Acting Out! Classes & Dates

Acting Out! Classes & Dates

Acting Out is the community program of the award-winning UNCSA School of Drama, offering classes in Acting, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance, as well as private voice and tap instruction. Instructors include UNCSA faculty members and alumni, offering the same caliber of instruction as our high school and undergraduate programs.

Classes focus on learning and honing the skills of theatre as a process and will culminate in a skills demonstration at the end of the term. Drama skills not only build confidence as an actor, but improve communication, promote physical awareness, relieve stress, develop friendships and encourage empathy.

*Due to a shipping delay for one of the components of our dance floor, the start date for Acting Out dance classes has been postponed to Tuesday, September 15. Classes will still be held at the Stevens Center, 10th floor. We are still open for enrollment!

Class Descriptions

Primary Acting, Grades 1-2

Mondays 5:45 - 6:30 p.m., ONLINE ONLY
$250/14-week semester
Jordan Brown, Instructor

This class will work toward channeling the great imagination of these students into focused tasks through the use of improvisation exercises and theatre games. Seriously focused fun!

FALL: September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14 

SPRING: January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26. 

Acting I, Grades 3-5

Mondays 6:45–7:45 p.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
$375/14-week semester
Jordan Brown, Instructor

Students will develop acting skills through improvisation, theater games and dramatic exercises, with emphasis on storytelling.

FALL: September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14 .

SPRING: January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26. 

Acting II, Grades 6-8

Wednesdays 3:30–5:00 p.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
Madeline Fox, Instructor
$475/14-week semester

This course focuses on developing and honing skills that support a wide range of theatrical forms. Actors will explore classical and contemporary texts and traditions, emphasizing vocal and physical freedom of expression.

FALL: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16 (makeup class TBA)

SPRING: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27. 

Acting III, Grades 9-12

Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
Nick Zayas, Instructor
$475/14-week semester

This course will be primarily skills-based and will delve into text analysis, voice work, and body work as it relates to characterization. There will be depthful work on truthful storytelling in all types of dramatic literature (contemporary as well as musical theatre). Individual tutorials in Alexander Technique and Linklater Voice work will be a part of the class.

FALL: September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19. 

SPRING: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23. 

Musical Theatre I, Grades 3-5

Tuesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
Charlie Kluttz, instructor
$375/14-week semester

This course begins with the fundamentals of singing technique, encouraging young singers to project their voices healthily. Each student will receive one-on-one tutorials on vocal and acting technique within a solo song. We will promote music reading, so the students begin to rely on their eyes as well as their ears when learning music. We will introduce an ensemble piece from a standard musical theatre work and will incorporate simple dance moves appropriate to the style. This skills class is designed to build confidence in both the novice and experienced singer and challenge the students where they are in their training — and have fun while doing it!

FALL: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15. 

SPRING: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, April 6, 13, 20, 27. 

Musical Theatre II, Grades 6 -9

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
Charlie Kluttz and Janine Hawley, Instructors
$500/14-week semester

This course begins with the fundamentals of singing technique; then each student will receive one-on-one tutorials on vocal and acting technique within a solo or group song. We will promote music reading study​ on a musical theater choral work, which will then incorporate simple dance moves that are appropriate to the style. This skills class is designed to build confidence in both the novice and experienced singer and challenge the students where they are in their training — and have fun while doing it!

FALL: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17. 

SPRING: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 

Musical Theatre PLUS, Grades 6-12 (audition required)

Mondays 4:30–6:00 p.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
Janine Hawley, Instructor
$500/14-week semester

The Musical Theatre PLUS class will focus on skills training in sight reading, rhythm, vocal technique, audition preparation, and acting the song. Solo and small group numbers will be explored as well as research.

FALL: September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14 .

SPRING: January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26. 

Music Theory for Musical Theatre, Grades 7-12 (NEW offering!) 

Day and time TBA, online only
Pierce O'Brien, Instructor
$300/14-week semester

Students will learn the fundamentals of melody, harmony, rhythm, and musical expression with class examples directly from Broadway and pop tunes. The class builds knowledge of how to read, write, and interpret music while applying those same concepts to music written for the stage over the past century. The class will consist of open-ended discussion, worksheets, and singing exercises. Outside of class, students may be required to submit short recordings or do basic research. This once per week course will move quickly; high school age preferred.

 

Beginning Tap, Grades 1 -9

Date & Time TBA, 10th floor Stevens Center
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$250/14-week semester

Want to increase leg strength, agility and rhythm? Gain the basics of these skills plus have fun in this beginning level class of tappers! No experience necessary. Please provide your own tap shoes.

FALL: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16 (additional lesson date TBA).

SPRING: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28. 

Intermediate Tap, Grades 6 - 12
(audition required)

Thursdays 4:45-5:45p.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$300/14-week semester

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination and speed of movement for leg strength and agility. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds and having fun! As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Please provide your own tap shoes.

FALL: September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17. (addtional date TBA)

SPRING: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 

Advanced Tap, Grades 6 - 12
(audition required)

Tuesdays 4:15–5:30 p.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$350/14-week semester

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focused on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement for leg strength and agility. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun! As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Please provide your own tap shoes.

FALL: September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15. (additional date TBA)

SPRING: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, April 6, 13, 20, 27. 

Beginning/Intermediate Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance

Wednesdays 5:15 - 6:00 p.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$300/14-week semester

Beginning Musical Theatre/Jazz class will introduce proper dance technique while exploring multiple movement and dance styles. The class is designed to build knowledge of terminology used at dance auditions, layered with Broadway-style jazz movement and proper warm-ups and stretches to help you gain confidence in using your physical instrument. All ages welcome!

FALL: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16. (additional date TBA)

SPRING: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28. 

Advanced Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance, Grades 6 - 12
(audition required)

Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:45 pm, 10th floor Stevens Center
Julianne Harper, instructor
$350/14-week semester

Advanced Musical Theatre/Jazz class will reinforce proper dance technique while exploring multiple movement and dance styles. The class is designed to build knowledge of terminology used at dance auditions, layered with Broadway-style jazz movement and proper warm-ups and stretches to help you gain confidence in using your physical instrument. 

FALL: September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15. (additional date TBA)

SPRING: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, April 6, 13, 20, 27. 

Hip Hop, Grades 3-8

Thursdays 3:30–4:30 p.m., 10th floor Stevens Center
Julianne Harper, instructor
$300/14-week semester

Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements.

FALL: September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17. (additional date TBA)

SPRING: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 

Private Tap Lessons (Package of 8)

Private Tap Lessons
As scheduled in room 396
Julianne Harper, Instructor
$520/8-lesson block

Private instruction based on the student's level and experience.
Please email Janine Hawley at hawleyj@uncsa.edu if you have questions.

Private Voice Lessons

Private Voice Lessons
Fall semester all lessons will be online
Kristin Schwecke or Alicia Reid, Instructors
$504/14 week semester of one 30-minute private lesson per week

Private instruction based on the student's level and experience.
Please email Janine Hawley at hawleyj@uncsa.edu if you have questions.

Audition Preparation Class

Audition Preparation Class
Nick Zayas, Instructor
$225 for 6 semi-private sessions 

This specialized class offers individual and group coaching/tutorial times on monologues as the primary basis for instruction. For fall 2020, individual coachings may be done totally online, in person, or a hybrid version of the two.

FALL: TBD between students and instructor.

SPRING: TBD between students and instructor.