Classes & Workshops

Classes taught by Artists Rep & Guest Artists

Our education programs focus on engaging and elevating our community by offering professional-level classes with our resident artists and guest artists. Artists Repertory Theatre is dedicated to working with artists from all backgrounds and disciplines to create a stronger, more equitable, and richer theatre experience in Portland.

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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LISTINGS

Vocal Collaboration Without Limits with Darrell Grant & Holly Pyle

A Fast, Fun Introduction to the Fundamentals of Playwriting with E.M. Lewis

Communication for Non-Actors with Chris Harder

Voice Acting for Fun and Maybe Profit with Mary McDonald-Lewis

Act Natural: Creativity, Connection & Self-Expression with Sarah Lucht & Jane Geesman

Authentic Accents & Dialects with Mary McDonald-Lewis

Advanced Scene Study with Adriana Baer

Intermediate Directing with Adriana Baer

Tech Wednesday!

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

Vocal Collaboration Without Limits with Darrell Grant & Holly Pyle

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November 16, 2018
6:00pm, concert to follow

Jazz vocalist Holly Pyle and pianist/composer Darrell Grant present a 60-minute workshop about collaboration, improvisation, and the creative process. Pyle is a classically-trained performing vocalist equally at home with the music of Billie Holiday, Cole Porter, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell. Grant, an award-winning jazz pianist, has collaborated with vocalists ranging from Betty Carter to Esperanza Spalding. Topics will include improvisation, arranging, spontaneity, deep listening, the collaborative process and tools for creativity, including Pyle's innovative solo looping techniques. There will be opportunities for questions.

Cost: $15

REGISTER HERE

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


A Fast, Fun Introduction to the Fundamentals of Playwriting 
with E.M. Lewis

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December 4, 2018
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Are you interested in dipping your toes into the playwriting waters?  Are you an experienced playwright who is interested in reviewing some of the basics?  Join award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis (Magellanica, The Gun Show) for a fast and furious three hour tour through the fundamentals of playwriting.  Character and dialogue!  Action and setting!  Theatricality and truth-telling.  We'll cover it all.  In just three hours!

This workshop is appropriate for anyone aged 14 to 104! 

Because the workshop is in December, we'll conclude with a seasonal playwriting prompt!  (Know someone who is hard to shop for?  Consider purchasing a seat in this workshop for someone on your holiday gift list!  Or plan to come with a friend or relative, as a fun thing to do together!)

Join us!

COST: $25
All ages welcome!

REGISTER HERE

To learn more, contact us @ education@artistsrep.org

E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced around the world, and is published by Samuel French. She received both the Primus Prize and the Steinberg Award from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Association, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Her play The Gun Show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than thirty theaters across the country, including Coho in Portland, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. It was published in The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, and will be available soon from Samuel French. Lewis' newest play -- an epic adventure story about climate change set in Antarctica called Magellanica -- had its world premiere at Artists Repertory Theater in spring of 2018. Other plays by Lewis include: Song of Extinction, Infinite Black Suitcase, Heads, Now Comes the Night, Apple Season, Reading to Vegetables, True Story, and You Can See All the Stars (a play for college students commissioned by the Kennedy Center). Lewis is currently working on two opera commissions, a small personal play called How the Light Gets In, and a big, new political play called The Great Divide. She is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild. She lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.


Communication for Non-Actors with Chris Harder

Workshop A
January 5
10:00am - 1:00pm

Workshop B
January 12
10:00am - 1:00pm

Learn acting skills that translate directly into real life communication with business clients, partners, & personal contacts. Each workshop begins with physical awareness and relaxation techniques, then moves into ensemble group exploration, followed by partnered moment to moment analysis and adjustments. The acting skills translate directly to real life communication with business clients, partners, and personal contacts. Students can take this course for one or both days!

Cost: $50/Single Workshop OR $90/Both Workshops
Capacity: 14

REGISTER HERE: Workshop A, Workshop B

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org

Chris Harders artistic home is in Portland, Oregon where he is a Resident Artist with Artists Repertory Theatre.  As an award winning professional actor with hundreds of credits in theatre, film and television he performs regularly on Portland stages.  For over 20 years Chris has been teaching acting techniques to students of all ages at a variety of skill levels with the belief that theatre has the power to change lives and make a difference for the greater good.  Chris is a faculty member with the Portland Actors Conservatory, a two year program dedicated to training professional actors, and he offers private courses at Artist Rep.  More info at www.chrisharder.com


Voice Acting for Fun and Maybe Profit with Mary McDonald-Lewis

January 8 - January 29
Tuesdays 6:00pm - 9:00pm

A four-week course in the art and craft of voice acting for professional performers who want to expand their craft. Each class includes the theory and practice of voice acting using contemporary commercial copy.

COST: $150
CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE

To learn more, contact education@artistsrep.org

Mary McDonald-Lewis is a Resident Artists at Artists Repertory Theatre. A professional writer, speaker, stage, film and voice-over performer, dialect and acting coach, director and storyteller, she has been teaching and coaching writing, speaking and acting since 1983


Act Natural: Creativity, Connection, & Self-Expression
with Sarah Lucht & Jane Geesman

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WEEKEND INTENSIVE!
January 18
6:30pm - 9:30pm
January 19
10:00am - 6:00pm
January 20
11:00am - 3:00pm

This weekend workshop is for anyone who wishes to explore their own creative, expressive nature, connect more deeply with self and other, and experience increased aliveness and well-being. This course will help students: experience greater vitality, expressiveness and confidence; engage minds, bodies and spirits in the creative process; explore problem-solving and creativity; learn the art of listening; manage stress and performance anxiety. The weekend will consist of exercises and experiences taken from both the world of theatre and personal/professional development models. There will be myriad opportunities to contact one's authentic nature, "perform" in a safe and fun environment, and learn tools and take-aways to assist in problem-solving in all areas -- professional and personal.

"My weekend with Jane and Sarah was so affirming. They created a safe, respectful space for me to look at myself through a creative lens."
     - Brenan

"If you work with people, or want to, their program offers great tools for energetic engagement and building improvising skills...all while having fun in a supportive environment."
     - Graemme

Cost: $250
Capacity: 10

REGISTER HERE!

To learn more, contact education@artistsrep.org

Sarah Lucht is a Resident Artist at Artists Rep where she has performed for 25 years. She performs regularly on Portland stages, and is also a faculty member at Portland Actors Conservatory, where she specializes in Breath and Energy for the Performer.  With Jane Geesman, Sarah has led Act Natural workshops in British Columbia, Seattle, and locally. Sarah and Jane have led Act Natural for actors, writers, and trial lawyers, as well as conducted  trainings for Nike, Spoon, and Artslandia

Jane Bement Geesman, M.F.A., is a Drammy-winning actress and has directed, taught, and performed in Portland-area theatres since 1980.  A member of the Haven Institute’s guest faculty, in British Columbia, Jane co-leads the Act Natural personal/professional-development workshops there with Sarah Lucht. Since 2001, she and Sarah have led workshops in Portland, Seattle, and the Bay Area for actors, business and healthcare professionals, attorneys, and writers. These Contact & Character trainings focus on creativity, self-expression, presentation skills...and how to get out of one’s own way in all endeavors.


Authentic Accents & Dialects with Mary McDonald-Lewis

TWO-WEEKEND INTENSIVE
January 19 - January 27
Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am - 4:00pm

A two-weekend intensive to learn & apply accents and dialects for film, television, & theatre. Actors will learn how accents and dialects are built, learn four accents, and acquire new tools to use forever. Each class includes instruction in accent and dialect acquisition, practice and application of four accents/dialects, and a wealth of written, audio, and video materials.

COST: $300
CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE

To learn more, contact education@artistsrep.org

Mary McDonald-Lewis is a Resident Artists at Artists Repertory Theatre. A professional writer, speaker, stage, film and voice-over performer, dialect and acting coach, director and storyteller, she has been teaching and coaching writing, speaking and acting since 1983


Advanced Scene Study with Adriana Baer

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February 2 - April 13
Saturdays 10:00am - 1:00pm

Come work out and keep your acting muscles (including your brain and your mouth!) in shape by diving into texts by canonical writers including Ibsen, Chekhov, Hellman, Parks, Williams, Albee, and Fornes. 

Cost: $300
Capacity: 12

REGISTER HERE!

To learn more, contact education@artistsrep.org

Adriana Baer is a director, professor, and professional speaking coach working with business leaders, artists, and writers to explore their vision and driving purpose and communicate that to their target audience.  She has directed for Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre (Artistic Director, 2012 – 2015), Portland Playhouse, The Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004 – 2007), Columbia Stages, Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2, the cell, and The Acting Company, and others. Adriana has worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, Theatre Communications Group, California Shakespeare Theater, and American Conservatory Theater.  Among other institutions, she has taught for Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts, The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Portland Community College.  She has lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nation-wide.  Adriana holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.


Intermediate Directing with Adriana Baer

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February 2 - April 20
Saturdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Scene Showcase: April 23 at 7:30pm

(This course is those with directing experience or significant acting/design experience)

This class is for theater practitioners who have directing experience or significant acting or design experience. You will direct three scenes from different genres, show the scenes in class, receive feedback, and complete exercises geared toward improving and deepening your directing muscles. The 12 week course will culminate in a showcase of 10-minute pieces with invited Artistic Directors and Producers. To register for this course, please send a short bio & resume to education@artistsrep.org.

COST: $500
CAPACITY: 6

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org

Adriana Baer is a director, professor, and professional speaking coach working with business leaders, artists, and writers to explore their vision and driving purpose and communicate that to their target audience.  She has directed for Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre (Artistic Director, 2012 – 2015), Portland Playhouse, The Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004 – 2007), Columbia Stages, Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2, the cell, and The Acting Company, and others. Adriana has worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, Theatre Communications Group, California Shakespeare Theater, and American Conservatory Theater.  Among other institutions, she has taught for Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts, The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Portland Community College.  She has lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nation-wide.  Adriana holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.


Tech Wednesday

Observe the tech process of one of our mainstage productions! This includes a tour of the theatre, two hours of tech rehearsal observation, and a Q&A.
Cost: $15/person
Dates: Dates: 11/21/18 (Everybody), 1/2/19 (Teenage Dick), 1/23/19 (A Doll's House, Part 2), 3/6/19 (Wolf Play), 4/24/19 (The Revolutionists)

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org