Acting in a Professional Production
"This has been one of the best classes I've taken at The Theatre Lab. I loved the individual attention on each person's strengths.''
Prepare, rehearse, and perform in a series of four virtual staged readings with professional directors and actors as part of a core company of students playing substantial roles. This session’s scripts will include Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, in which the protagonist attempts to find a murderer in order to stop a plague that has been ravaging Thebes; Ibsen’s classic An Enemy of the People, in which a politician attempts to cover up a major public health risk; Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter, set during the 1918 flu pandemic; and John Strand’s The Cockburn Rituals, often credited as the first AIDS comedy, in which a patient is shunned in a corridor while hospital staff panic all around him. Issues explored in the class include the expectations involved in professional work, how to make strong acting choices within a compressed schedule, and the specific demands of staged readings versus full productions. Many roles for all types. By audition.
Online Class: Our Late Fall classes will take place entirely online via Zoom. Classes require live participation at the scheduled times using your own device. Zoom is most effective when used on a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Students using a cellphone to access class are likely to experience reduced functionality that may limit their ability to participate fully in class. Please review the technical requirements necessary to take part in an online class before enrolling. If these requirements pose any difficulties for you, please let us know.
Financial Aid: In an effort to make more classes financially accessible to students during the COVID-19 crisis, we are offering more financial aid than ever. If attending our courses at this time at full price would be difficult for you, please apply for assistance by November 2, 2020.
Thursdays 7–9:30pm class; Saturday 1–5pm rehearsals; Tuesday 7:30pm performances; No class Nov 26, Nov 28, Dec 1 (Thanksgiving)
Buzz Mauro is a founder and Co-Director of The Theatre Lab and a Helen Hayes Award nominee who has performed with Signature Theatre, Ford's, Studio, The Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and many other companies. He received his B.A. from Yale University and has an M.F.A. in Acting from Catholic University. In 2003 he received the Linowes Leadership Award for his contributions to arts education in Washington. Along with Deb Gottesman he is the founder of Center Stage Communications, a consulting firm specializing in the application of acting techniques to the business world. Together they are the authors of three books on applied acting: The Interview Rehearsal Book, Taking Center Stage, and The Best Answer, all published by Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Putnam. Buzz is also composer and co-lyricist of The Kids’ Table, and composer and lyricist of Alix in Wonderland.