SEATTLE ACTING CLASSES and ONLINE ACTING CLASSES – updated 11/2020

  • Our IN-PERSON SEATTLE ACTING CLASSES meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. They’re on a break due to coronavirus but will be back some time in 2021.
  • Our ONLINE CLASSES are built around Zoom meetings (real time meetings with your instructor, not recordings). They can be taken by students anywhere in the world. 

ONLINE ACTING CLASSES


ACTING FUNDAMENTALS SERIES

You can take the classes in the Acting Fundamentals Series just for fun, or if you take all six you’ll earn an Acting Fundamentals Certificate. Classes in the ACTING FUNDAMENTALS CERTIFICATE series include:


In this enjoyable four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the class. If you’re new to acting, start with this class. Learn more

For students who have completed Acting 101 and would like to keep learning. Learn about character, motivation, backstory, and the basics of script analysis — and have fun performing more scenes in front of the class. Learn more

You’ll learn how to create a range of interesting characters; how to find each one’s unique way of moving and speaking; plus physical acting, do more improv and scene work, and more. Learn more


In this class, we’ll do group and individual exercises, improv exercises, and scene work giving students an opportunity to explore a range of emotions, expand their emotional range and more. Learn more

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 you get more comfortable in front of a camera while improving your foundation acting skills. Learn more

Want to star in a movie, while learning how films are made? Here’s your chance!  In this class, we’ll create and film a short movie, working together as a group.  Learn more 


MORE ACTING CLASSES: For students who’ve finished the Acting Fundamentals Series and would like to keep studying and practicing.

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 increase your odds of actually getting cast. Learn more


IMPROV FOR BEGINNERS

Improv’s fun, and lays a good foundation for developing our acting skills. You’ll learn how to go deeper and more personal while responding better to your scene partner using the exercises in this workshop. Learn more

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
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…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 first?  ANSWER:  If you’re new to acting or returning to it after a long break, start with ACTING 101.
  • Have you had students who’ve gone on to work in Hollywood movies, or on mainstream television? ANSWER:  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 just want to try something fun and different! ANSWER:  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?  ANSWER:   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? ANSWER:  Just wear something loose and comfortable that you can move freely in. Anything is fine.
  • Is Rekindle School part of the Experimental College? ANSWER:  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? (Will I be earning college credit?)  ANSWER:  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.



 



TODAY’S FEATURED 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.  


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 Fundamentals.


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 Fundamentals


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.  


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.

 


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. 


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



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.

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