Adult Programs

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We are committed to providing year-round classes, workshops, groups, and discussions led by experienced theater artists to students of all levels. These programs are designed to promote diverse ways of thinking, problem solving, self-expression and to encourage creativity, curiosity, and personal growth.

ADULT SPRING CLASSES:

ACTORS’ LAB: THE BASICS

Whether you are exploring acting or the first time or want to brush up on your skills, the Basics class is the perfect forum. Classwork includes exercises, improvisation, and scripted monologues and scenes presented in a supportive atmosphere. The class will attend the Live Arts production of The Realistic Joneses.

Instructor: Carol Pedersen
Time: Sundays 1:00 – 3:00pm
Dates: April 2 – June 4; No Class April 16 & May 28; Eight classes total
Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $109

REGISTER FOR ACTORS LAB: THE BASICS NOW!

ACTORS’ LAB: PLAYING THE SCENE

How do actors bring a script to life? Working with scenes from such master playwrights as Chekhov and Miller, we will explore the actors’ tools. Classwork will include approaches to script analysis and guided in-class presentation of scenes. Class will attend the Live Arts production of The Realistic Joneses.
  • Instructor: Carol Pedersen
  • Time: Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Dates: April 5 – May 24; Eight classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $109
Friends of Live Arts get 10% off all classes using the discount code FRIENDS at checkout.
Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.
REGISTER FOR PLAYING THE SCENE NOW!

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE TAP! (ALL AGES 8+)

Cast your blues away and shuffle off to Buffalo! Students ages 8-88 will develop rhythm, style, and sound through Broadway-style tapping. Designed for beginner/intermediate tappers, these classes will focus on learning fun combinations for tapping your cares away! Please wear comfortable clothing and tap shoes.

  • Instructor: Lyn-Dell Wood
  • Time: Tuesdays 5:45 – 6:45pm
  • Dates: April 4 – May 30; Nine classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $79

Friends of Live Arts get 10% off all classes using the discount code FRIENDS at checkout.

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

REGISTER FOR BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE TAP NOW!

ADULT WINTER CLASSES:

TECH TOPICS: LIGHTING DESIGN AND ELECTRICAL PRACTICES

Explore the ins and outs of lighting design and practical use of theatrical electrics. Using the full technical resources of the Gibson Theater, the class will explore topics including: lighting instruments, hang and focus, the importance of angles and placement, color, wiring and electrical principles, programming a Lightboard, and actor’s use of light. This will lead into other technical aspects like safety, preparing for tech, strike, and organizing time. The class will also include explorations of how aspects of a set, particularly paint colors, relate to lighting and costumes. This class is intended for technical theater beginners who want to learn the basics of the craft. Minimum Age 16.

  • Instructor: Heather Hutton
  • Time: Sundays 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Dates: January 29 – February 26; 5 classes total
  • Location: Live Arts (123 East Water Street)
  • Tuition: $100

Friends of Live Arts get 10% off all classes using the discount code FRIENDS at checkout.

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Registration is now closed for Winter Classes

ACTORS’ LAB: SHAKESPEARE FOR ACTORS

To be or not to be? Explore the tools for acting Shakespeare and discover the rewards. From speaking iambic pentameter to seeing ghosts, Shakespeare invites the actor to collaborate with him in bringing his plays to timeless life. Classwork will include speech and movement for the actor, text analysis, and guided in-class presentation of monologues and scenes.  

The class is open to those with or without previous training and or experience.

  • Instructor: Carol Pedersen
  • Time: Sundays 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Dates: January 22 – March 26; 10 classes total
  • Location: Live Arts (123 East Water Street)
  • Tuition: $130

Friends of Live Arts get 10% off all classes using the discount code FRIENDS at checkout.

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Registration is now closed for Winter Classes

ACTORS’ LAB: PLAY THE ACTION, FIND THE TRUTH

Whether you are discovering acting for the first time or brushing up your skills for the next audition, this class will provide a supportive forum for exploring these fundamental elements of the actor’s craft. Classwork will include exercises drawn from a variety of sources, including Michael Chekhov, Meisner, Saint Denis and William Ball, as well as silent improvisation and scripted monologue and scene work.

The class is open to beginners as well as experienced actors.

  • Instructor: Carol Pedersen
  • Time: Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Dates: January 25 – March 29; 10 classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $130

Friends of Live Arts get 10% off all classes using the discount code FRIENDS at checkout.

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Registration is now closed for Winter Classes

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE TAP! (ALL AGES 8+)

Cast your blues away and shuffle off to Buffalo! Students ages 8-88 will develop rhythm, style, and sound through Broadway-style tapping. Designed for beginner/intermediate tappers, these classes will focus on learning fun combinations for tapping your cares away! Please wear comfortable clothing and tap shoes.

  • Instructor: Lyn-Dell Wood
  • Time: Tuesdays 5:45 – 6:45pm
  • Dates: January 24 – March 28; Ten classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $88

Friends of Live Arts get 10% off all classes using the discount code FRIENDS at checkout.

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Registration is now closed for Winter Classes