Classes & Workshops in Saratoga Springs, NY


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Scene Study Ages 7-10
Children will be introduced to theater terminology such as objective, beats and operatives. They will learn how to break down a scene, act the moment before and listen to their partners. We will also work on how to give constructive feedback to our fellow peers. This is a great introduction to acting! On the last day we will perform our scenes for our family and friends at 11:15am.
Instructor: Noah Casner
4 Saturdays
11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23 from 10:30am-11:30am at the Saratoga Senior Center (5 Williams Street)
Fee:$48
This class has a capacity of 8 students.

 

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Scene Study Ages 10-13
Children will be introduced to theater terminology such as objective, beats and operatives. They will learn how to break down a scene, act the moment before and listen to their partners. We will also work on how to give constructive feedback to our fellow peers. On the last day we will perform our scenes for our family and friends at 3:30pm.
Instructor: Noah Casner
4 Saturdays
11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23 from 2:45pm-3:45pm at the Saratoga Senior Center (5 Williams Street)
Fee:$48
This class has a capacity of 8 students.

 

Viewpoints

Grades: 8-12

Developed in the latter half of the 20th century, Viewpoints is a technique designed for actors to work in relation to one another. By implementing Viewpoints into a rehearsal process, it became easier for creators to find “viscerally dynamic moments of theatre” through this sort of physical improvisation. The thing about viewpoints is they really can’t be explained, they must be experienced, so come join us every other week for drop in classes where we’ll explore this technique in order to allow bolder choices and more risk taking in performance. Each class will begin with a short series of activities to connect everyone as a group before we begin working with the specific Viewpoints. Repetition of this class is encouraged, as the technique grows with repeated experience. Students are asked to arrive with an open mind, willing to explore a new technique with others. Dress in clothes that you can move in. Instructor: Noah Casner

4 Tuesdays
10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26 from 5:30pm-7pm at the Saratoga Senior Center (5 Williams Street)
Drop in rate to show up per class: $15
Pay for the series: $48

 

Strasberg Workshop

Grades: 9th - Freshman in College

Lee Strasberg has been called "the father of method acting." His technique has influenced acting legends such as Robert DeNiro, Jane Fonda and Sally Field, as well as brilliant younger actors such as Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Miles Teller (Whiplash). In this workshop, we'll delve into some of Strasberg's training, beginning with his famous relaxation exercise and leading into a sense memory exercise which lies at the heart of "the method." You'll learn the beginnings of this world-famous technique and learn how to apply it to your work in a scene. Students are asked to dress comfortably in clothes that won't restrict movement. Instructor: Noah Casner

Saturday, December 21st 12:00pm-2:00pm at the Saratoga Senior Center (5 Williams Street)
Fee:$25
Combine with Grotowski Workshop for $40 for both classes

Grotowski Workshop


Grades: 9th - Freshman in College

Have you ever heard of Jerzy Grotowski? That's okay! Most people haven't! Beginning in the 1960s, Grotowski led acting classes in Poland that relied less on the mind and more on the body, as he believed "it is our bodies that express everything about us." As a result, one cannot be truthful in their acting until their body is fully involved in the work. We'll take a look at some basic Grotowski exercises that connect mind and body and discuss how a technique that's so experimental can be used practically in traditional western theatre. Participants are asked to come dressed ready to move and with a short piece of text memorized. We ask that you memorize something new, no longer than four sentences, from a non-prosaic text such as a magazine article, instruction manual, or non-fiction book(no poems, monologues, excerpts from fiction, etc.) Instructor: Noah Casner

Monday, December 30th 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Saratoga Senior Center (5 Williams Street)
Fee:$25
Combine with Strasberg Workshop for $40 for both classes