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 or Education Director Karen Rathje at 503.972.3001

PLEASE NOTE:
All classes will be held at the Zidell Office unless otherwise noted!
3121 SW 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

Collaborative Storytelling with Chris Harder

Prepare for Auditions from Start to Finish with John San Nicolas

Cold Reading Audition Workshop with Adriana Baer

Acting On The Line with Barbie Wu

The Art of Creative Possibility with Val Landrum

Directing Workshop with Adriana Baer


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

       

La Ruta

 

Oct 10

 

Oct 30

 

Nov 20

  $60   REGISTER HERE

Prudencia Hart

 

Nov 6

 

Nov 27

 

Dec 18

  $60   REGISTER HERE

Indecent

 

Jan 15

 

Feb 16

 

Mar 4

  $60   REGISTER HERE

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!

*Please Note: There will be NO classes for School Girls.

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

 

 


Collaborative Storytelling with Chris Harder

Saturday, November 9
10:00am - 2:00pm

Taught by Resident Artist, Chris Harder, this workshop explores myriad possibilities for theatrical collaboration and storytelling. Designed for all experience levels, new students can jump in and play, while those with experience in devising and Viewpoints work will enjoy these elements in different combinations. Working with the full ensemble as well as in small groups, students will have opportunities to create multiple compositions using such elements as kinesthetic response, spatial relationships, tempo, and gesture, with further inspiration from personal writing, poetry, endowed objects and other devising formats.

Chris has been training, devising and facilitating inventive ways to communicate stories for over twenty years. He has worked with numerous groups such as Sowelu, Sojourn, Shaking the Tree, and Portland Actors Conservatory, as well as creating his own devised work.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $50 

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

SESSION 2 - November 9 - REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Prepare for Auditions from Start to Finish with John San Nicolas

Tuesdays; October 22 - November 25
6:30pm - 9:30pm

This six week class will cover everything you need to feel prepared for the next round of auditions. Resident Artist John San Nicolas will guide you through the process of searching for audition opportunities, securing auditions, preparing monologues, preparing sides and presenting your best self throughout what can be the most challenging part of acting - getting the part in the first place. Learn what to do and what not to do, how to best manage the things you can control, and how to let go of the things you can't.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $200

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


Cold Reading Audition Workshop with Adriana Baer

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Saturday, October 26
1:00pm - 4:00pm

This workshop, taught by Adriana Baer, focuses on the often nerve-wracking cold read audition. Learn tips for how to approach cold readings and unexpected exercises (i.e. group movement or ensemble work)and gain the tools necessary to make quick and strong choices in the moment.  Each actor will receive opportunities to practice cold reading scenes or monologues. Through this workshop, you will gain confidence to take brave and responsible risks.


"This class was seriously awesome. It was far more applicable than just for cold readings. In the week since, I've used the techniques of scene analysis I learned to prepare an audition, and found the advice really, really helpful to make a clear, bold audition."

- Student

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $50

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 10

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org

Recent directing credits include Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, The Price by Arthur Miller (Artists Repertory Theatre), The Language Archive by Julia Cho (Portland Playhouse), Dead Man’s Cell Phone and In the Next Room… or the Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, Buried Child and True West by Sam Shepard, and The Road to Mecca and My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard (Profile Theatre, Artistic Director 2012-2015). Other credits include Woyzeck (Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Direction), The Maids,and No Exit at Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004-2007), and productions in New York including Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull,and The Hairy Ape (Columbia Stages) and work at Atlantic Theatre Company Stage 2 and The Acting Company. New play development workshops include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Primary Stages, and The Lark Play Development Center. Adriana has worked with Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Among other institutions, she has taught for Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts,The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Community College, and Boston Children’s Chorus and has lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nationwide. She coaches theater artists and public speaking through her coaching company Adriana Baer Creative. Next up: Macbeth at Portland Center Stage and Sense and Sensibility adapted by Kate Hamill at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. MFA: Columbia University. Proud member of SDC.


Acting On The Line With Barbie Wu

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Tuesdays; October 29, November 5, & November 12
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Using the vocabulary of script analysis and applying it to scene work, this course offers the opportunity to access the meaning of the script by identifying objectives, obstacles, and given circumstances. Beginning with detailed analysis -- “table work” -- participants will then move to on-their-feet exploration supported by the tools and techniques of in-depth text analysis. Deepen your ability to read plays thoughtfully, to analyze the playwright’s meaning, and to make informed, complex, and dynamic acting choices, based on the words on the page. Discover the real meaning of acting on the line!

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $120

QTY: 8

REGISTER HERE!

Barbie Wu is a theatre artist and educator. She taught two years of acting at Southern Methodist University and is currently a teaching artist for Hand2Mouth Theatre. Barbie was in Everybody and A Doll’s House, Part 2 in the 2018/19 season and was in Magellanica in the previous year as Dr. May Zhou. Barbie is currently in Portland Playhouse's production of The Wolves.

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org


The Art of Creative Possibility with Val Landrum

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Saturdays; November 9 & November 16

1:00pm - 4:00pm

In this class teaching artist Val Landrum, will focus on how to bring more creative practices into your life in order to enhance imagination, joy and playfulness. Participants will engage in various artistic, acting and writing techniques that will inspire and bring inventiveness. Perfect for any Creative who often feels blocked or for anyone who feels like they don't have the time or talent to create but crave a more imaginative life. No experience necessary.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $75

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 12

REGISTER HERE!


Directing Workshop with Adriana Baer

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Saturday, November 16 - Sunday, November 17
10:00am - 4:00pm (both days will have a 30 min. lunch break)

In this two-day directing workshop with Adriana Baer, we will focus on analyzing a scene to find key dramatic events, work on how to play changes in order to craft an audience’s experience of a production, and practice strong staging and spatial aesthetics. Actors will be invited to work with each director so they can practice these tools in real time.

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

ENROLLMENT COST: $150

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 8

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org

Recent directing credits include Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, The Price by Arthur Miller (Artists Repertory Theatre), The Language Archive by Julia Cho (Portland Playhouse), Dead Man’s Cell Phone and In the Next Room… or the Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, Buried Child and True West by Sam Shepard, and The Road to Mecca and My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard (Profile Theatre, Artistic Director 2012-2015). Other credits include Woyzeck (Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Direction), The Maids,and No Exit at Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004-2007), and productions in New York including Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Seagull,and The Hairy Ape (Columbia Stages) and work at Atlantic Theatre Company Stage 2 and The Acting Company. New play development workshops include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Primary Stages, and The Lark Play Development Center. Adriana has worked with Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Among other institutions, she has taught for Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts,The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Community College, and Boston Children’s Chorus and has lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nationwide. She coaches theater artists and public speaking through her coaching company Adriana Baer Creative. Next up: Macbeth at Portland Center Stage and Sense and Sensibility adapted by Kate Hamill at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. BA: Sarah Lawrence College. MFA: Columbia University. Proud member of SDC.