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

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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 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.
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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.
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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.

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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

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.