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.

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What’s Different About Our Webinars?

UPCOMING WEBINARS – NOW OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT:


  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Our VOICE OVER WEBINARS are not the same as our ONLINE VOICEOVER CLASSES. They are additional (short) classes and cover material not covered in depth in the classes.
  • Our ONLINE VOICE OVER CLASSES (which are four weeks long) are “real-time” meetings with an instructor. They’re interactive, very similar to meeting in a classroom environment. Our VOICE OVER WEBINARS (which ae one-shots) also have an interactive element. But instead of a class, you’ll start off by watching a video which covers all of the essential information for each topic.
  • Then right after the video, you’ll be invited to participate in a live question-answer-consultation session with the instructor.
  • The videos are an hour long ––– the Q and A session is a 30 minute “real time” online meeting with your teacher and the other students, right after the video ends ––- a place to get your questions answered and clarify how the information in the videos applies to you.
  • Like our online classes, the webinars are taught by Sean Daeley, a voice over performer with years of experience.

Can we keep the videos?

  • Yes. After each video premieres, you’ll be able to download it and keep a copy for your own use to watch again whenever you like. (The copies are for your own personal use; in downloading them you’re agreeing not to share them with others.)

Are the webinars a substitute for the online classes?

  • No, think of them as an adjunct to take your voice over training to the next level.
  • The webinars will focus on the business side of voice acting instead of the performance aspects. 
  • They’re designed to be the perfect complement to our online classes,  for anyone interested in pursuing voiceover professionally.
  • You can take them alone, but to get the full benefit they are designed to be taken along with our online classes. They supplement the information in the online classes and cover some purely informational topics in more depth.

What do they cost?

    • The cost is $39 for each webinar, or you can sign up for all three for $105 –– a savings of $16.00. Plus our webinars have no registration fees, an additional savings of $30.00

About the Instructor

  • Rachael Chapman is a Theatre Teaching Artist. For four years, she worked for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth facilitating in-school residencies, after-school programs, weekend courses, and summer camps for children.
  • She recently moved back to Washington to be closer with her family, and currently works as a Teaching Artist for Tacoma Arts Live.
  • Rachael continually strives to remain current in her education and training. She has her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was accepted to the National Seminar for Teaching Artists at the Kennedy Center in DC, and recently completed the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab at Seattle Children’s Theatre.
  • Rachael’s teaching philosophy is process oriented as opposed to product oriented. She hands the power of creative choice over to her students and guides them through a series of scaffolded exercises and reflective questions.
  • She has participated as a performer in several children’s theatre and outreach programs and specializes in musicals and puppetry.
  • Above all else, Rachael enjoys sharing knowledge about the performing arts with others and admires the curiosity and creativity of young minds.

CLASSES FOR ADULTS

STARTING IN OCTOBER:

  1. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE — starts Sun. 10/25 

STARTING IN NOVEMBER

Listed by start date:

  1. SELF-TAPING FOR ACTORS –– starts Tues. 11/3
  2. FIGURE DRAWING — starts Tues. 11/3
  3. ACTING IN COMMERCIALS – starts Wed. 11/4
  4. SCREENWRITING 101 ––  starts Thursday 11/5
  5. VOICE OVER 102 –– starts Sat. 11/7
  6. VOICE OVER 104 – starts Sat. 11/7
  7. ACTING 104 (EMOTION) — starts Sun. 11/8
  8. VOICE OVER CAREERS (WEBINAR) — meets Sunday Nov. 8
  9. SCREENWRITING INTENSIVE – WRITE A COMPLETE FULL-LENGTH SCREENPLAY – starts Monday 11/9
  10. VOICE OVER HOME STUDIO BASICS (WEBINAR) — meets Sunday Nov. 15
  11. DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS — starts Tues. 11/17 
  12. SELF-MARKETING FOR VOICE OVER ACTORS (WEBINAR) — meets Sunday Nov. 22
  13. ACTING 101 — starts Sun. 11/22
  14. CARTOONING 101 –  starts Sat. 11/28

STARTING IN DECEMBER

Listed by start date:

  1. VOICE OVER 101 — starts Saturday 12/5
  2. VOICE OVER 103 – starts Saturday 12/5
  3. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE — starts Sunday 12/6
  4. ACTING 105 (CAMERA ACTING)starts Sun. 12/6

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NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • People often email to ask if we have any in-person classes during the shutdown. Most of our classes during this period are online, but “LET’S MAKE A MOVIE” is in-person. We do it by filming in very small groups (2-3 actors at most) with social distancing, asking the students to wear masks when not filming, and filming outdoors. So if you’ve been waiting for an in-person class, check it out.
  • Meredith Binder’s “Acting in Commercials” and “Self-Taping for Actors” classes will be back soon! Watch for an announcement.
  • Sean Daeley, who teaches our VOICE OVER ACTING CLASSES, has added a new series of VOICE OVER ACTING WEBINARS! Learn about voice over careers, how to set up a home studio, and how to market yourself! More info
  • The dates for Peter Greyy’s “Comedy Writing Workshop” will be listed soon!
  • We’ll also be bringing back several painting and collage classes soon. We’ve found they work great as online courses.