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.

For questions or further information, feel free to contact education@artistsrep.org or Education Director Karen Rathje at 503.241.3001

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

WINTER CLASSES:

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

Dramaturgy for the Audience: Choice? What Choice? The Process of Making Theatre with Dámaso Rodríguez & Luan Schooler

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

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

 

January 8 - January 29 [ENROLLMENT CLOSED]
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.

ENROLLMENT COST: $150
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 12

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


Dramaturgy for the Audience: Choice? What Choice? The Process of Making Theatre
with Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez & Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy Luan Schooler

 

 

Every production at Artists Rep is shaped by two sets of choices: The first are the playwright’s choices about how best to express and explore their idea through characters, structure, language, style, etc. And the second are production choices made by designers, directors, actors, and the theatre itself about how to bring the playwright’s work to life. Choice? What Choice? will look at those two distinct sets of decisions, and is intended for people who enjoy seeing plays and would like to have more tools and vocabulary for assessing what they see.

Each two-part class will focus on an upcoming production, A Doll’s House, Part 2 or Wolf Play. It is highly recommended that participants plan to see the production before the second session of the class. Scripts will be provided.

A Doll’s House, Part 2
January 16 – Discussion about the playwright’s intentions and choices, led by Luan Schooler
February 13 – Focusing on the production choices and how they relate to playwright’s intentions, with Dámaso Rodríguez and Luan Schooler (who is also serving as production director)!
All Classes: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

ENROLLMENT COST: $60 (script included) OR Add WOLF PLAY to get both sessions for $90!
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 15
REGISTER HERE 

Wolf Play
February 27 – Discussion about the playwright’s intentions and choices, lead by Luan Schooler
March 6 - (Bonus Session!) Discussion with the playwright Hansol Jung
March 27 – Focusing on the production choices and how they relate to playwright’s intentions, with Dámaso Rodríguez (who is also serving as production director) and Luan Schooler.
All Classes: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

ENROLLMENT COST: $60 (script included) OR Add A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 to get both sessions for $90!
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 15
REGISTER HERE

SPECIAL DISCOUNT - ENROLL FOR BOTH A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 & WOLF PLAY SESSIONS FOR $90!
Discount Applied in Cart

Click here for more information about Luan Schooler 
Click here for more information about Dámaso Rodríguez


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

ENROLLMENT COST: $250
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 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.

ENROLLMENT COST: $300
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 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 9 - April 13
Saturdays 10:00am - 1:00pm
(No class March 30 due to PATA auditions)

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. 

ENROLLMENT COST: $300
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 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 9 - April 6 
Saturdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm
(No class March 30 due to PATA auditions)

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

This class is for theater practitioners who have directing experience or 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. 

ENROLLMENT COST: $300
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 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: 1/23/19 (A Doll's House, Part 2), 3/6/19 (Wolf Play), 4/24/19 (The Revolutionists)
Time: 7:00pm

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org