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.

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

WINTER CLASSES:

Communication for Non-Actors with Chris Harder

Voice Acting for Fun and Maybe Profit with Mary McDonald-Lewis

Choice? What Choice? The Process of Making Theatre with Dámaso Rodríguez & Luan Schooler

Act Natural: Creativity, Connection & Self-Expression with Sarah Lucht & Jane Geesman

Authentic Accents & Dialects with Mary McDonald-Lewis

Advanced Scene Study with Adriana Baer

Intermediate Directing with Adriana Baer

Tech Wednesday!

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Communication for Non-Actors with Chris Harder

Workshop A
January 5
10:00am - 1:00pm

Workshop B
January 12
10:00am - 1:00pm

Learn acting skills that translate directly into real life communication with business clients, partners, & personal contacts. Each workshop begins with physical awareness and relaxation techniques, then moves into ensemble group exploration, followed by partnered moment to moment analysis and adjustments. The acting skills translate directly to real life communication with business clients, partners, and personal contacts. Students can take this course for one or both days!

ENROLLMENT COST: $50/Single Workshop OR $90/Both Workshops
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 14

REGISTER HERE: Workshop A, Workshop B

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org

Chris Harders artistic home is in Portland, Oregon where he is a Resident Artist with Artists Repertory Theatre.  As an award winning professional actor with hundreds of credits in theatre, film and television he performs regularly on Portland stages.  For over 20 years Chris has been teaching acting techniques to students of all ages at a variety of skill levels with the belief that theatre has the power to change lives and make a difference for the greater good.  Chris is a faculty member with the Portland Actors Conservatory, a two year program dedicated to training professional actors, and he offers private courses at Artist Rep.  More info at www.chrisharder.com


Voice Acting for Fun and Maybe Profit with Mary McDonald-Lewis

January 8 - January 29
Tuesdays 6:00pm - 9:00pm

A four-week course in the art and craft of voice acting for professional performers who want to expand their craft. Each class includes the theory and practice of voice acting using contemporary commercial copy.

ENROLLMENT COST: $150
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 12

REGISTER HERE

To learn more, contact education@artistsrep.org

Mary McDonald-Lewis is a Resident Artists at Artists Repertory Theatre. A professional writer, speaker, stage, film and voice-over performer, dialect and acting coach, director and storyteller, she has been teaching and coaching writing, speaking and acting since 1983


Choice? What Choice? The Process of Making Theatre
with Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez & Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy Luan Schooler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Doll's House, Part 2
January 16 - February 13
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Wolf Play
February 27, March 6, & March 27
7:30pm - 9:00pm 

Every production at Artists Rep is shaped by two sets of choices: The first are the playwright’s choices about how best to express and explore their idea through characters, structure, language, style, etc. And the second are production choices made by designers, directors, actors, and the theatre itself about how to bring the playwright’s work to life. Choice? What Choice? will look at those two distinct sets of decisions, and is intended for people who enjoy seeing plays and would like to have more tools and vocabulary for assessing what they see.

Each two-part class will focus on an upcoming production, A Doll’s House, Part 2 or Wolf Play. It is highly recommended that participants plan to see the production before the second session of the class. Scripts will be provided.

A Doll’s House, Part 2

January 16 – Discussion about the playwright’s intentions and choices, led by Luan Schooler
February 13 – Focusing on the production choices and how they relate to playwright’s intentions, with Dámaso Rodríguez and Luan Schooler (who is also serving as production director)!

ENROLLMENT COST: $60 (script included)
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 15

REGISTER HERE

Wolf Play

February 27 – Discussion about the playwright’s intentions and choices, lead by Luan Schooler
March 6 - (Bonus Session!) Discussion with the playwright Hansol Jung
March 27 – Focusing on the production choices and how they relate to playwright’s intentions, with Dámaso Rodríguez (who is also serving as production director) and Luan Schooler.

ENROLLMENT COST: $60 (script included)
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 15

REGISTER HERE

Luan Schooler was born in West Texas, where she trailed her big sister into dance classes and community theatre. When she was 12, the family packed up and moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where play practice and recitals continued to consume her. After being kicked out of high school, she was eventually accepted into the theatre program at CalArts. One thing led to another and a life in theatre was launched. Over the years, she morphed from acting, directing and writing, into dramaturgy and literary management. She has worked with many theatres around the country, most notably with Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska (where she met and married the marvelous Tim), Denver Center Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Rep, and developed new plays with exceptional artists including David Edgar, Naomi Iizuka, Salman Rushdie, Dominique Serrand, Leon Ingulsrud, Lisa Peterson, Paula Vogel and Molly Smith. In the Mid-Aughts, she took a sabbatical from theatre to open a cheese shop, but happily left it behind to return to theatre. In 2015, she joined Artists Rep to launch Table | Room| Stage, the theatre’s new play development program. Here, she is developing work with Yussef El Guindi, Larissa FastHorse, Andrea Stolowitz, Linda Alper, Dael Orlandersmith, Hansol Jung, Steve Rathje, Anthony Hudson, and Susannah Mars. She also does production dramaturgy on most of Artists Rep’s shows, recently directed The Thanksgiving Play here, and keeps her thumb in a variety of other pies (including working with Lisa Peterson on her translation of Hamlet for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Project.

Dámaso Rodríguez is in his sixth season as Artistic Director of Artists Rep, Portland's longest-running professional theatre company. He is a Co-Founder of L.A.'s Furious Theatre, where he served as Co-Artistic Director from 2001-2012. From 2007-2010 he served as Associate Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. His directing credits include work at the Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, A Noise Within, The Playwrights' Center, The Theatre@Boston Court, and Furious Theatre. Dámaso is a recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, the Back Stage Garland Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award. Upcoming projects include Kings by Sarah Burgess at South Coast Repertory in Los Angeles, Mi Cuba (in development) by Caridad Svich at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and the world premiere of Wolf Play by Hansol Jung at Artists Rep. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.damasorodriguez.com


Act Natural: Creativity, Connection, & Self-Expression
with Sarah Lucht & Jane Geesman

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WEEKEND INTENSIVE!
January 18
6:30pm - 9:30pm
January 19
10:00am - 6:00pm
January 20
11:00am - 3:00pm

This weekend workshop is for anyone who wishes to explore their own creative, expressive nature, connect more deeply with self and other, and experience increased aliveness and well-being. This course will help students: experience greater vitality, expressiveness and confidence; engage minds, bodies and spirits in the creative process; explore problem-solving and creativity; learn the art of listening; manage stress and performance anxiety. The weekend will consist of exercises and experiences taken from both the world of theatre and personal/professional development models. There will be myriad opportunities to contact one's authentic nature, "perform" in a safe and fun environment, and learn tools and take-aways to assist in problem-solving in all areas -- professional and personal.

"My weekend with Jane and Sarah was so affirming. They created a safe, respectful space for me to look at myself through a creative lens."
     - Brenan

"If you work with people, or want to, their program offers great tools for energetic engagement and building improvising skills...all while having fun in a supportive environment."
     - Graemme

ENROLLMENT COST: $250
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 10

REGISTER HERE!

To learn more, contact education@artistsrep.org

Sarah Lucht is a Resident Artist at Artists Rep where she has performed for 25 years. She performs regularly on Portland stages, and is also a faculty member at Portland Actors Conservatory, where she specializes in Breath and Energy for the Performer.  With Jane Geesman, Sarah has led Act Natural workshops in British Columbia, Seattle, and locally. Sarah and Jane have led Act Natural for actors, writers, and trial lawyers, as well as conducted  trainings for Nike, Spoon, and Artslandia

Jane Bement Geesman, M.F.A., is a Drammy-winning actress and has directed, taught, and performed in Portland-area theatres since 1980.  A member of the Haven Institute’s guest faculty, in British Columbia, Jane co-leads the Act Natural personal/professional-development workshops there with Sarah Lucht. Since 2001, she and Sarah have led workshops in Portland, Seattle, and the Bay Area for actors, business and healthcare professionals, attorneys, and writers. These Contact & Character trainings focus on creativity, self-expression, presentation skills...and how to get out of one’s own way in all endeavors.


Authentic Accents & Dialects with Mary McDonald-Lewis

TWO-WEEKEND INTENSIVE
January 19 - January 27
Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am - 4:00pm

A two-weekend intensive to learn & apply accents and dialects for film, television, & theatre. Actors will learn how accents and dialects are built, learn four accents, and acquire new tools to use forever. Each class includes instruction in accent and dialect acquisition, practice and application of four accents/dialects, and a wealth of written, audio, and video materials.

ENROLLMENT COST: $300
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 12

REGISTER HERE

To learn more, contact education@artistsrep.org

Mary McDonald-Lewis is a Resident Artists at Artists Repertory Theatre. A professional writer, speaker, stage, film and voice-over performer, dialect and acting coach, director and storyteller, she has been teaching and coaching writing, speaking and acting since 1983


Advanced Scene Study with Adriana Baer

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February 9 - April 13
Saturdays 10:00am - 1:00pm

Come work out and keep your acting muscles (including your brain and your mouth!) in shape by diving into texts by canonical writers including Ibsen, Chekhov, Hellman, Parks, Williams, Albee, and Fornes. 

ENROLLMENT COST: $300
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 12

REGISTER HERE!

To learn more, contact education@artistsrep.org

Adriana Baer is a director, professor, and professional speaking coach working with business leaders, artists, and writers to explore their vision and driving purpose and communicate that to their target audience.  She has directed for Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre (Artistic Director, 2012 – 2015), Portland Playhouse, The Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004 – 2007), Columbia Stages, Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2, the cell, and The Acting Company, and others. Adriana has worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, Theatre Communications Group, California Shakespeare Theater, and American Conservatory Theater.  Among other institutions, she has taught for Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts, The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Portland Community College.  She has lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nation-wide.  Adriana holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.


Intermediate Directing with Adriana Baer

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February 2 - April 20
Saturdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Scene Showcase: April 23 at 7:30pm

(This course is those with directing experience or significant acting/design experience)

This class is for theater practitioners who have directing experience or significant acting or design experience. You will direct three scenes from different genres, show the scenes in class, receive feedback, and complete exercises geared toward improving and deepening your directing muscles. The 12 week course will culminate in a showcase of 10-minute pieces with invited Artistic Directors and Producers. To register for this course, please send a short bio & resume to education@artistsrep.org.

ENROLLMENT COST: $500
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 6

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org

Adriana Baer is a director, professor, and professional speaking coach working with business leaders, artists, and writers to explore their vision and driving purpose and communicate that to their target audience.  She has directed for Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre (Artistic Director, 2012 – 2015), Portland Playhouse, The Cutting Ball Theater (Associate Artistic Director, 2004 – 2007), Columbia Stages, Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2, the cell, and The Acting Company, and others. Adriana has worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Opera Boston, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center/Pickle Circus, Theatre Communications Group, California Shakespeare Theater, and American Conservatory Theater.  Among other institutions, she has taught for Portland State University, Columbia University School of the Arts, The Acting Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Portland Community College.  She has lectured as a guest speaker at over two dozen colleges and universities nation-wide.  Adriana holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.


Tech Wednesday

Observe the tech process of one of our mainstage productions! This includes a tour of the theatre, two hours of tech rehearsal observation, and a Q&A.
Cost: $15/person
Dates: Dates: 11/21/18 (Everybody), 1/2/19 (Teenage Dick), 1/23/19 (A Doll's House, Part 2), 3/6/19 (Wolf Play), 4/24/19 (The Revolutionists)
Time: 7:00pm

For more information, contact education@artistsrep.org