Fall 2019

INTRO TO ACTING SHAKESPEARE (AGES 18+) with Bryan Close

Acting Shakespeare with Bryan Close at Live Arts EducationActing Shakespeare will provide either an introduction to or a refresher on the unique challenges and unequaled joys of bringing the text of the English language’s greatest dramatist to life. Adults and older teens will be given both big ideas and specific tools for exploring Shakespeare’s language. Students will learn to identify and put into practice some of the many clues and not-so-secret directions that Shakespeare leaves for actors. The focus will be on performing in a clear and simple way, and letting the text begin to play you.

  • Sundays 3pm to 5pm (*Class runs 2:30pm to 4:30pm on September 29th)
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 E. Water St, fourth floor)
  • 4 meetings total
  • September 8th – September 29th
  • Tuition: $85

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

Your registration for the class is not complete until you:

  1. have paid for the class in our ticketing system: Click to register for Fall 2019 INTRO TO ACTING SHAKESPEARE (AGES 18+) with Bryan Close.
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form.

PERFORMING SHAKESPEARE — AS YOU LIKE IT (AGES 18+) with Bryan Close

Prerequisite: Intro to Acting Shakespeare, or instructor permission. Email Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org by October 1st, 2019 if you would like to take the class.

A deep dive into one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. AS YOU LIKE IT offers a rich and varied wonderland for performers to soak up and play in, and its stunning array of memorable characters and diverse language styles — from courtly verse to rustic prose to the most songs of any of the plays — provide an ideal opportunity for exploring the incredible variety Shakespeare’s sound and sense, imagery and argument. As in the introductory class, Bryan’s focus will be on learning to find and appreciate the wealth of actionable information Shakespeare gives us and using what we find to discover interpretation and uncover character.

This class will culminate in a performance (woo-hoo!) of scenes from the play on Sunday, December 8th at 7pm at Live Arts (in Rehearsal A, 4th floor). Please understand that consistent class attendance is expected, and participation in the performance is mandatory.

  • Sundays 3pm to 5pm
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 E. Water St, fourth floor)
  • October 6th – November 24th, Experienced Actor Performance Intensive (by application only),
  • 10 meetings total (8 classes, plus…)
  • Tech/dress rehearsal for performance: Sunday, December 1st (time TBD)
  • Free public performance: Sunday, December 8th at 7pm in Rehearsal A (Call time for actors TBD)
  • Tuition $199

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

Bryan Close

Bryan Close teaches in the Shakespeare and Performance MFA program at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton. He previously taught Acting Shakespeare in New York, at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Bryan holds an MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, has studied at Shakespeare and Co. and with the renowned voice and text teacher, Patsy Rodenberg. He’s directed two of Shakespeare’s plays and has performed in a dozen more, including AS YOU LIKE IT twice (Orlando the first time, Touchstone the second). Bryan’s work at Live Arts includes directing last season’s production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.

BEGINNING TAP (AGES 14+)

Beginning Tab Dance at Live Arts EducationTime 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: Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm
  • Dates: September 18th – November 20th; 9 classes total (NO CLASS on Wednesday, October 2nd)
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $90

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

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. paid for the class in our ticketing system: Click here to register for Fall 2019 BEGINNING TAP (AGES 14+).
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form.

INTERMEDIATE TAP (AGES 14+)

Intermediate Tab Dance at Live Arts EducationLooking 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 5:45 – 6:45 pm
  • Dates: September 17th – November 19th, 9 classes total (NO CLASS on Tuesday, October 1st)
  • Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $90

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

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. paid for the class in our ticketing system: https://livearts.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0Ff300000XMxqcEAD
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE with Jennifer Tweel Kelly (Ages 18+)

This five week class is for performers or anyone who is curious about breathing coordination and moving with ease. It will be based in the principles of the Alexander Technique and practices of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing. You will explore the anatomy of a natural breath, personal observations of how one interferes with it, and how sound reveals habits. Please bring a yoga mat, a journal, a water bottle, and dress comfortably.

Jennifer Tweel Kelly is currently being certified in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing. She is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and a NASM certified personal trainer. Jen earned a BA in Dance from James Madison University. After briefly joining the modern dance scene in the San Francisco Bay Area she spent many years exploring performance with the Zen Monkey Project in Charlottesville, VA. She created The Hip Joint on the Downtown Mall in 2003, and after selling it in 2015 the shop continues to be involved in the local arts community. Jen currently has a private Alexander practice based out of her home studio and at Move Medical Massage and Sports Therapy. She is a part time personal trainer at The Boar’s Head Sports Club. Jennifer also teaches Alexander Technique to the Charlottesville Ballet’s trainee program. 

Instructor: Jennifer Kelly
Time: Sundays 3pm to 4:15pm
Dates: January 19th – February 23rd; 6 classes total
Location: Rehearsal A  (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $105

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

Your registration for the class is not complete until you:

  1. have paid for the class in our ticketing system: Click to register for ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE  with Jennifer Tweel Kelly (Ages 18+)
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form.

Have you heard about our Audience Talkback, Playwrights’ Lab, and Readers’ Circle programs? Click to learn more!