Adult Classes

2021-2022

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.

Essential Acting

$140 |  Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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A six-week exploration of the fundamentals of acting led by instructor Jean Reed Bahle. 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.

Acting Class

Theatre Design Basics

$140 |  Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30pm
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Have you ever wondered how designers start with a script and turn it into a design that tells a story?  In this class, students learn how to analyze a script in order to prepare for all of the design elements, from budgeting through audience expectations.  This is perfect for individuals who are intrigued by theatrical design, and also directors who are involved in creating productions and want to better understand the process.

Tailoring the Text: Adapting Classics for the Stage

$140 |  Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm
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Students learn tools to adapt existing written works to the visual medium of theatre using their own creative sensibilities without losing the integrity of the original work. This specific class will focus on adapting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the perspective of the Cheshire Cat. One student’s work will be selected at the end of class and our 2nd through 5th grade students will perform it on Civic Theatre’s Meijer Majestic Stage for a paying audience this spring!

Adult Improv

The Best Actors in the World – Adult Shakespeare Class

$140 |  Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am
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Take a deep dive into acting Shakespeare!  In this class participants explore the ways in which verse, structure and rhetoric can help to create dynamic acting choices; use physical acting techniques to imagine new possibilities for physicality and staging; prepare Shakespearean monologues for audition; and discover ways to more deeply engage with scene partners.  Experienced actors of the Bard and Shakespeare novices will all find value in this class.

Winter Term

Essential Acting

$140 | Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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A six-week exploration of the fundamentals of acting led by instructor Carrie McNulty. 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.

Advanced Scene Work

$140 | Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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Instructor Tom Kaechele 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 and is limited to 8 students.

Host! Toast! Roast!

$140 | Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30pm
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Instructor Eirann Betka-Pope prepares students for the moments they find themselves commanding a crowd, engaging an audience, or anytime they’re holding a microphone with nothing to say. This class culminates with a small roast and toast event for families and friends during the final week of term.

Adult Improv

Improv Comedy: The Basics

$140 | Thursdays, 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.

Fundamentals of Directing

$140 | Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
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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.

SPring Term

IMprov Comedy: Advanced Techniques

$140 | Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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Students who have successfully completed Improv Comedy: The Basics are invited to take this more advanced improvisation class.  Students solidify the basic tenets of improv acting and develop enhanced communication and creativity skills!

Oh My Pod: Podcast Content creation

$140 | Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm
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Have you ever thought about starting a podcast? This class guides you through how to select a catchy title, pick a format that will work for you and your topic, and start to develop your own content to build a podcast to put out to the world! This class may require some homework outside of class as each student will develop their own unique podcast.

School Terms:

FALL TERM: 
October 2 – November 11

WINTER TERM:
January 8 – February 17

SPRING TERM:
April 16 – May 26

PERFORMANCE BLOCK:
April 23 - June 5

If you have questions, please call the Education Office at 616-222-6653