ACTING CLASSES OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT:

  • To see COURSE DATES AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS, or to SIGN UP, click the titles. If you’re new to acting, start with ACTING 101.

  1. ACTING 101: BEGINNING ACTING 
  2. ACTING 102: MOTIVATION 
  3. ACTING 103: MAKING IT REAL 
  4. ACTING 104: EMOTION 
  5. ACTING 105: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
  6. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
  7. CHARACTER ACTING
  8. AUDITIONING WORKSHOP
  9. IMPROV 101
  10. ACTING IN COMMERCIALS
  11. See also: MUSICAL THEATER CLASSES
  12. See also: VOICEOVER CLASSES
  13. See also: STAND-UP COMEDY CLASSES

ACTING 101 – CLASS DESCRIPTION

Acting is fun — and it can be life-changing. In this enjoyable four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the class. 

We’ll do warm­-ups and theater games, improv and scene work. You’ll also get information about Seattle’s film and theater scenes, and learn about auditioning opportunities in Seattle. Plus: How to use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools.

Whether you’re taking an acting class just for fun, to get over your stage fright and get more comfortable in front of people, or have professional aspirations to act in television or movies or on stage –– everyone is welcome.

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ACTING 102 – CLASS DESCRIPTION

In this class, you’ll learn how to approach scripts professionally, focusing on your character’s goal (what he or she wants in the scene); motivation (why it matters); and other key elements of acting, to bring the character you’re portraying into focus and bring the scene to life.

We’ll do more improv, scene work, and warm up exercises, while moving students’ acting abilities to the next level.  As in all of our classes, there’s lots of performance time and practice in class. Fun times! And lots of learning. Instructor: Nils Osmar

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ACTING 103 – CLASS DESCRIPTION

In this class, our focus will be on moving our acting to a more natural and realistic level.  We’ll do “listening and responding” exercises, silent acting exercises, physical acting, and perform some longer and more complex scenes.

As in the first two courses, students will get lots of acting practice and performance time in front of the class.  This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program. Instructor: Nils Osmar

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ACTING 104 – CLASS DESCRIPTION

In this class, we’ll do group and individual exercises, improv exercises, and scene work with the aim of expanding each student’s emotional range.

  • We’ll explore a range of emotions (and emotional situations), including love, hate, anger, fear, empathy, aggression, happiness, sadness, and more.
  • We’ll work on “calibrating” our emotions – hiding them or expressing them more openly in a natural and intuitive way, while responding “in the moment” to our scene partners.
  • This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.
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ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

In this class, we’ll focus on developing our foundational CAMERA ACTING SKILLS. Whether you’re interested in acting on television; acting in commercials; acting in movies; or acting in independent films – this class can help.

Students will practice their camera-acting techniques, learning to tailor their performance to the camera.

Some in-class performances will be filmed and watched in class using a pro camcorder, and students will be given feedback on both both what they’re doing well, and how to sharpen and improve their on-camera acting.

We’ll practice interacting with other actors on camera; learning how to let go of self-consciousness and forget you’re being filmed; learning how to walk to a mark; learning how to “size” your performance as the camera angles are varied, making  your performance larger or smaller, while staying true to your character and his or her motivation; and other skills associated with acting for the camera.

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AUDITIONING WORKSHOP

  • Thinking about auditioning for a film, commercial or stage production? Take this class first! You’ll learn:
  • Where to find auditions in the Seattle area
  • How to identify roles that would be good for you to audition for (and roles to avoid)
  • How to prepare for an audition — and what to do, and what not to do when you arrive.
  • The six things you should bring to every audition
  • The differences between stage and camera auditions
  • How to write a good acting resume, whether you’re experienced or a beginner (and get a good headshot taken)
  • How to film your own audition – and more
  • This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.
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CHARACTER ACTING WORKSHOP

Every movie has two lead characters: the lead male and lead female. 

But many of them also have dozens of actors playing character parts — interesting, eccentric or unusual characters who move in and out of the storyline, and are sometimes more memorable than the leads. 

(Some lead actors, like Meryl Streep, are also considered character actors because of the wide range of characters they can portray.)

In this class you’ll learn how to create a range of different CHARACTER TYPES — then choose four of them to polish and perfect. You’ll have fun and get out of any performance ruts you may have fallen into, while expanding the range of characters you can play.

The exercises we’ll do in this class are fun, and can also be helpful for actors wanting to be seen by casting directors in a broader light.

IMPROV 101: IMPROVISATIONAL ACTING FOR BEGINNERS

  • Improv is not just about comedy.
  • It’s about tuning into your scene partner, listening and responding in the moment, and finding a natural and intuitive approach to acting.
  • It’s both a way to improve your foundation acting skills, and is an art form in itself.
  • In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn the basics of improv from a teacher who’s been doing and teaching improve for years.
  • You’ll play, laugh, focus and have fun, and learn and strengthen one of the most important foundation acting skills, the ability to think on your feet, listen, and respond to your scene partner without letting your inhibitions get in the way.
  • This class can either be taken independently, or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.
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LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

  • Want to have some fun acting in a movie, while learning how films are made, and getting some practical on-camera acting experience? And get some good material for your actor reel?
  • In this class, you will.
  • Working together as a group, we’ll brainstorm, create and film a short movie. It will be edited professionally and have a professional soundtrack and musical score.
  • Everyone in the class who wants to, will be in the film.
  • This class can be taken independently or applied toward either our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program or our Camera Acting Certificate.
  • NOTE: If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first
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About Nils Osmar

Nils Osmar was born in Alaska, and grew up in a wilderness area on the southern coast. He now lives in Seattle. He has made his living in the arts for over thirty years, working as a writer, visual artist, teacher, and filmmaker. He currently teaches through the University of Washington's ASUW Experimental College. He is the Director of an independent educational program, Classesandworkshops.com, which offers courses in visual, written and performing arts in Seattle, Washington.