Uta Hagen Technique
“The class was just the deep dive I needed into acting technique and practice.''
Students work through the 10 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.
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 28 (Thanksgiving weekend)
Tonya Beckman has appeared locally as an actor at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ford's Theatre, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Theater J, Taffety Punk, Olney Theatre, Mosaic Theatre Co., Constellation Theatre Co., and the Kennedy Center, among others. Regional credits include Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Center Stage, Fulton Theatre, Purple Rose Theatre Company, CATCo, Human Race Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, and Door Shakespeare. She has taught at American University, Shepherd University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, The Theatre Lab, The Actors' Center, as a teaching artist for a variety of theatre companies, and is on the faculty at George Washington University. Local dialect coaching credits include productions for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Theater J, Lean and Hungry Theatre, Longacre Lea, The Theatre Lab, and Constellation Theatre. She is a company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Company.