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Skill-Building Workshops

Creating the Web Series  |  Shakespeare Intensive  |  Contemporary Acting Intensive  |  Audition Skills  |   Scene & Song Study

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Young actors, writers, and students ages 9-18 of all levels of experience can hone their stage presence, movement, knowledge, writing, and musical theatre chops with this range of fun, active, and challenging summer workshop programs. Whether preparing for a big audition or eager to try something completely new, there’s something here for almost everyone.

 

Creating the Web Series

Ages: 13-18

Dates: July 9 – July 20
Instructor: Diana Grisanti
Mondays-Fridays
4:00pm-6:00pm

$280

What you need…
  • Bring a marked snack as needed. We have a fridge and drink and snack machines.
  • Please be prepared for writing. Paper, pens/pencils, laptops, what-have-you.

To be human is to tell stories. Stories help us organize the chaos of our lives. These days, storytellers have more options than ever. Stage, screen, radio, podcasts, the Internet – the means of production keep multiplying, but the basics of craft stay the same. In this workshop, we will study the tools of dramatic writing, specifically for the screen. We’ll learn the rules, bend the rules, and probably even break the rules. 

We’ll spend two weeks together, simulating a TV writers’ room. As a group, we’ll pitch ideas and settle on a premise. Then we’ll invent characters, break stories, and sketch out our very own web series. Everyone will have the opportunity to write—and then rewrite—a 2-5 minute episode of our show. 

Will the group write a comedy? A drama? A heavily serialized narrative (think: The Good Place)? A case-of-the-week (think: any of the Law and Orders)? An anthology series, a la Black Mirror? The possibilities really are endless—and whoever ends up in the room will determine the trajectory of the class. Who’s in?

Contemporary Acting Intensive (full)

Ages: 13-18

Session: July 16-27 (full)
Instructors:
Mitchell Martin
Maggie Rogers
Emma Pfitzer Price
Mondays-Fridays
Times 9:30-3:30

$350

What you need…
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked lunch and/or a snack or money for takeout. We have a fridge and drink and snack machines.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

In this two week intensive, teens will study with alumni from the Walden Theatre Conservatory. Director Maggie Rogers (2010), Juliard BFA candidate Emma Pfitzer-Price (2016), and staff member Mitchell Martin (2009) will split up the class in three different elements: devising with an emphasis on voice work, character exploration studying movement techniques, and scene analysis while directing scenes. Students will have a culminating showcase on what they’ve learned on the last day of class. All levels welcome. 

Contemporary Acting Intensive Payment Options

  • Option 1 – $350.00 (full payment due with registration form)
  • Option 2 – $390.00 ($100 payment due with registration form ; $290.00 balance due on or before first day of program)

Cancellation policy: $100.00 non-refundable fee regardless of payment option ; cancellation notice must be received via email to donna@CommonwealthTheatre.org seven days prior to first day of program.

Audition Skills

Ages: 9-17

Dates: July 30 – August 3
Instructor: Sharon Kinnison
Mondays-Fridays
9:30am-12:00pm

$175

What you need…
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked snack as needed. We have a fridge and drink and snack machines.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

This class is for anyone who has thought about auditioning for a play or musical OR for anyone who has an upcoming audition and wants to be PREPARED! Students will learn or improve the process of selecting, studying, and performing a monologue, learn how to approach “cold readings” from a script, and even navigate their way through a 16-bar musical piece and a dance break. Time will be given to help create an audition package of two song cuttings (one up-tempo, one ballad) and a monologue. All levels of experience welcome (limit 20 students).

Scene & Song Study

Ages: 9-17

Dates: August 6 – August 10
Instructor: Sharon Kinnison
Mondays-Fridays
9:30am-12:00pm

$175

What you need…
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked snack as needed. We have a fridge and drink and snack machines.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

This class explores the triple discipline of musical theatre: acting, singing, and dancing. Students will train in all three areas as they work together on scenes and songs from musical theatre. Students will break down text, gain skills in vocal production, movement, dance, physical attack, and character development. This class is a blast and all levels of experience are welcome (limit 25 students).

Summer Shakespeare Intensive (full)

Ages: 13-18

Session: June 4-22 (full)
Instructors:
Charlie Sexton
Jennifer Pennington
Hallie Dizdarevic
Mitchell Martin
Mondays-Fridays
9:30am-3:30pm

$495

(payment options available)
What you need…
  • Be prepared with notebook, pencil/pen.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked lunch and/or a snack or money for takeout. We have a fridge and drink and snack machines.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

Participants explore next season’s festival productions (The Winter’s Tale, Henry V, Macbeth) while immersing themselves in the history, performances, and rich language of William Shakespeare. Working from the First Folio of 1623, students will discover many different ways of approaching the text while preparing sonnets, monologues, and scenes for a public showcase. Instructors challenge students to engage with Shakespeare fearlessly and make brave artistic choices in a collaborative and encouraging environment that prepares them to audition with confidence for our highly-acclaimed Young American Shakespeare Festival. Some experience required.

Shakespeare Intensive Payment Options

  • Option 1 – $495.00 (full payment due with registration form)
  • Option 2 – $535.00 ($200 payment due with registration form ; $335.00 balance due on or before first day of program)

Cancellation policy: $200.00 non-refundable fee regardless of payment option ; cancellation notice must be received via email to donna@CommonwealthTheatre.org seven days prior to first day of program.

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