SEATTLE ACTING CLASSES

  • We offer over a dozen different ACTING CLASSES.
  • All of them meet in Seattle except for the Acting 101 Redmond class.
  • You can take our classes individually, or work toward an ACTING FUNDAMENTALS CERTIFICATE. 
  • If you’re new to acting, start with ACTING 101.  Then take whatever you like. 
  • Most of our classes are intended for adults 18 or older.  If a student is younger than 18, please see our Acting for Teenagers class.
  • To see class TITLES, DATES, and COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, scroll down.


ACTING CLASSES: Dates, times and descriptions

  • All classes meet in SEATTLE except for the Redmond Acting 101 class.

ACTING 101 – SUNDAY CLASS – SEATTLE

In this enjoyable four week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools. Plus, you’ll learn an easy method of memorizing dialogue. Whether you’re looking for a class just for fun, or have aspirations to act in movies or on stage, everyone is welcome. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

 

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Class #160818
ACTING 101 - SUNDAY CLASS
(FEBRUARY-MARCH 2018 SECTION)
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Sundays, 1pm-3pm
2/18-3/11 (four meetings)
(final meeting will last till 3:30pm)
Age range: 18 and older.
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 20. Spaces left: 2


ACTING 101 – WEEKNIGHT CLASS – SEATTLE

In this enjoyable four week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools. Plus, you’ll learn an easy method of memorizing dialogue. Whether you’re looking for a class just for fun, or have aspirations to act in movies or on stage, everyone is welcome. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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Class #17383
ACTING 101 - WEEKNIGHT CLASS

Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Wednesdays 6pm-8pm

Final meeting lasts till 8:30pm
4/11-5/2 (four meetings)

Age range: 18 and older.
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 18. Spaces left: 17


ACTING 101 – EAST SIDE CLASS – REDMOND

In this fun 4-week EAST SIDE ACTING CLASS, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform short scenes. Whether you’re looking for a class just for fun, or have aspirations to some day act in movies or on stage, all levels are welcome. You can take this class by itself, or as part of our Certificate Program in Acting Fundamentals. The instructor is an independent film festival whose movies have played in major film festivals. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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Class #161498
ACTING 101 - REDMOND CLASS
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Mondays 7 pm-9pm  
Dates: 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12  
Four meetings x 2 hours=8 hours total
2439 152nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052 (Building 17)
Age range: 18 and older please
Maximum enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 4


ACTING 102: SUNDAY 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. We’ll focus on objective (figuring out what our characters want or need), motivation, and backstory. You’ll have fun and take the next steps forward in developing your acting skills.  This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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Class #19285:
ACTING 102 SUNDAY CLASS
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Sundays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11 (four meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 7


ACTING 102: WEEKNIGHT 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. We’ll focus on objective (figuring out what our characters want or need), motivation, and backstory. You’ll have fun and take the next steps forward in developing your acting skills. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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Class #30113 : ACTING 102
Spring 2018 - Wed. night class
Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm
May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30
Tuition: $150 +$10 reg. fee
Seattle - Greenwood Senior Center
Max. Enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 14


ACTING WITH EMOTION 1

In ACTING WITH EMOTION 1, we’ll do some  improv, group exercises and scene work exploring a range of emotions, including anger, fear, love,  aggression, apology, happiness, sadness and more, focusing on expanding our range as actors and moving beyond the pretense of emotion. This is NOT a beginning level class; you should have taken Acting 101 and Acting 102, or similar classes, first. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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Class #117354:
ACTING WITH EMOTION (Saturday class)
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
CORRECTED TIMES: Sat. 1pm-3pm
2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10 (four meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington
Maximum enrollment: 10. Spaces left: 7



ACTING WITH EMOTION 2

In ACTING WITH EMOTION 2 – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL, we’ll continue working on freeing up and expressing emotions, with a special focus on improving our ability to listen and respond to our scene partners, and learning how to make quick, intuitive choices based on the reality of what our characters are confronting or moving toward in their scenes.  This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting


ACTING FOR THE CAMERA

On-camera acting is different from acting on stage.  In this class, students will learn how to give their best and most effective performances when being filmed; how to walk to a mark without looking at it; how to make the camera their scene partner; and how to make their performance larger or smaller, while staying true to your character and his or her motivation. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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Class #89852: Acting for the Camera
Tuition: $100 + $10 registration fee
Sundays, 10 am-12:30 pm
4/8 and 4/15 (two meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 12


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. A fun way to learn how movies are made by actually helping to make one, and a good way for actors to get material for their reels. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
Tuition: $175 + $10 reg. fee
(Tuition will be increasing next quarter)
Tuition covers three meetings:
Sat. Feb. 17, 3pm-5:30pm
Sat. Feb. 24, 3pm-10pm
Sat. March 3, 3 pm-10pm
Seattle: University of Washington



AUDITIONING 101

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. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

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Class #17407: Auditioning 101
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Sundays, 6pm-8pm
Four meetings: 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 4/11
University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 15. Spaces left: 11


IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS

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. This class can be taken by itself, or applied toward our Certificate Program in Acting

  • Chad O’Bara, instructor
  • To LEARN MORE about this class, CLICK HERE
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Class 31137: IMPROV
Tuition: $150 (+$10 reg. fee)
Saturdays 12pm-2:30pm
April 7, 14, 21 and 28 (four meetings)
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Spaces left: 10


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.

  • Peter Greyy, instructor
  • To LEARN MORE about this class, CLICK HERE
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Class #17427: STAND-UP COMEDY
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Wed., 7-9:30pm. 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25
First 3 meetings: Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th Street, Seattle WA 98103
Final meeting will be Comedy Underground.

For ages 21 and older only (due to venue rules)
Max. enrollment: 20. Spaces available: 19


See also: VOICEOVER ACTING CLASSES


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)

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 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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