ADULT PROGRAMS

Live Arts Education offerings are moving online for Spring! Virtual classes will be added to our site on a rolling basis over the coming weeks. Questions and suggestions to Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org!

THE ART OF AUDITIONING with Priyanka Shetty (Ages 18+)

You can love auditions! Monologues can be overwhelming, but they represent an important part of an actor’s career and give casting directors a strong sense of the quality of your work.

Learn the art of auditioning from Priyanka Shetty, who will work with students in a masterclass format to develop two contrasting monologues and deliver them with finesse.

At the end of this 6-week session you will have two well-crafted comedic and dramatic monologues that will best showcase your acting prowess!

Instructor: Priyanka Shetty
Time: Fridays 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dates: May 15, 22, and 29; June 5, 12, and 19, 6 sessions total
Tuition: $65

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
    2. and filled out the online Google registration form

SPEAK LIKE A PRO with Priyanka Shetty (Ages 18+)

There are many occasions in life when you will be required to speak in public – from toasts at weddings and pitching ideas in a boardroom, to a TEDx talk. This class will not only help you develop your own speech, but also deliver it like a professional with relish, humor, and power.

At the end of this 6-week session you will take away your very own speech of passionate concern that you can deliver with eloquence, from the heart!

Instructor: Priyanka Shetty
Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dates: May 20 and 27; June 3, 10, and 17, and 24; 6 sessions total
Tuition: $65

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
    2. and filled out the online Google registration form

Priyanka Shetty is an actor, playwright, and solo performer. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Virginia and currently serves as a Faculty member at the University of Virginia, Department of Drama. Priyanka is currently touring with her one-woman show THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM which was most recently performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and will make its Fringe Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021. www.priyankashetty.com

2nd Session — MONOLOGUES FOR HEALTHY LIVING: Expanding and deepening the roles we play on and off the stage with Bree Luck

In this online workshop (using Zoom), participants will work with Bree Luck to explore the roles that energize and fulfill us. Using writing exercises, deep relaxation techniques, and monologue rehearsal and performance, we will examine our current role profiles, deepen and expand the roles we play, and bring the best of those roles to our everyday lives.

Instructor: Bree Luck
Time: Mondays and Thursdays, 6pm to 7pm
Dates: May 11, 14, 18, 21, and 25; 5 classes total
Tuition: $75
Max 8 participants, Ages 18+

Individual sessions also available for Ages 16+! Individual session times can be arranged directly with Bree Luck upon request.

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
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

Bree Luck is a director, performer, guide, and educator who has shared her love for theater with the Live Arts community for nearly 18 years. After studying Psychology and Theater as an undergraduate, Bree combined her two passions by attaining an MA in drama therapy from New York University. She has developed and directed performances for social change with refugees, hospitalized, at-risk youth, and homeless populations. For eight years, Bree was the Director of The Voice Project, where she guided inmates of a maximum-security women’s correctional facility to devise theatrical pieces. For this work, she received recognition from the National Ethics Union in 2013. Bree was the Education Director of Live Arts before she took on the position of Interim Managing Director in 2016 and Producing Artistic Director in 2017. Currently, Bree divides her time between NYC and Charlottesville in her position as Director of the Moment Work Institute with the Tectonic Theater Project.

PLAY ANALYSIS THROUGH YOUR EQUITY LENS with Matthew Reynolds and Orion Bradshaw (Ages 18+)

What makes a “classic” gain that status? Why produce and direct the plays we do? Through this 6-week course you will begin your personal journey towards creating your own “Equity Lens”. We will analyze 5 “classic” plays, utilizing our newfound, in-process lens, and have respectful, in-depth dialogue with peers around the ideas of “classic” plays, archaic systems, and theatre’s role in upholding and/or recreating culture in US America. Special Guest Educators Orion Bradshaw and Matthew Reynolds bring over 50 years collectively of theatre experience, on and off the stage. They hope that you walk away with new vocabulary, courage, clarity, and a desire to learn more about the plays you direct, produce, write, and share with your communities – as well as your own place in a system that is in severe need of transformation.

THE PLAYS (in no particular order):

OTHELLO: No Fear Shakespeare, or OpenSource Shakespeare
WEST SIDE STORY, book by Arthur Laurents: https://www.sdcjc.org/common/pdf/WESTSIDESTORY_Script.pdf
DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller and A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry: http://azactorsacademy.com/uploads/plays/death_of_a_salesman.pdf
POLAROID STORIES by Naomi Iizuka: http://jackiemurrciv.weebly.com/uploads/1/5/5/4/15544004/polaroid.pdf

Please register for this class by Friday, April 24th. There will be preparation work for the first class sent at that time.

Instructors: Orion Bradshaw and Matthew Reynolds
Time: Tuesdays 7pm to 8:15pm
Dates: April 28 to June 2, 6 classes total
Price: $75, 100% of proceeds will go to support Live Arts Education programming.
Max 10 participants

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more and 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
    2. and filled out the online Google registration form

Orion Bradshaw is an Actor, Licensed Teacher, and Social Justice Advocate; he is a proud member of both the Actors’ Equity and National Education Associations. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Southern Oregon University in the summer of 2019, while also training with Southern Oregon’s Racial Equity Coalition. Orion was an actor for 3 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, before going on to co-found Post5 Theatre in Portland, Oregon – as well as perform with numerous Portland and Seattle area theaters. He’s been a Theatre/ Drama educator for over 13 years, and has collaborated in this capacity with such companies as the aforementioned OSF, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and PlayWrite Inc. – among many others. He is also the resident Shakespeare script adapter for The Drama Notebook. He currently serves as a licensed substitute teacher in Portland, Oregon. Orion wholeheartedly believes that the Performing Arts, Education, and Social Justice make a powerful trio; they are vital to building and fostering empathy and awareness in our citizens. He hopes that we emerge from this time of great uncertainty with a renewed sense of unity, equity, awareness, giving, and citizenship.

Matthew Reynolds has over 32 years of experience as a performer and instructor in the Theatre Arts and Dance. In the Seattle, Washington area, he has been a guest artist at the Jewel Box Theater, Freehold Theater, TRIP, On the Boards, the Bellevue Art Museum, and the Maureen Whiting Dance Company. Matthew also had his own dance company in Seattle, From Funky to Fierce, for two and half years before moving to Amsterdam to perform with IDNT Production Company. Matthew also has worked in the Valley with Camelot Theater as an instructor, and on the stage.Currently, Matthew served as the Instructor/Director of Theatre Arts & Dance at Crater Renaissance Academy of Arts and Sciences, where the Drama department was honored to represent the USA at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010, 2014, and 2018. Matthew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a Master of Arts Teaching and Masters of Theater Studies from Southern Oregon University. Matthew has also been dedicated to social justice throughout his career. This passion has led him to creating his own consulting company, Matthew Reynolds Consulting LLC, to help others create their own equity lens to help build a world unconditionally accepting of all.

Questions about Live Arts Educational programming? Please contact Education Director Miller Susen at 434.977.4177 x100 or miller@livearts.org.