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We've revamped our classes to bring you more exciting offerings, with three distinct levels: EXPLORE (Beginner), CREATE (Intermediate) and COLLABORATE (Advanced).

If you have questions, e-mail us at classes@guthrietheater.org or call 612.225.6172.  

Explore (Beginner)

 

Acting: Intro to Acting


Session 1

Tuesdays, May 30 – June 20, 2017 (4 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • Class fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee) 
Teaching Artist: Laura Esping

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Session 2
Sundays, June 4 – 25, 2017 (4 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • Class fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee) 
Teaching Artist: Michelle Hutchinson
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Session 3
Thursdays, August 10 – 31, 2017 (4 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • Class fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee) 
Teaching Artist: Laura Esping

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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 new skills. No experience necessary. No prerequisite, ages 18+, capacity: 14 students.

Voice/Acting: Intro to Voice & Speech

Session 1
Tuesdays, June 6 – 27, 2017 (4 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • $150 (plus a $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Mira Kehoe

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Session 2
Sundays, August 6 – 27 (4 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m.  $150 (plus a $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Mira Kehoe

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Do you want to be heard more clearly? To keep your listener engaged? To be more easily understood? Develop 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.

Intro to Theater: Structure, Language and Character

Tuesdays, June 6 – 27, 2017 (4 weeks)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. • $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) Includes tickets to three Guthrie performances.
Teaching Artist: Jay Eisenberg

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Through the lens of play analysis, this course will give students an understanding, appreciation and critical perception of theater in its many forms. Theatrical genres explored will include both contemporary work and classics, as students attend performances on all three of the Guthrie’s stages. No prerequisite, ages 18+, capacity: 15 students.

Professional Development: Presentation & Communication Skills 

Wednesdays, June 7 – 28, 2017 (4 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • $150 (plus a $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artists: Jim Robinson and Michelle Hutchinson 

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Our bodies, faces and voices tell stories about who we are, communicating verbally and non-verbally in ways we don’t even realize. It’s time to take control of your story! Learn specific verbal and non-verbal skills that give you the confidence to be your best self and to respond in authentic, spontaneous and mindful ways. This on-your-feet class covers interviewing, presentation skills, meeting management and networking skills. No prerequisite, ages 18+, capacity: 14 students.

Dance: SLAY! With Brian Bose

Thursdays, June 8 – July 13, 2017 (6 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m.  $200 (plus $3 handling fee) 
$40 drop-in rate  Email with at least 48 hours advanced notice.
Teaching Artist: Brian Bose

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Join Guest Artist, Brian Bose to dance your way to empowerment with his SLAY workshop. Feel sexy, fierce and powerful while learning fun choreography and grooving to music. This class creates an open environment to explore your body, challenge yourself, and reconnect to your inner child. Strip away limiting fears and perfectionism and learn to get out of your own way so you have no choice but to SLAY. No dance experience necessary, ages 18+, capacity: 18 students. 

Voiceover: Intro to Voiceover

Mondays, August 7 – 28, 2017 (4 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m.  $220 (plus a $3 handling fee
Teaching Artist: Jim Cada

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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.

Acting: Movement for the Actor

Sundays, August 13 – September 7, 2017 (4 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • Class fee: $150 (plus a $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Jon Ferguson                              

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Action is embodied by the actor and rhythm, energy and form allow the actor to become another character. In this physical approach to acting, participants will explore physical awareness to create and explore different character archetypes and learn how rhythm and gesture can impact the creation of a character and the investigation of a scene. No prerequisite, ages 18+, capacity: 14 students.

Create (Intermediate)

 

Voiceover 2: The Industry - 6 weeks


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

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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.

Dance: Musical Theater

Saturdays, June 3 – July 22, 2017 (8 weeks)
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. • $220 (plus a $3 handling fee)  
Teaching Artist: TBD   

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There is a reason actors strive to become what’s known as a "triple threat." The combination of acting, singing and dancing to communicate a story has made musicals a beloved and enduring theatrical form. 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. Prerequisite: Dance 1 or its equivalent, ages 18+, capacity: 15 students.

Acting: Exploring the Text

Sundays, June 25 – July 30 (4 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • $275 (plus $3 handling fee) 
Teaching Artist: H. Adam Harris 

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All great actors have the ability to analyze a script to help them understand the circumstances of their character. In this course, participants will take a deep dive into the text of a classic and modern play, dissecting manuscripts into five concentrations: reason, time, locale, characters and language. Through this explorations, participants will leave with the skills to tackle any text, andto better prepare for an audition or role. Prerequisite: EXPLORE level acting or text classes, Acting: Creating a Character preferred, ages 18+, capacity: 12 students. 

Acting: Creating a Character


Session 1
Sundays, July 2 – August 6, 2017 (6 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • $220 (plus $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Michelle Hutchison     

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Session 2
Tuesdays, July 11 – August 15, 2017 (6 weeks)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. • $220 (plus $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Laura Esping

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If you were bitten by the acting bug in the Intro to Acting, this next level is perfect for you! Continue your acting curiosity by building a strong foundation of skills. Strengthen your imagination, focus your concentration and hone your listening skills by delving into the creation of original and scripted characters. Prerequisite: EXPLORE level acting class such as Intro to Acting or its equivalent, ages 18+, capacity: 12 students.  

Playwriting: Crafting a Scene


Tuesdays, July 11 – August 15, 2017 (6 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • $220 (plus a $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Josh Tobiessen 

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Have you 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. Prerequisite: Explore-level class or its equivalent, ages 18+, capacity: 12 students.

Acting: Auditioning and the Business of Acting

Wednesdays, August 2 – September 6, 2017 (6 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • $220 (plus a $3 handling fee) 
Teaching Artist: Shirley Venard

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What makes a great monologue? What do casting directors look for? Focus on learning and developing the skills and insight needed to pursue and advance a career in theater and film. This course will focus on the unique goals and dreams of each participant while providing practical tools and information on the business of acting. Topics include monologue readiness, finding and securing representation, training opportunities and common practices that apply to stage and film. Prerequisite: EXPLORE level acting class such as Intro to Acting or its equivalent, ages 18+. capacity: 12 students.

Voice/Acting: Dialects

Tuesdays, July 11 – August 15, 2017 (6 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m. • $220 (plus a $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Mira Kehoe

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Are you curious about dialects and accents? Learn the difference between dialects and accents, how to research and apply them to text, and when and why to sing in dialect. Explore Standard British and Cockney, and apply them to spoken text and song. Required materials: The Dialect Handbook by Ginny Kopf. Prerequisite: Voice & Speech 1 or its equivalent, ages 18+, capacity: 12 students.

Collaborate (Advanced)

Voice/Acting Speaking Shakespeare - 8 weeks


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

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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.


Acting: Scene Study

Wednesdays June 21 – July 26, 2017 (6 weeks)
6:30-9:30 p.m. • $220 (plus a $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Stuart Gates

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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. Delve into several roles while stretching your abilities and discovering new methods to approach scene work. 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.

Acting: Studio Intensive

Session 1
Mondays, June 12 – July 31, 2017 (8 weeks)
6:30-9:30 p.m. $300 (plus a $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Shirley Venard  

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Session 2
Tuesdays, August 29 – October 17, 2017 (8 weeks)
6:30-9:30 p.m. $300 (plus a $3 handling fee)
Teaching Artist: Candace Barrett Birk 

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This advanced-level scene studies class is tailored to the needs and goals of each student. Student will work intensively on one scene with one scene partner 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.