ADULT PROGRAMS

Summer + Fall 2020

FROM THE CASTING POV: AUDITIONING IN-PERSON AND VIRTUALLY with Gama Valle (Ages 18+)

A one day workshop, taught via Zoom, where we will discuss auditioning techniques for in-person and virtual auditions. The participants will present a one minute monologue and/or a short song individually and receive feedback right after. The workshop will culminate with a group Q&A where the participants will be able to ask questions pertaining to auditioning for theater and the theater casting process.

Instructor: Gama Valle
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Dates: Saturday, July 25th
Tuition: $55
5-10 participants, Ages 18+

Gama Valle is a Puerto Rican director, playwright/screenwriter and freelance casting professional. He holds an M.F.A in Directing from The New School and a B.A. in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of New Light Theater Project Collective in NYC. www.gamavalle.com

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

DIRECTING LAB with Kelli Shermeyer (Ages 16+)

In this class, offered via Zoom, teens will learn how to read plays like a theater director, with an eye for big ideas and structures, as well as casting and design. Students will work with contemporary plays, practicing script analysis, concept development, and communicating with actors. We will also talk about how directors can contribute to ongoing equity work in the theater.

Instructor: Kelli Shermeyer
Time: Tuesdays, 5pm to 6:15pm
Dates: 7/21 to 8/18, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
4-10 participants, Ages 16+

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

ACTING THROUGH SONG with Victoria Clement (Ages 16+)

In this class taught through Zoom, students will learn how to analyze the meaning of a song they bring to work on, develop an understanding of character, setting, and plot in the context of their song, and apply lessons learned through performance. They will be expected to take part in a collaborative process with other students and give/receive feedback to/from other students.

Instructor: Victoria Clement
Time: Tuesdays 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Dates: 7/21 to 8/18, 5 class sessions
Tuition: $65
5-10 participants, Ages 16+

Victoria Clement has been a performer since she was 7 years old. She has been a featured singer at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, and has appeared in several local productions including, Avenue Q, Young Frankenstein, Bernstein’s Mass, Hello Dolly, and White Christmas. Victoria was also a singer with Charlottesville’s Big Ray and the Kool Kats. She previously served as the Acting Coach at The Center for Vocal Study in Charlottesville, VA. While working with her students, she found a love for helping others find joy in preparing for auditions and acting through song. During this time she successfully prepared multiple students for both college and local theater auditions. Victoria has also worked with several local theaters including Four County Players (Summer Camp-Audition Preparation), Live Arts (Summer Camp- Choreographer), and Playmakers of Baton Rouge (Summer Camp- Choreographer).

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

BRAVE NEW PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP: MAKE ORIGINAL ONLINE PERFORMANCES with Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell (Ages 18+)

Invent new kinds of live performance that have never existed before! In this 4 week 8-session workshop conducted via Zoom, we will examine the possibilities and useful limitations of video conference tools for making new kinds of hybrid performances. We’ll hone screen and theatrical acting skills and collaboratively create a short new live show.

Instructor: Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Dates: September 21 – October 14; 8 class sessions
Tuition: $85
6-12 participants, Ages 18+

Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell is a theatre and performance artist and co-founder of PEP, an all-female devised theater collective. She produces, writes, directs, and performs in cross-disciplinary collaborations, and is a frequent teaching artist in schools and universities. She is currently an artist-in-residence with the Orchard Project (NYC)’s Liveness Lab, exploring questions of liveness, technology, virtual reality, presence and performance. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Hollins University.www.jenniferhoyttidwell.com

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

CREATIVE SPHERE with Anna Beecher (Ages 18+)

A supportive, playful class taught via Zoom for anyone who would like to explore their creativity. Each week, we will explore different areas of creative expression including writing, movement, sound, speech and art making. From meditative exercise to high-speed spontaneous creation, this class is all about eliminating over-thinking and giving yourself permission to make. Suitable for all experience levels.

Instructor: Anna Beecher
Time: Tuesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dates: September 22 to October 27, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
5-15 participants, Ages 18+

Anna Beecher is a theatre-maker, writer, and storyteller from the United Kingdom. Her theatre work has been presented at New York’s Lincoln Centre and at leading contemporary venues in the UK including Young Vic, Southbank Centre and The Lowry. As a storyteller and spoken word artist, Anna has performed at venues from Glastonbury Festival to the Royal Albert Hall. She also writes fiction and her first novel will be published next year. Anna is a graduate of London’s BRIT School for the Performing Arts and UVA’s Creative Writing MFA.

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

WRITING FOR ACTORS AND OTHER PERFORMERS with Anna Beecher (Ages 16+)

Acting takes a unique leap of empathy, the ability to understand another character and inhabit their mind. Dance takes an embodied understanding of shape, flow, tension and release. Music requires a sense of rhythm and cadence, rise and fall. All of these qualities are also present in writing. This is a workshop for performers, (of any experience level), who’d like to try channelling their creative skills onto the page. Over the course, taught via Zoom, we will use exercises in imagination, movement, improvisation and rhythm to create original prose, poetry and experimental texts.

Instructor: Anna Beecher
Time: Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dates: September 23 to October 28, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
5-12 participants, Ages 16+

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

STAND-UP AND DELIVER: Develop Your Own Original Stand-Up Routine with Priyanka Shetty (Ages 16+)

Ever dreamed of being a stand-up comedian? In this class, taught via Zoom, you will learn how to write and deliver your own stand-up routine. By the end of the workshop, you will have new material to test out which could mark the beginning of your career as a stand-up comedian!

Instructor: Priyanka Shetty
Time: Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm
Dates: September 25 to October 30, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
6-15 participants, Ages 16+

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

PRODUCING AND MARKETING YOUR SOLO SHOW with Priyanka Shetty (Ages 18+)

Learn about all aspects of producing and marketing your own solo show – from finding a director, to creating your press packet, to premiering and touring with your one-person show! This class is offered via Zoom.

Instructor: Priyanka Shetty
Time: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Dates: September 24 to October 29, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
6-15 participants, Ages 18+

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 served 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

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

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

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