Classes & Workshops

Classes taught by Artists Rep & Guest Artists

Our education programs focus on engaging and elevating our community by offering professional-level classes with our resident artists and guest artists. Artists Repertory Theatre is dedicated to working with artists from all backgrounds and disciplines to create a stronger, more equitable, and richer theatre experience in Portland.

For questions or further information, feel free to contact education@artistsrep.org.

PLEASE NOTE:
All classes will be held at the Zidell Office unless otherwise noted!
3121 S Moody Ave.  |  Portland, OR 97239

Interested in private acting coaching?
Head to our Coaching page!

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Dramaturgy for the Audience with Luan Schooler and Dámaso Rodríguez

Summer Conservatory for Teens

Scene Study: Stage Stage Ready! (April)

Alexander Technique 

The Fundamentals of Intimacy & Consent Practice

Rage on Stage

The Art of Acting

Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman (May)

Intro to Storytelling

Movement for Everybody

Dynamic Character and Movement (And Mask): Introductory Workshop

Laban and the Physicality of Character

Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman (June)

ACT NATURAL: Communication, Confidence, and the Play in Life


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Dramaturgy for the Audience with Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy Luan Schooler and Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez

 

 

   

Script Analysis

 

Tech Observation

 

Production Discussion

       
   

7:30pm - 9:00pm

 

7:30pm - 9:00pm

 

7:30pm - 9:00pm

       

Tiger Lily

 

Apr 8

 

April 29

 

May 20

  $60   REGISTER HERE

Become a theatre insider & learn what goes into making world-class theatre during Artist’s Rep’s groundbreaking 2019-20 season - ART on Tour!

Dramaturgy for the Audience is a behind-the-scenes peek at the process of making theatre!
Each mainstage production* will feature three classes: Script Analysis, Tech Observation, & Production Discussion and include a digital script of the corresponding production!

LOCATION:

Script Analysis & Production Discussion will be located at the Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

Tech Observation will be located at the show's respective theatre!

ENROLLMENT COST:

Individual Productions
3 Class Sessions
  $60
Tech Observation ONLY
1 Class Session
  $15

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Summer Conservatory for Teens

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Time: Each day 12:00pm-4:00pm

Session One:   REGISTER HERE!
June 15 to 19 | Audition Training, Movement and Mindfulness

Session Two:  REGISTER HERE!
June 22 - 26 |  Scene work, Script Analysis, Movement and Meisner Technique

Artists Rep is pleased to offer two five-day workshops for high school students this summer! 

Each week offers a blend of comprehensive, conservatory-style training taught by Artists Rep’s teaching artists - all working theatre professionals sharing their areas of expertise.

Week One. Auditions are an integral part of any performer’s life and opportunities are everywhere – school plays, BFA programs, and professional productions. Week one of Artists Rep Summer Conservatory will focus on monologues and audition preparation, as well as dedicated time to physical work, such as yoga, breathing techniques, movement and clown. Students will develop their audition skills with customized feedback and coaching that will polish their interpretation, characterization, presentation. Students will come away from the week with one polished monologue ready for school auditions or university admissions, as well as a sense of confidence, physical ease, and energy.

Week two. Students will concentrate on scene work, understanding the script, and bringing the text to life.Each day will consist of physical and vocal work to support characterization, Meisner technique to cultivate focus and connection, and nuts and bolts work on a contemporary scene. Students will learn and apply the various techniques to the work, creating emotionally truthful, compelling performances, and deepening their knowledge of approaching character and story-telling.

These courses are for those entering high school in the fall, current high school students, and those that just graduated with the Class of 2020. Students are welcome to enroll in one or both courses! There is a 10% discount when registering for both classes.

Payment plans available by contacting education@artistsrep.org or by phone at 503-241-9807 x 101

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $220/session or $400 for both

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

TEACHERS: Michael Mendelson, Chris Harder, Amy Newman, Barbie Wu, Linda Hayden, Sarah Lucht


 

Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman (April)

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Tuesdays; April 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30pm-9:30pm

Designed for maximum flexibility, this on-going (students may sign up in four-week increments January through May) scene study class will explore and refine the process of embodying character, listening to, and being impacted by, their scene partner, and making compelling and dynamic choices in their work.

Amy and Sarah will utilize multiple approaches to scene work, from Meisner to Uta Hagen, with an emphasis on Stanislavsky’s foundation of objective, obstacle, and tactics. Integrating simple “Open Scenes” with scripted work from contemporary playwrights, we will explore breath and body work to support emotional availability; and develop and hone vocal and physical technique to support the actor’s unique response and expression.

Payment plans available by contacting education@artistsrep.org or by phone at 503-241-9807 x 101

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $200

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

AGE: 18+

REGISTER HERE!


Alexander Technique with Jacklyn Maddux

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Saturdays; April 18, 25 & May 2, 9
1:00pm-5:00pm

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a way to reduce everyday stress and tension, to ease pain, be more present, move with freedom and more ease and improve various skills (performance, playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing, athletics) along with a greater awareness of life and our moment to moment reactions to it?  This Alexander course will teach you the beginnings of awareness of individual habitual excess tension and how to undo it. Alexander Technique is a practical method for becoming aware of and learning to use the appropriate amount of tension for any particular activity. It will be taught through gentle hands-on guidance, verbal directions and observation. It is applicable to anything you do in life.

Payment plans available by contacting education@artistsrep.org or by phone at 503-241-9807 x 101

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $150

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

AGE: ALL

REGISTER HERE!


The fundamentals of Intimacy & Consent Practice with Amanda K. Cole

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Saturday; April 18
10:00am-1:00pm

Join Intimacy Director Amanda K. Cole for a workshop on the fundamentals of intimacy. This workshop will introduce the pillars of intimacy in performance, examine the integration of this work into the rehearsal room and production process, and offer insights into the cultural shift around the emergence of Intimacy specialists in our industry. This workshop is for all roles: Actors, directors, producers, patrons …all are welcome!

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $45

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 15

REGISTER HERE!


Rage on Stage with E.M. Lewis

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Wednesday; April 22
6:30pm-9:30pm

Do you feel anger? Anxiety? Depression?  Fear? White hot rage? You are not alone. Join us for this workshop in which we will explore how playwrights through the ages have purged their strongest personal and political rage in their work for the stage. Come prepared to write out your own primal screams, and then shape and share them!

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $45

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!


The Art of Acting with Barbie Wu

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Wednesdays; April 22, 29 &  May 6, 13, 20, 27
6:30pm-9:30pm

A class that dives deep into the meaning and backstory of each line in a scene. Utilizing different exercises and techniques to encourage actors to land actions, which in technical terms means having a conversation with intention while still retaining the authenticity of the story. This is a class that questions and activates the individual’s choices as they dive deeper and harder into the plays at hand. This class is for all levels!

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $150

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

REGISTER HERE!


Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman (May)

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Tuesdays; May 5, 12, 19, 26
6:30pm-9:30pm

Designed for maximum flexibility, this on-going (students may sign up in four-week increments January through May) scene study class will explore and refine the process of embodying character, listening to, and being impacted by, their scene partner, and making compelling and dynamic choices in their work.

Amy and Sarah will utilize multiple approaches to scene work, from Meisner to Uta Hagen, with an emphasis on Stanislavsky’s foundation of objective, obstacle, and tactics. Integrating simple “Open Scenes” with scripted work from contemporary playwrights, we will explore breath and body work to support emotional availability; and develop and hone vocal and physical technique to support the actor’s unique response and expression.

Payment plans available by contacting education@artistsrep.org or by phone at 503-241-9807 x 101

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $200

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

AGE: 18+

REGISTER HERE!


Intro to Storytelling with Kisha Jarrett

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Saturday; May 2
11:00am-2:00pm

This introductory workshop will lead you into the fun and satisfying art form of personal storytelling. Guided by writer, actor, director and storyteller (she has appeared on the Moth, Back Fence PDX, and 7Deadly Sins, among others) Kisha Jarrett, you will begin to craft your own story using personal experience, and discover in yourself the humor, courage, and vulnerability of the storytelling experience. Learn the components of story and ways to present your best performance on and off stage in this fun and supportive class.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $45

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

AGE: 16+

REGISTER HERE!


Movement for Everybody with Jessica Wallenfels
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Saturday; May 16
11:00am-1:00pm

Do you want the joy and energy of movement in your everyday life? In working with the actors on the show Everybody, co-director/choreographer Jessica Wallenfels led the creation of accessible, meaningful movement sequences designed to be danced by ANYBODY. In this fun, beginner's mind class we explore how these types of movement phrases are created, and get exposed to a warm-up which incorporates strength and flexibility moves done to irresistible music. While devastatingly simple and accomplished in under 10 minutes, the warm up cultivates connection with one's own body, breath, and energy, while contacting those qualities in others. Take two hours on a Saturday to get a reminder of the value of movement for everybody, at every age.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $40

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 15

REGISTER HERE!


Dynamic Character and Movement (And Mask) with Annie Averre
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Saturday; May 16
11:00am-2:00pm

This three-hour workshop will offer an introduction to the possibilities of physically-based character work, taken from the revitalizing and playful world of mask theatre (both commedia del’arte and neutral mask will be explored).

This workshop is for anyone looking for liberating and invigorating movement and the chance to engage physically, intellectually and spiritually.  This will be an opportunity to reveal character and gain a deeper, simpler understanding of the power of physical expression and use of the whole self . For actors and non-actors alike!

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $65

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 15

AGE: 14+

REGISTER HERE!


Laban and the Physicality of Character with Linda Hayden
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Sundays; May 31 & June 7, 14
6:30pm-9:00pm

Rudolf Laban was a renaissance man from the early nineteen hundreds. A dancer, choreographer, architect and visionary in the development of the physical arts who through detailed studies was able to distill all movements into eight separate “efforts”.  Through the study of these “eight efforts” the actor can develop physical range/creativity and enhance their ability to see all movement in a more nuanced manner.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $100

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

REGISTER HERE!


Scene Study: Stay Stage Ready! with Sarah Lucht & Amy Newman (June)

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Tuesdays; June 9, 16, 23, 30
6:30pm-9:30pm

Designed for maximum flexibility, this on-going (students may sign up in four-week increments January through May) scene study class will explore and refine the process of embodying character, listening to, and being impacted by, their scene partner, and making compelling and dynamic choices in their work.

Amy and Sarah will utilize multiple approaches to scene work, from Meisner to Uta Hagen, with an emphasis on Stanislavsky’s foundation of objective, obstacle, and tactics. Integrating simple “Open Scenes” with scripted work from contemporary playwrights, we will explore breath and body work to support emotional availability; and develop and hone vocal and physical technique to support the actor’s unique response and expression.

Payment plans available by contacting education@artistsrep.org or by phone at 503-241-9807 x 101

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 SW Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $200

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

AGE: 18+

REGISTER HERE!


ACT NATURAL: Communication, Confidence, and the Play in Life with Sarah Lucht & Jane Geesman

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Saturday; June 27
10:00am-5:00pm

In this unique, one-day workshop you will learn techniques taken from the actor’s toolkit, and apply them to the everyday business of living your life - with confidence, clear communication, and authenticity. Using improvisation, script work, and an array of physical and vocal experiences, this process will stimulate your mind, body and spirit. In a safe and skillfully facilitated environment, you will experience fun and connection, learn powerful and practical take-aways, and connect with your authentic confidence and creative energy.

Jane and Sarah have collaborated as teachers, coaches and workshop facilitators for twenty years. They bring their practical experience as actors and directors to their workshops, as well as a unique mission to help individuals – whether in a personal, professional, or creative context – express themselves with authenticity and energy, and experience a deep connection to the self and the world around them.

LOCATION: The Zidell Office (3121 S Moody Ave. Portland, OR 97239)

ENROLLMENT COST: $100

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

REGISTER HERE!