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

Interested in private acting coaching?
Head to our Coaching page!

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Dramaturgy for the Audience with Luan Schooler and Dámaso Rodríguez

Dramaturgy for the Audience: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play with Kisha Jarrett & Barbie Wu

Intro to Storytelling Workshop 

Act Natural Workshop 

Dynamic Character and Movement (and Mask): A Workshop Introduction 

Movement for Everybody Workshop 

Dynamic Character and Movement (and Mask): A Class

Scene Study: Stage Stage Ready! (January)

The Business of Casting Workshop 

Advanced Scene Study Class 

Alexander Technique Workshop 

WRITING THE FIRST DRAFT: Playwriting Class 

The Journey of a New Play Workshop 

Audition Prep for 2020 Class 

Scene Study: Stage Stage Ready! (February)

The Business of the Business Workshop  

The Art of Acting

The Detective Actor: An Approach to Character Development Class 

Alexander Technique Class

Audition Process Workshop

Scene Study: Stage Stage Ready! (March)


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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

       

La Ruta

 

Oct 10

 

Oct 30

 

Nov 20

       

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

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:

Individual Productions
3 Class Sessions
  $60
Tech Observation ONLY
1 Class Session
  $15

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Directing Workshop with Adriana Baer

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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


Intro to Storytelling - Workshop with Kisha Jarrett

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Saturday; December 7
11:00am - 2:00pm

This introductory workshop will lead you into the art form of personal storytelling. Guided by writer, actor, director, and storyteller Kisha Jarrett (she has appeared on the Moth, Back Fence PDX, and 7Deadly Sins, among others), you will learn how to craft your own story using personal experience. Discover in yourself the humor, courage, and vulnerability of the storytelling experience by learning the components of story, and ways to present your best performance on and off-stage in this fun and supportive class. Class participants will receive a discount code to see a Back Fence PDX Russian Roulette show.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $65

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

AGE: 16+

REGISTER HERE!


Act Natural - Workshop with Sarah Lucht & Jane Geesman

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Saturday; December 7
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 and Sarah 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 a deep connection to the self and the world around them.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $125

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

REGISTER HERE!


Dynamic Character and Movement (and Mask): A Workshop Introduction with Annie Averre

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Saturday; December 14
11:00am - 2:00pm

This three-hour workshop will offer an introduction to the possibilities of physically-based character work, taken from the revitalizing and playful world of mask theatre (both commedia del’arte and neutral mask will be explored).

This workshop is for anyone looking for liberating and invigorating movement and the chance to engage physically, intellectually and energetically.  This will be an opportunity to reveal character and gain a deeper, simpler understanding of the power of physical expression and use of the whole body. For actors and non-actors alike!

This workshop is sponsored by Portland Actors Conservatory. Professional Development Clock Hours are available.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $65

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 15

AGE: 14+

REGISTER HERE!


 Movement for Everybody Workshop with Jessica Wallenfels

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Saturdays; January 4 & 11
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 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!


Dramaturgy for the Audience: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play with Kisha Jarrett & Barbie Wu

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Monday, January 6: Script Analysis
Monday, February 10: Production Discussion

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Due to popular demand, we have added a dramaturgy for the audience class for School Girls. This class will be taught by a School Girls cast member, Kisha Jarrett, and Resident Artist Barbie Wu.

Become a theatre insider & learn what goes into making world-class theatre at this behind-the scenes-peek at the process of making theatre.

This class will include: Script Analysis on January 6 and Production Discussion on February 10. It will also include a copy of the script.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $40

REGISTER HERE!


Dynamic Character and Movement (and Mask): A Class with Annie Averre

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Tuesdays; January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18, 25
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Inspired by the work of M. Jacques Lecoq and Etienne Decroux, this 8-week class will explore non-traditional ways of creating character using the dynamics of movement and mask work from multiple traditions. Students will be guided through physical preparation, movement analysis, and acting characters via mask work, while cultivataing trust and confidence. Using both group and individual work, this course explores characterization using the whole self: body, imagination, intellect, and energy and is an opportunity to express the self in a richly creative and collaborative process.

This class is sponsored by Portland Actors Conservatory. Professional Development Clock Hours are available.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $175

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 15

AGE: 14+

REGISTER HERE!


 

Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman (January)

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Tuesdays; January 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30pm-9:30pm

Designed for maximum flexibility, this on-going (students may sign up in four-week increments January through May) scene study class 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 and Sarah will utilize multiple approaches to scene work, from Meisner to Uta Hagen, with an emphasis on Stanislavsky’s foundation of objective, obstacle, and tactics. Integrating simple “Open Scenes” with 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.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $175

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

AGE: 18+

REGISTER HERE!


The Business of Casting Workshop: A Practical and Friendly Approach with Vonessa Martin

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Monday; January 13
6:30pm-9:00pm

In this evening workshop, Artists Rep’s head of casting, Vonessa Martin will provide tools, tips, and guidance to help you begin the process of preparing yourself for the auditioning season. From resumes to audition etiquette, this  workshop will demystify the casting process and give actors insight and informed strategies for navigating the inevitable territory of casting. You will come away from this workshop with your questions answered, feeling focused, motivated, and empowered.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $40

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 15

REGISTER HERE!


Advanced Scene Study Class with Adriana Baer

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Wednesdays; January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18
6:30pm-9:30pm

Come work out and keep your acting muscles in shape by diving into texts by canonical writers including Ibsen, Chekhov, Hellman, Parks, Williams, Albee, Letts, Nottage, and Fornes. This is an advanced scene study class geared towards actors with professional experience.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $300

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!


Alexander Technique Workshop with Jacklyn Maddux

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Workshop offered either: 

Saturday, February 1
1:00pm-5:00pm
REGISTER HERE!

OR

Saturday, February 15
1:00pm-5:00pm
REGISTER HERE!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a way to reduce everyday stress and tension, to ease pain, be more present, move with freedom and more ease and improve various skills (performance, playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing, athletics) along with a greater awareness of life and our moment to moment reactions to it?  This Introductory Alexander workshop will teach you the beginnings of awareness of individual habitual excess tension and how to undo it. Alexander Technique is a practical method for becoming aware of and learning to use the appropriate amount of tension for any particular activity. It will be taught through gentle hands-on guidance, verbal directions and observation.  It is applicable to anything you do in life.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $80

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

Want more Alexander? Check out the 8 week class, starting in March.


WRITING THE FIRST DRAFT: Playwriting Class with Dan Kitrosser
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Mondays; February 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 9
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Whether you have a glorious idea for a play, have one page down, or are in the middle of a new play, this safe-space workshop will provide you with the tools, the deadlines and the community to keep your play moving forward. Led by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Dan Kitrosser, this workshop focuses on finishing your play as well as developing 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: $175

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

AGE: 18+

REGISTER HERE!


The Journey of a New Play Workshop with Andrea Stolowitz

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Performance: Wednesday, February 5
7:30pm
LOCATION: Portland Civic Theatre Guild (The Sanctuary, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd.)

Class: Thursday, February 6
6:30pm-9:30pm
LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

Three time Oregon Book Award winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz offers a three-hour dramaturgy and writing session on Thursday, February 6, at 6:30pm. Beginning with attending a staged reading of Andrea Stolowitz's. Recent Unsettling Events on February 5, and then spending the next evening with her discussing new play development and the trajectory of this play. The class culminates with the chance to write your own scenes based on real-life events.

ENROLLMENT COST: $65

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 25

REGISTER HERE!


Audition Prep for 2020 Class: Make Those Two Minutes Count with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman

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Mondays; February 3, 10, 17, 24
6:30pm-9:30pm

The season for company general and PATA auditions is upon us. And now is the time to do what it takes to feel utterly confident, know you are bringing your best self to the auditions and (yes, it's possible!) actually have a good time. There is no big secret to what is involved here: prepare, prepare, and then... make sure you are prepared!

Let us help you with this process in four sessions taught by experienced stage performers, auditioners (we've been there, and are going to be there again!), and acting coaches. We will structure and guide your preparation process by evaluating your material, giving you feedback, coaching your performance, and ensuring that your audition is a confident and polished reflection of you.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $150

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!


 

Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman (February)

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Tuesdays; February 4, 11, 18, 25
6:30pm-9:30pm

Designed for maximum flexibility, this on-going (students may sign up in four-week increments January through May) scene study class 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 and Sarah will utilize multiple approaches to scene work, from Meisner to Uta Hagen, with an emphasis on Stanislavsky’s foundation of objective, obstacle, and tactics. Integrating simple “Open Scenes” with 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.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $175

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

AGE: 18+

REGISTER HERE!


 The Business of the Business Workshop with Adriana Baer

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Saturday; February 8
11:00am-2:00pm

In need of a few hours of career coaching? Join us for a nuts and bolts look at the Business of the Business. Topics include headshots (what works, what you are communicating through your image), resumes (formats that function, what to list, how directors read a resume), social media and websites, building and maintaining industry relationships, auditioning, and more. Adriana has taught this practical and action-oriented class to hundreds of actors over more than a decade of coaching.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $65

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!

 


The Art of Acting with Barbie Wu
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Tuesdays; February 11, 18, 25 and March 3, 10, 17
6:30pm - 9:30pm

A class that dives deep into the meaning and backstory of each line in a scene. Utilizing different exercises and techniques to encourage actors to land actions, which in technical terms means having a conversation with intention while still retaining the authenticity of the story. This is a class that questions and activates the individual’s choices as they dive deeper and harder into the plays at hand. This class is for all levels!

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $150

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

REGISTER HERE!


The Detective Actor: An Approach to Character Development Class with Val Landrum

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Tuesdays; February 18, 25, March 3, 10
7:00pm-9:30pm

As an approach to character development for both the audition and the rehearsal/performance process, this class focuses on developing a dramatic and dynamic character with the help of criminology and psychology.  Participants will learn to craft and engage characters’ gestures, senses, voice and imagination -- much the way a detective or FBI Agent approaches a crime scene or case. This class will also use a variety of physical, vocal and observational acting exercises, making for a fluid and playful process, full of unexpected discoveries.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $150

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!


 Alexander Technique Class with Jacklyn Maddux

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Tuesdays; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21
6:30pm-9:30pm

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a way to reduce everyday stress and tension, to ease pain, be more present, move with freedom and more ease and improve various skills (performance, playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing, athletics) along with a greater awareness of life and our moment to moment reactions to it?  This Alexander course will teach you the beginnings of awareness of individual habitual excess tension and how to undo it. Alexander Technique is a practical method for becoming aware of and learning to use the appropriate amount of tension for any particular activity. It will be taught through gentle hands-on guidance, verbal directions and observation. You will feel the benefits in every aspect of your life!

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $300

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

REGISTER HERE!


 Audition Process Workshop with Val Landrum

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Saturdays; March 7 & 14
1:00pm-4:00pm

This adult acting workshop will focus on audition prep, callbacks, cold reads, etiquette and what comes next. Whether you get the job or not. We will focus mostly on auditioning for the theatre, however film and commerical auditions will also be covered.  

This workshop will help shape you as a confident, competent artist in the audition process and also serve as a guide for dealing with the ups and downs of auditioning with an emphasis on staying grounded and open to possibility. Audition materials will be provided in class.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $75

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!


 

Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman (March)

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Tuesdays; March 10, 17, 24, 31
6:30pm-9:30pm

Designed for maximum flexibility, this on-going (students may sign up in four-week increments January through May) scene study class 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 and Sarah will utilize multiple approaches to scene work, from Meisner to Uta Hagen, with an emphasis on Stanislavsky’s foundation of objective, obstacle, and tactics. Integrating simple “Open Scenes” with 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.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $175

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

AGE: 18+

REGISTER HERE!