ACTING INTENSIVE: COPS, THUGS AND CRIMINALS

“Bad guys” (of whatever gender) are some of the more interesting and complex characters that actors are called on to portray. 

In this class, we’ll rehearse, block, and perform short scenes portraying thugs, thieves and con artists –– crooked detectives ––– femme fatales ––– robbers and grifters and dirty cops who go way beyond the law to get what they think is coming to them and bring their enemies down.

The material will be fun, but we’ll approach the scenes seriously as actors, digging into motivation and backstory, aiming for the creation of realistic and believable characters, having fun with the scenarios while fine-tuning and polishing our character acting skills.

Anyone who has taken ACTING 101 and ACTING 102 through Rekindle (or similar classes) is welcome to sign up. (Students must be 18 and older or have the permission of their parents or guardians, due to profanity and the dark nature of some scenes.)

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Class #171959-1-1: Acting Intensive:
Cops, Thugs and Criminals -
One day workshop:
Sat. May 30, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuition: $150 +$10 registration fee
University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 3

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Wanna play a bad guy?


  • … like Brad Pitt in “Fight Club”? Marlon Brando in “The Godfather”? Denzel Washington leaving his young partner to be murdered in “Training Day”? 
  • Liam Neeson in his latest revenge fantasy, saving his daughter from whatever idiot-with-a-death-wish has kidnapped her this week?
  • Annette Bening, John Cusack and Angelica Huston in “The Grifters” —
    “nice” and apparently normal on the outside, but vicious, psychopathic and sociopathic below the surface?
  • Matty Walker in “Body Heat”, seducing her only slightly crooked boyfriend into murdering her husband for the inheritance –– while convincing him that it’s all his idea?
  • A tough guy who metes out his or her own kind of justice, grabs the money, leaves a trail of corpses, and couldn’t care less about the consequences or the law?
  • Or a cop who who starts out well meaning and naive, and ends up going over to the dark side to finally put the bad guys in their place?