Acting Level 1: Commercials, Monologues, Scenes (preteens)

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About Course

In this self-paced course, actors will work on acting skills through games, commercial reading, and monologues. This is not an improv class. Each week, actors will receive a series of selected warm-up activities as well as instructions on how to study acting material. During the last week students will receive tips on how to handle auditioning for acting roles. Students are encourage to practice assigned pieces and memorize them. Learners should feel comfortable operating their device’s microphone and camera.



Students who wish to receive feedback on their acting performance are welcome to post a video of their acting work to the classroom. Students can easily recorded on a smart-phone or tablet and do not need to use editing software or a DSLR camera. Instructor feedback is given on Fridays.

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What Will You Learn?

  • In this 8 week course, actors will dive deep into developing a character for both commercials and monologues.

Course Content

Week 1| Understanding acting as a hobby and as profession.
Learners will explore how acting (whether paid or unpaid) differs from playing "make believe" with friends. They will also learn about some different types of acting opportunities including: theater, mime, voice over, film, t.v.

  • Think like an actor, work like an athlete

Week 2| Studying Commercial Copy and Emotions
Learners use games to explore emotions and learn techniques to apply those emotions to their acting. Learners will also learn how to analyze and breakdown commercial copy.

Week 3| Studying Commercial Copy and Creating the Environment
Learners explore techniques to establish "environment" and learn how to apply this skill to their acting. Learners will apply this technique to breaking down commercial copy.

Week 4| Studying the Monologue and Character Breakdown
Learners will work on how to break down a monologue and make strong character choices.

Week 5| Studying the Monologue and Making Choices and Taking Direction
Learners will work learn how to take adjust a performance as if given feedback from a director.

Week 6| Understanding Auditions and how to use monologues in Auditions
Learners will be guided through what to expect in a theater audition and how to perform their best. Next, they'll be guided to how to perform for an in-person on-camera audition.

Week 7| The Audition Process: how to audition in-person for theater and on-camera
Learners will dive into actor submitted auditions (how to set up, what to do) and how to prepare for a Zoom/ remote live audition.

Week 8| The Audition Process: how to create a self-tape and how to audition remotely
Learners will dive into actor submitted auditions (how to set up, what to do) and how to prepare for a Zoom/ remote live audition.

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