Education at Live Arts - Adult Classes
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:

FEEL YOUR FUNNY BONE—8 WEEKS OF COMEDY

Feel Your Funnybone - 8 weeks of comedy with mercedes herrero

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“It really seems to me that in the midst of great tragedy, there is always the horrible possibility that something terribly funny will happen. “  Phillip K. Dick

Comedy comes in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s the flip side of tragedy, other times, it’s sitting provocatively on tragedy’s lap. There is high comedy and low comedy, social satire and comedy that’s meant to shock and disturb. In this class, we will read, study and do scenes from a range of authors and works including Wilde, Coward, Shakespeare, Yasmine Reza, Taylor Mac. Acting in comedies has its own set of rules. We will study archetypes, comedic timing, sets ups and punchlines, tactics, accents, the music, rhythm and verbal dexterity of the language—all the things that make a comedy burnish brightly.

Ms. Herrero has worked professionally for over 30 years in Regional Theatres, On and Off-Broadway, in experimental, devised, classical, and contemporary plays. Recent 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. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UVA and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. 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  11:30 – 1:30pm
  • Dates: April 7  – May 26; 8 classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal Room A of Live Arts, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $175

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.

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BEGINNING TAP (Ages 14+)

Beginning Tap Dance at Live Arts

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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 5:45 – 6:45pm
  • Dates: April 5 – May 24; Eight classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal Room A of Live Arts, (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.

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INTERMEDIATE TAP (Ages 14+)

Intermediate Tap Dance at Live Arts

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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: Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm
  • Dates: April 4 – May 23; Eight classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal Room A of Live Arts, (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.

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Winter Classes began January 21st

DEVISED THEATRE - AN EXPLORATION

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A play can be devised from just about anything: a novel, an article in a newspaper, a historical person or event, a memory, an image, a song. It can be political, personal, written by one, or written by many.  I would say, the main difference between a devised play and a regular play—is that in a devised play all the theatrical elements—light, sound, set, props, costumes—are given as much weight as the language, and the author(s) are attempting to write “performance” rather than a traditionally structured play. In this class, we will study some seminal devised plays including The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Company and Fires in the Mirror by Anna Deveare Smith. We will explore the components and form of devised plays, and together pick a theme to create our own devised piece. Tap into your creativity, not just as an actor—where you will stretch your transformation, empathy and imagination muscles—but also as a writer, dramaturg, designer and collaborator. You may discover talents you didn’t even know you had.

Ms. Herrero has worked professionally for over 30 years in Regional Theatres, On and Off-Broadway, in experimental, devised, classical, and contemporary plays. Recent 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. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from UVA and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. 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  11:30 – 1:30pm
  • Dates: January 27 – March 29; (Please Note: No Class on 2/10) Nine classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal Room A of Live Arts, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $180

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.

DIRECTING FOR THE STAGE

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What does a director do? As the lead interpreter of the script, the champion of the entire production, casting director, guide for a newly formed company of actors, and colleague of the entire production team (Costume, Set, Lights, Props and more) what does a director do and what makes a difference in the quality of each production? This class is for experienced and beginning directors as we expand our vocabulary about the building blocks and the magic, science and religion of directing.

This is not a cookie cutter class. Each director arrives with their own passion, views, understanding, communication style and in this class, we intend to respect those traits and build upon them. We will learn and practice skills and we will adapt those to each participant/director. The bias I bring is towards collaboration and co-creation without giving up one’s leadership. One way to look at this is that the director is not responsible for the production but they are responsible to the production.

We’ll all see Top Girls! and Fun Home at Live Arts and, if possible, speak with the directors. As a class, we’ll work together on a script, Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg.

  • Instructor: Larry Goldstein
  • Time: Sundays 12:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Dates: January 21 – March 18; (Please Note: No Class on 2/18) Eight classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal Room A of Live Arts, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $200

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.

Beginning Tap Dance at Live Arts

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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 5:45 – 6:45pm
  • Dates: January 25 – March 29; Ten classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal Room A of Live Arts, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $ 90

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.

Intermediate Tap Dance at Live Arts

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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: Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45pm
  • Dates: January 24 – March 28; Ten classes total
  • Location: Rehearsal Room A of Live Arts, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
  • Tuition: $ 90

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.