Adult Classes

Receive transformational training from master teachers. Explore your creative gifts in a dynamic and nurturing environment. Network and collaborate with talented local theatre artists. Experience live performance on a professional stage. Lean into your next chapter of artistic and personal growth.

FALL  2022


Voice Acting

Monday 6:30-8:00pm | September 12 - December 12, 2022 
CJ Critt  | $390 for 12 weeks | ONLINE ZOOM 

 Expect focused, creative fun, and one-on-one coaching. Using real-world script samples and creative exercises, the actor learns to be more expressive, discover their signature sound and reading strengths, and uncover the areas they can improve. Whether you are a first-time actor getting an introduction to voice acting, or an experienced stage/commercial actor who aims to to be more skillful, versatile and hirable. This will be a small group with lots of one-on-one attention.

No class October 10 or November 21


Improv Troupe

Tuesday 5:30-7:00pm | September 13 - December 13, 2022
Jennie Godfrey  | $390 for 12 weeks

Practice both long-form and short-form improv development under the guidance of beloved local educator Jennie Godfrey. Regularly playing improv games sharpens mental focus and taps you into creativity. This makes this class popular with professional performers as well as people with zero theatre experience. Anyone who recognizes the value of collaborative play and seeks out the medicine of laughter is welcome. We cap off the semester in front of an audience in the Russell Theatre.

No class October 11 or November 22

Stage West Performance Lab

Tuesday 7:00-8:30pm | September 13, 2022 - December 13
Douglas Davidson | $390 for 12 weeks

A twelve-week immersive experience for students who have taken one or more Adult Acting classes at Stage West or have commensurate experience. Students will learn rehearsal and performance technique in a supportive environment as they work together to create a public performance at Stage West! Learn how to:

  • Get the most out of first script readings.
  • Dig for clues about character before rehearsal begins.
  • Make dynamic choices about actions and relationships. 
  • Find the music of the text, and explore vocal qualities.
  • Physicalize character choices. 
  • Integrate choices with the choices of the director and fellow actors.
  • “Raise the stakes” when the director gives that note. 
  • Safely access emotional life in a scene.
  • And much more…

The ultimate goal of this class is to create an ensemble of performers who continue to develop as artists and collaborators in future Performance Lab productions.

No class October 11 or November 22

Foundations of Acting: The Lively Art of Serious Play

Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm | September 14, 2022 - December 14
Douglas Davidson | $390 for 12 weeks

What is the nature of the Actor’s Reality in performance? How does it differ from everyday life? How does the actor achieve a level of performance that is vividly expressive, emotionally resonant, truthful, and, yet, powerfully theatrical? Drawing from a variety of modern techniques—Meisner, Practical Aesthetics, Michael Chekhov, Active Analysis, and others—this playful and energetic class will explore a variety of skills and techniques through the use of games and exercises, improvisation, body and voice work, and scene and monologue study. Students will learn “real world” acting skills in a supportive learning environment. The emphasis will be on learning to create a character for the stage or the camera. All students will have the opportunity to perform in an acting showcase at the end of class.

No class October 13 or November 23

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Important Policy Info

  • Students under 18 can request permission to take an adult class by emailing education [at]
  • Price includes a non-refundable $20 processing fee. 
  • Full refund (less the $20 processing fee) available up to 48 hours before the first class.
  • Pro-rated refund (less the $20 processing fee) available until after class session 2. No refunds after class session 2.