Most workshops are held at the StageCoach Theatre office unless otherwise noted. Address is 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 & 120, Ashburn, VA 20147.
Cost: $60 per hour or 4 sessions of 1 hour each for $210. Share the session with a friend for an additional $20/lesson. Maximum 2 students for focused attention.
Are you preparing for an important presentation at school? Would you like some individual coaching as you rehearse for an audition or interview? Perhaps you’ve been “volunteered” to produce next season’s show. Our instructors will meet with you to address your concerns and provide you with a confident way forward. We can help with:
Acting for Stage or Film
Musical Theatre preparation
During lessons, 15 minutes are spent on warming up and vocal technique while the remainder of class is spent on applying these techniques to a song. Students will be given sheet music for this song and be expected to bring it in every class as well as their Voice Log book in which vocal warm-ups and notes will be recorded.
Odyssey of the Mind
StageCoach Theatre Company has the ability and experience to provide assistance to Odyssey of the Mind groups on theatrical based challenges. Following the rules and guidelines of the challenge, we will not provide individual advice on the project at hand, but assist in needed skills on Improvisation, Set and Design on a Budget, Script Writing, Story Structure, and Basic Theatrical knowledge and skills. Minimum number of students to start a class is 4 and maximum is 7 for a 1-hour class at the rate of $70 per class. Each additional student over 7 can be taught at a rate of $10 per student. In order to best fit the needs of each individual group, it is important for the coach of the team to contact StageCoach Theatre Company at least 2 weeks in advance to let us know what type of master class should be provided for your group.
Tuesday, Sept 4 from 7:30 - 9:30pm
Workshop Cost: $30
Learn the basics of improvisational theatre. This class will help you with teamwork, spontaneity, and creativity. You’ll learn the basics of improv, and get to play some of the most fun and well known improv comedy games.
Other improv workshops are available. Take as many workshops as you like! No two workshops are exactly the same.
2 sessions x 2 hours each night
Tuesdays, September 11 and 18 from 7:30 - 9:30pm
Workshop Cost: $70
Instructor: Doug Corbett
Has anyone ever told you, “You have such a great voice!” Have you ever wanted to narrate commercials or be the voice of an animated character? This workshop will introduce you to the exciting and lucrative world of voice-overs! Come ready to learn about the possibilities in this ever-expanding business and the tools you need to jump right in. This workshop will run over 2 days due to the amount of material covered, including active participation in sample recordings. We’ll answer questions such as “Do I need a home studio?”, “How do I create a demo?”, and “Do I need an agent?” With the tools and knowledge you receive, you’ll be ready to take the next step to begin your voice-over career!
What is covered:
– Discussion of the major categories of voice-overs (narration, recorded books, commercials, animation, etc)
– What you need to get started in the business
– Who are producers looking for?
– How do I get the gig?
– Creating a voice over demo
– Home studios
– Marketing and business information:
How do I get myself out there?
How do I get paid?
– Additional training and support options
This basic acting class, with improvisation mixed in, is perfect for those who are just beginning or those wanting to brush up on their acting skills.
The main goals for the class will be:
Gaining confidence in front of a director and an audience
Learning how to make an actor’s choice
Creating memorable characters
Reacting off a scene partner and the environment
Students will have the opportunity to dabble in script writing and can also work on short skits.
This 2 hour workshop will meet (4) times and is an advanced acting workshop option for actors who wish to develop or reinvent their skills as well as working alongside fellow acting students. Students must commit to attending all four workshop days and prepare to study lines to end up off script by the fourth class.
The main goals will be:
• Select a scene script in class and be paired with another actor
• Participate in read through of all scenes assigned
• Take blocking notes and discuss character development with the director
• Review how to learn lines and blocking to end up without a script
Each pair will perform for the other students as their audience. Joining the course with an acting buddy to pair with is encouraged, but not required. The director will pair students within the class for specific scenes as needed. Students are welcome to repeat this workshop as often as they wish and new scenes will be assigned each time allowing for variety and ongoing growth with character development skills.
In this two hour session, you will not only gain the confidence to audition but the tips and tricks of the trade as well. During this session, we will discuss and complete exercises on auditioning technique, choosing material, reading between the lines with audition notices, cold reading techniques, and audition Do’s and Don’ts. Participants are asked to bring in a monologue of their choosing (memorization not needed!) as well as any songs or monologues they may have used in previous auditions. The goal of this class is to get feedback on how to present yourself for an audition!
An actor’s job is to bring a character to life, to tell a story through the eyes of the character. Learning lines is important but knowing who the person is makes for a more interesting performance and more rewarding experience. In this workshop, you will work on developing a character that is both interesting and believable. Come to class with a character and monologue that you would like to explore further. If you do not have one, you will be able to select from options provided by the instructor.
Does the thought of doing cold readings at auditions send chills up your spine? Fear not, our Conquering Cold Readings workshop will give you a strategy for acing that cold reading at your next audition! Learn how to make the most of your cold reading from the moment you get it in your hands – we’ll teach you how to prep and perform a cold reading, we’ll go through a sample audition, and give you valuable feedback, which will put you at the front of the pack at auditions. Give yourself the edge at your next audition by attending this workshop – you’ll be better prepared and confident that you’ll conquer that cold reading!
What to expect:
– Strategies to make the most of your cold reading the moment you get it in your hands
– Tips on how to get the best performance from your cold reading
– How to practice for your next audition that will include cold readings
– A chance to utilize what you learn – we will do a mock audition and give valuable feedback
– A handout of Actor Resources
You made it through the initial audition and now the casting director wants you back! This time you’ll need to show your moves with the choreography that they teach you on the spot. What will you do with 2 left feet?! This class will help you with the basic dance steps so you’ll have the confidence to nail that role!
These classes are built to focus on strengthening the student’s voice in aspects of projection, harmony, dynamic, and diction. We will work on singing songs as a group, solos, and duets. Students can expect individualized feedback on his or her own voice while still learning to be part of an ensemble.
Are you ready to make the leap to professional acting or enroll in the theatre department at universities but don’t know how to prepare a good headshot and resume? Do you know what a professional headshot and resume should look like? Perhaps you have them but you aren’t sure if they’re working for you. Having the right tools enhances your credibility as an actor. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, we’ll show you how to structure your resume to highlight the work you have done and the training you have received.
What to bring/prepare:
– A paper copy of your current resume and an 8×10 headshot, if you have them already
– If you have a laptop (or other device) with a digital copy of your resume that you would like to edit it during the workshop, please bring it with you. Make sure device batteries are fully charged to avoid competition for outlets!
– A list of all previous acting experience (stage, film, voice over, etc.)
– A list of all training in theatre, voice, and dance
– A list of special skills. For example, if you plan on auditioning as an extra for a film, do you drive standard shift? Have you had stage combat certification? Can you juggle or ride a unicycle?
What to expect:
– A lecture on what makes a good headshot for theatre and for film/tv
– A lecture on what makes a good resume
– A handout of Actor Resources
– A template resume, if you are starting from scratch
– A review of your current headshot and resume, if you have one
– Focused feedback on how to improve your headshot and resume
Instructor: Terry Smith
Students will learn the mechanics of writing a murder mystery dinner theatre script. Develop your characters and their motives. Establish the setting of your story without the benefit of sets or many props. Entice your audience to participate in solving whodunit! Taught by Terry Smith – StageCoach Theatre Company co-owner and author of numerous murder mystery and children’s shows.
For those who already have some improv experience under their belt. If you know how to listen and build, but want to learn more, this class is for you. We will focus on storytelling, object work, and a character at the start of a scene.
Learn the techniques taught by Chicago’s Second City and New York’s UCB Theater’s. The schools that launched the careers of many SNL greats. In this course you will learn how to improvise comedic scenes by learning the primary fundamentals of improvisation, making you more confident, trusting and graceful on stage and in life. Learn how to say “yes, and…,” make positive choices, initiate and commit to scenes, heighten, use tag-outs and walk-ons, and deliver real-life monologues. This coaching style emphasizes creating a rich environment for your scenes, committing to your decisions and your scene partners. With the improv field becoming more competitive, the sooner you can hone these skills, the better!
Imagine a critical meeting with clients, your organization’s leadership, or with colleagues and you’re asked a question or to discuss a topic not in your script. What do you do? Panic? Stall for time? This two-hour, highly interactive workshop uses improvisational activities to help build more confidence in thinking on your feet. Experts agree that improv also helps to build critical thinking, presentation, negotiation, team cohesion and creativity, and relationship skills…and much more. Join us in a fun and friendly environment to practice these skills and meet your own personal development goals.
You’ve prepared for a meeting with an important client. You are ready to get the contract signed. You walk into your meeting with the customer and they lob an unexpected objection at you. How do you respond? Like improv, sales situations are unscripted and those who are successful at it can think quickly on their feet and deal with unplanned situations with finesse. This highly interactive, fun 2-hour workshop will help you heighten your skills in communicating with customers and off-the-cuff scenarios to up your sales game!
Interactive Scripted Theatre provides a unique challenge for actors. How do you bring the audience into the play and make them part of the world of the show? How do you deal with the inherent instability and chaos caused by audience interactions? What can you do to keep the script from completely going off the rails? This class will teach how to use improv theatre techniques to enhance audience interactions and keep the show running smoothly.
Improv experience is recommended but not required. This would be the perfect class to take if you are interested in acting in our murder mysteries but have only performed in stage productions.
Workshop Cost: $30
Instructor: Lori Muhlstein
Knowing your lines and blocking are important technical aspects of the acting process. Through discussion and practice activities, this workshop introduces you to tried and true techniques for remembering your lines. Added bonus – while the class focuses on line memorization, the practical material covered can apply to other life scenarios.
Have you wanted to audition for a professional play, but aren’t sure how to prepare a monologue? Do you know where to look for monologue resources? How do you choose a monologue that is appropriate to your age and character type? What if you’re auditioning for a period piece? How do you edit a monologue, if necessary? Learn how to find and prepare monologues, how to build a comprehensive collection of monologues, and how to get the best performance from your monologue!
What to bring/prepare:
– Bring a copy of each monologue you would like to work on. Please make sure that monologues come from a published play. Ideally, you will bring 2 contrasting monologues that take no longer than 3 minutes TOTAL to perform. Memorization of these two monologues prior to our workshop will make your time in class the most beneficial.
What to expect:
– An overview on what to consider when putting together your collection of monologues
– Tips on how to find and select monologues suitable to you
– Tips on editing monologues
– Tips on how to prepare and give the best performance
– Performance time and feedback. Those who don’t come with a monologue will be provided samples as cold readings.
Work your monologues and practice cold readings for film and television auditions. Auditions will be filmed during the second class date.
If you are obsessed with musicals, then this is the class for you. Students will learn how to sing ballads and up-tempo songs while you embody the characters within these musical scenes. Expect to act, dance, and sing… all at once!
Deciding which college theatre programs are right for you? How do you choose between a conservatory or a BA in theatre? Find out the choices available and how to pick what’s best for you. Are you hoping to pursue a career in the performing arts? This class will help explore potential options for what could come next, help you build your portfolio, prepare for your future auditions, connect with colleges, theaters, and more.
A skit is a very short play, usually performed in an informal setting. With very few props and little preparation, they can be used in schools, camps, at work-related conferences, and many other venues. The fine art of comedic acting is explored in this class utilizing humorous skits. Students will get to choose a skit from a variety of scenes. They will work in groups and workshop the skits at the end of the class. This would be a great opportunity to delve into a comedic scene and explore timing, delivery, and a few laughs.
Hearing the actors is only one part of theatrical sound design. From the moment audience members enter the theater, they should experience a consistent soundscape that reinforces the overall theatrical experience. This includes the selection of entrance, intermission, and exit music; incidental music during the show; sound effects, and audio reinforcement (microphones for actors). This two-hour Sound Design Workshop will provide an introduction to all of these areas, including hardware (microphone and speaker placement) and software (for manipulating sound files), plus the overall aesthetic design of the soundscape.
4 sessions at 2 hours each session
Workshop Cost: $100 for the series
Open to ages 13 - adult
Limited space is available!
Instructor: Catherine LaValley
Students will become familiar with the basics of sound and the technology used to amplify it. The class will primarily be a lecture and demonstrative style with the opportunity for practical experience.
Session 1: Fundamentals of Sound
Students will learn the basics of sound. Students will learn how sound is created, received and transmitted. Students will understand the basics of signal flow. Students will be introduced to the common equipment used in sound recording and reinforcement. Students will be introduced to block diagrams. Students will have the opportunity to discuss sound needs relevant to their own needs.
Session 2: Sound Board Basics
Students will be introduced to sound board. Students will identify and explore each section of the board. Students will understand the internal signal flow of the board. Students will learn how to use Gain, Phantom Power, Polarity, EQ, Auxiliary inputs, Panning, Routing, and Grouping. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their own system and how this might relate to their own system.
Session 3: Wireless and Wired Microphones
Students will be introduced to different types of microphones. Student will how different types of microphones transmit sound. Student will explore how to set up wireless microphones and trouble shoot common issues. Students will learn proper microphone placement, technique and etiquette when interacting with talent. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the microphones in their own system and the most effective use.
Session 4: Practical Exploration
Students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned. Students will use their knowledge solve the sound problems of various scenarios. Students will be provided equipment and given the opportunity to set up and tune a system for a specific purpose.
Catherine La Valley is a sound designer and engineer from Northern Virginia. She studied theatre and sound at George Mason University. She has designed sound and engineered for 20+ shows in the last three years. She has engineered for several local and regional theaters including New Harmony Theater, Bristol Valley Theater, First Stage Theater, Adventure Theater Music Theater Company, and StageCoach Theatre Company. Some of her design credits include Boleros for the Disenchanted, A Bright New Boise, Cloud 9, Three Penny Opera, Gogol's Nose & Other Strange Tales of the City, and Gondoliers.
In this class, we will cover the basics of applying stage makeup. Learn how to age an actor for an older role, as well as apply sponge beards and mustaches. Students will also learn to create scrapes and bruises with stage makeup. Limited to 5 students.