Adult Classes

2022-2023

Adult Classes

Our adult class selections at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre are carefully crafted to offer both basic skills for those new to theatre and advanced skills for experienced artists looking to hone their craft. Our instructors have worked professionally and on college campuses both in West Michigan and all over the country. 

Fall TERM

Improv Comedy: The Basics

$140 | Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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This highly energetic class is geared towards the basic tenets of improv acting and developing the process of improv, teamwork, and spontaneity. Ideal for people hoping to perform improv, expand their performance abilities, or for those desiring to develop enhanced communication and creativity skills for use in their business and personal lives, all while working in a supportive and extremely fun environment.

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Essential Acting

$140 |  Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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During this six-week exploration of the fundamentals of acting, students work to develop the tools an actor needs: focus, relaxation, and concentration. Working with the body and voice to engage the whole person, students use games and exercises to foster spontaneity and diminish self-consciousness. Students also apply foundational skills (identifying goals and obstacles, playing an action, etc.) to individual text work as well as scene work. All levels of experience are welcome.

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Acting Class

10 Minute Playwriting

$140 |  Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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Interested in diving into the theatrical world of writing? Led by the 2022 Ten for All competition winner, Eirann Betka-Pope, students learn the formatting of a script, how to write dialogue, and develop meaningful plots and characters in order to create a 10 Minute Play within six weeks! This class may require some homework each week in order to build a fully fledged script by the end of our term. Participants have the option to submit their piece to the Ten for All playwriting festival this winter on Civic Theatre’s Mainstage.

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Adult Improv

Winter Term

Essential Acting

$140 | Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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During this six-week exploration of the fundamentals of acting, students work to develop the tools an actor needs: focus, relaxation, and concentration. Working with the body and voice to engage the whole person, students use games and exercises to foster spontaneity and diminish self-consciousness. Students also apply foundational skills (identifying goals and obstacles, playing an action, etc.) to individual text work as well as scene work. All levels of experience are welcome.

Improv Comedy: The Basics

$150 | Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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This highly energetic class is geared towards the basic tenets of improv acting and developing the process of improv, teamwork, and spontaneity. Ideal for people hoping to perform improv, expand their performance abilities, or for those desiring to develop enhanced communication and creativity skills for use in their business and personal lives, all while working in a supportive and extremely fun environment.

Introduction to Choreography

$140 | Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm
Workshop: Thursdays, 9:00-10:00pm
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Are you a dancer looking to expand your skillset to the world of choreography? Check out this class taught by the fantastic choreographer of both Mary Poppins and Something Rotten, Erin Kacos-Pott! This class explores audition preparation, dance formations, instruction of large ensembles, and more! If you have dance experience and are looking to learn what it takes to be a choreographer, sign up today!

Introduction to Directing

$140 | Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Workshop: Sunday afternoons on January 29th and February 5th (1-2 hours of rehearsal time each day)

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Are you interested in directing plays or musicals, but not sure how to get started?  This is the class for you!  We cover the fundamental elements of directing for the theatre – preparation, script analysis, audition techniques, basic staging, collaborating with teammates, working with actors, and more!  This hands-on class is for those with some theatre experience who are looking to step into a directing role, or those with some directing experience looking to acquire more tools & techniques.  Students who demonstrate readiness during class may be offered Assistant Director positions with Civic’s TEN FOR ALL, 10 minute play festival.

Adult Improv

Advanced Scene Study

$140 | Sundays, 4:00-6:00pm
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An experienced Civic director and faculty member leads actors through acting techniques aligned with script analysis as they prepare medium length scenes from challenging, contemporary scripts. This class is recommended for adult students with some acting experience.

SPring Term

Essential Acting

$140 | Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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During this six-week exploration of the fundamentals of acting, students work to develop the tools an actor needs: focus, relaxation, and concentration. Working with the body and voice to engage the whole person, students use games and exercises to foster spontaneity and diminish self-consciousness. Students also apply foundational skills (identifying goals and obstacles, playing an action, etc.) to individual text work as well as scene work. All levels of experience are welcome.

Sketch Comedy

$140 | Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, and Jimmy Fallon all got their start in comedy by learning how to do sketch comedy! Guided by an experienced sketch comedy instructor, students learn the process of sketch writing from brainstorming through presentation! Laughter guaranteed!

Behind the table: Artistic Collaboration

$140 | Saturdays, 10:30-12:30pm
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This class creates production teams from emergent choreographers, directors, music directors, and stage managers in order to facilitate a final musical theatre scene that culminates in an in-class, informal performance of all the pieces. Students collaborate with other beginning production team members to learn how to produce a piece from start to finish!

2022-23 School Terms:

FALL TERM: 
October 1 – November 10

WINTER TERM:
January 7 – February 16

SPRING TERM:
April 15 – May 25

PERFORMANCE BLOCK:
February 27 - April 15

If you have questions, please call the Education Office at 616-222-6650