Public Speaking the Actor's Way
“Instructor was very attentive and offered individualized and ample feedback. It was a safe space to engange with the instructor.''
Four lunchtime classes. An innovative approach to powerful public speaking, taught by a pioneer in the field of applied acting. This course leads participants through a series of acting-based physical, vocal and psychological exercises designed to promote spoken communication that leaves a lasting impact on an audience. From writing a dramatic speech to defining strong objectives to building confidence through a reliable rehearsal process, this course is for anyone who wants to know what it takes to please a crowd. Required text: Taking Center Stage: Masterful Public Speaking Using Acting Skills You Never Knew You Had by Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro
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.
No class Nov 25 (Thanksgiving weekend)
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.