Classes

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Our classes for adults and youth are designed for all interests and skill levels. If you’re looking to build on your previous stage or summer camp experience, dabble in theater just for fun or improve your communication skills at work, we’ve got just the thing.

For the health and safety of our students, staff and teaching artists during the COVID-19 crisis, we have transitioned our classes to a virtual format. We’ve been working hard to ensure each online experience continues to serve your creative and artistic goals.

We will add more virtual classes in the future, so check back often! If you have questions, please email classes@guthrietheater.org.

For youth (grades 7–12)

Our virtual classes and workshops for youth are designed to empower theater-loving kids and teens to be artists and lifelong learners while exposing them to the professional practices and community of the Guthrie. Classes are introductory and have no prerequisite unless indicated. Scholarships are available for all educational programming, and you can apply here.

Questions? View our youth classes FAQs or email classes@guthrietheater.org.

TAKING THE STAGE (grades 7–9)
Develop skills for on and off the stage in this introductory acting class at the Guthrie! Through a focus on ensemble building, improvisation and character development, you will build a foundation of acting that will take you to the stage and beyond.

  • Dates: Sundays, October 4–25 l Noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $135
  • Instructor: Marci Lucht

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DANCE STYLES: JAZZ (grades 8–12)
And ... jazz hands! In this fun and exhilarating class, you will learn the fundamentals of jazz as a dance style. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned dancer, all experience levels are welcome. Just point those toes and kick-ball-change right into this dancing adventure!

  • Dates: Sundays, October 4–25 l 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Class Fee: $170
  • Instructor: Gabrielle Dominique

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STAGE MAKEUP WORKSHOP (grades 8–12)
Ever wondered how to do character makeup? Join us for an exciting one-day workshop taught by one of the industry’s top makeup artists. You will learn how to make yourself look older and create a scar along with other essential tips to help your makeup shine under the stage lights. Supplies may be purchased as a kit or individually (see link below). If you have questions, email classes@guthrietheater.org.

  • Date: Saturday, October 17 | 10 a.m. – noon
  • Workshop Fee: $85
  • Instructor: Jessica Rau

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DESIGN TECHNIQUES (grades 8–12)
Take a deep dive into the areas of costumes, set design, stage management and sound, all of which use design to help create and tell a compelling story onstage. This fun, engaging class is taught by a theater professional and will give you a glimpse into the art of theater design. Prerequisite: Production Overview or equivalent experience.

  • Dates: Sundays, November 1–22 | 4–6 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $175
  • Instructor: Tree O’Halloran

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ACTING THROUGH SONG WORKSHOP (grades 10–12)
This one-day workshop focuses on connecting movement and voice to the emotional arc of a character through song. You will explore audition sides from popular musical theater ballads, break down the text and learn musical techniques to help you form fully developed characters and effectively communicate a story onstage through song.

  • Date: Saturday, December 5 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Workshop Fee: $120
  • Instructor: Max Wojtanowicz

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IMPROV (grades 7–9)
Learn how to create scenes and characters at the drop of hat by playing fun games in an environment of trust. You will learn comedic timing, how to get comfortable onstage and how to come up with a story in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is say, “Yes, and!”

  • Dates: Sundays, November 1–22 l Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $135
  • Instructor: Marci Lucht

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PRODUCTION OVERVIEW (grades 8–12)
Center stage not your thing? The work happening backstage is just as important as what happens onstage. Discover your inner theater technician through explorations of costumes, set design, stage management and sound. This fun, engaging class is taught by a theater professional and will get you started on your theater career or hobby.

  • Dates: Sundays, October 4–25 l 2:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $135
  • Instructor: Tree O’Halloran

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DANCE STYLES: BROADWAY (grades 8–12)
5, 6, 7, 8! In this exciting class, you will learn various dance styles required for musical theater from here to Broadway. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned dancer, all experience levels are welcome. Just point those toes and kick-ball-change right into this dancing adventure!

  • Dates: Sundays, November 1–22 l 10–11:30 a.m.
  • Class Fee: $170
  • Instructor: Gabrielle Dominique

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ACTING I: THE ACTOR’S TOOLKIT (grades 10–12)
Working in collaboration with a professional theater artist, you will develop a foundational practice for young actors by focusing on voice, movement and scene study while being introduced to the professional and creative practices of the Guthrie.

  • Dates: Sundays, October 4–25 l Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $175
  • Instructor: C. Michael Menge

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ACTING II: CREATING THE CHARACTER (grades 10–12)
Strengthen your imagination and develop listening skills by delving into the creation of original and scripted characters. You will explore a variety of approaches for character development and feel empowered to find your personal, unique approach to character work. Prerequisite: Acting I: The Actor’s Toolkit or equivalent experience.

  • Dates: Sundays, November 1 – December 6 | Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $235
  • Instructor: C. Michael Menge

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For adults (ages 18 and up)

Hello and welcome! Whether you’re a business professional looking to elevate your presentation skills or a theater artist wanting to expand your toolkit, we offer something for everyone:

  • Workshops and Exploratory Classes are ideal for all experience levels (unless otherwise noted) and designed to support personal and professional growth through theater-inspired offerings focused on communication skills, playwriting, production, voiceover and more.
  • The Performance Pathway offers multiple levels of actor training in a variety of theater disciplines. Build a foundation in voice, physicality and process in our introductory classes, and then expand your craft through our intermediate and advanced classes and workshops.

Scholarships are available for all educational programming, and you can apply here.

Questions? View our adult classes FAQs or email classes@guthrietheater.org.

Performance Pathway

MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR (INTRODUCTORY)
The body is an actor’s instrument. During a performance, gesture and physicality tell a story in union with the actor’s voice. In this energetic class led by local actor Sun Mee Chomet, you will explore a variety of physical approaches to performance and gain insight on how to view acting onstage from a movement-based perspective.

  • Dates: Sundays, October 4–25 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $185
  • Instructor: Sun Mee Chomet

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THEATER BASICS (INTRODUCTORY)
Through a variety of theater exercises, you’ll explore the fundamentals of acting and create a foundation for continued training in improvising, building a theater vocabulary, performing in front of an audience and approaching text. All experience levels welcome. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: Our Creating a Character class is a great follow up to Theater Basics. We also recommend building your vocal foundation with Voice and Speech for the Actor, which will meet the prerequisite for many of our intermediate classes.

Option 1

  • Dates: Mondays, October 5–26 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $185
  • Instructor: Michelle Hutchison

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Option 2

  • Dates: Sundays, October 11 – November 1 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $185
  • Instructor: Laura Esping

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IMPROV (INTRODUCTORY)
We all miss seeing live shows at our favorite local theaters, but improv is alive and well online. From timing and games to on-the-spot character creation, this anything-can-happen class will have you feeling spontaneous and confident onstage before you can say, “Yes, and!”

  • Dates: Tuesdays, October 6 – November 17 (no class November 3) | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $225
  • Instructor: Gretchen Grunzke

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DANCE STYLES: AFRO-CARIBBEAN (INTERMEDIATE)
Dive into the rhythm, drums, dance and songs of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora in this dynamic and exhilarating class. Whether you are a seasoned dancer or new to the practice, all bodies and ethnicities are welcome as we honor the spiritual traditions that guide this movement.

  • Dates: Sundays, November 1–22 | 10 a.m. – noon
  • Class Fee: $185
  • Instructor: Rene D. Thompson 

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CREATING A CHARACTER (INTERMEDIATE)
Strengthen your imagination, focus your concentration and hone your listening skills by delving into the creation of original and scripted characters. Building on the skills and concepts introduced in Theater Basics, this class will explore a variety of approaches for character development and empower actors to find their unique approach to character work. Prerequisite: Theater Basics or equivalent experience. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: This class is a great follow up to Theater Basics. Continue adding to your actor’s toolkit with our Acting From the Text class, which dives further into character development through script analysis. If you are serious about being cast, we also recommend taking the Monologue and Audition Prep class or any workshop.

Option 1

  • Dates: Mondays, November 2 – December 7 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $225
  • Instructor: Michelle Hutchison

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Option 2

  • Dates: Sundays, November 8 – December 13 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $225
  • Instructor: Laura Esping

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VOICE AND SPEECH FOR THE ACTOR II (INTERMEDIATE)
This six-week class aims to unlock the actor’s voice by continuing the work explored in Voice and Speech for the Actor. Through extensive work with breath, resonance, range, articulation, projection, phrasing, expression and body-mind exercises, you will set personal goals and be supported as you develop a daily practice to improve your skills and expression. Prerequisite: Voice and Speech for the Actor or equivalent experience.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, November 10 – December 15 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $225
  • Instructor: Mira Kehoe

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VOICE AND SPEECH FOR THE ACTOR (INTRODUCTORY)
Learn the basic principles of voice and speech, including breath, resonance, range, articulation, projection, phrasing, expression and release of excessive tension. Through assigned readings, experiential exercises, class discussions and practical application of skills, you’ll build a strong foundation of vocal practice. This is a prerequisite for several intermediate classes. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: Building a strong vocal foundation is a necessary step for actors. Continue your vocal training with our intermediate Voice and Speech for the Actor II class.

Option 1

  • Dates: Sundays, October 4–25 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $185
  • Instructor: Mira Kehoe

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  • Dates: Tuesdays, October 6–27 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $185
  • Instructor: Mira Kehoe

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DANCE STYLES: CONTEMPORARY JAZZ (INTERMEDIATE)
Want to sharpen your technique while energizing your body in joyful expression? Just kick-ball-change your way into this class where you will learn the foundations of contemporary jazz. Hone your skills for a dance call or simply point your toes in a new direction to expand your skills. All experience levels welcome.

  • Dates: Sundays, October 4–25 | 10 a.m. – noon
  • Class Fee: $185
  • Instructor: Andrea Mislan

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MONOLOGUE AND AUDITION PREP (INTERMEDIATE)
A monologue can make or break an audition, but with the right tools, you can nail it every time. In this class, you’ll be guided through the practice of breaking down a text and presenting a more fully developed performance in the audition room. Get ready to put your best foot forward and wow casting directors from the moment they have your resume in hand.

What to prepare: Before class, you must choose and memorize a monologue.

  • Dates: Wednesdays, October 7–28 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $225
  • Instructor: Aimee K. Bryant

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ACTING THROUGH SONG (INTERMEDIATE)
Get one step closer to becoming a triple threat. In this six-week class, you will work on connecting movement and voice to the emotional arc of a character through song. Break down the text, make strong choices and learn the musical techniques you need to effectively communicate a story through song and stand out from the crowd.

What to prepare: Before class, you must prepare and practice a contemporary musical theater cut of your choice (16–32 bars) that shares a story and highlights your voice. The selection may be acapella or use a music recording that you provide.

  • Dates: Sundays, November 8 – December 13 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $285
  • Instructor: Max Wojtanowicz

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ACTING FROM THE TEXT (INTERMEDIATE)
Dive into the creative, complex and amazing world of the script — the starting place to prepare for roles in both contemporary and classic plays. This class will use the text to develop characters and better understand the story being staged. You’ll also learn how to identify and activate textual clues to enhance storytelling, spark actions, build characters, define relationships and engage audiences. Prerequisite: Theater Basics. Voice and Speech for the Actor, Creating a Character or equivalent experience. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: This class is a great follow up to Creating a Character, as it dives deeper into the work an actor does with the text.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, November 10 – December 8 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $260
  • Instructor: H. Adam Harris

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THE ACTORS WORKOUT (ADVANCED)
This ongoing scene study class for working actors is led by Nathan Keepers. Entrance is by audition only.

NOTE: This class is postponed until 2021. To be notified when auditioning resumes, email classes@guthrietheater.org.

Exploratory Classes (all levels) 

SLAY!
Feel sexy, fierce and powerful while learning fun choreography, grooving to music and dancing your way to empowerment. This class creates an open environment to get your cardio up, move your body and challenge yourself. Strip away fears and perfectionism while learning how to get out of your own way so you have no choice but to slay. No dance experience necessary. Capacity: 30 participants.

Insider tip: Registration is ongoing, so drop in at any time!

Option 1 (3 monthly drop-in sessions)

  • Dates: Mondays, September 28, October 26 and November 23 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: Pay as able ($20 per class is recommended)
  • Instructor: Brian Bose

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Option 2 (10 consecutive drop-in sessions)

  • Dates: Wednesdays, October 7 – December 9 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: Pay as able ($20 per class is recommended)
  • Instructor: Brian Bose

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YOGA
Far from just a self-care trend, yoga is a great way to connect to your breath, check in with your body and get grounded. Maintaining a regular yoga or meditation practice is just one of the many ways we can nurture our minds and bodies as artists and creative people. All levels are welcome, no matter your past experience or level of flexibility.

Insider tip: Drop in for one session or attend all three!

  • Dates: Mondays, October 12, November 9 and December 7 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $20 per class, $60 for all three
  • Instructor: Vie Boheme

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THE CANON SERIES: AUGUST WILSON
Join us for our exciting Canon Series where you will take a journey through the plays of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. After reading some of Wilson’s notable works, you’ll discuss their relevance to today’s world and audiences. This class is ideal for theater enthusiasts, literature students and Wilson fans alike.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, November 10 – December 8 l 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $150
  • Instructor: James A. Williams

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THE SELF-TAPE (WORKSHOP)
Led by the Guthrie’s Resident Casting Director Jennifer Liestman, this two-day workshop will teach you how to do an on-camera audition for both plays and musicals. Learn everything from creating the right setup for an audition space to getting feedback on a personal audition.

What to prepare: Before the workshop, you must prepare a recording of one monologue, song, dance or scene (only choose one) no longer than 120 seconds. Videos will be viewed together as a class and critiqued by the instructor for the benefit of all participants. You may be asked to submit your recording in advance.

  • Dates: Sunday and Monday, November 15–16 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Workshop Fee: $100
  • Instructor: Jennifer Liestman

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VOICEOVER I
Are you curious about the world of radio and broadcasting? 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 more. All experience levels welcome. Capacity: 12 participants.

Insider tip: We also offer Voiceover II and III so you can build on your skills.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, October 6–27 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $200
  • Instructor: Jim Cada

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PLAYWRITING AND DIRECTING (WORKSHOP)
What are the cardinal pieces when working as a playwright and director duo? Whose vision goes onstage and how do you share the space? In this one-day workshop, two working artists in the industry, director H. Adam Harris and playwright JuCoby Johnson of the critically acclaimed play How It’s Gon’ Be, will share their failures and successes of working together, from how it affects the work to best practices. This workshop is ideal for any director, playwright or actor who desires to grow their creative collaboration skills..

  • Date: Sunday, November 22 | 4–7 p.m.
  • Workshop Fee: $110
  • Instructors: H. Adam Harris and JuCoby Johnson

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STORYTELLING TO HEAL
During difficult times in our lives, it is important to release exhaustive energy and join a community of hope, healing and art that will strengthen your spirit and voice through storytelling. In this uplifting class where all are welcome, you will learn how to give voice to your stories, past or present, and answer a key question: If you don’t tell your story, who will?

Insider tip: Each session will build on the last, so plan to attend all three.

  • Dates: Mondays, October 5, November 2 and November 30 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $60 (total for all three sessions)
  • Instructor: Ashawnti Sakina Ford

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MUSICAL THEATER AUDITION (WORKSHOP)
In this two-day workshop, you will learn how to navigate a musical theater audition by practicing techniques that connect your acting motivation to your voice, performing solos, receiving peer and instructor feedback and working with a choreographer to nail a dance call. There is no prerequisite, but participants should have a basic foundation in acting, singing and dancing.

What to prepare: Before the workshop, you must prepare and practice a contemporary musical theater cut of your choice (16–32 bars) that shares a story and highlights your voice. The selection may be acapella or use a music recording that you provide.

Insider tip: If you’re interested in learning how to audition on camera, check out The Self-Tape workshop taught by the Guthrie’s resident casting director.

  • Dates: Sundays, November 1 and 8 | 4–6 p.m.
  • Workshop Fee: $85
  • Instructor: China Brickey and Andrea Mislan

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THEATER GAMES
Creative play is a fun way to break the ice, bring a group together and warm up the mind, body and voice. Led by local actor Sun Mee Chomet, each highly engaging session will teach you how to use theater games to make the most of your time in rehearsal, class and beyond.

Insider tip: Drop in for one session or attend all three!

  • Dates: Mondays, October 19, November 16 and December 14 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $20 per class, $60 for all three
  • Instructor: Sun Mee Chomet

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PLAYWRITING II
Ideal for writers who are ready to share their work, this playwriting class will refine your style and techniques by crafting a piece with the help and feedback of the instructor and your peers. Dive into valuable writing exercises, participate in group readings and learn how a playwright takes their work from the page to the stage.

Insider tip: Consider attending the Playwriting and Directing workshop to take your work to the next level.

  • Dates: Sundays, October 4 – November 8 | 4–6 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $225
  • Instructor: Josh Tobiessen

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STAGE MANAGEMENT
A great stage manager makes everything from casting to the final performance a safer and more organized experience for everyone involved in producing a play. In this four-week class, you’ll learn the ins and outs of stage management from a local professional. Everything from running a rehearsal to keeping a calm tech week to making a prompt book will be covered in our first-ever production-focused class.

  • Dates: Mondays, November 2–23 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: $185
  • Instructor: Andre Johnson Jr.

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STAGE MAKEUP (WORKSHOP)
Taught by one of the industry’s top makeup artists, this exciting two-day workshop will teach you how to do basic stage, character and special effects makeup. You’ll learn essential tips and techniques that can be used to create looks for the stage, Halloween costumes and more. Supplies may be purchased as a kit or individually (see link below). If you have questions, email classes@guthrietheater.org.

  • Dates: Sundays, October 18 and 25 | 4–6 p.m.
  • Workshop Fee: $80
  • Instructor: Jessica Rau

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Classes for Native community members

To build cohorts of community-minded artists and theatermakers, it is essential to provide places to practice and learn the fundamentals of the craft. In our on-going collaboration with Twin Cities' Native artists, the Guthrie will offer free eight-week classes in acting and playwriting for Native community members who wish to grow their theater and storytelling skills.

ACTING FOR INDIGENOUS PERFORMERS: SECTION 1
Supported by Arts Access funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, we welcome Native performers of all backgrounds and experiences to attend a free eight-week exploration of acting from a Native perspective. Depending on the interests of the group, participants will dig into scene work, monologues, warmups and community building, all in an environment created by, for and with Native voices. All experience levels welcome. No prerequisite. Age range: High school or older. Capacity: 14 participants.

  • Dates: Saturdays, October 3 – November 21 | 4–6 p.m.
  • Class Fee: Free
  • Instructor: Ernest Briggs (White Earth Band of Chippewa)

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PLAYWRITING FOR INDIGENOUS WRITERS
Supported by Arts Access funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, we welcome Native writers of all backgrounds and experiences to attend a free eight-week exploration of playwriting from a Native perspective. Depending on the interests of the group, participants will dig into structure, dialogue, monologues, character development, plot and style, all in an environment created for and with Native voices. All experience levels welcome. No prerequisite. Age range: High school or older. Capacity: 15 participants.

  • Dates: Thursdays, October 1 – November 19 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Class Fee: Free
  • Instructors: Marisa Carr (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) and Morgan Holmes

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ON-CAMERA INTENSIVE FOR INDIGENOUS PERFORMERS
Supported by Arts Access funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, we welcome Native performers of all backgrounds and experiences to attend a free eight-session workshop that will explore on-camera acting from a Native perspective. Depending on the interests of the group, participants will learn how to audition via self-tapes, read sides, make artistic choices, participate in virtual callbacks and scene work, perform monologues and engage in detailed discussions about contracts, finding and keeping management and more. This workshop aims to answer questions around acting professionally for commercials, films and the stage, all in an environment created by, for and with Native voices. All experience levels welcome. No prerequisite. Age range: High school or older. Capacity: 14 participants.

  • Dates: Monday – Thursday, December 7–17 | Time TBA
  • Class Fee: Free
  • Instructor: Ernest Briggs (White Earth Band of Chippewa)

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