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Adult Classes

Classes require live participation at the scheduled times.

 

DISCOUNTS

Theatre Lab members take 10% off full-price tuition (automatically applied to your account).

REFUND POLICY: For a tuition refund, you must withdraw at least 48 hours before the first class begins. A $40 cancellation fee will apply. Please review class policies before registering.
 

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. Apply by July 21 for summer financial aid.

IN-PERSON ADULT CLASSES

Classes take place masked and socially distant indoors at The Theatre Lab, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC. Students will be required to sign a release prior to the start of class.

Auditioning: Preparing for the Room
Mondays, July 26 to August 30, 2021, 7-10 PM
Taught by Mitchell Hébert

IN-PERSON COURSE: Designed to improve student performance in all the major aspects of auditioning for the theatre: monologues, cold readings, and "in the room" demeanor - whether for the in-person auditions that are starting back up, or for Zoom or video auditions, which are certainly here to stay. The emphasis is on practical skill-building, making the most of your rehearsal time, and overcoming psychological and emotional barriers to giving your best performance.
Tuition: $360
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Intro to Acting, Section A - Waitlist Only
Thursdays, July 29 to September 2, 2021, 7-9:30 PM
Taught by J. J. Johnson

IN-PERSON COURSE: Our fun and fast-paced introduction to what acting is all about. For anyone who's ever wanted to give acting a try – or those who haven't done it since that one time in high school. Students will be introduced to all the fundamental skills, plus the basics of auditioning and “the business of the business.”
Tuition: $330
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Musical Theatre Workshop
Mondays, July 26 to August 30, 2021, 7-10 PM
Taught by Bobby Smith

IN-PERSON COURSE: Intensive training in musical theatre skills with one of Washington’s most popular and award-winning performers. Attention will be paid to all aspects of musical performance and auditioning, including enhancing musical phrasing, improving vocal production, deepening interpretation of lyrics, optimizing the use of physical movement, and expanding repertoire. Live accompaniment provided.
Tuition: $360
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Uta Hagen Technique - Waitlist Only
Thursdays, July 29 to September 2, 2021, 7-10 PM
Taught by Tonya Beckman

IN-PERSON COURSE: Students work through the iconic acting exercises created by famed actress and teacher Uta Hagen, whose students included such diverse actors as Al Pacino, Whoopi Goldberg, and Matthew Broderick. No experience with Hagen's approach is required, but students who have already encountered Hagen's ideas are welcome and will be challenged to go deeper. These exercises are beneficial for actors at any level, as they help establish a firm foundation of acting as well as serve as a valuable "workout" for more advanced actors.
Tuition: $360
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ONLINE ADULT CLASSES

Online 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.

Beginning Scene Study
Tuesdays, July 27 to August 31, 2021, 7-9:30 PM
Taught by Marietta Hedges

ONLINE COURSE: An intensive introduction to scripted work through preparation and performance of scenes and monologues. Emphasis on learning effective rehearsal techniques and expanding the actor’s range. Requires approximately 3–5 hours of rehearsal with an assigned partner outside of class each week. Taken together or in succession, this course and the Drama Workshop constitute essential training in the basics of the actor’s craft.
Tuition: $300
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Getting Started in TV and Film
Thursdays, July 29 to September 2, 2021, 7-9:30 PM
Taught by Brenna McDonough

ONLINE COURSE: This class will cover the ins and outs of all aspects of the film industry in the DC area, including commercials, corporate videos, indie and feature films, and where to look for auditions, jobs and performance opportunities. Class will include mastering the mystery of the self-tape audition. Students will work on-camera in at least two sessions for playback and evaluation.
Tuition: $300
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Intro to Acting, Section B
Saturdays, July 31 to September 4, 2021, 1-3:30 PM
Taught by Dorothy Neumann

ONLINE COURSE: A fun and fast-paced introduction to what acting is all about, with plenty of practice in improvisation, scene study and theatre games. For anyone who's ever wanted to give acting a try—or those who haven't done it since that one time in high school.
Tuition: $300
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Narrating Audiobooks
Wednesdays, July 28 to September 1, 2021, 7-9:30 PM
Taught by Kim Schraf

ONLINE COURSE: A great "side gig" for actors, audiobook recording is also a fulfilling artistic experience in its own right, and the skills involved have practical applications for all types of acting on stage or screen. In this course you'll learn to bring stories and characters to life with your voice. The course also includes information on setting up a functional recording studio in your home, and an introduction to the business aspects of becoming a successful narrator.
Tuition: $300
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On-Camera Scene Study I
Tuesdays, July 27 to August 31, 2021, 7-9:30 PM
Taught by John Judy

ONLINE COURSE: An intensive course in acting for the screen. Students will rehearse scenes from plays, teleplays, and screenplays with special attention to what makes acting work well on camera. Work will be videotaped and playbacks will be analyzed. Some outside rehearsal required.
Tuition: $300
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Video Game Voice Acting, Section A
Mondays, July 26 to August 30, 2021, 7-9:30 PM
Taught by Wes Johnson

ONLINE COURSE: Are you ready to voice video games, not just play them? This class is an exploration of character development, designed to help you stretch your abilities and bring the ACTING to voice acting. Immerse yourself in new worlds every week, build the skills required for success in the industry, and learn all the ins and outs of bringing video game characters to life.
Tuition: $300
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Voiceovers I
Mondays, July to August 30, 2021, 7-10 PM
Taught by Craig Klein

ONLINE COURSE: A first course in the art of voiceovers, including commercials, narration, and promos. Introduction to all skill areas, including copy interpretation, the physical use of the voice, the business of the VO biz, and home studios. All students will receive intensive recorded practice with critique. Students find that this course works as well online as in person.
Tuition: $300
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Voiceovers II
Thursdays, July 29 to September 2, 2021, 7-10 PM
Taught by Craig  Klein

ONLINE COURSE: Students will receive more time recording in class, honing methods introduced in The Theatre Lab’s Voiceovers I class. New voiceover genres will be introduced, including video games, audiobooks, and industrials, as well as advanced techniques. Students will also explore more advanced real-world scenarios such as cold reads, timing, tags, and doubles. Successful completion of Voiceovers I or permission of instructor required.
Tuition: $300
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