ABOUT OUR ACTING CLASSES – FAQ

ACTING CLASSES – FAQ

Which classes should I take first?  If you’re new to acting or returning to it after a long break, start with ACTING 101.

I want to act in the movies, or on stage. Is that a focus of these classes? If you want to succeed as an actor, what will get you there is your commitment and hard work (and, sometimes, a bit of luck). 

What our program will do — what any good acting classes or acting school will do — is give you a solid introduction to acting, and lay a good foundation for continuing to develop your skills.

Have you had students who’ve gone on to work in Hollywood movies, 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. We credit their success to their own hard work, and are proud that they started the journey through our program.

What if I want to take classes just for fun? I’m not really into the acting career thing, I just want to try something fun and different! Sure, that’s fine. Whatever your reason for signing up, you’ll have fun and learn a lot.

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 in getting over that sort of stage fright.  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 taking a few acting classes

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

Is Rekindle School part of the Experimental College? We’re affiliated with them under the same “business umbrella.” We handle their registrations. That’s why the same classes can be found on their website, and on ours.

Is your program accredited? i.e., will I be earning college credit? No, our classes are not-for-credit. This means that the focus is on having fun and learning, rather than on tests or grades.

In sum – if you’re looking for fun, affordable classes and workshops in Seattle that offer high quality instruction — if you’re ready to move a little out of your comfort zone and have fun exploring other characters and situations — if you’d like to discover what acting’s all about, in a safe supportive environment — our Seattle acting classes are a good place to start.

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.


Are you a REKINDLE SCHOOL STUDENT looking for auditions? Or a director looking for ACTORS IN SEATTLE? Go to: THIS FACEBOOK PAGE!


STARTING IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

  • Most classes meet on the University of Washington campus.

MEETS ON 11/21: PERSPECTIVE DRAWING


STARTS ON 11/23: AUDITIONING WORKSHOP


STARTS ON 11/23: FILMMAKING 101


STARTS ON 11/24: ACTING 101


STARTS ON 11/24: ACTING 102


STARTS ON 11/24: ACTING 103


STARTS ON 11/24: ACTING 104


STARTS ON 11/30: DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS


STARTS ON 12/2: WRITING SCIENCE FICTION


STARTS ON 12/14: VOICEOVER 102


STARTS ON 12/14: VOICEOVER 103

STARTING IN JANUARY 2020

  • This is a PARTIAL LIST of January 2020 classes.
  • More classes will be listed as they are scheduled by the instructors.
  • If the title is a LIVE LINK, you can sign up at any time.

STARTS ON JAN. 4: DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS


STARTS ON JAN. 4: CHARACTER ACTING

  • In this class, you’ll learn how to create a range of different character types, then choose four of them to perfect.
  • Sat. 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 4-Jan. 25, 2020
  • OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • MORE INFORMATION – SIGN UP NOW

STARTS ON JAN. 4: ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

  • Get some on-camera acting practice, and learn how to modify your performance when being filmed.
  • Four Saturdays. Jan. 4-Jan. 25, 2020. 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • MORE INFORMATION – SIGN UP NOW
STARTS ON JAN. 5: ACTING 101

  • Learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the class!
  • Sundays 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 5-Jan. 26, 2020
  • OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • MORE INFORMATION – SIGN UP NOW

STARTS ON JAN. 5: ACTING 102

  • For students who have completed Acting 101 and would like to keep learning
  • Sundays 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 5-Jan. 26, 2020
  • OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
  • MORE INFORMATION – SIGN UP NOW

STARTS ON JAN. 5: ACTING 103


STARTS ON JAN. 5: ACTING 104


STARTS ON JAN. 5: VOICEOVER 101

  • Sundays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 5-Jan. 26, 2020
  • WILL OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT SOON

STARTS ON JAN. 5: ACCENTS AND DIALECTS FOR ACTORS


STARTS ON JAN. 5: OIL PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS


STARTS ON JAN. 6: STAND-UP COMEDY

  • Three class meetings, then a performance in a comedy club!
  • Mondays 7 pm-10 pm. Jan. 6-Jan. 27, 2020
  • Showtime! Graduation Show: Jan. 27
  • MORE INFORMATION – SIGN UP NOW

STARTS ON JAN. 8: ACTING 101


STARTS ON JAN. 9: SCREENWRITING 101


MEETS ON JAN. 14: DRAWING FACES AND PORTRAITS


MEETS ON JAN. 21: FIGURE DRAWING


MEETS ON JAN. 28: PERSPECTIVE DRAWING

  • A 1-NIGHT WONDER CLASS!
  • Meets on Tuesday January 28 – 6pm-8pm
  • WILL OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT SOON

STARTING IN FEBRUARY 2020

  • This is a PARTIAL LIST of February 2020 classes.
  • Courses are listed by START DATE.
  • More classes will be listed as they are scheduled by the instructors.
  • If the title is a LIVE LINK, you can sign up at any time.

STARTS FEB. 1: CARTOONING INTENSIVE


STARTS FEB. 1: VOICEOVER 101

  • Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 1: ACCENTS FOR ACTORS

  • Saturday 1 pm.-3 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 1: AUDITIONING WORKSHOP

  • Saturday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 1: LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

  • Saturday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 1-Feb. 22
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: ACTING 101

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: ACTING 102

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 3 pm-5 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: ACTING 103

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: ACTING 104

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 10 am-12 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 2: VOICEOVER 102

  • Sunday Feb. 2-Feb. 23. 10 am-12 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 5: ACTING 102

  • Wed. Feb. 5-Feb. 26. 6 pm-8 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 6: SCREENWRITING 102


STARTS FEB. 5: DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

  • Anyone can draw – this means you!
  • Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm Feb. 5-Feb. 17, 2020
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 23: SINGING FOR BEGINNERS

  • Sundays 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15. 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
  • Will open for enrollment soon

STARTS FEB. 23: MOVING TO THE MUSIC


STARTS FEB. 23: CHORAL SINGING FOR BEGINNERS

  • Sundays 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15. 3 PM-5 PM
  • Will open for enrollment soon

MEETS FEB. 29: FILMMAKING 101:
MAKING HIGH-QUALITY MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET

  • Saturday 2/29 only, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Will open for enrollment soon

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED ACTING CLASSES!

ACTING 101

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 short scenes in front of the class. Plus: How to use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools. Whether your goal is to pursue acting on stage or in the movies, or just to get over some stage fright and get more comfortable in front of groups, this class is a great place to start.  Seattle: UW campus 


ACTING 102

Acting 102 is a follow-up for students who’ve taken Acting 101 or a similar class, and would like to continue learning and developing their foundation acting skills, through acting exercises and analysis of their characters’ needs, wants, motivations and backstories.  Plus, you’ll learn a “sight read” method that makes cold readings in auditions much easier.  You’ll have fun and take the next steps forward in developing your acting skills. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting FundamentalsSeattle: UW campus 


ACTING 103

ACTING 103 is one of our foundational acting classes, building on the techniques and approaches students learned in ACTING 101 and ACTING 102. The focus is on learning to listen and respond to your scene partner, “getting out of your own head,” finding a genuine connection with your character, and bringing more realism and believability to your performance. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting FundamentalsSeattle: UW campus 


ACTING 104

In this class, we’ll do some improv, group exercises and scene work, focusing on expanding our range in terms of the emotions we can express, and moving beyond the pretense of emotion – with a focus on letting ourselves feel and express anger, fear, love, happiness, sadness and other key emotional states, then bring them into the performance. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting FundamentalsSeattle: UW campus 


ACTING 105

This class is for students who have completed ACTING 101-104, and would like to continue learning and improving their foundation acting skills.  In each meeting, you’ll be given a short script to film before class. You’ll be asked to come with it completely learned, then to block it yourself and PERFORM it in front of the class. We’ll FILM your performance and play it back, giving students a chance to watch and get immediate feedback about their performances and blocking choices. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals.  Seattle: UW campus 


AUDITIONING 101

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • Where to find auditions in the Seattle area
  • How to identify roles that would be good to audition for (or avoid)
  • How to figure out your age range and character type(s), and increase your odds of getting cast
  • How to prepare for an audition
  • The six things you should always bring to every audition
  • Audition etiquette: how to make a good first impression
  • How to identify your type and age range (and why both matter)
  • The differences between stage auditions and camera auditions
  • How to find the “good” acting agencies, and avoid the scams
  • How to get professional-quality headshots taken at an affordable price
  • How to write a good acting resume, whether you’re experienced or a beginner
  • How to do cold reads (sight reads) 
  • Strategies for planning your possible future as an actor – and more.

You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals. (It can be substituted for any other class in the series, or taken in addition to them.) Seattle: UW campus 


IMPROV 101

Improv is a wonderful and spontaneous form of acting. There are no scripts – it’s created on the spot between you and your scene partners. Improv can be fast-paced and comedic, or it can explore gentle and thoughtful moments in people’s real lives. This enjoyable introductory class, taught by an instructor with years of experience, is a great place to start. You’ll laugh, play, and have fun while learning how to let go of preconceptions and let go of worrying about failure. Seattle: UW campus 


LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

Want to star in a movie, while learning how movies are made, and going through the process step by step? And/or get some good footage for your acting reel, which can help you get cast in other movies in the future? Here’s your chance! In this class, we’ll create and film a short movie, working together as a group. Everyone in the class who wants to, will be in the film. Important: If you are new to acting, you’ll get the most out of this course if you take some of our other acting classes (such as 101, 102 and 103, above) first. You can take this class just for fun, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals.  Seattle: UW campus 


ACCENTS & DIALECTS

Are you an actor, or actor-in-training, who’s interested in learning how to speak believably in a variety of different accents and dialects? In this class, helpful to both voiceover actors and “regular” actors, you’ll get practice speaking all of these accents and more, along with guidance and helpful tips from the instructor, an established voiceover actor. Note: You can take this class just for fun, or apply it toward our Voiceover Acting Certificate program. Seattle: UW campus 


STAND UP COMEDY 101

In three introductory 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. Seattle: UW campus 

  • Learn the basics of stand-up comedy!
  • A fun, supportive, hands-on class
  • You’ll create original material, explore the business-side of stand-up, and have the opportunity to perform at a comedy club in front of a real audience.
  • This is your chance to make a dream come true and get a head start if you choose to pursue comedy further.
  • There are three classes in a classroom and then a performance at a comedy club in Seattle.

To LEARN MORE, see DATES AND TIMES, or SIGN UP NOW – CLICK HERE

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SEATTLE ACTING CLASSES — COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


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

DATES AND TIMES – LEARN MORE – OR SIGN UP NOW

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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.
  • LEARN MORE – OR SIGN UP NOW

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ACTING 105: “MEET THE FAMILY”

  • In this class, we’ll workshop and then perform a short script based around a family reunion. 
  • A Favorite Son is getting married.
  • His siblings, who have fled across the country to avoid dealing with each other, are confronted with having to room together; having to deal with with the weirdness of the wedding; and coping somehow with their somewhat lunatic mother.
  • Mom’s mad because the attention is on the marrying couple, not on her. The reunion is chaotic; the wedding is crazier.
  • Students will be given scenes to memorize, workshop and perform in the class, doing exercises to connect with the truth of your character.
  • The final performances will be filmed, then we’ll watch them in class and study what worked, what didn’t, and how to sharpen and improve our work as actors.
  • This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.
  • LEARN MORE – OR SIGN UP NOW

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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
  • LEARN MORE – OR – SIGN UP NOW

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TEAM BUILDING FOR A 48 HOUR MOVIE

  • 48 Hour Movies are fun.  We get our assignment on a Friday night; film the movie on Saturday; it’s edited on a Sunday; then two weeks later, we have a wrap party and watch the finished movie we’ve made together.  Fun times!
  • Teams are not allowed to write, edit or film 48 hour movies in advance. So we will not be doing that in the class.
  • Instead, we’ll meet and run drills to sharpen up our acting skills and build team cohesiveness in preparation for the event.
  • This class several times a year, in conjunction with different “48 hour” film festivals. Most end with the film being played on a large movie screen in a major Seattle theater. 
  • NOTE: If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first
  • This class can either be taken independently, or applied toward either our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program or our Camera Acting Certificate.
  • MORE INFO – OR SIGN UP NOW

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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.
  • LEARN MORE – SEE DATES AND TIMES – SIGN UP NOW

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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.
  • LEARN MORE – OR – SIGN UP NOW

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ACTING 201: SCRIPT ANALYSIS I

  • For more advanced actors. This class covers working with and without dialogue, acting choices, eye lines, continuity, coverage, working with scene partners, and more.
  • We will also begin to look at analyzing a film script to prepare for playing a role.
  • A good class for stage actors wanting to learn about how to adapt their skills to the camera
  • Open to adults and to teenagers 15 or older.
  • This class can either be taken independently, or applied toward our Camera Acting Certificate.
  • NOTE: If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first.
  • LEARN MORE – OR SIGN UP NOW

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ACTING 202: SCRIPT ANALYSIS II

  • In this workshop, you’ll learn to do script analysis for film and television.
  • How to choose strong, playable objectives and actions.
  • Location-specific eye lines.
  • Eye lines for multiple scene partners.
  • Physicality for the camera based on character, script, and shot list.
  • How to play co-star roles.
  • Our “Acting for the Camera” classes can be taken in any order. 
  • This class can either be taken independently, or applied toward our Camera Acting Certificate.
  • NOTE: If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first.
  • LEARN MORE – OR SIGN UP NOW

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ACTING 203: SCENE STUDY

  • In this class, students will be paired up,  and each pair of students will be assigned a script with characters in similar roles that they might be cast in.
  • Students will learn to work off of their scene using Meisner and Adler exercises.
  • We will review the basics of script analysis and working with actions.  We will cover and practice filming the shots that are often used in two person scenes: 2-shots (in which both actors are visible to the camera), OTS (over the shoulder shots, in which each actor is filmed over the other actor’s shoulder), and close ups (in which each actor’s face fills the screen).
  • This class can either be taken independently, or applied toward our Camera Acting Certificate.
  • NOTE: If you’re new to acting, take ACTING 101 first
  • LEARN MORE – OR SIGN UP NOW

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ACTING IN COMMERCIALS

Interested in ACTING IN COMMERCIALS? This class will give you a better understanding of what’s involved, and help you develop both your auditioning and commercial acting skills.

  • Commercials styles continually change to meet the needs of the evolving field of digital marketing.
  • In this class students will learn to perform contemporary scripted, dialogue free, improvised, and still photography commercials.
  • We’ll also focus on auditioning for commercials.
  • Students are welcome to bring in their headshots and resumes for feedback.*
  • Instructor: Meredith Binder

*NOTE: If you do not yet have an actor headshot, and need one taken, please see this page. However, you do not need to have to have one taken before attending this class.

TO LEARN MORE – OR SIGN UP NOW – CLICK HERE



SEE ALSO:

COMEDY CLASSES:

  1. STAND-UP COMEDY 101
  2. STAND-UP COMEDY 102 – INTERMEDIATE

VOICEOVER ACTING CLASSES:

  1. VOICEOVER 101
  2. VOICEOVER 102
  3. VOICEOVER 103
  4. ACCENTS AND DIALECTS 101

MUSICAL THEATER CLASSES

  1. Musical Theater: Singing for Beginners 
  2. Musical Theater: Moving to the Music
  3. Musical Theater: Acting in Musicals
  4. Musical Theater: Performance Showcase
  5. Musical Theater: Auditioning for Musicals

  1. RELATED INTEREST
  2. ACTING CERTIFICATES from REKINDLE SCHOOL
  3. ACTOR HEADSHOTS – FOR REKINDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS