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.

CURRENT CLASSES:

ADULT 2017 FALL CLASS REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Check back in November for our Winter and Spring classes beginning in January and April.

THE EARLE GISTER ACTING METHOD WITH GUEST TEACHER MERCEDES HERRERO (AGES 18+)

How would you like to have the same technique learned at one of the most prestigious actor training programs in the country? Yale School of Drama alum, professional actor and teacher Mercedes Herrero (credits include: series regular on House of Cards and the recent Broadway 5-time Tony Winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) will be teaching The Earle Gister Method—the method she learned at Yale—over the course of 9 weeks this fall here at Live Arts. As an actor who has worked professionally for over 30 years in Regional Theatres, On and Off-Broadway, in experimental, devised, classical, and contemporary plays, Ms. Herrero is happy to share her own process. Through acting exercises, open scenes and the works of Anton Chekhov, we will explore and apply Earle Gister’s unique interpretation of what ACTION is, how to play it, how to personalize a text, and transform into a character. You will learn the alchemy of combining your self, the writer’s vision and your own imagination to create a role. And you will have a technique that you can add to your toolkit box and take with you on every play adventure and, in addition, every public speaking engagement.

Ms. Herrero holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UVA and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. She has been a professional actor for 30 years. Apart from the aforementioned credits, Ms. Herrero is also an original cast member of The Laramie Project, has performed at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Flea, Intar, LaMama, Arena Stage, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Asolo Rep—and many other Reps…Film and T.V credits include: House of Cards, all four Law and Orders, The Tao of Steve, Deception, and Arranged. She has taught at Middlebury College, Fordham University, and Bennington College.

Instructor: Mercedes Herrero
Time: Saturdays 11:30am – 1:30pm
Dates: September 23 – November 18; (No class on 10/28) Eight classes total
Location: Rehearsal A, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $160

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO MEISNER TECHNIQUE WITH GUEST TEACHER MISSEL LEDDINGTON (ADULTS AND TEENS AGES 16+)

Sanford Meisner said that all acting is based on the reality of doing. Through a series of improvisations which ultimately lead to scene work, the actor learns to take the pressure off himself and focus entirely on his partner. Through the improvisational games beginning with the repetition game, the actor learns to do just that. Each game builds upon the previous one freeing the actor entirely. The actor will learn that what she does depends entirely on the other actor and vice versa. In a short amount of time and through these critical improvisations the actor learns to become fully engaged on stage, ultimately learning to live truthfully on stage from moment to moment.

Missel Leddington studied with both Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler, two titans of the professional acting world. She has worked professionally on stage, t.v., film, commercials and voiceovers in NYC, Seattle, and Atlanta as well as Charlottesville. Missel has been teaching and directing young and old for over 23 years. Her students have been accepted at both AMDA, L.A. and AMDA, NYC, as well as at NYU, VCU, Oberlin and Hampshire Colleges.
–“Missel Leddington is a phenomenal acting teacher. She is able to intuit the exact approach to get the best out of her actors. She does this by creating an enthusiastic and safe environment to explore emotions and express them with honesty and simplicity.”
–“I wholeheartedly endorse Missel Leddington as an acting teacher. My son’s change in confidence, energy and enthusiasm is all the proof that I need that Missel is amazing.”
–“Missel Leddington is an incredible acting teacher. We thank you, Missel, so much.”

Instructor: Missel Leddington
Time: Saturdays 10:00am – 11:30am
Dates: September 23 – November 18; (No class on 10/28) Eight classes total
Location: Rehearsal A, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $110

 

ACTORS’ LAB: THE MAGIC OF FOCUS

“Let the magic of focus work for you,” writes acting guru, Viola Spolin, in her landmark work, Improvisation for the Theater. This session of the Actors’ Lab will explore the actor’s use of focus, through Spolin’s exercises and their application in selected scenes from plays in the upcoming and recent Live Arts seasons. Classwork includes guided in-class rehearsal of scenes.

Instructor: Carol Pedersen with Guest Artist Boomie Pedersen

Time: Saturdays 2:00 – 4:00pm
Dates: September 23 – November 18; (No class on 10/28) Eight classes total
Location: Rehearsal A, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $120

 

 

BEGINNING TAP (AGES 14+)

Time to get on your feet and make some noise! This beginner level class will introduce basic tap skills (shuffles, flaps, shuffle ball change, cramp rolls, etc.) as well as musicality and rhythm style. Fun combinations using these tap fundamentals will have you dancing like Gene Kelly! Please wear comfortable attire and tap shoes.

Instructor: Stephanie Hess
Time: Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00pm
Dates: September 28 – November 16; (No class on 10/26) 8 classes total
Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $72

 

 

INTERMEDIATE TAP (AGES 14+)

Looking for a way to get back to tap class? Want to hone your tap skills? This class is for you! For those with at least one year of tap, this class will review all the basic tap skills but at a much faster pace. Musicality, rhythm, and syncopation will be explored as well as learning pull-backs, pick-ups and Maxie Fords. Please wear comfortable attire and tap shoes.

Instructor: Stephanie Hess
Time: Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00pm
Dates: September 19 – November 14; (No class on 10/24) 8 classes total
Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $72

 

 

 

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.