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 503.972.3001

PLEASE NOTE:
All classes will be held at the Zidell Office unless otherwise noted!
3121 SW Moody Ave.  |  Portland, OR 97239

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

*NEW* Summer Teen Workshops!

Dramaturgy for the Audience with Luan Schooler and Dámaso Rodríguez

Writing the First Draft: Playwriting Workshop with Dan Kitrosser

Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman

ACT NATURAL: Communication, Confidence, and the Play in Life with Jane Geesman and Sarah Lucht

Movement for Everybody with Jessica Wallenfels

Beginning Shakespeare with Michael Mendelson

Collaboration, Creativity, and Theatrical Composition with Chris Harder

Prepare for Auditions from Start to Finish with John San Nicolas

Cold Reading Audition Workshop with Adriana Baer

Acting On The Line with Barbie Wu

Directing Workshop with Adriana Baer


 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Summer Teen Workshops!

Artists Rep is pleased to offer two five-day workshops for high school students this summer! Both courses will be taught by Resident Artists & theatre instructors, Michael Mendelson & Sarah Lucht, and will feature additional guest artists!

These courses are for those entering high school in the fall, current high school students, and those that just graduated with the Class of 2019. Students are welcome to enroll in one or both courses! There is a 10% discount when registering for both classes.

 


Audition Training

July 15 - 19
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Auditions are an integral part of any performer’s life and opportunities are everywhere – school plays, BFA programs, and professional productions. In this workshop, students will develop their audition skills with customized feedback and coaching that will polish their interpretation, characterization, presentation, and delivery. Whether you are searching for the right monologue or you want to improve a monologue you are currently using, instructors Lucht & Mendelson will teach essential techniques for embodying truthful and dynamic characters, ensuring confident and effective auditions.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $220

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Performance Fundamentals

July 22 - 26
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Drawing from various training techniques -- Meisner, Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, among others -- this course will incorporate text analysis, breath work, and physical/vocal life, in order to further train and elevate young theatre artists in scene work and monologues. Students will learn and apply the various techniques to the work, creating emotionally truthful, compelling performances, and deepening their knowledge of approaching character and story-telling.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $220

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


FALL CLASSES

Dramaturgy for the Audience with Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy Luan Schooler and Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez

 

 

   

Script Analysis

 

Tech Observation

 

Production Discussion

       
   

7:30pm - 9:00pm

 

7:30pm - 9:00pm

 

7:30pm - 9:00pm

       

1984

   

Aug 14

   

Sept 4

   

Sept 25

    $60   REGISTER HERE

La Ruta

 

Oct 10

 

Oct 30

 

Nov 20

  $60   REGISTER HERE

Prudencia Hart

 

Nov 6

 

Nov 27

 

Dec 18

  $60   REGISTER HERE

Indecent

 

Jan 15

 

Feb 16

 

Mar 4

  $60   REGISTER HERE

Tiger Lily

 

Apr 8

 

April 29

 

May 20

  $60   REGISTER HERE

FULL SERIES

   
  $250   REGISTER HERE

Become a theatre insider & learn what goes into making world-class theatre during Artist’s Rep’s groundbreaking 2019-20 season - ART on Tour!

Dramaturgy for the Audience is a behind-the-scenes peek at the process of making theatre!
Each mainstage production* will feature three classes: Script Analysis, Tech Observation, & Production Discussion and include a digital script of the corresponding production!

*Please Note: There will be NO classes for School Girls.

LOCATION:

Script Analysis & Production Discussion will be located at the Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

Tech Observation will be located at the show's respective theatre!

ENROLLMENT COST:

Full Season Series
15 Class Sessions
      $250
Individual Productions
3 Class Sessions
  $60
Tech Observation ONLY
1 Class Session
  $15

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Writing the First Draft: Playwriting Workshop with Dan Kitrosser

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Mondays; September 16 - November 11
6:30pm - 9:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: There will NOT be a class on Monday, September 30.

Write True! Write Big!  Write Small! Write Magical! Write Funny! Write Weird! Write Political!
Write from your Heart and from your Bones! And Keep Going!

In this 8-week course with award winning playwright and screenwriter Dan Kitrosser, we will launch into the first draft of your play! This playwriting workshop will focus on generating new pages in a safe-space environment and keeping your play moving forward. We will create a community of playwrights--from beginners to intermediate to advanced--where we can all learn from and share with each other’s backgrounds, both inside the craft and out. Along the way, Dan will not only offer feedback, but he will also lead writing exercises, introduce the class to a variety of diverse playwrights and their works, and work individually with students to develop strategies for conquering writing blocks and digging deeper inside so as to push each play further towards that wild, weird and wonderful thing called truth. The course will culminate in a showcase of excerpts of all of the plays.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $300

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

REGISTER HERE!

Dan Kitrosser is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and storyteller. He co-wrote the screenplay WE THE ANIMALS which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2018, winning the NEXT Innovator Award, the Best Narrative at OutFest 2018 and is nominated for 5 Independent Spirit Awards and a GLAAD Award.  His plays include TAR BABY (First Fringe Award, Edinburgh Fringe, and an Amnesty International Citation for Excellence), DEAD SPECIAL CRABS (monologues published in Smith & Kraus Best Men’s and Women’s…) and THE MUMBLINGS (optioned for TV series by FOX).  He is currently working on the screen adaptation of Anne Tyler’s novel SEARCHING FOR CALEB and his play THIRD PERSON was just nominated for a Wilde Award for Best Script after its production at the Great Escape Theater in Marshall, Michigan. Dan is the 2018 Peter Shaffer Award Winner, a 2016 TimeWarner 150 Fellow, a 2014 Sundance Screenwriting Fellow, a 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Playwriting Fellow, a 2015 TerraNOVA Collective Groundbreaker, a Maryland Filmmakers Fellow. Dan received the Fringe First Award for Playwriting at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a Special Citation from Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Awards.
 
Dan is the Artistic Director of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival. He received his MFA from The New School for Drama in 2014.  Dan is currently on faculty at The New School for Performing Arts, and has taught at Writopia Lab, The Ape, Couch Collective, Bag n’ Baggage and in 2013, he was awarded a Gold Model for Excellence for teaching Creative Writing from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman

   

Tuesdays; September 17 - October 22
6:30pm - 9:30pm

In this six-week class, participants will explore and refine the process of embodying character, listening to, and being impacted by, their scene partner, and making compelling and dynamic choices in their work.

Amy Newman and Sarah Lucht will utilize multiple approaches to scene work, from Meisner to Uta Hagen, with an emphasis on Stanislavsky’s foundation of objective, obstacle, and tactics. Beginning with a simple Open Scene and moving on to scripted work from contemporary playwrights, we will explore breath and body work to support emotional availability; and develop and hone vocal and physical technique to support the actor’s unique response and expression.

This class is recommended for actors of any experience level who wish to stay in physical and emotional shape for the demands of working on stage, as well as for actors who wish to grow in their craft and learn from each other and the process.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $200

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


ACT NATURAL: Communication, Confidence, and the Play in Life with Jane Geesman & Sarah Lucht

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September 21
10:00am - 5:00pm

In this unique, one-day workshop you will learn techniques taken from the actor’s toolkit, and apply them to the everyday business of living your life -- with confidence, clear communication, and authenticity. Using improvisation, script work, and an array of physical and vocal experiences, this process will stimulate your mind, body and spirit. In a safe and skillfully facilitated environment, you will experience fun and connection, learn powerful and practical take-aways, and connect with your authentic confidence and creative energy.

Jane Geesman and Sarah Lucht have collaborated as teachers, coaches and workshop facilitators for twenty years. They bring their practical experience as actors and directors to their workshops, as well as a unique mission to help individuals – whether in a personal, professional, or creative context – express themselves with authenticity and energy, and experience deep connection to the self and the world around them.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $100

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Movement for Everybody with Jessica Wallenfels

Jessica Wallenfels

Saturdays; October 5 & 12
11:00am - 12:30pm

Do the words 'choreography' or 'dance' strike fear in your soul?
Or do you simply want the joy and energy of movement in your everyday life?

In working with the actors on the show Everybody, co-director/choreographer Jessica Wallenfels led the creation of accessible, meaningful movement sequences designed to be danced by ANYBODY. In this fun, beginner's mind class we explore how these types of movement phrases are created, and get exposed to a warm-up which incorporates strength and flexibility moves done to irresistible music. While devastatingly simple and accomplished in under 10 minutes, the warm up cultivates connection with one's own body, breath, and energy, while contacting those qualities in others. Take 90 minutes on two Saturdays to set aside any anxiety around dancing, and get a reminder of the value of movement for anybody, at every age.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $40

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 15

REGISTER HERE!

Jessica Wallenfels is a director/choreographer and educator. Wallenfels creates new work that is music and movement driven with her company, Many Hats Collaboration. Recent projects include directing Into the Woods at Broadway Rose, the up-coming The Wolves at Portland Playhouse, The Undertaking (with Many Hats), co-directing Everybody at Artists Repertory Theatre, directing Ella Enchanted and Pete the Cat for Oregon Children’s Theatre. Selected choreography credits include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Wallenfels directed the original work The Snowstorm, which won the Drammy Award for Best Production in 2015. She has guest directed at Portland State University, Willamette University, Western Oregon University and others. Wallenfels teaches movement and devising with Staged! and the Portland Playhouse apprentice program. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in directing from the University of Portland.

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Beginning Shakespeare with Michael Mendelson

Saturdays; October 12 - November 30
11:00am - 2:00pm

With instructor Michael Mendelson, we will begin by learning how to use the text and language as written. Then we will discover where this heightened material lives in the actor and how to marry the heightened sense of text with a contemporary ear. We will focus on relationships and given circumstances, our contemporary understanding of the human condition, and the text as it is written to create a visceral acting experience. The course will progress from sonnets and monologues to soliloquies.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office - Studio 1 (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $275

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Collaboration, Creativity, and Theatrical Composition with Chris Harder

Saturday October 19 and/or Saturday, November 9
10:00am - 2:00pm

Taught by Resident Artist, Chris Harder, this workshop explores myriad possibilities for theatrical collaboration and storytelling. Designed for all experience levels, new students can jump in and play, while those with experience in devising and Viewpoints work will enjoy these elements in different combinations. Working with the full ensemble as well as in small groups, students will have opportunities to create multiple compositions using such elements as kinesthetic response, spatial relationships, tempo, and gesture, with further inspiration from personal writing, poetry, endowed objects and other devising formats.

Chris has been training, devising and facilitating inventive ways to communicate stories for over twenty years. He has worked with numerous groups such as Sowelu, Sojourn, Shaking the Tree, and Portland Actors Conservatory, as well as creating his own devised work.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $50 for ONE Workshop OR $80 for BOTH Workshops

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

SESSION 1 - October 19 - REGISTER HERE!

SESSION 2 - November 9 - REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Prepare for Auditions from Start to Finish with John San Nicolas

Tuesdays; October 22 - November 25
6:30pm - 9:30pm

This six week class will cover everything you need to feel prepared for the next round of auditions. Resident Artist John San Nicolas will guide you through the process of searching for audition opportunities, securing auditions, preparing monologues, preparing sides and presenting your best self throughout what can be the most challenging part of acting - getting the part in the first place. Learn what to do and what not to do, how to best manage the things you can control, and how to let go of the things you can't.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $200

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Cold Reading Audition Workshop with Adriana Baer

Saturday, October 26
1:00pm - 4:00pm

This workshop, taught by Adriana Baer, focuses on the often nerve-wracking cold read audition. Learn tips for how to approach cold readings and unexpected exercises (i.e. group movement or ensemble work)and gain the tools necessary to make quick and strong choices in the moment.  Each actor will receive opportunities to practice cold reading scenes or monologues. Through this workshop, you will gain confidence to take brave and responsible risks.


"This class was seriously awesome. It was far more applicable than just for cold readings. In the week since, I've used the techniques of scene analysis I learned to prepare an audition, and found the advice really, really helpful to make a clear, bold audition."

- Student

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $50

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org

Recent directing credits include Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, The Price by Arthur Miller (Artists Repertory Theatre), The Language Archive by Julia Cho (Portland Playhouse), Dead Man’s Cell Phone and In the Next Room… or the Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, Buried Child and True West by Sam Shepard, and The Road to Mecca and My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard (Profile Theatre, Artistic Director 2012-2015). Other credits include Woyzeck (Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Direction), The Maids,and No Exit at Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004-2007), and productions in New York including Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull,and The Hairy Ape (Columbia Stages) and work at Atlantic Theatre Company Stage 2 and The Acting Company. New play development workshops include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Primary Stages, and The Lark Play Development Center. Adriana has worked with Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Among other institutions, she has taught for Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts,The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Community College, and Boston Children’s Chorus and has lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nationwide. She coaches theater artists and public speaking through her coaching company Adriana Baer Creative. Next up: Macbeth at Portland Center Stage and Sense and Sensibility adapted by Kate Hamill at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. MFA: Columbia University. Proud member of SDC.


Acting On The Line With Barbie Wu

Barbie

Tuesdays; October 29, November 5, & November 12
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Using the vocabulary of script analysis and applying it to scene work, this course offers the opportunity to access the meaning of the script by identifying objectives, obstacles, and given circumstances. Beginning with detailed analysis -- “table work” -- participants will then move to on-their-feet exploration supported by the tools and techniques of in-depth text analysis. Deepen your ability to read plays thoughtfully, to analyze the playwright’s meaning, and to make informed, complex, and dynamic acting choices, based on the words on the page. Discover the real meaning of acting on the line!

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $120

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

REGISTER HERE!

Barbie Wu is a theatre artist and educator. She taught two years of acting at Southern Methodist University and is currently a teaching artist for Hand2Mouth Theatre. Barbie was in Everybody and A Doll’s House, Part 2 in the 2018/19 season and was in Magellanica in the previous year as Dr. May Zhou.

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Directing Workshop with Adriana Baer

Saturday, November 16 - Sunday, November 17
10:00am - 4:00pm (both days will have a 30 min. lunch break)

In this two-day directing workshop with Adriana Baer, we will focus on analyzing a scene to find key dramatic events, work on how to play changes in order to craft an audience’s experience of a production, and practice strong staging and spatial aesthetics. Actors will be invited to work with each director so they can practice these tools in real time.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $150

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org

Recent directing credits include Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, The Price by Arthur Miller (Artists Repertory Theatre), The Language Archive by Julia Cho (Portland Playhouse), Dead Man’s Cell Phone and In the Next Room… or the Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, Buried Child and True West by Sam Shepard, and The Road to Mecca and My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard (Profile Theatre, Artistic Director 2012-2015). Other credits include Woyzeck (Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Direction), The Maids,and No Exit at Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004-2007), and productions in New York including Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull,and The Hairy Ape (Columbia Stages) and work at Atlantic Theatre Company Stage 2 and The Acting Company. New play development workshops include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Primary Stages, and The Lark Play Development Center. Adriana has worked with Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Among other institutions, she has taught for Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts,The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Community College, and Boston Children’s Chorus and has lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nationwide. She coaches theater artists and public speaking through her coaching company Adriana Baer Creative. Next up: Macbeth at Portland Center Stage and Sense and Sensibility adapted by Kate Hamill at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. MFA: Columbia University. Proud member of SDC.