Creating a Role

"The instructor helped us to work together as a group which in turn helped us to develop really unique quality artistic pieces that transitioned uniquely in our show's production.''

This double-session course is designed to give students the experience of preparing a complex role from the beginning of a rehearsal process through the moment of performance. Working with both a professional director and a professional actor, students explore all the elements of acting in a full production, including text analysis, dramaturgy, character development, blocking, giving focus, taking direction, connecting to other actors, and dealing with the audience. This offering of the course culminates in four public performances of As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most accessible and enjoyable comedies.

Casting will be even more open than usual – in fact, we’ll be intentionally casting many roles with actors who might not think of themselves as the traditional right “type.” Even if you think your days of playing ingenues are over, or if you don't identify as a woman, in this production you can still be considered for the role of young Rosalind. We're throwing traditional preconceptions about character types -- race/ethnicity/disability/gender/age/physicality -- out the window altogether as we cast lots of fun and challenging roles for students of all levels. No Shakespeare experience necessary.

An added instructor will be on hand to help with interpreting the text. Auditions are low–key – no monologue required.

Use this form to sign up for an audition. Currently, auditions are being scheduled for Saturday, February 13 and Thursday, February 18.

Price: $630.00

Online Class: 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. Early Spring 2021 financial aid applications are due by February 22, 2021.


Creating a Role - Early Spring
Price: $630.00
Start Date: 2/23/2021 | End Date: 5/15/2021
Day of the week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Instructor(s): Randy Baker

Tues 7-10; Thurs 7-10; Sat 2-5 Feb 23 - May 12 Final Dress Wed May 12 Perform May 13, 14, 15 No class Sat Apr 3 (Easter)


Randy Baker is a playwright, director and co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre. Recent shows he has directed with Rorschach include Very Still and Hard to See (Five Helen Nominations including Best Director), The Electric Baby, She Kills Monsters, The Minotaur and After the Quake. Recent shows he has directed outside of Rorschach include the seven-room living installation piece, Hello, My Name Is… at The Welders (Three Helen Nominations including Best Director), a shadow puppet gamelan-inspired A Midsummer Night’s Dream at WSC Avant Bard, Big Love at Catholic University, Anon/ymous at Georgetown University and his own adaptation of Rashomon at American University. Recent playwriting projects include Forgotten Kingdoms and Truth & Beauty Bombs at Rorschach Theatre and workshops and educational productions of The Burning Road (Arena Stage), Monastery (Theater J), Rashōmon (American University and Spooky Action Theatre), Circus of Fallen Angels (NCDA and American University) and wild42hold (George Washington University).