SEATTLE ACTING CLASSES!

Acting classes open for enrollment

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  • We offer over twenty classes ACTING AND PERFORMING CLASSES every quarter, including Acting Fundamentals, Voiceover Acting, Improv, Stand Up Comedy, Clowning, Movie Acting, and other subjects.  
  • Instructors include Nils Osmar, Rick May, Pam Pulver, Peter Greyy, and Chad O’Bara. Scroll down to see them all.
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Acting Classes in Seattle


ACTING FUNDAMENTALS SERIES

If you take Acting 101; Acting 102; Acting 103; Acting With Emotion;  Let’s Make a Movie; and Auditioning, you will earn a certificate in Acting Fundamentals. (You can also take the classes separately, if you’re not going for a certificate.)

ACTING 101: BEGINNING ACTING

Most students like starting with the Acting 101 class.  You can take it on Sundays or Wednesdays as a four week class, or on Saturdays as a one-day workshop.


  1. ACTING 101: FOUR WEEK CLASS (Sundays)

    Acting 101 - Sunday class
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Sundays, 5pm-7:15pm
    3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9 (four meetings)
    (Final class will last till 8 pm)
    Seattle: University of Washington campus
    This class has FREE PARKING.

  2. ACTING 101: FOUR WEEK CLASS (Wednesdays)

    Acting 101 Wednesday night class
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Wednesdays 7pm-9:15 pm
    3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12 (four meetings)
    Seattle: Lake City Community Center
    This class has free parking

  3. ACTING 101: ONE-DAY WORKSHOP

    Beginning Acting - One Day Workshop
    Tuition: $140 + $10 registration fee
    Saturday April 22 only, 10 am-5:30pm
    Seattle: University of Washington campus

ACTING 102: INTERMEDIATE ACTING

After taking Acting 101, most students move on to Acting 102. It can also be taken as a four week class or a one day workshop:


  1. ACTING 102: FOUR WEEK CLASS (Sundays)

    Acting 102: Four Week Class (Sundays)
    Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
    3pm-5pm (four meetings)
    Sundays, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14
    University of Washington campus
    This class has free parking

  2. ACTING 102: FOUR WEEK CLASS (Wednesdays)

    Acting 102: Wednesday night class
    Tuition: $150 +$10 reg. fee
    Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm
    4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10 (four meetings)
    Lake City Community Center
    This class has free parking

  3. ACTING 102: ONE DAY WORKSHOP

    Acting 102 - One Day Version
    Tuition: $135 + $10 reg. fee
    Saturday April 29, 10am-5:30pm
    Seattle: University of Washington campus


OTHER CLASSES IN THE ACTING FUNDAMENTALS SERIES

After taking Acting 101 and Acting 102, most students move on to take the other classes in the Acting Fundamentals Series:


  1. ACTING 103: THE NEXT STEP 

    Acting 103: The Next Step
    Tuition: $99 + $10 reg. fee
    Saturday, 10am-4:30pm
    March 11, 2017 only (one meeting)
    University of Washington campus

     
  2. ACTING WITH EMOTION

    Acting with Emotion
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Please note REVISED dates:
    Thursdays 7-9 pm (four meetings)
    4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4
    Lake City Community Center
    This class has free parking


  3. AUDITIONING 

    Auditioning Workshop
    Tuition: $99 (+ $10 reg. fee)
    Sunday 10am-4pm
    3/12 only (one meeting)
    University of Washington campus


  4. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE 

    Let's Make a Movie
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Meets on Fridays: 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, from 7-9:15pm
    Final meeting is on Saturday June 24
    (from 9am-9pm or whenever we finish filming)

OTHER ACTING AND PERFORMING CLASSES:


The classes below are not part of the Acting Fundamentals Series. They can be taken in any order. You do not have to take the Acting Fundamentals series classes first.


  1. Improv 101   

    Improv for Beginners
    Tuition: $150 (+$10 reg. fee)
    Saturdays, 12pm-2:30pm (April 2017)
    Four meetings: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
    Seattle Center (Armory Building)

  2. Stand-up Comedy  

    Stand-Up Comedy
    Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
    Time: 7pm-9:30pm
    Dates: Thursdays, 4/6, Thursday 4/13, Thursday 4/20, and Wed. 4/26
    First three meetings are at Lake City Community Center
    (Final meeting, which takes place at the Comedy Underground in Seattle, will be on Wednesday 4/26, because the C.U. is not available on Thursday 4/27)

  3. Mime, Clowning and Physical Comedy 

    Mime and Physical Comedy
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Thursdays, 7pm-9pm
    2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 (four meetings)
    Greenwood Senior Center
    525 N. 85th Street, Seattle 98103

  4. Putting on a Play 

    PUTTING ON A PLAY
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Saturdays 1pm-3pm
    5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3 (four meetings)
    Seattle: University of Washington campus

  5. Acting for Teenagers 

    Acting for Teens (1 day workshop)
    Tuition: $60 + $10 registration fee
    When: 1pm-4pm
    Saturday 4/8 only
    University of Washington campus


Voice Acting Classes


  1. Voiceover 101 Tuesday class  

    Voiceover 101 - Tuesday class
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    April 2017 class: Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm
    4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2
    Seattle: Lake City Community Center
    This class has free parking


  2. Voiceover 101 Saturday class 

    Voiceover 101 - Sat. class
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Sat., 10am-12noon (5 meetings)
    4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6
    Seattle: University of Washington campus

     
  3. Voiceover 102 Saturday class  

    Voiceover 102 (Intermediate)
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Tuesdays, 7pm-9:30pm
    2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 (four meetings)
    Seattle: Lake City Community Center
    This class has FREE parking

  4. Voiceover 102 Tuesday class  

    Voiceover 102  (Intermediate)
    Saturday morning class
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm
    3/4, /11, 3/18, 3/25 (Four meetings)
    Seattle: Lake City Community Center

  5. Accents and Dialects for Actors 

    Accents and Dialects for Actors
    Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
    Sat., 1pm-3:30pm (four meetings)
    4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6
    Seattle: University of Washington campus

Student Comments – Acting Classes

MORE STUDENT COMMENTS


“Hello Nils, I played Weazel and The Executioner in your movie Liberation… I also took the Let’s Make a Movie class with you few years ago. I hope you are doing great and finding time to make movies, I just wanted to thank you for having me in your movies and teaching me! I am now a full time actor in LA. Thank you and have a great 2017 full of creative films!” – Deja Soufka Actor/Director
“… I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow my dreams. I left Washington. I am down in California. I have started a television production company and I auditioned for a Harley Davidson Commercial yesterday as an actor. Everything is moving at light speed…and in a positive direction. It all started with you in that classroom at the U of W.” – Robert C., Hollywood
“…I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in the early stages of my acting career. It has been a great journey that started in your beginning acting class. I am happy to report that I just met a very awesome goal. I will be a day actor in the TV series Grimm this week. It was your coaching that set and codified the foundation that helped get me where I am today. Thank you so much for your help.   If you would like to, please feel free to share my story with your other students and on the website.  Best wishes and with my sincerest gratitude.” – Joey Coverson
I’d like to thank you.   After taking your (Beginning Acting and Let’s Make a Movie) classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs.   One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production…  and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production.   The reel we made (in the Let’s Make a Movie class) was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact (that I was) comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs.Tell  everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it.   It was a slow start, but now I’m living in L.A. and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good. – K. S.  (Hollywood)

Today’s featured classes:

ACTING 101: Sunday Class

masks-for-acting-classes-200x198In this enjoyable four week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools. Whether you’re looking for a class just for fun, or have aspirations to act in movies or on stage, everyone is welcome. Note: You can take this class on Sunday nights or Wednesday nights. Choose the section that works best for you:


Acting 101 - Sunday afternoon class
Tuition: $150 +$10 reg. fee
Four meetings: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5
Sundays 4pm-6pm (the 4th meeting ends at 7 pm)
Seattle: University of Washington campus


Acting 101 - Sunday class
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Sundays, 5pm-7:15pm
3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9 (four meetings)
(Final class will last till 8 pm)
Seattle: University of Washington campus
This class has FREE PARKING.

➩ LEARN MORE ➩ SIGN UP NOW


ACTING 101: Wednesday class

masks-for-acting-classes-200x198In this enjoyable four week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools. Whether you’re looking for a class just for fun, or have aspirations to act in movies or on stage, everyone is welcome. Note: You can take this class on Sunday nights or Wednesday nights:

Acting 101 Wednesday night class
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Wednesdays 7pm-9:15 pm
3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12 (four meetings)
Seattle: Lake City Community Center
This class has free parking

➩ LEARN MORE ➩ SIGN UP NOW


ACTING 102: WEDNESDAY CLASS

Acting 102 is a follow-up class for students who’ve taken Acting 101 or a similar class, and would like to continue learning and developing their foundation acting skills. You’ll have fun and take the next steps forward in developing your acting skills.

Acting 102: Wednesday night class
Tuition: $150 +$10 reg. fee
Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm
4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10 (four meetings)
Lake City Community Center
This class has free parking

➩ LEARN MORE ➩ SIGN UP NOW


ACTING WITH EMOTION

In this four week class, we’ll work on emotions both directly and indirectly. We’ll do improv and scene work exploring a range of emotional themes, and do individual and group exercises intended to get actors more in touch with their core emotions. Prerequisite: Acting 101 or previous acting experience.

Acting with Emotion
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Please note REVISED dates:
Thursdays 7-9 pm (four meetings)
4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4
Lake City Community Center
This class has free parking

For dates, times and location, or to sign up now, CLICK HERE


ACTING WORKSHOP: Accents and Dialects for Actors

In this Seattle acting class, students will learn how to speak in a wide range of accents and dialects. You’ll learn French, German, Russian, high and low British, and more!  (You won’t learn the languages, but you’ll learn how to sound like you’re from those parts of the world.)  Note: This class is open to actors of all types and levels of experience (voice actors, stage actors, actors for the camera, and total beginners.)  More information ➩ DATES AND TIMES – Sign up now


AUDITIONING WORKSHOP

In this information-packed workshop, you’ll learn where to find auditions for acting gigs in the Seattle area; how to find acting jobs; how to prepare; “red flags” to watch out for; what to expect in stage or camera auditions; how to find the “good” acting agencies, and avoid the scams; and more.  Plus, you’ll learn about head shots, reels, resumes, and more.  More information  ➩ DATES AND TIMES – SIGN UP NOW


IMPROV 101

Looking for Improv classes in Seattle that are fun, fast-paced and energetic? This enjoyable introductory class, taught by an instructor with years of experience, is a great place to start.  You’ll play, laugh, focus and have fun while learning how to let go of preconceptions and let go of worrying about failure.  More information ➩ DATES AND TIMES – Sign up now


LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

Ever dreamed about acting in a movie, or making a movie of your own?  In this fun, hands-on course, we’ll create and film a short independent movie from scratch. You can participate as an actor, member of the crew, or both.  It’s an acting class, a filmmaking class, and an involving immersive experience. (Most students take this class along with Crash Course in Filmmaking, which meets in the same location earlier in the day.) Fun times!  More information ➩  SIGN UP NOW


STAND UP COMEDY

In three class sessions followed by a public performance, students will learn to learn to unleash their inner funny with confidence and skill.  Seattle has a booming stand-up comedy community, so there will be lots of opportunity to continue to use what you learn even after the class has concluded. More information ➩ DATES AND TIMES – Sign up now


VOICEOVER 102: Intermediate level

Voiceover 102 is for the students who have completed Rick May’s Voiceover 101 class. It is a continuance of in-depth instruction of advanced voice work. It continues to cover character development, cartoon voices, video games, announcing techniques and vocal development. Class material extensively covers all the elements of voice work and audition preparation.   More information ➩ DATES AND TIMES – Sign up now


 Certificates of Completion

One fun and easy way to organize your studies is to work toward a certificate. For example, if you take Acting 101, 102, 103, Auditioning and either Let’s Make a Movie or Acting for the Camera, you will earn a Certificate in Acting Fundamentals.

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More about our classes

Our Seattle acting classes are not-for-credit. This means that the focus is on having fun and learning, rather than tests or grades.  

Whether your goal is to explore acting as a life path, or just have fun and get over your stage fright, our classes are a great place to start.

Note: Our classes are open to everyone 18 or older.  Some classes allow younger students, but the great majority of students are adults.  If a student is younger than 18, please email us before signing him or her up.

Which class should I take first?

If you’re taking a class just for fun, start with Beginning Acting.

If you’re new to acting, and your goal is to develop your foundation acting skills in a step by step way, take: Beginning ActingIntermediate Acting; and Acting 103 to start with.

If your dream is to act in movies or television, you should also take Acting for the Camera, Let’s Make a Movie and the Auditioning workshop.

Note: Some classes have multiple sections, which meet on different days.  For example, you can take Acting 101 on Sundays, or Wednesdays.  Voiceover 101 can be taken on Tuesdays or Saturdays.  Just choose the day that works best for you when you sign up.

FAQ

Are these good classes to take if I’m brand new to acting?  Yes.

I want to act in the movies, or on stage.  Will your classes help?  No one can guarantee you that if you take a certain class or attend a certain school, you’ll go on to be the next Oscar-winning actor. If you want to succeed as an actor, what will get you there is your commitment and hard work (and a measure of good luck).

What our classes will do — what any good acting classes or acting school will do — is give you a solid introduction to acting, a good foundation that will help you start developing your skills and moving more effectively toward your goals.

Have you had students who’ve gone on to work in Hollywood, or on mainstream television?  Yes. We’ve have had some students over the years who found work acting in movies, television shows and commercials (including major national commercials) in Hollywood and other places.  And many of our students have started out in beginning acting classes and gone on to become prominent actors in Seattle independent films, or work in theaters in Seattle. Succeeding as an actor takes hard work; our classes are a good place to start.

What if I want to take classes just for fun? (I’m not really into the acting career thing, just doing something fun and different!)  That is totally fine. Not everyone who takes the classes does so with career ambitions. Probably the majority do so just for fun, for personal enrichment. Whether you’re there for professional reasons, or just to do something fun and different, you’ll have fun and learn a lot, and are welcome in the classes.

I want to be able to speak in front of big audiences without freaking out. Will taking acting classes help?  Everyone is different, but many people have reported that acting classes can be helpful.  Part of it is that in an acting class, you get a lot of experience getting up in front of a group, so being up in front of people in other situations starts to feel easier and more natural. We’ve had students who were shy about getting up in front of people, who told us they were much more comfortable and confident in that kind of situation after a class or two.

What’s the difference between your classes?  Beginning Acting is an overall introduction to acting, and to the acting scene in Seattle. Let’s Make a Movie is a Seattle acting/filmmaking class. Intermediate Acting and The Next Step are follow-up classes for students who’ve taken Beginning Acting and would like to keep learning and developing their foundation skills. The Improv class is a fun introduction to script-free acting, making it up as you go along. The Auditioning workshop provides a helpful overview of what’s involved in finding auditions, having fun in them and approaching them with confidence. Our Voice acting classes help you develop your voice in fun new directions. They’re all good classes, focusing on different parts of the acting experience. If you are interested in several classes, check out our certificate program.

What should I wear to class?  Just wear something loose and comfortable that you can move freely in. Anything is fine.

Looking for fun, affordable classes and workshops in Seattle, that offer high quality instruction without breaking the bank?  Ready to move a little out of your comfort zone and have fun exploring other characters and situations, and discover what acting’s all about, in a safe supportive environment? Our Seattle acting classes can help!

Our classes cover a range of topics and approaches, related to different aspects of the acting experience. There’s an old saying that “You learn to act by acting.” Our classes are designed to reflect this, and give students in Seattle both exposure to the theory and information they need to develop their acting skills, and an opportunity to perform scenes and exercises in class, in front of other students.

Don’t live in Seattle?  For those who live outside of Seattle, and are looking for something beyond what their local acting schools, colleges and training programs are able to offer, we’re working on developing online versions of our acting classes. Stay tuned!

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