The Life of a Professional Stage Actor in DC
An up-close look at what professional actors actually do, plus a virtual backstage intro to the theatres where they do it. Washington is the top theatre town in the country outside of New York for many good reasons. In this relaxed course (with no homework!), students will learn: “the business of the business,” including the ins and outs of auditions, networking, unions, and agents and agencies; how professional actors support themselves (rarely through acting alone); the different types of professional theatres in the area; and what it’s like to perform, understudy, and even star on Washington’s many illustrious stages. Taught by one of Washington’s “workingest” actors, the course also includes interviews with other key players, like actors, directors, and artistic directors who make Washington their artistic home.
Online Class: Our Early Fall 2020 adult semester 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.
Note: The class dates have changed since originally posted.
Kim Schraf has performed at Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, Ford's, Round House, Signature, Woolly Mammoth, Everyman, Theater J, The Theatre of the First Amendment, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Credits include starring roles in The Laramie Project and The Widow Lincoln at Ford's Theatre; Angels in America at Signature; Skylight, Frozen, and The Apple Family Plays at Studio; Measure for Pleasure, Freedomland and The Gene Pool at Woolly Mammoth; and Proof and Light Up the Sky at Everyman. A graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, she has been teaching since 1984, most recently at the Parkmont School. She is also a successful narrator of audio books and a speech coach. Kim helped launch the Honors Conservatory for The Theatre Lab in 2006 and continues to serve as one of its directors.