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Acting on Camera 

Saturday   11/16 - 12/14             10am - 1pm  

with GAIL CRONAUER

     This class is for students who are seriously interested in pursuing screen acting, actors who are seeking to make the transition from stage to screen, and actors who have worked on screen but seek to be more effective in auditions or on the set.

      For more information about the class and instructor,  visit Gail's faculty page under the faculty tab, or contact Gail directly at gailcronauer@icloud.com .

“In my 30+ years of acting as a student and professional, Gail stands as one of the best, most insightful, smartest teachers of the craft that I’ve come across. I cannot recommend her highly enough." - Sitara Falcon

 

Members: $190

Non-Member: $228

 

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Headshots: Start to Finish

with Donatelle Mascari & Jordan Fraker

Saturday      11.16.19   2:00 - 4:30

at STAGE located at 1106 Lupo Street Dallas, TX. 75207

 

In this workshop, two artistic minds give a thorough and transparent breakdown of the portrait process, from start to finish. Donatelle Mascari, makeup artist, and Jordan Fraker, photographer, have collaborated for this exciting opportunity to show what goes into fantastic headshots. Whether you're just breaking into your industry, or you're a seasoned veteran, this class offers individuals from every walk of life a rare and intimate look at these processes.

 

Before any portrait session, the obvious first step is Make-Up! Donatelle, a STAGE faculty member, will give in-depth tips on the "do's and don'ts" of makeup. She will explain how to maximize your appearance, message, and impact and how these will translate best when you’re photographed. To quote a well-known casting director, "You sure-as-heck better look like your headshot...you can't have them wondering who you are when you show up!" Donatelle Mascari knows this all too well, and her goal is to help you get to where you're trying to go! She's worked with legends from every media and entertainment category, and she's now ready to share her secrets with you!

 

Once you've got your makeup, it's now time to get photographed! Fraker (who happens to be Makeup Maven's favorite headshot photographer), will not only give you tips on how to prepare for your headshot session, you'll get to experience a session right in front of you!  With a real portrait studio set up right there at the workshop, Fraker will work with a model, explaining the secrets to posing, lighting, and facial expressions.

 

This in-depth class will pull back the veil on what many feel is one of the scariest things in the world: having photos taken. However, headshots are not only becoming more and more essential in all industries, the impact of a truly good headshot cannot be understated. Successful headshots are the presentable distillation of you, your work ethic, and your ability to get hired. For many, it's a way to make a good first impression, but it's also a long-term investment as a keepsake for many years to come.

 

Join us to learn how to finally take real control over your media looks and get those great headshots you've always wanted!

Members:  $120

Non-Members: $150

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The P&E of VO

Tuesday  12.03.19          6 - 8 pm

CLASS FULL

Contact Bob_Michaels@sbcglobal.net for information regarding future classes.

with Bob Michaels

Great performances are often described as “nuanced", “dimensional", or “layered". In his VO-2 class, Bob Michaels introduces students to the layers in VO performance. The most important of these layers, P & E, are explored in depth in this workshop, and participants will learn how to identify and more effectively portray them in their work. This one evening session, meant for more advanced performers, brings together several key aspects of Bob's lessons in technique to help performers exceed the read and bring the words to life.

 

  For more information about this and other classes that Bob offers contact him directly --  Bob_Michaels@sbcglobal.net 

 

 

Speak Up!

the December Edition

Sunday  December 8th     TIME: TBA        

with CJ CRITT

 

Back by world-wide demand,

with a cup of hot chocolate...

CJ brings you a holiday themed accent workshop. A little Dickenst and The Night before Christmas with perfect accents.

Along with her usual tongue twisters, attention to diction and articulation and a quick tour of the globe, accents-wise, encompasses the festive, foreign fun in SPEAK UP!  

Got a little Cockney in ya?  Come try on some Alfred P, Doo Little from My Fair Lady.  Southern survivor? Maggie the Cat.  Feeling French?  Let’s try on some Moliere and more!  

From the Irish isle to Mother Russia, come learn helpful tips and wrap your lips around numerous accents and take your Theater and Voice Over skills to new levels.

 

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Goal Setting

for the Actor

with Beth Bando Bontley

 

Saturday 01.04.20    1:30 - 3:30 pm

 

Actors know how important it is to understand the goals of the characters we play. It is equally important to know our personal goals for our artistic and professional development.

 

Come chart a plan for yourself and harness your creative power for a fulfilling year.

Members $ 70

Non Members $ 84

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Auditioning

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TV Commercials

with JEANNE EVERTON

 

1.07.20 - 2.11.20                             

6:00 - 8:30 pm

 

This is THE CLASS your agent wants you to take!  Also an excellent class to have on your resume when seeking representation!

This class is an introduction to the actor's place in the television advertising process, procedures for auditions and callbacks, and audition techniques for VOC (Voice on Camera) and MOS (no script dialogue) commercials.  Commercial copy of varying styles and lengths for each of the four types of MOS spots are practiced on camera.  The workshop emphasizes the development of a winning audition strategy, identification of the student's commercial "type", and on camera practice with a variety of commercial copy and audition styles.  Students retain their work on a memory card, please bring a micro SD card like SanDisk-Ultra 8GB Digital High Capacity (SDHC) MICRO* Memory card.  

*Available wherever video equipment is sold (Best Buy, Frys, Walmart, Office Depot, CVS, Walgreens, etc.) Usually priced at $10-20.

Members: $300

Non-Members: $360

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Auditions &  Cold Reads

with Beth Bando Bontley

 

Saturday,  01.11.20    

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Come ignite your skills for auditioning. Deepen your abilities and your confidence level!

Members $ 85

Non Members $ 102

 

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Improv Workshop

Improv Workshop
With Shawn Patrello

2020 Workshops TBA   6:30 - 8:00 pm

SHAWN PATRELLO, professional improv instructor, comedian, and teacher will help you improve your acting, your auditioning and ultimately your every day communication skills.

Shawn Patrello is a wonderful addition to the STAGE faculty.  He has been instrumental in the development of educational improv with the group Kidprov. As co-founder of HIMprov (now a part of Fish Sticks Comedy) and is a therapeutic hospital clown.  Shawn brings the healing power of laughter to humor-hungry audiences.

Shawn is originally from Yonkers, NY.

 

Members: $60

Non-Members: $72

 

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Class Descriptions

Accents Down & Dirty

with Jeanne Everton

This course will teach you how to develop accents in quick, easy steps sequenced to maximize your success. In six weeks you'll develop proficiency in 3-5 accents and have the tools to develop more on your own. Great course for those with "a good ear for accents" and for those who want to experiment before making voice demos.

Acting 101: A Quick and Practical Approach

with Jeanne Everton

DESIGNED for the individual who wants a common sense approach to six basic, essential acting skills, this course is right for

Those who want an introduction to the theory, skills and discipline of acting –beginners are welcome

Folks with some training in voice work or TV commercial acting but little additional acting training

The GOAL is to get a handle on six basic skills, then practice integrating those skills in scene work.

Working with a Partner: Skills to help you relax and find freedom in sharing a scene with a partner

Creating a Character:  Develop a characterization that is based on your instinct about human behavior while serving the text

Pinpointing a Goal:  Swing into action with a three-step formula to guide what you are saying and doing in scenes

Using Space:  Simple steps will help you develop a comfortable way to integrate gesture and movement in your work

Exploring Choices:  Straightforward ways to vary your work so you stand out in auditions and performances

Adjusting to Direction:  Logical ways to think about your character’s emotion and making changes requested by a director

At EVERY CLASS we work on a new script, master speedy memorization, practice skills through rehearsal and performance, have fun while building confidence in your abilities.

 

Acting on Camera

with Gail Cronauer

This class is for students who are seriously interested in pursuing screen acting, actors who are seeking to make the transition from stage to screen, and actors who have worked on screen but seek to be more effective in auditions or on the set. Students perform a series of exercises, which explore the nature of screen acting and techniques which will help one to become an effective screen actor. Film acting is the technique of you. Your job is to bring your YOUniqueness to the screen. What does that mean and how do you accomplish it? Emphasis is placed on developing audition techniques and skills, using improv, interview and cold readings. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. We will discuss the audition and callback experiences as well as what happens AFTER you are cast. We will study how films are shot and how different shots require different "acting styles", as well as basic screen acting vocabulary, personnel, and techniques. Students take their personal videotapes home to study. Resources and further avenues of study will be suggested.

This  class normally meets on Saturdays for 3 hours for 4 weeks.  Check calendar on website to see if there is a class currently running.

The Art of the Audition

with Beth Bontley 

~a two session class for people who are ready to audition or wish to improve their auditioning skills~

Session 1:

We break down the components of what make a successful audition. How can you best present yourself as a professional? How can you be best prepared? What actor skills do you need? And we address how to handle cold readings.

Session 2:

In session 1, I will give you a monologue to prepare for a mock audition in session 2. In this session we will address and refresh acting skills; we will identify your weaker skills and give you direction for strengthening them.

Auditions & Cold Reads

with Beth Bontley

Day / Time TBA

This class is an intermediate audition class for those who already have experience auditioning. This class focuses on improving cold reading skills through active decision making and by exploring some of the audition principles created by Michael Shurtleff.  

Auditioning for TV Commercials Class - Everton

with Jeanne Everton

This course is an introduction to the actor´s place in the television advertising process, procedures for auditions and callbacks, and audition techniques for VOC (Voice on Camera) and MOS (no scripted dialogue) commercials. Commercial copy of varying styles and lengths and each of the four types of MOS spots are practiced on-camera. The workshop emphasizes the development of a winning audition strategy, identification of the student´s commercial "type", and on-camera practice with a variety of commercial copy and audition styles. Students retain their work on a memory card,please bring an SD card SanDisk-Ultra 8GB Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory card. 

You can get it wherever video equipment is sold (Best  Buy,  Frys, Walmart, Office Depot, CVS, Walgreens etc.)

Usually priced at $10-$15.  Class meets once a week for 1-1/2 hours for 6 weeks.

$250 members

Beginning Acting Class- Bontley

with Beth Bontley

This class is terrific for students new to acting, returning to acting after an absence, or who have experience (on stage or screen) but are seeking to solidify or expand their technique. Find out how acting skills can enhance your personal and professional life. Skills include breathing, how to make full sound, focal points for presentations and exercises for thinking 'outside the box.' Come join us, try some new things, and watch your personal and professional skills unfold. Actors, or folks who want to try acting, come on over! We create a safe environment for stretching those performance wings, taught by a coach with decades of teaching experience.  This class normally meets once a week on Saturdays

Beginning Acting II Class- Bontley

Finding the Power: In You and in the Script

with Beth Bontley

Days & Times TBA

This class is for both new and working actors. Have you ever been asked to make stronger choices? Do you know how to create a dynamic peak in a scene or monologue. This course teaches the basics in the skills of shaping a script, scene or monologue. Michael Shurtleff describes it as 'finding the events.'  Stanislavsky calls it finding the driving action. Chekhov teaches how to use the wisdom in the body to achieve it.

Intermediate Acting Class - Bontley

with Beth Bontley

Days & Times TBA

The principles and approaches introduced in Beginning Acting are now applied to partner and scene work. The focus of this class goes from the individual to the other or scene partner. Games and improvisations, YES/NO scenes, 6 line and Nonsense Scenes, and Short Scenes from contemporary plays explore preparation, analysis and choices as well as personalization and characterization.

Breaking it Down - Script Analysis  - Zipay

Days & Times TBA

(4 weeks – 2 hour classes)

Review the fundamentals of reading a stage or film script and analyzing/interpreting it from the perspective of an actor, a director, a reader, or an audience member.  How do I break down a script so I can understand how it works? What kinds of things should I be looking for? What are the keys to good storytelling onstage and onscreen?  What are the structural elements and keys that make any particular script work? What is my part in it and how does that particular part contribute to the effectiveness of the work itself?  How do all the pieces fit together? What is expected of me in the larger picture? We’ll look at several examples of scripts, with some take-home script reading assignments as well.

Brush Up Your Shakespeare! - Zipay

5 weeks – 2.5 hour classes

Days & Times TBA

Work on monologues and scenes with Joanne Zipay, in a valuable and richly informative class focused on bringing the words and characters to vibrant life on the stage.  An ideal opportunity to prepare new audition material and strengthen your existing audition pieces.  Also a perfect setting to prepare for grad school and Shakespeare Festival auditions!  Actors should be prepared on the first day of the class to work on at least one Shakespeare monologue – audition pieces or pieces you’re just beginning to develop are perfect material for this class.  Ms. Zipay may also recommend further monologue and/or scenework for each student at the first session of the workshop. 

Coaching of scenes and monologues will be supplemented with physical and vocal warm-ups and exercises for the entire class. 

Acting - Transitioning from Stage to Screen Workshop 

with Gail Cronauer

Day & Time TBA

This workshop will focus on the similarities and differences between STAGE and SCREEN acting.

Most actors begin their training in the theatre but soon find themselves drawn to the challenges and delights of screen work. Some actors move easily between the media while others struggle to make the required adjustments.

Knowing what to THINK and DO can make the transition easy. We will discuss ways of THINKING about the adjustments. What does stage require and love? What does the camera require and love?

Then we will do and tape a number of exercises, improvised monologues/ scenes and short reads

with an eye to what "works" and when. Actors are encouraged, but not required, to bring a SHORT (30 second max) monologue to class. It may be previously published or original material.

Diction and Dialects Class - Critt

with CJ Critt

Days & Times TBA

Do you read cold with flow, comprehension, articulation and ease?  Can you portray commonly requested accents with confidence and flair?  STAGE instructor and Audio Book ace, CJ Critt brings decades of knowledge, experience and professional voice work together in a four week exploration to improve articulation, reading skills and voice quality as well as impart practical how-to tips on creating many common accents. The mix of dialects and diction in a short term class series will provide numerous real world audition scripts, class exercises, homework and one on one coaching. 

Our goal is be supportive, illuminating and always creative while achieving professional results in a short time frame. 

Class meets once a week for 4 weeks.

Home Recording Studio Basics - Michaels

with Bob Michaels

It is well known that if you are to be a voice-over performer in the modern world, you have to be able to record yourself. At first in your career, recording yourself is largely about your ability to record your own audition files, but if you find yourself booked, there are many producers who would also appreciate your ability to submit clean, fully edited voice tracks for them to include in the project. Yes, you may be called to work in a full service recording studio, but it doesn't always happen...a good example is if you are working with a remote client. The question becomes...how do you wade through the myriad of equipment choices to find the most suitable and cost effective options for your needs? In addition to the recording equipment, another critical aspect to be considered is the importance of the environment in which you will be recording.Acoustical treatment of your recording room is absolutely necessary if you are to achieve high quality recordings. In a special two hour session, Bob Michaels (who has been recording at home since 1988) will talk about basic equipment and acoustical requirements. Several scenarios will be addressed to help the student decide what is important, and how to proceed with these very difficult choices.

Improv Workshop - Patrello

with Shawn Patrello

SHAWN PATRELLO, professional improv instructor, will help you improve your acting, your auditioning and ultimately your every day communication skills. 

Testimonials: "Patrello's  class was SO MUCH FUN last time, we invited him back for MORE!!"
Shawn Patrello has been instrumental in the development of educational improv with the group Kidprov. As co-founder of HIMprov (now a part of Fish Sticks Comedy) and as a therapeutic hospital clown, Shawn brings the healing power of laughter to humor-hungry audiences.

Improv Class -  "Yes, And."

Days & Times TBA

Wanna work more? This Improv intensive is excellent for anybody! Learn how to be more positive, gain confidence and trust your instincts. Improvisation has become a huge part of the audition process and is often used in commercial, film, and television shoots.  It doesn't matter what your experience level is, you will get something out of this class!  Come PLAY!

 

The Look That Books Workshop - Mascari

with Donatelle Mascari

Days & Times TBA

Whatever your education or talent... Your face and your headshot are your moneymakers. Your headshot and/or video are "the remains" of your audition, what is left for casting directors, producers and directors to consider.
That shutter nanoclick...or the video audition...encapsulates your talent and your education.
DONATELLE MASCARI, the MAKE-UP MAVEN, Dallas' best known, best-loved makeup artist in every media will tell you step-by-step how to get the look that's "YOU...but BETTER"
The first part of the class answers questions relevant to everyone who wants a good photograph of any kind, wishes to present well at go-sees, performs or auditions on video, or acts in black box or any relatively close range theatre.
Headshot info and tips on what to wear/what not to wear wardrobe, jewelry, hair, necklines, makeup. THE LOOK THAT BOOKS is the focus. The difference between close-up and distant shots in every media.
The second part of the class answers questions more pertinent to women; how to get the best eye, lip, contour (if needed). In-depth discussion with hands-on tips discussed per individual need. You will learn how to shape brows and the use of eyeliner to shape and enlarge eyes. You don't want to miss this interactive presentation with a veteran pro who works daily in every media. 

 

 

Meisner I for the Camera - Everton

with Jeanne Everton

Dates & Times TBA

Taught by Jeanne Everton,  this course is extremely helpful to those who are told that their acting style is "too big", for stage actors trying to cross over into on-camera work, for models and singers, and for those who have difficulty keeping "in the moment." The emphasis in the Meisner I class is on connecting with other actors and also on natural, believable exchanges employing skills we use everyday. The Meisner II class is primarily concentrated on preparing the emotional component of acting. The Meisner Scene Study class brings together the skills learned in the first two workshops by putting those techniques into practice through in-depth text analysis, rehearsal and performance.

This class is normally offered once a week for 2 hours a week for 6 weeks.  

Meisner II Class - Everton

with Jeanne Everton

Days & Times TBA (2 hours a week for 6 weeks)

The Meisner II class, led by Jeanne Everton, is primarily concentrated on preparing the emotional component of acting. The Meisner Scene Study class brings together the skills learned in the Meisner I class by putting those techniques into practice through in-depth text analysis, rehearsal and performance. This class is normally on Thursdays from 6-8 pm for 6 weeks. 

 

Meisner III Scene Study Class

with Jeanne Everton

Days & Times TBA

These courses are extremely helpful to those who are told that their acting style is "too big", for stage actors trying to cross over into on-camera work, for models and singers, and for those who have difficulty keeping "in the moment." The emphasis in the Meisner I class is on connecting with other actors and also on natural, believable exchanges employing skills we use everyday. The Meisner II class is primarily concentrated on preparing the emotional component of acting. The Meisner Scene Study class brings together the skills learned in the first two workshops by putting those techniques into practice through in-depth text analysis, rehearsal and performance.

$160 members

 

Monologue Workshop - Bontley

with Beth Bontley

Dates & Times TBA

This class is designed to develop ancing and performance skills through the process of creating performance ready monologues.  Bring a monologue (memorized or not), under 2 minutes (or several if you need help making a choice)>  This class is for those who already have a sence of craft.  This is a 2 hour monologue workshop / acting class where each student gets one-on-one with Beth to improve their acting skills for auditions and performances.

 

Narrate Like a Pro - Critt

with CJ Critt

Days & Times TBA 

Heard a good book lately? For years, the only way most narrators could break into this industry was in NYC or Southern California. Not so - anymore! As print books shrink and book stores close, the audio book industry is growing and the need for skillful narrators is growing, too. STAGE is calling out to ambitious actors with good story telling skills who are interested in getting instruction from an accomplished pro who shares the secrets only a 20 year career in audio books could provide. You will learn what goes into making good audio, the challenges and privileges of being the ‘Voice of the Author’ and practical approaches to studying the script - that is book - creating and maintaining unique voice characters, establishing the right tone and pace, all to make the book expertly unfold as if it is happening right in that moment.  Narrate Like a Pro. Are you ready? Be there.

Narration Voice-Over Weekend Workshop - Critt

with CJ Critt

Days & Times TBA

The Narration and VO Mini-Camp Master Class. An immersive Voice and Narration weekend where you will gain tools for improved articulation and awareness of your signature sound.  Read from and receive coaching on real world audition samples from her work as a writer and audio book pro, you'll learn where character voices come from and how to create them and recreate them as well.

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P&E in Voice Over

 with Bob Michaels

Great performances are often described as “nuanced", “dimensional", or “layered". In his VO-2 class, Bob Michaels introduces students to the layers in VO performance. The most important of these layers, P & E, are explored in depth in this workshop, and participants will learn how to identify and more effectively portray them in their work. This one evening session, meant for more advanced performers, brings together several key aspects of Bob's lessons in technique to help performers exceed the read and bring the words to life.

Photos, Resumes, Agents & Unions - Everton

with Jeanne Everton

Days & Times TBA

This class is a MUST for anyone seeking to have a career in the broadcast, film and theatre industry. Jeanne Everton will teach you how to tell a good photo from a mediocre one, how to shop for a photographer, what to expect to pay, how to know if you need a makeup artist and how to find one. What to wear and what to expect in the studio, how to choose from the contact sheet and how to duplicate and distribute photos. Using a variety of samples, students learn to format and write their own resumes, how to make a beginner's resume look like a pro's, what to include, how to update it and how to distribute it. You will also learn everything there is to know about agents and unions, from what does an agent do for an actor, how do you find the right agent for your needs, who are the local and regional agents and a host of other specific issues regarding the actor's relationship with the talent agent. In short you will receive STRAIGHT ANSWERS to all your questions about the industry, from wardrobe to pay rates, casting directors to professional training and MORE!!  Normally 3 sessions, once a week for 3 weeks, 2 hours each, with a follow-up consultation.  Check site calendar for current schedule.  Material covered includes: photography, The impact your headshot makes, Selecting headshot formats, Selecting a photographer, Choosing clothing for the photo, Makeup artists, How to select your headshot, Learning about photo duplication, Prices for photography, makeup artists and duplication of headshot
How headshots differ from one market to another, RESUME, What to include on the resume,How to write a resume when you have little experience, You draft a resume for editing by the instructor, AGENTS, What talent agents do and do not do for your acting career, The difference between "franchised" and "non-franchised" agencies, When you need an agent, How to approach agencies, What to expect in an agency interview, Agency contracts and policies, Developing the working relationship with your agent, Exclusivity and out-of-town agents, CASTING DIRECTORS, What they do and do not do for your acting career, How they can help you get work, even before you have an agent, How to approach them, UNIONS, Qualifications for membership, Right-to-Work States and the unions,Guidelines for moving from one market to another, Seminars, workshops, and training in general, The truth about pilot season, Warning signs of show business rip-offs, Tips on organizing your home office, Business-related tax guidelines, and answers to the questions you bring.

Scene Study Class - Everton

with Jeanne Everton

Days & Times TBA

This scene study class, will employ techniques from a wide variety of acting approaches to address the needs of the individual student. Jeanne’s scene study class offers a monthly course in flexible 4-week units to fit your schedule.  4 weeks, 3 hours each week. Working with scenes from a variety of media, the class will address
students' individual needs with techniques from a variety of acting approaches. STRENGTHEN SKILLS: Analyzing text,
Creating Characterizations, Interacting with other Actors, Working with and against Type, Finding uniqueness and emotional freedom,Developing truthful performances  WEEKLY WORKOUT FOR YOUR INDIVIDUAL GOALS: Work with a variety of scripts from all media, Intensive scene study, Cold reading the first meeting of each session,Work your scenes for stage or camera, Increase your ease in auditions.
 

Shakespeare The Basics - Zipay

Dates & Times TBA

(ongoing class in 4 week sessions – 3 hour classes)

How does a contemporary actor begin to approach Shakespeare?  

Even today’s top actors are often daunted when taking on Shakespeare’s magnificent language.  Hey, you know there’s a great character there, ready to be brought to life, but you’re never satisfied with your own progress on the journey from reading the words to believably acting them.  Through weekly monologue and scene work, supplemented with exercises in movement, voice, verse technique and scansion, this class will help you expand your ability to work with Shakespeare -- so that Shakespeare can work for you.  You’ll learn techniques that will help you to bring the text to life physically, emotionally, vocally, intellectually, and intuitively. You’ll discover paths to unlocking the power and beauty of Shakespeare’s language and characters.  And it will be fun!

Tax Seminar - Moffat

with David Moffat, CPA and STAGE Board Member

How much do you know? Take this True or False Quiz!

  1. If I don’t receive a 1099 or W2, I do not report that income on my tax return.

2. Actors are wage-earners and never have to pay self-employment taxes.

3. Actors are not allowed to deduct any expenses unless they exceed $5,700 in a year.

4. If I deduct an Office in the Home, I will get audited.

5. I can be audited twenty-five years or more from now for any income I don’t report this year.

6. Mileage can never be deducted by actors.

7. Deducting commissions paid to agents or managers is not legal

8. If I take any acting deductions, I will get audited.

9. If my expenses exceed my acting income, I don’t have to report anything.

10. Only when my acting expenses exceed $5,700 will my refund be affected.

Only number five is true. All of the others are false. Which is the magic tax Form? What are the rules? Who gets audited? Can I really increase my refund by hundreds, maybe thousands with the right knowledge? What receipts and records do I need?  We’ll answer those questions and more!

Voice Over 1 - Michaels

with Bob Michaels

5 week session on Tuesdays 6-8pm

This class, taught by D/FW based VO Pro Bob Michaels has been offered continuously at STAGE since 1992.  It is THE VO-101 Class of the southwest.  Why has it lasted so long, and why is it still so popular after more than 22 years?

There are several reasons. The first is perhaps the most important.  Bob is highly focused on providing his students critical detail.  When you go to many forms of training, you are given a script, expected to study it, and then quickly give a performance of the script to the instructor, where they then critique based on their viewpoint and experience.  But pay attention to what is expected in that scenario.  You have to perform for them with little or no information given to you prior to performance.  When you are a higher functioning performer, this is expected...it's part of your professional ability.  But when you are a beginner or intermediate performer, what you need first is background and explanation about what you are trying to achieve, and how to use your voice to achieve it.  This is where this class excels, in-depth discussion about voice-over style, and even more in-depth information about vocal utilization.  Vocal utilization?

Without knowledge of, and express control over your instrument (voice), you are at a tremendous disadvantage competitively (this applies to you, too, on-camera performers!).  How does your voice work?  What can you move or change about your voice?  How do those changeable parts of your voice work together, and separately, to communicate meaning?  How can you learn to better manipulate and control vocal expressiveness and nuance?  How important is uniqueness to your viability, and how do you leverage and exploit it most effectively?  How can you most fully understand, respond to, and reflect the direction given during a recording session?

This basis of knowledge exists inside of every high-level performer, but how do YOU acquire, grow, and utilize this information?

     Voice-over script analysis is heavily emphasized and again, discussed in great detail.  Careful attention to what's going on with those words on the page can make the difference between a very ordinary read, and a superb, unique interpretation.

     What about the studio itself and various studio scenarios you encounter in the VO world?  Do you really have to be able to record yourself these days, and how in the world is that accomplished?  What are the methods of recording that you will encounter?  How do you handle yourself professionally in various recording scenarios?

     Then there's the business of voice-over.  Demos.  What’s on one?  Where do you get one?  How do you get ready to make one?  Agents.  What do they do for you?  What do they not do for you?  How do you nurture that relationship?  Auditions.  What in the world are they looking for?  Should I audition for that?  What are the mechanics of the submitted audition?  How do I avoid creating an unacceptable audition?  Marketing.  How do you get the word out about yourself?  Are 'pay to play' casting sites specifically for VO worth a hoot?  Do I need a website?  Money.  How do the various classifications of jobs pay?  How much do they pay?  Yes, all in a five week class. 

It happens for five consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm at STAGE in Dallas (stage-online@sbcglobal.net - 214-630-7722).  You do have to be a member of STAGE to take a class.  Please contact them for more information.

VO and on-camera agents throughout the Southwest recommend Bob's class to their rosters of performers.  Students have commonly traveled from other cities and states weekly to learn from one of the most prolific, knowledgeable, and generous high level performers in our area. This class, when scheduled, is Tuesdays from 6-8 pm for 5 weeks.  Check site calendar for current schedule.

Voice Over II - Michaels

with Bob Michaels

Voice-Overs, Level Two (VO-2) is the workshop extension to the (VO-1) overview class.  Six people maximum attend this class, and three scripts per night are performed and critiqued with the exception of the single script mock audition that occurs on the last night.  This class looks at subjects such as microphone technique, flexibility/variety/color, narrative technique, the study of dialects and character voices, audition strategies, and much more.

This class meets Tuesdays from 6-8 pm for 5 weeks.  Check site calendar for current schedule.  Class size is limited to 6.

One Evening Copy Reading

with Bob Michaels

Been awhile since you performed a voice-over script, and you want to shake off the cobwebs?  Or are you auditioning regularly and really missing receiving feedback about your work?  Perhaps you would just like to get some practice in and share some time with others who need VO practice too?

That's what the One Evening Copy Reading workshop at STAGE is all about!

Each session, Bob Michaels focuses on a different, typical form of VO performance.  No prepared lecture, just YOU giving it your best.  One of Bob's strengths is his ability to hear you work, offer honest feedback, and help you focus on small adjustments that will help you sound your best no matter the VO situation.  You are recorded during the session, then files are uploaded for review at your convenience.  It's an easy, low stress way to simply perform, learn, think, and stay in practice.  Anyone can attend.  No prerequisites.  You don't even have to be a member to participate.

Saturdays starting this Fall!

Address:

1106 Lupo Drive Dallas, Texas 75207

OPENING HOURS

Monday - Friday: By Appt.
Saturday: Noon - 4pm
Sunday: By Appt.

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