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Victor Hugo

Acting Workshops for Teens and Adults

Arts Detroit will be conducting joint workshops with Outvisible Theatre Company, our sister professional theatre company housed inside of our space. These workshops will offer teens and adults the opportunity to hone their skills without having to commit to long class terms and will be taught by established actors from Detroit and New York.

Teen Workshop Series

Classes are open to students ages 13 and up. Experience is recommended but not required.

Cost: $75 each or $175 for all 3 | Saturdays from 11:30-2pm

Film/TV Acting

March 10, 17, 24
Instructor: Chris Lutkin

Starting with the question, “What is the difference between stage and screen acting?” this workshop explores how to become a smart camera actor. Using on-camera exercises with playback and discussion, you’ll work within frames from wide-shots, med-shots, to close-up shots, practicing cheating/framing techniques, vocal performance and sightlines while developing an awareness of your relationship with the camera. With those insights you can present a more confident performance on-camera and be a more confident, professional actor on set.

Musical Theatre

April 7, 14, 21
Instructor: Scott Anthony Joy

Do you find yourself wishing you felt more comfortable in your audition material? Feeling stuck in inauthentic choices? Learn how to use your connection to the music and lyrics to let your strengths and personality shine though. In this workshop we will find active and interesting choices in your prepared songs to give you a greater feeling of control over your performance. Let me help you show those scary folks behind the table who you are and what you can do.

Acting Essentials

May 5, 12, 19
Instructor: Tim Pollack

Class description coming soon.

Adult Workshop Series

Classes are intended for adults, but experienced high school students are welcome with the understanding material, exercises, and discussion may be more mature in nature.

Cost: $25 each or $200 for all 11 | Saturdays from 2:30-5:30pm

Auditioning

March 3
Instructor: Robert Schorr

What makes a good audition? A guide to tackling auditions, we will start with tips and tricks for how to approach your audition, choosing good material, and what the overall process looks like from beginning to end. Workshop participants should have a monologue prepared and bring a copy of their headshot and resume. This class will help you beef up your auditioning skills and help you land the callback!

Improv

March 10
Instructor: Bailey Boudreau

Remember when you were a kid and you would play outside? Remember making up fantastic characters and stretching your imagination with nothing being off limits? At its core, improv is playing pretend. Learn to break the habit of “thinking” and start creating and exploring again. Through games and ice breaking exercises, you’ll learn an art form that will help you not only expand as an actor, but also grow as a person.

Acting for Film

March 17
Instructor: Chris Lutkin

Starting with the question, “What is the difference between stage and screen acting?” this workshop explores how to become a smart camera actor. Using on-camera exercises with playback and discussion, you’ll work within frames from wide-shots, med-shots, to close-up shots, practicing cheating/framing techniques, vocal performance and sightlines while developing an awareness of your relationship with the camera. With those insights you can present a more confident performance on-camera and be a more confident, professional actor on set.

Movement

March 24
Instructor: Meghan VanArsdalen

Get out of your head and into your body! In this class, we’ll work through text while using our bodies as a vessel for expression and communication. We’ll pull from techniques like Grotowski, Viewpoints and Chekov. We’ll learn to release tension, follow physical impulses, and strengthen the connection between body and mind. No dance experience required!

Voice/Speech

March 31
Instructor: Robert Schorr

Focusing on Linklater Technique, this class will begin with a physical warmup, then relaxation, awareness of the natural breath, and then go into a full vocal warmup (ie. jaw, tongue, resonators, vocal range). Learn how to be better understood through diction and intention and how to engage accents. Become more aware of how the voice works through breath awareness and body awareness through your skeletal system and the diaphragm. 

Unarmed Stage Combat

April 7
Instructor: Patrick Nelson Hanley

Class description coming soon.

Armed Stage Combat

April 14
Instructor: Patrick Nelson Hanley

Class description coming soon.

Acting the Song

April 21
Instructor: Scott Anthony Joy

In musical theatre one must never forget that no matter how captivating the music can be, we are witnessing a character experiencing a moment in their life. Learn how to utilize both the music and the words, as well the circumstances of your scene, to make active choices that keep storytelling at the forefront of your performance while simultaneously showcasing your voice.

Monologues

May 5
Instructor: Tim Pollack

Class description coming soon.

Cold Reading

May 12
Instructor: Meghan VanArsdalen

Cold readings? Uh-oh! In this class, you’ll learn tips, tricks, and techniques that allow you to engage with new text quickly. We’ll create a mock audition environment, use audition sides, and practice cold reading. You’ll leave with a handful of useful skills for tackling your next audition!

Scene Work

May 19
Instructor: Scott Anthony Joy

In this workshop you and a partner will learn how to use the words on the page, as well as a prepared character biography, to exist as a natural human being in a realistic environment. Get of your head and into the scene by learning how to listen and respond to one another authentically. By identifying your character’s objective and how they go about fighting for it, we will find honest emotion and the through line of your scene.

Meet the Instructors

 Scott Anthony Joy, AEA

A Sterling Heights native, Scott is happy to be back in his home state after living and working as an actor in New York City. Credits include: Constellations (Outvisible Theatre Company), South Pacific (Paper Mill Playhouse, St. Louis Muny), The Goat or who is Sylvia (St. Louis Actors’ Studio), The Jungle Book (Stages St. Louis), Big River (8th Wonder Productions), Macbeth (St. Louis Rep), Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean), amongst others. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Member of Actors Equity Association. Scott frequently performs concerts with his music partner Jeremy St. Martin.

Chris Lutkin, AEA, SAG/AFTRA

Actor, director, writer, teacher in NYC for over 30 years.  Stage: Off Broadway, Perfect Crime (Duffy Theater, NY), Off-Off Broadway, Degas, C’est Moi by David Ives, Lily Dale by Horton Foote (Ensemble Studio Theater NY, member since 1979). Regional: Oleanna by David Mamet (Outvisible Theatre), Roy in The Odd Couple (Purple Rose Theatre) and Billy in 2AZ (Purple Rose). Web/T.V./Film: WebMD.com, The Infinite Need, Law and Order, Dead Canaries with Charles Durning, Reverend Smith in Liberty’s Secret. Chris has taught Acting for Camera classes and workshops for New York University, Lee Strasberg Institute, NY, Weist-Barron Studios, NY, Chicago Improv Festival, Kansas City Improv Festival.

Patrick Nelson Hanley

Bio coming soon.

Tim Pollack

Tim Pollack is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (BA Acting) where his credits include Johnny in “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune”, Silvius/Adam/Duke Frederick in “As You Like It”, and James of the Glen in “Kidnapped” (Partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland). Outside of education he has worked with BBC radio where he played Oberon/Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Open Book Theatre Company where he played Brad in their production of “Be A Good Little Widow”. Tim has worked as an acting coach at Henry Ford College and Concordia University, as well as running the Cabrini Monarch Theatre Troupe.

 

Robert Schorr, SAG/AFTRA

Robert Schorr is a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School where he received his MFA in Acting.  Originally from California, he has a B.A. in Cinema from CSU San Francisco and is an alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Robert made his Michigan debut in the Open Book production of Good People and appears this summer in the Penny Seats production of The Renaissance Man.  While in New York he appeared in productions of The Wild Duck, Three Sisters, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Laramie Project.  Robert made his feature film debut in Heroes Don’t Come Home, available on Amazon Prime.  He has also appeared in the original web-series Into Girl as Alice’s Dad and Ringer$ as Franklyn.  He also appeared as Macy in the SVA short film, Gloaming Almost Invisible.  Robert is the father of three wonderful children. 

Jeremy St. Martin

Jeremy St Martin is a graduate of the Go comedy improv University. He has been a member of various troupes for over 7 years,  and was recently appointed music director for Go comedy. Jeremy has performed in theaters and festivals as well as taught workshops across the country, including the Village Theater in Atlanta and the iO theater in Chicago. This May, Jeremy will begin setting up the musical improv program with Go Comedy. 

Meghan VanArsdalen

Meghan is a Michigan native who holds her BA in Theatre from Siena Heights University and is a graduate from the MFA program at The New School for Drama.  Since graduating, Meghan has appeared onstage at The Actor’s Studio, The Tank, and Hudson Guild Theatre in NYC. Locally, she has been seen in Constellations (Theatre Nova), Be A Good Little Widow (Open Book Theatre Company), Little Women (Wild Swan Theater), Red Sauce (The Tipping Point Theatre’s Sandbox Play Festival). Meghan has also appeared in several independent short films and web series including Forever Home, PREPARE: Zombie Apocalypse, and Organic Cyanide.  Up next, Meghan is working on Winnie the Pooh and Wizard of Oz with Wild Swan Theatre and All Childish Things with Roustabout Theatre Troupe. Meghan enjoys spending her downtime exploring nature with her tail wagging, offstage, scene partner Roo.

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