Theatre Workshops

To register for any class, please click on the link available after the workshop details. You will be prompted to give your contact information and payment via PayPal or credit/debit card. Some classes require registration several days in advance so please let us know as soon as you are interested in attending.

Most workshops are held at the StageCoach Theatre office unless otherwise noted. Address is 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 & 120, Ashburn, VA 20147.

One-on-One Coaching - by Appointment

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:

Audition preparation
Acting for Stage or Film
Musical Theatre preparation
Public speaking for students
School interviews
Vocal Coaching

Vocal Coaching
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.

Contact us to schedule a time to meet with a coach.

Intro to Voiceovers - October 29 and November 5

Tuesdays, October 29 and November 5 (2 sessions)
7:30 - 9:30pm
Workshop Cost: $70

Click here to reserve your space in the workshop.

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

Improv - December 2

Monday, December 2
7:30 - 9:30pm
Workshop Cost: $30 - Registration will close on Dec 1.

Click here to reserve your space in the workshop.

Instructor: John Waldron

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.

Acting 101

Workshop cost: $120 for 3 sessions for a total of 9 hours

Instructor: Brittany Martz

This class focuses on getting beginners comfortable in front of a crowd, feeling confident, while learning some solid “technique” behind acting. A lot of people want to take an acting class because the art itself feels so amorphous – they want to know exactly what “TO DO.” Brittany teaches the Stanislavsky method because she thinks it gives new actors concrete tasks to focus on. You’ll read plays and learn how to analyze them as storytellers.

Acting Scene Study

Workshop Cost: $110 total

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.

Audition Techniques

(2 sessions)
Workshop Cost: $60

Instructor: Brittany Martz

This workshop focuses on fine tuning one’s audition skills. What should you wear? What should you bring? What should you have prepared? Does your headshot and resume accurately reflect what you’re bringing to the table? Preparing a monologue. Acing a cold read. Most importantly, CONFIDENCE.

Minimum 3 students, maximum 10 to ensure individual attention.
Minimum age is 16 years old.

Character Development

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.

Conquering Cold Readings

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

Dancing for for the Stage

Come learn some basic steps and practices to prepare for dance auditions. Whether you have danced or not, live performance dance for the stage is a great skill to improve upon for your next audition. Come in comfortable clothing and flexible shoes. We will practice basics of terminology for hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance. We will learn a basic routine and then practice a dance audition with feedback from the instructor, Addie Schafer, drama teacher at Woodgrove High School next year.

Glee Club for Adults

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.

Headshots and Resumes

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

How to Write A Murder Mystery

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.

Memorization Techniques

Workshop Cost: $30

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.

Monologue Preparation

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.

Skits

3 sessions of 2 hours each
Workshop cost: $80 total

Instructor: John Waldron

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.