the actor. Rhythm, energy and form allow the actor to physically become another character different from them. Join us in this active class that will lead participants in the discovery or refining of their awareness about their own bodies put that awareness to the service of the creation of different archetypes, the fine tuning of the actor's skill to recognize rhythm as part of their gestures, and the possibilities that an open body can have in the creation of a character or the investigation of a scene. No prerequisite, Ages 18+, Capacity: 15 Students

Mondays, February 13 - March 6, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Dario Tangleson
Class Fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


Dance 1 (4 or 8 week sessions available)
Do you love to move? Are your dancing shoes collecting dust? Well, brush them off and join us for our beginner-level dance class! Whether you're familiar with a few steps, or have never set foot on a dance floor, we'll have you moving and grooving in no time. No prerequisite, Ages 18+, Capacity: 15 Students

Saturdays, January 14 - March 4, 2017 at 10-11 a.m.
Teaching Artist: Rush Benson
Class Fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER

 

Create (Intermediate)


Acting: Creating a Character - 6 weeks (two sessions available)
If you were bitten by the acting bug in the Intro to Acting course, this next level is perfect for you! Continue your acting curiosity by building a strong foundation of skills. This class will strengthen your imagination, focus your concentration and hone your listening skills by delving into the creation of original and scripted characters. This class is designed for those who want to move beyond the basics. Prerequisite: Intro to Acting or its equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 students

Tuesdays, February 21 - March 28, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Laura Esping
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER

OR

Wednesdays, March 1 - April 5, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Michelle Hutchinson
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


Auditioning and the Business of Acting - 6 weeks
What makes a great monologue? What do casting directors look for? How do you get that gig? Find out in Auditioning and the Business of Acting a class designed for students who have taken at least one acting class and are ready to learn the ins and outs of "The Business". Prerequisite: Intro to Acting or its equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 Students

Thursdays, February 23 - March 30, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Michelle Hutchison 
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


Playwriting - 6 weeks
Have you ever imagined characters and been inspired to bring them to life on the page? What does it take to write an engaging scene and captivate an audience? Dive into valuable writing exercises, collaborate on staged readings of your work, and receive constructive feedback. Discover the key ingredients of a great drama or comedy and work toward creating your own short play. Explore-level class or its equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 Students

Wednesdays, March 1 - April 5, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Josh Tobiessen
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


Exploring the Text - 6 weeks
Welcome to the challenge of honoring the text--being our primary source of literary investigation. We begin with a 'classic' play and, time permitting, we will compare that path in understanding to a modern tale. Both manuscripts will be dissected into five concentrations: reason, time, locale, characters and language. Pairs of students will be “explorer scouts” sharing findings as we proceed on our journey. Prerequisite: Explore-level acting or text classes, Acting: Creating a Character preferred, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 students

Mondays, February 27-April 3, 2017 at 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Shirley Venard 
Class Fee: $275 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


Voice & Speech: Dialects - 6 weeks
Are you curious about dialects and accents? In this workshop we will discuss the difference between dialects and accents, how to research and apply them to text, and when and why to sing in dialect. We will explore Standard British and Cockney, and will apply them to some spoken text and song. Required materials: The Dialect Handbook by Ginny Kopf. Prerequisite: Voice & Speech 1 or its equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 Students

Tuesdays, February 21 - March 28, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Mira Kehoe
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


Voiceover 2: The Industry - 6 weeks
Serious about pursuing voiceover work? Learn all about audition etiquette, copy analysis, how to handle anxiety, and self-promotion from leading players in the industry. The class culminates with the opportunity to practice and record in the Guthrie's recording studio. (Previous guest speakers have included: Mike Stalcar, Engineer, Audio Ruckus Recording Studio; Holly Collison, Vocal Coach; and Kate Lawrence, Moore Creative). Pre-requisite: Voiceover 1 or its equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 Students

Wednesdays, May 10 - June 14, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Jim Cada
Class Fee: $300 (plus a $3 handling fee). REGISTER
Fee includes recording in the Guthrie recording studio and digital copies of recordings. 


Dance Styles: Musical Theater - 8 weeks 
There’s a reason actors strive to become what’s called a "triple threat". The combination of acting, singing and dancing makes musical theater fun! Learn to connect your acting motivation to your movement. Develop your dance vocabulary, understanding of body placement, and sample a variety of dance styles from tap to jazz to ballet. No singing required. Prerequisite: Dance 1 or its equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 15 Students

Saturdays, March 11 - May 6, 2017 (no class April 15) at 10-11:30 a.m.
Teaching Artist: Shinah Brashears
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


Dance Styles: Tap Dance - 8 weeks
If you've mastered the shuffle ball change and are ready to learn the Shim Sham, join us for Tap Dance for intermediate-level dancers, where you'll learn time steps, maxifords, Irishes and how to buffalo. It's fun and a great workout, too. Tap shoes required. Prerequisite: Dance 1 or its equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 15 Students

Saturdays, February 18 - April 8, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Rush Benson
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER

 

Collaborate (Advanced)


Scene Study - 6 weeks
In this six-week course you'll explore scenes from select plays in the Guthrie's current season, focusing on character development, crafting the story, and how to creatively engage within an artistic team. You will delve into several roles while stretching your abilities and discovering new methods to approach scene work. So get your water bottle, pencil and movement clothes ready, actors! Prerequisites: Explore and Create-level Acting Classes, or the equivalent thereof, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 Students

Tuesdays, April 18 - May 23, 2017 at 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Stuart Gates
Class Fee: $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


Studio Intensive - 8 weeks*
This advanced-level scene studies class is tailored to the needs and desires of the students. Each student will work with a scene partner intensively on one scene for eight weeks, with a keen focus on text and characterization. The final class will be an “open session,” during which students may invite family and friends to view their work. Prerequisites: Explore and Create level classes, and Scene Study, or permission of instructor by audition or interview, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 students

Wednesdays, April 19 - June 7 at 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Candace Barrett Birk
Class Fee: $300 (plus a $3 handling fee)\

*We're sorry. This class is full. Contact Madeline Achen at 612.225.6172 or MadelineA@guthrietheater.org to join the wait list and receive updates when additional classes are scheduled. 

Advanced Dance 3 - 8 weeks

If you’ve conquered the beginner and intermediate-level classes and are ready for a fun challenge, then this class is for you. Rush Benson and Shinah Brashears will cover multiple techniques and eras of dance, offering you a holistic studio experience that will do more than get you on your feet— it’ll have you dancing in the streets! Prerequisites: Dance 1 and 2, or their equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 15 Students

Mondays, April 10 - June 5, 2017 (no class on Memorial Day) at 7-9 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Rush Benson and Shinah Brashears

7-8 p.m. with Shinah Brashears:
The first half of the class will focus on building the strength, flexibility and control to become a better dancer. The first half of class will also work on being able to pick up on a combination at a quicker pace and help improve performance quality.

8-9 p.m. with Rush Benson:
This portion of the class will involve a study of dance designed towards making an intelligent mover and dance partner. We will study the Elements of dance and dance composition and dancers will generate some of their own choreography and movement. We will also be studying partnering and community movement, such as weight sharing and counter balance.

Class Fee: $300 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER
Drop in anytime for $35 per individual class! Call 612.225.6177 to arrange drop-ins.


Speaking Shakespeare - 8 weeks
What is it about the language in Shakespeare's plays that make them so musical? How do actors utilize heightened text to tell classic stories to modern audiences? These are the questions that will be answered in Speaking Shakespeare, an advanced-level voice and speech class with Mira Kehoe. Prerequisites: Explore and Create-level voice or text classes, or the equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 Students

Tuesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Mira Kehoe
Class Fee: $300 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER


From Script to Stage - 8 weeks
How does a play go from the page to the stage? What does a playwright do to get their story told, and how do they decide who will help them tell it? Find out in this advanced-level class that will combine aspects of your previous text and acting classes and help you take the next step, from writing your ideas down on paper to realizing them onstage. Prerequisites: Playwriting, Exploring the Text, or their equivalent, Ages 18+, Capacity: 12 Students

Mondays, April 10 - June 5, 2017 (no class Memorial Day) at 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Teaching Artist: Josh Tobiessen
Class Fee: $300 (plus a $3 handling fee) REGISTER