Modern & Jazz Dance Workshop
The Modern & Jazz class is available for dancers of all levels. This class will focus on setting a strong foundation for turns, building leap technique, as well as learning a contemporary combination over the course of the six weeks. We want to give students the opportunity to have as much one-on-one time as possible; therefore the class is limited to 20 students.
NATALIE QUILICI is a South Bay local who has a passion for creativity and movement invention. Her performance credits range from Urban Contemporary to Musical Theatre. She currently choreographs for Bay Area Companies like CMTSJ, The Harker School, Starting Arts, Theatre in the Mountains, and Valley Christian Conservatory. She earned her BA in Dance from San Jose State University, and is the co-founder of Vision Dance All-stars Competitive dance team. She is also the co-founder of The Collaborative, a new dance company to the South Bay. She is pleased to share her talents at TheatreWorks!
- Tuition: $300
- Sundays, January 19 - March 2, 2014 (No class February 16)
- 1pm - 3pm
5-week teen on-camera Scene Study
On-going Acting Class*
Teens & Adults
Learn how to give truthful and authentic performances on camera. Both beginning and experienced students will learn a professional approach to acting that covers cold reading, scene study, and on-camera acting skills. Scenes will be recorded using digital cameras and will be available for students to keep for their records. Full attendance is required, as students will be paired up with scene partners and set to shoot on specific dates.
MICHAEL NAVARRA works as a SAG-AFTRA and AEA actor in both theatre and film. In addition to numerous film and TV credits, he has played leading roles with TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage Company, Traveling Jewish Theatre, Word for Word, B Street Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and the Teatro di Cestello in Florence, Italy, among others. Mr. Navarra also works as a film producer, director, and casting director with 3½ Egos Productions in San Francisco. He produced the feature film Us, starring Alanna Ubach, which premiered at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Mr. Navarra earned an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington and has taught at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, San Francisco Acting Academy at Beau Bonneau Casting, Napa Valley College, Pacific Union College, University of Washington, Zhejiang Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, and directs for Ohlone College, where his production of Dog Sees God was a regional finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
*May be repeated.
- Tuition: $300 for Teens, $400 for Adults
- Mondays, January 20 - February 24, 2014
- Teen Class 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Adult Class 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Musical Theatre Workshop
Master Class in Song Acting and Performance for Musical Theater
Grades 8 - 12
For up to 10 participants
Song performance requires more than simply applying acting skills to music. Why? Because so many factors are out of the actor/singer's control: tempo, rhythm, dynamics, the melodic line, not to mention keeping in sync with the orchestra or accompaniment. In this class, you'll learn:
- How to eloquently interpret song lyrics with depth and understanding
- How to make the song your own while still being truthful to the lyric
- How to color your journey through the song with the dynamics of emotion, intent, subtext, phrasing, and vocal quality
- How to best use body language, blocking, and movement
- What to do with your hands and eyes
- When to sustain a note and when not to
- When to "sing pretty" and when not to
- How to relate to your audience whether in a performance or audition
- Other important principles and techniques for great song performance
Pierce Peter Brandt is an accomplished professional actor, singer, and teaching artist. As an actor/singer, he has performed leading and featured roles throughout the US and Canada in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s original Broadway productions of Les Misérables and Martin Guerre, the national touring company of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as in numerous major musical productions at professional regional theatres throughout the country, including TheatreWorks, Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theater, New York City Center, 42nd Street Moon, Olney Theater Center, Woodminster Amphitheater, Festival Opera, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and others. As a concert soloist, Pierce has performed with Symphony Silicon Valley and is a frequent guest soloist with the California Pops Orchestra. As a teaching artist, Pierce is on the faculty of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater Young Conservatory, he is a private voice teacher and performance coach, and he has taught master classes and workshops at theatrical institutions throughout the country.
- Tuition: $600
- Thursdays, January 30 - April 3 (no class February 27 and March 27)
- 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Coaching for Young Artists
When you sign up for TheatreWorks' Coaching for Young Artists you are taking your artistic training to the next level. Weekly one-hour coaching sessions will give you something that your school's drama class can't offer you—tailored insight on how to be a perfomer from instructors currently working in the theatre industry. Private coaching is something that every professional actor does to keep their talent sharp and unique.
We offer training to young artists looking to prepare and polish material for college and professional auditions.
Costs range from $50–$75 per session, depending on the instructor and the material that the student wishes to cover. No weekend classes available. Sessions last one hour and due to large demand, instructors may only see students one time each week.
For information on coaching, schedules, and prices, contact Katie Bartholomew
PRIVATE COACHING IS $65 PER HOUR. PLEASE INQUIRE FOR GROUP RATES OF 3–4 STUDENTS PER SESSION.