SEATTLE ACTING CLASSES*

Looking for ACTING CLASSES in SEATTLE?


  • We have classes and workshops in BEGINNING ACTING, STAND-UP COMEDY, VOICEOVER ACTING, MUSICAL THEATER, and IMPROV — and many more.
  • Most of our classes meet on the University of Washington campus.  Others meet in community centers around the city.
  • Whether you’re interested in trying your hand at acting just for the fun of it — acting on stage — acting on television, or in movies, or in web series or commercials — or just looking to have some fun and get over a little stage fright — our classes are a great place to start.
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ACTING FUNDAMENTALS SERIES

  • The Acting Fundamental Series is for people who are new to acting, or coming back to it after a break.
  • You can take one class just for fun, or take all six and earn an ACTING FUNDAMENTAL CERTIFICATE.
  • If you’re new to acting, start with ACTING 101.
  • For COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, click the titles or scroll down.

MORE ACTING CLASSES

  • For COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, click the titles or scroll down.

COMEDY AND IMPROV

  • For COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, click the titles or scroll down.

VOICEOVER CLASSES

  • For COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, click the titles or scroll down.

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ACTING CLASSES — LISTED BY TITLE

ACTING FUNDAMENTALS SERIES 


ACTING 101: BEGINNING ACTING

In this fun intro class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the group! (If you’re NEW to acting, start with this class!)


ACTING 102

For students who have taken Acting 101 and would like to keep learning. You’ll learn how to do cold reads and table reads; how to figure out what’s really going on in a script or scene; connecting with what the author had in mind, and how to bring the characters to life.


ACTING 103

Physical acting!


ACTING 104

Acting with emotion and intuition! Learn how to expand your emotion range, and more! Learn how to express a range of different emotions


AUDITIONS, HEADSHOTS, RESUMES AND REELS

How to audition, how to write an actor resume, how to get a great actor headshot taken, and more


LET’S MAKE A MOVIE —— In this course we’ll film a short movie, starring the students who sign up for the class!


MORE ACTING CLASSES!

  1. ACTING INTENSIVE: MEET THE FAMILY
  2. ACTING INTENSIVE: LET’S MAKE A 48 HOUR MOVIE
  3. ACTING INTENSIVE: LET’S MAKE A HORROR MOVIE
  4. ACTING FOR THE CAMERA: BASICS
  5. ACTING FOR THE CAMERA: SCRIPT ANALYSIS
  6. ACTING FOR MOVIES AND TV: SCENE STUDY
  7. IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS
  8. ACCENTS AND DIALECTS FOR ACTORS

STAND-UP COMEDY CLASSES

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

VOICEOVER AND VOICE ACTING CLASSES

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

AUDITIONING CLASSES

  1. AUDITIONS, HEADSHOTS, RESUMES AND REELS
  2. AUDITIONING PRACTICE (COMING SOON)

MUSICAL THEATRE BASICS SERIES (COMING IN FALL 2019):

  1. Musical Theatre: Singing for Absolute Beginners 
  2. Musical Theatre: Movement and Dance

  3. Musical Theatre: Acting for the Stage
 
  4. Musical Theatre: The Triple Threat (Singing, Dancing, and Acting all together)

  5. Musical Theatre: Showcase 

  6. Musical Theatre: Auditioning for Musicals


 

 


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 

Students in acting class doing exercises)

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: THE NEXT STEP

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 105 – EMOTION

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 104 – THREE SCENES

This class is for students who have completed ACTING 101, 102, and 103, and would like to continue learning and improving their foundation acting skills.

Our focus will be on more ADVANCED SCENE STUDY, with an emphasis on coming up with your own BLOCKING and stage action. Students should be familiar with the basics of sense memory, how to memorize, and script analysis. 

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 FOR ACTORS

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

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

STUDENT COMMENTS about our ACTING CLASSES

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)


Hello Nils, I played Weasel 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 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


After just 2 classes with Nils, I auditioned for an independent film against actors with many years experience and I got the part. Nils teaches confidence and he freely shares his knowledge of the acting. – Robert C., Actor (Hollywood)


I really think you are a great instructor, and you seem to have a genuine interest in and enjoy helping people develop their skills. And it was fun! – Pritam (Seattle)

Hey Nils, thanks for the class  –  had a really good time this quarter.   I really came at the class from the direction of directing.   I had successfully directed two plays back in Britain, but I always felt that I was on shaky ground when I tried to give advice to actors that went beyond “okay, say it louder this time.”   There’s nothing that makes you feel a fraud quicker  than standing up in front of lots of people who look to you for advice and not having any to give.

The class definitely helped…  I really enjoyed the improv element of the class. It always felt like just one step away from playing a childish game, which I always enjoy.    It was also great to have a chance to work on a monologue with you, especially in front of a small, friendly audience. Your advice on the ‘business’ side of acting was also very useful.  – Cheers, Mark (Seattle and London)


A week after your class (I) went to my very first audition!   Talk about absolute terror.   I did the same monologue I did in class, and guess what?   I got offered not only one role, but two roles from two different directors,  from that one petrified , shaking monologue, on my very first audition!  I was shocked…I couldn’t have done it without your great class.  Thanks! –  Randy T.   (Seattle)

Hi Nils,   I just wanted to thank you for a great class last night! Clearly, people were a little nervous about getting up to perform their monologues, but you have fostered a very supportive environment which makes it much easier to get up there.   I think you did an excellent job at figuring out how to help each individual to take the next step with their piece,  despite a wide range of skill levels.   I’m looking forward to next week!  –  Marnie M.  (Kirkland)

Hi Nils,  I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me 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

ACTING CLASSES – FAQ

Which classes should I take if I’m new to acting?  If you’re new to acting or returning to it after a long break, we recommend starting with Acting 101.

Why are the same classes listed on multiple days?  Some classes have multiple sections, and are offered more than once per quarter. Just choose the day and time that work best for you when you sign up.

I want to act in the movies, or on stage. Will acting classes help? 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. Whether you’re there for professional reasons, for personal enrichment, or just to take a break from it all, 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 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 a class or two.

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.

ACTING CLASSES – FAQ

Which classes should I take if I’m new to acting?  If you’re new to acting or returning to it after a long break, we recommend starting with Acting 101.

Why are the same classes listed on multiple days?  Some classes have multiple sections, and are offered more than once per quarter. Just choose the day and time that work best for you when you sign up.

I want to act in the movies, or on stage. Will acting classes help? 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. Whether you’re there for professional reasons, for personal enrichment, or just to take a break from it all, 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 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 a class or two.

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.

ACTING CLASSES — LISTED BY TITLE

ACTING FUNDAMENTALS SERIES 


ACTING 101: BEGINNING ACTING

In this fun intro class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the group! (If you’re NEW to acting, start with this class!)


ACTING 102

For students who have taken Acting 101 and would like to keep learning. You’ll learn how to do cold reads and table reads; how to figure out what’s really going on in a script or scene; connecting with what the author had in mind, and how to bring the characters to life.


ACTING 103

Physical acting!


ACTING 104

Acting with emotion and intuition! Learn how to expand your emotion range, and more! Learn how to express a range of different emotions


AUDITIONS, HEADSHOTS, RESUMES AND REELS

How to audition, how to write an actor resume, how to get a great actor headshot taken, and more


LET’S MAKE A MOVIE —— In this course we’ll film a short movie, starring the students who sign up for the class!


MORE ACTING CLASSES!

  1. ACTING INTENSIVE: MEET THE FAMILY
  2. ACTING INTENSIVE: LET’S MAKE A 48 HOUR MOVIE
  3. ACTING INTENSIVE: LET’S MAKE A HORROR MOVIE
  4. ACTING FOR THE CAMERA: BASICS
  5. ACTING FOR THE CAMERA: SCRIPT ANALYSIS
  6. ACTING FOR MOVIES AND TV: SCENE STUDY
  7. IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS
  8. ACCENTS AND DIALECTS FOR ACTORS

STAND-UP COMEDY CLASSES

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

VOICEOVER AND VOICE ACTING CLASSES

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

AUDITIONING CLASSES

  1. AUDITIONS, HEADSHOTS, RESUMES AND REELS
  2. AUDITIONING PRACTICE (COMING SOON)

MUSICAL THEATRE BASICS SERIES (COMING IN FALL 2019):

  1. Musical Theatre: Singing for Absolute Beginners 
  2. Musical Theatre: Movement and Dance

  3. Musical Theatre: Acting for the Stage
 
  4. Musical Theatre: The Triple Threat (Singing, Dancing, and Acting all together)

  5. Musical Theatre: Showcase 

  6. Musical Theatre: Auditioning for Musicals


 

 

STUDENT COMMENTS about our ACTING CLASSES

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)


Hello Nils, I played Weasel 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 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


After just 2 classes with Nils, I auditioned for an independent film against actors with many years experience and I got the part. Nils teaches confidence and he freely shares his knowledge of the acting. – Robert C., Actor (Hollywood)


I really think you are a great instructor, and you seem to have a genuine interest in and enjoy helping people develop their skills. And it was fun! – Pritam (Seattle)

Hey Nils, thanks for the class  –  had a really good time this quarter.   I really came at the class from the direction of directing.   I had successfully directed two plays back in Britain, but I always felt that I was on shaky ground when I tried to give advice to actors that went beyond “okay, say it louder this time.”   There’s nothing that makes you feel a fraud quicker  than standing up in front of lots of people who look to you for advice and not having any to give.

The class definitely helped…  I really enjoyed the improv element of the class. It always felt like just one step away from playing a childish game, which I always enjoy.    It was also great to have a chance to work on a monologue with you, especially in front of a small, friendly audience. Your advice on the ‘business’ side of acting was also very useful.  – Cheers, Mark (Seattle and London)


A week after your class (I) went to my very first audition!   Talk about absolute terror.   I did the same monologue I did in class, and guess what?   I got offered not only one role, but two roles from two different directors,  from that one petrified , shaking monologue, on my very first audition!  I was shocked…I couldn’t have done it without your great class.  Thanks! –  Randy T.   (Seattle)

Hi Nils,   I just wanted to thank you for a great class last night! Clearly, people were a little nervous about getting up to perform their monologues, but you have fostered a very supportive environment which makes it much easier to get up there.   I think you did an excellent job at figuring out how to help each individual to take the next step with their piece,  despite a wide range of skill levels.   I’m looking forward to next week!  –  Marnie M.  (Kirkland)

Hi Nils,  I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me 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