Welcome to The Rehearsal Room
Get ready for a different kind of acting class—here, you’ll work alongside and learn from veteran actors, directors, and coaches. Be a true collaborator and voice in the room as you rehearse a scene intently over 4 weekly sessions.
- Do you want to be challenged by great material, directors, and actors?
- Are you looking to up your game by working like a professional?
- And do you want to do it in a fun and collaborative environment?
We help actors and artists grow their careers through classical material.
All through Zoom.
What happens in The Rehearsal Room?
Take a peek at what our actors discussed in the weekly rehearsals and in the final performance as they tackled “Clarence’s Dream and Murder” from Shakespeare’s Richard III Act I, scene iv.
Sharpen your skills in these 4-week, online, INTENSIVE scene study groups with professionals from theatre, TV, and film!
Featuring industry veterans Geoffrey Wade (director), Peter Van Norden (Clarence), professional actress Aubrey Saverino (1st Murderer), workshop actor Daniel Cordova (2nd Murderer) and dramaturg Gideon Rappaport.
Work and learn like a professional—even if you’re just starting out!
If you want to BE a working actor, then come discover what a working actor DOES!
If you want a look behind the curtain, to see what goes into the performance you see on stage and screen, join us!
As that hip-hop musical about Alexander says: you want to be in the room where it happens!
Want to jump right to the AUDIENCE-only seats?
Actors: read on…
More than another class.
You will have lots of personal attention in small groups. Lots of time to work, not sitting around waiting for 12 other people to work. You’re also building relationships and networking with theatre professionals!
Learn from many, not one.
Instead of one teacher, you’ll have a front-row seat to learn from several. This series pairs the pre-professional actor with working theatre professionals, some of the best in the country.
Dive deep into a character.
Go beyond learning a monologue and really examine what makes a character tick and the function within a scene. Dive deep into a role in a way you can’t usually do in other classes or a production!
COMEDY OF MANNERS:
The Belle’s Stratagem with Brendon Fox
Thursdays @ 5-7 pm PT / 8-10 pm ET – February 3, 10, 17, 24
Premiering in 1780 in London, The Belle’s Stratagem remains Hannah Cowley’s most popular play to date.
Set in the present of the time, the topic of social injustices in marriage is blatant, the play mostly focusing on how women are supposed to be docile in most settings. To break up this narrative, Cowley creates female characters who are sharp and witty, women who know what they want and are determined to get it.
3 ACTOR SPOTS available to work on the scene with professionals.
Virtual audience seats also available.
Additional sessions planned – stay tuned!
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The Rehearal Room is a GREAT FIT for you IF…
You want to be an exceptional actor who stands out from the crowd at auditions and who has a reputation for professional and exciting work!
Being an actor like this can help you:
• book more jobs, which leads to more $$$
• be seen by more agents and casting directors
• have your choice of projects
• save time by learning these skills now
• gain confidence onstage and off
• avoid frustration, stress, and confusion by not knowing what to do with these texts
Perfect for actors in the first decade of their career!
What would it mean to learn all of this NOW instead of years from now?
How do you want to spend this time—especially during a “shutdown” pandemic? Be leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else!
Even if you’re sitting in as an attendee, you can learn just as much from observing an acting class—and imagine what you’ll understand by watching professionals rehearse! This is a CRUCIAL workshop for you to witness – don’t miss your chance!
Though, this isn’t a great fit for you IF…
• You don’t want to BOOK MORE roles and work more
• You don’t want to BE KNOWN for your talents and sought after by directors and casting offices
• You don’t want to SAVE TIME by learning these skills now
• You don’t want to LEARN from those who have been working professionally for decades
• You’d rather KEEP GUESSING at what to do and hoping that you’ll figure all this out on your own.
You’re OK knowing that you could be wasting your time and money by not taking advantage of this workshop, these teachers, or these resources NOW!
The Rehearsal Room
Work with lifelong and professional actors, directors, and dramaturgs on some of the greatest words ever written.
You’ll learn script analysis – a skill you can bring to ANY text: television, films, voiceover, audiobooks, commercials, and of course, theatre!
This is perfect for actors (whatever your age) in the first decade of your career!
Weekly Rehearsals (w/ Replays!)
Each group will have 1-2 professional actors and 1-2 workshop actors so PLENTY of personal attention and lots to do! (No bit part or “spear carrier” roles!)
Text Work and Voice Sessions
Work 1:1 with a professional dramaturg and/or voice coach on your scene, covering scansion, operatives, antithesis, clarity, and meaning—ALL the tools a great actor needs!
Performance and Community
Perform the scene for a virtual audience—it’s what you’ve been preparing for! Re-work sections in an “open rehearsal” and take questions from the audience.
Sign up for an Unlimited package and you get to access to EVERYTHING! Sit in (or watch the replays) on all rehearsals, plus text sessions, and the final performances!
See what actors are saying.
I so appreciated just listening to the conversations and suggestions, hearing another actor’s process. I really enjoyed working through the layers, talking about motivations, and diving into the text.
I learned an incredible amount! It’s been incredibly rich. Every single thing that comes up is like “Wow, this is so great”!
This was awesome and invigorating in a way that other classes aren’t. It really got me back to my core roots, and it was fantastic having the connection with everyone.
This was invaluable. These scenes allow you to get on the playing field of professionals and do the work.
Why aren’t all classes like this? It’s such a joy to get this experience at the table to see how somebody approaches the text or a note. It’s very valuable and I’ve really appreciated it. I can’t believe I have this opportunity to work with these people, to up my game!
This format really gives the scene the time to sink in. There are so many wonderful actors.
If you’re looking to challenge yourself, this is a wonderful opportunity!
Truly taking the time to focus on a specific piece of text while actively working with professionals is not something we are all afforded. Sign up for the chance of a lifetime!
Working with and watching more experienced artists was incredibly valuable.
The back of my script is absolutely covered in notes! This has reignited my drive to work towards goals in my artistic endeavors.
You’re just one click away from working with our amazing company of actors and coaches.
Decades of experience across theatre, TV, and film, many of whom have worked on leading roles in major regional theatres across the country.
Actors that you may have seen onstage or on screen, now you can learn how they work!
Peter Van Norden
45+ years as an actor
Anne Gee Byrd
Multiple theatre awards
East West Players
Berkeley Rep for 10+ years
Ovation Award winner
Peter Hall Company
Shakespeare Theatre DC
A Noise Within Resident Artist
Leonard Earl Howze
SUNY Purchase graduate
Old Globe/USD graduate
Old Globe/USD graduate
Old Globe/USD graduate
Anthony Vaughn Merchant
Classical Theatre of Harlem
Old Globe/USD graduate
Specific actors in scenes will be subject to their availability—they are *working* actors for a reason!
What do professionals think about The Rehearsal Room?
“We work on clarifying the text. It’s very pure, there’s nothing else you have to worry about.” ~ Peter Van Norden, actor
“The rehearsals are fun, easy-going and stimulating, and they allow us to honor the emotional, “actorly” aspects of the work in conjunction with the somewhat more technical verse and rhetorical aspects. It’s very unusual in full production to get so much detailed work with the dramaturg and director together; that partnership is one of the signal benefits of this particular program. These techniques and approaches we can employ here have given previous actors in these scenes a uniquely special and rewarding experience. Join us!“
~ Geoffrey Wade, director and actor
“Working with the text and voice coaches was worth the price of admission alone…”
~ past workshop student
Work with dramaturgs and voice coaches in a way that few actors ever do—especially when it comes to scene work!
Dramaturg for the Old Globe and San Diego Rep productions.
Text/Voice teacher and Head of MFA acting, UCSD
Resident Dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater
Actor and Certified Fitzmaurice Voicework Teacher
Specific dramaturgs and coaches in scenes will be subject to their availability and specialty!