Acting Classes for Adults and Seniors in Santa Barbara

Introduction to Playwriting: Crafting 10-Minute Plays

This course is designed to introduce students to the art and craft of playwriting, with a specific focus on creating compelling 10-minute plays suitable for the stage. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, readings,
and workshops, students will explore the fundamentals of dramatic structure, character development, dialogue, conflict, and theme. By the end of the course, students will have completed a polished 10-minute play ready for performance.


SCHEDULE
Saturdays from 9am – 12pm 

June 29 in Person at ETC
July 6. 13, 20, 27 on Zoom
August 3, 10, 17 on Zoom
August 19-23 Online Each Play will have one 2-hour evening rehearsal on Zoom with Directors and actors.
August 24 In-person final presentation of plays on stage at The New Vic; starting with rehearsals at 10 am with a presentation from 2 pm – 4 pm. 

TUITION
$800 per person 12 Student Max

  1. Understanding Dramatic Structure:

    • Identify the basic elements of dramatic structure (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution).
    • Apply dramatic structure to their plays to create compelling narratives with clear arcs.
  2. Character Development:

    • Create well-rounded characters with distinct voices, desires, and motivations.
    • Explore techniques for revealing character through action, dialogue, and subtext.
  3. Dialogue and Subtext:

    • Craft naturalistic dialogue that advances the plot, reveals character, and builds tension.
    • Understand the importance of subtext and learn techniques for conveying underlying meaning through dialogue.
  4. Conflict and Tension:

    • Identify different types of conflict (internal, interpersonal, external) and their role in driving dramatic action.
    • Develop strategies for heightening tension and maintaining audience engagement throughout the play.
  5. Theme and Subtext:

    • Explore the relationship between theme and dramatic action.
    • Develop thematic elements within their plays that resonate with audiences on multiple levels.
  6. Revision and Feedback:

    • Understand the importance of revision in the playwriting process.
    • Give and receive constructive feedback in a workshop setting to strengthen their plays.
  7. Stagecraft and Performance Considerations:

    • Consider the practicalities of staging a play for performance, including set design, lighting, and sound.
    • Tailor their writing to the constraints and opportunities of live performance on stage.
  8. Professionalism and Collaboration:

    • Learn to collaborate effectively with directors, actors, and other theatre professionals.
    • Develop professional skills such as meeting deadlines, giving and receiving feedback, and navigating the rehearsal process.

Kenneth Luper, an exciting new voice in film and theater, winner of Best Screenwriter at the Milan International Festival, whose critically acclaimed play, “XOXO, God,” has been a catalyst for addressing the homeless crisis in our backyard, nation and world.  His current feature works in development (for the stage) includes “The Family Code,” “My Other Belly Button (And Other Surprising Discoveries), along with the screenplays: “#Moore Love,” “The Gateway Complex,” “The Johnson 5” and “Path To Glory,” co-writen with Academy Award Winning writer Pamela  Wallace. 

Kenneth is the founder of the Navi’ System (www.thenavisystem.com) and has served as a coach to writers for all ages: empowering storytellers through his workshops both at home and globally (China, Mexico, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine to name a few). 

His coaching is geared to help maximize a writer’s potential- in their own voice- by using proven systems to bridge the gap of where a script is to where it wants to be.  His transformational training programs/workshops are designed to produce sustained momentum for the writer, along with providing exceptional strategies, a clear vision and effective, tailored solutions for one’s story- especially scripts that are in need.  The end result: a realized story (for stage/screen) that entertains, edifies and empowers.

A member of the Cherokee nation, and raised in a cross-cultural family, he was inspired by his ethnically diverse home to embrace the universal “language” of storytelling to reach across cultural divides; and, he has seen firsthand how stories can also touch the hearts, minds (and funny bones) of humanity- regardless of their race, gender or age.  His mother is from El Salvador and his father is from Oklahoma.  According to his grandmother, he was raised on “burritos and Walmart.”

As a catalyst for developing systems and strategies for accelerated and lasting transformation, Kenneth has helped thousands enjoy and reach new levels of satisfaction in their craft. 

REFUND POLICY FOR EDUCATION CLASSES AND SUMMER PROGRAMS
 
Refund Process:
  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to education@etcsb.org or postal mail to the Director of Education, ETC Education P.O. Box 2307, Santa Barbara, CA 93120.
  • Refunds will be processed within 10 business days of receiving the request.
 
Refund Eligibility:
  • Full Refund: If the registration fee is requested before the specified deadline, which is two weeks before the program start date, a full refund will be provided.
  • Partial Refund: After the deadline, refund requests may only be considered in case of extenuating circumstances, such as a medical emergency or a family crisis. The Director of Education will review such requests and determine the eligibility for a partial refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for missed days of the program due to illness, family vacations, or personal reasons.
  • No refunds will be granted to students dismissed from a program due to disciplinary actions or violating program rules.
  • If ETC cancels a class or program, a full refund minus the registration fee will be issued.
 
Policy Modifications:
The organization reserves the right to modify the refund policy at its discretion. Any changes will be communicated in advance whenever possible.
 
These policies will enhance transparency, streamline the refund process, and ensure a positive experience for all involved parties. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at education@etcsb.org.

Intro to Acting for Adults

Join us for a dynamic adult acting class that will unleash your creativity, boost your confidence, and make learning the art of acting an enjoyable experience. Discover your inner performer in our engaging and welcoming program, leading up to a final presentation at The New Vic.

 

SCHEDULE
July 8 – August 12, 2024

7 Mondays 6 pm – 9 pm (plus one private coaching)
Final presentation, August 12 at 7:30 pm

TUITION $400 per person 12 Student Max

Welcome to our beginner acting classes for adults!  Our class is not just about learning the technical skills of acting, but also about exploring your creativity, building confidence, and expressing yourself in new and exciting ways. In this acting class, you’ll learn the basics of acting such as character development, script analysis, physical and vocal expression, and improvisation. But what sets our classes apart is our emphasis on using acting as a tool for creative self-expression and personal growth. Taught by award-winning actor/director, Brian McDonald, you will be guided through exercises and activities that help you tap into your unique creativity and develop your own voice as an actor. Additionally, student are assigned a scene or monologue which will be showcased in a final presentation on The New Vic stage. Most importantly, our acting class is a supportive and welcoming space where you can feel comfortable taking risks and trying new things. We know that stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary, but with our guidance and encouragement, we’re confident that you’ll build your confidence and feel empowered to express yourself in new and exciting ways.

Brian McDonald, Master Acting Teacher

Brian McDonald is an award-winning actor, director, and educator. He appeared in the National Tours of Miss Saigon and Forever Plaid. Regionally, he appeared on the stages of the Denver Center, Theatre Virginia, The Lyric Stage, La Miranda performing Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, and the Ahmanson. As an actor, Brian was honored with the Ventura Mayors’ Award for Emerging Artist, LA Weekly’s Best Supporting Actor Award, and an Independent Award for his most recent performance in the one-man-show, Buyer and Cellar. Brian also directed for various regional theaters including 7 Angels Theatre Company, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Rubicon Theatre Company. For Rubicon, Brian directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of A Charles Dickens’ A Christmas CarolA Tuna ChristmasThe Sunset Limited (with Joe Spano and Tucker Smallwood), Bus Stop (5 Ovation nominations including Best Play), MASTER HAROLD… and the boys (nominated for 3 Ovation awards Including Best Play) and the World Premiere musical, Hello! My Baby, written and conceived by Tony-nominated, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner, Cheri Steinkellner. He also conceived and directed the critically acclaimed holiday musical review, A Rubicon Family Christmas. Brian’s work as a director has earned him an Independent Award and StageScene LA Award for Best Director. Brian served as Associate Artistic Director and the Director of Education and Outreach at Rubicon Theatre Company since 2002.  He is the founder and program director of Rubicon’s Summer Youth Performance Program which offers theatre training intensives in acting, musical theatre, drama, Shakespeare, and technical theatre.   If you’re interested in acting classes in Santa Barbara, sign up today!
REFUND POLICY FOR EDUCATION CLASSES AND SUMMER PROGRAMS
 
Refund Process:
  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to education@etcsb.org or postal mail to the Director of Education, ETC Education P.O. Box 2307, Santa Barbara, CA 93120.
  • Refunds will be processed within 10 business days of receiving the request.
 
Refund Eligibility:
  • Full Refund: If the registration fee is requested before the specified deadline, which is two weeks before the program start date, a full refund will be provided.
  • Partial Refund: After the deadline, refund requests may only be considered in case of extenuating circumstances, such as a medical emergency or a family crisis. The Director of Education will review such requests and determine the eligibility for a partial refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for missed days of the program due to illness, family vacations, or personal reasons.
  • No refunds will be granted to students dismissed from a program due to disciplinary actions or violating program rules.
  • If ETC cancels a class or program, a full refund minus the registration fee will be issued.
 
Policy Modifications:
The organization reserves the right to modify the refund policy at its discretion. Any changes will be communicated in advance whenever possible.
 
These policies will enhance transparency, streamline the refund process, and ensure a positive experience for all involved parties. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at education@etcsb.org.

QUESTIONS? Contact us at education@etcsb.org or call 805.965.5400 Ext. 541.

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