Classes and Workshops

Are you interested in getting involved at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, but aren't sure where to start?  Want to try something new? Check out our workshops! Periodically, we offer workshops on subjects from auditioning to acting to stagecraft and beyond. Members enjoy discounted rates, but all are welcome.

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UPCOMING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS


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BRING YOUR CHARACTERS TO LIFE: Physical Characterization for Actors
Instructor: Gerry Dzuiblinski
May 12, 2018, 1:00-4:00 PM
For those in High School and older
$25 for A2CT members/$30 for non-members
REGISTER HERE

This workshop will explore finding a character and creating postures, gait, and gestures for that characterization. Technique exercises will be combined with structured improvisations to eliminate the self and find the other. Bring a specific role you wish to characterize, and wear movement clothing and flexible, soft-soled shoes.

GERRY DZUIBLINSKI is the Director of Theatre at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and holds an MA in Directing from the Antioch University MacGregor School. He has studied physical storytelling with James Gouseff, and classical mime technique with Marcel Marceau.

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FREEING THE VOICE: Vocal Improvisation for Actors
Instructor: Dory Mead
June 9, 2018, 1:00-4:00 PM
For those in High School and older
$25 for A2CT members/$30 for non-members
REGISTER HERE

Looking for more freedom of expression? Confidence? A way to relieve stress and commune with others through singing? Group and solo vocal improvisation is a way to open up your vocal vocabulary and express yourself fully. It is also a way to improve your listening and communication skills! This class aims to be a joyful safe space in which to explore our voices together. Techniques from Rhiannon's Vocal River will be combined with movement and vocal exercises developed by Ms. Mead.

DORY MEAD earned her BMA in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music. She has performed with the Metro City Lyric Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, and the Austin Shakespeare Company, as well as in A2CT productions and Shakespeare in the Arb. 

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ACTING INTENSIVE: Acting II: Working the Scene
Instructor: Glenn Bugala
*June 16 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM AND June 17 1:00 - 5:00 PM*
For those ages 16 and older
$115 for A2CT members/$125 for non-members
REGISTER HERE

For actors who have already learned something about warm-ups, movement, and analysis, this workshop will take that knowledge up on the stage and translate it into powerful active performance. Students will dig into the scene, practice playing objectives, will develop character "tools," and will learn techniques that apply to all styles of theatre. "Scene games" will help students become more intentional, direct, and confident while performing. This acting class is designed for actors with some experience who want to take their acting to the next level.

GLENN BUGALA is an actor and director with experience in over 100 shows, who has directed A2CT's critically acclaimed productions of Rent, Chess, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tommy, Front Page, and other productions. He has an MA in Acting from Purdue University and a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan.

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STAGE MANAGEMENT: Build a Prompt Book & Call a Scene
Instructor: Brice O'Neal
June 30, 2018, 1:00-4:00 PM
For those in High School and older
$25 for A2CT members/$30 for non-members
REGISTER HERE

This hands-on workshop will explore various styles of stage management, including how to prepare and use a prompt book, call a show, and build your own stage manager kit. Learn theatrical terminology, tricks of the trade, and much more!

BRICE O'NEAL teaches technical theater at Community High School and runs A2CT's Technical Theatre Troupe.

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IMPROV FOR ACTORS
Instructor: Sara Rose
July 14, 2018, 1:00-4:00 PM
For those 18 and older
$25 for A2CT members/$30 for non-members
REGISTER HERE

Come strengthen your acting chops without the pressure of scripts or blocking! This workshop will introduce basic improv tools and use improvised scene work to develop physicality, heightened emotion, and honest reactions onstage, with no expectation of being funny or clever. Actors will discover and explore exciting moments that keep performers on their toes and audience members interested in seeing more. Plan to wear comfortable clothes and shows. No improv experience required.

SARA ROSE is an actor, improviser, and teacher in Ann Arbor and the Metro Detroit area. She has a BA minor in Theatre and Performing Arts from the University of Michigan and has trained at Planet Ant Theatre, Go Comedy, and Second City Chicago. Sara is a resident artist at Go Comedy Improv Theater and a resident cast member and teacher at Pointless Improv Theatre. Sara believes that theatre (improvised or scripted) should challenge us to develop empathy and value diverse perspectives, and that the importance of these skills extends beyond the stage.

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Don't see what you're looking for above? Keep an eye on this page for more, or sign up for our workshop newsletter by emailing education@a2ct.org. 
All workshops are 1:00-4:00 PM in the A2CT Studio unless otherwise noted








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