ETC's Education Programming Supported by Virginia Castagnola-Hunter, The Towbes Foundation, John C. Mithun and Mercedes Millington, The Leni Fund, Sara Miller McCune and Claudia Lapin.
Summer 2018, ETC's Young Actors Conservatory Classes
(Ages: 14 to 18 years old)
Monday to Friday, July 10 to July 27, 2018
Location: The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St, Santa Barbara
COST: $999. Tuition assistance available.
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ETC's Young Actors Conservatory Summer Sessions 2018 (class schedule grid)
Course Descriptions ETC's Young Actors Conservatory Summer Session 2018
Students will learn how to deconstruct and scan a text and mine Shakespeare's words to speak the text with ease and understanding. Students will gain a basic understanding of poetic language, metrics, and the conventions of Elizabethan English, allowing for an analysis that will provide the actor with clear actions and objectives. Selected scenes will be worked, rehearsed, and presented.
By applying the principles of the Alexander technique, students will learn how posture affects vocal quality. Through breath management, voice projection, and resonance building, the Alexander technique helps to release the tension of the body allowing the voice to become fuller and freer, building confidence, allowing the actor to connect more easily with their unique creativity, vulnerability and vitality.
Principles of Acting
In this class students will learn about the process of craft and deepening their approach to acting. The importance of making choices will be stressed as well as discovering ways to remove fears that block creativity, so that the student can find confidence in their unique voice, vulnerability and vitality. Through scene work with partners the class will begin by learning text analysis and beat-by-beat, moment-to-moment intentions, actions and objectives, before they stand the material on its feet. Stanislavsky's Five Questions will be applied as a foundation for technique in a simple, easy to understand format.
Introduction to Improvisation
This class will cover the basics of creating original improvised theater. Students will learn how to improvise in a believable environment. Create characters, be present, active and alive while listening and speaking. Supporting your partner and identifying building blocks for creating a scene will be emphasized.
Introduction to Mask Work
Mask work will be applied as a tool to help discover the joy of creating story and character through physicality. Using simple, fun imaginative exercises with both neutral and character masks, students understand how a transformation can be achieved in this ancient art form. Mask work can result in a powerful sense of discovery for actors, making this unique opportunity a natural tool for effective communication and expression.
Student will participate in a mock audition and be provided with feedback to improve their audition skills.
Ensemble Theatre Company — Santa Barbara’s professional resident theater company — hosts the Young Actors Conservatory; an exciting hands-on training with master actors and theater artists, led by Director of Education, Marcus Giamatti. With a curriculum that focuses on principles of acting, movement, voice, improv, Shakespeare, and other vital elements of theater training, ETC’s Young Actors Conservatory is Santa Barbara’s premier theater program for young and aspiring artists with a passion for delving deeper into the craft of theater!
ETC Educational Outreach Mission Statement
Our mission at ETC is to provide educational opportunities that will deepen the relationship with our community, our existing patrons and encourage both adult and youth audiences to attend the productions, with a heightened awareness, passion and understanding of the theatrical process, the artistic process as well as the issues presented by the work. In this way, we hope to enhance the current work on our stage and position the institution as essential to the cultural and social well being of the Santa Barbara community, our schools and the American theatre.
It is important to us that our educational endeavor, through classes and outreach programming, finds a way to maintain a connection to the practices of the past, drawing on them, creating in the present, while structuring a vision for the artistic educational road ahead, with truth and fervor.
Meet the Faculty
Brian McDonald, Master Acting Teacher, Audition and Mask Workshop
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 many awards, including 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 Carol, A Tuna Christmas, The 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.
Caren Adorni, Voice, Movement, and Priciples of Acting
Caren Adorni is an established acting coach in Los Angeles. She has developed and taught acting workshops for over 20 years. Her inspired teaching method is grounded in the Stanislavski System. A native Californian, Caren holds an MA in Theater from UCLA and a BA in Philosophy with honors from UCSB. She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute with Hedy Sontag. Caren has taught and participated in a variety of venues throughout Europe, including The Pan Theatre of Paris Festival in Avignon, France. She trained in the work of Etienne Decroux (mime) in Padua, Italy and studied The Alexander Technique (body alignment). Caren has directed numerous showcases for her students, including a benefit show at the Empty Stage in Los Angeles for children in foster care. Caren was invited to teach at the 6th International Festival of Making Theater in Athens, Greece and brought her workshops to Norway to teach at Nosen Fjell. Caren’s scholarship includes a Master’s thesis on Eleanora Duse (b.1857), the Italian actress who inspired Stanislavski to study the creative process of the actor. Duse intuitively discovered a method of acting, which enabled her to access truthful emotional expression which she called a state of grace and which Stanislavski later defined as inspiration.
Michael Bernard, Introduction to Improvisation and Acting Shakespeare
Michael Bernard spent 10 years as the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street Project, a nationally recognized theater company that creates original theater with kids from Hell’s Kitchen New York City and theater professionals. At UCB NYC Michael directed a few shows including The Chipperton Family Vocaltainers Shooby Dooby Dooby Hour which was an official selection of The HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. He has also written for Disney, Nickelodeon, Henson Productions, Nick at Nite, DC Comics, Showtime, Spike TV, The Sundance Channel, Noggin, WE, MTV, VH1 and some commercials you probably fast forwarded past. Since moving to California in 2009 he has performed in LA with "Immediate Theaer" an improv company made of of ex members of Second City and The Groundlings. He also serves as the Artistic Director of Elements Theater. Michael teaches Theater at UCSB and SBCC.
2018 Fall Session
Coming Soon: A line-up of new acting classes for ages 5 and up!
- Cheers Star, SNL regular, and Second City Alumn George Wendt: "Cheers," Fletch, "Saturday Night Live," "Clipped."
- Emmy Award-Winning Actress Kate Burton: "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" Big Trouble in Little China, "Rescue Me."
- Director/Producer Steve Robman: "Boston Public," "Gilmore Girls," "Party of Five."
- Casting Director Olivia Harris: Mystic River, Space Cowboys, "Salem's Lot."
ETC's 2018 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
The 2018 Festival has ended. Please check back in the fall for the 2019 Playwrights Festival info.
Adopt-A-School Program introduces high school students to the thrill of live theater and to the creative process of acting, directing, and to the art of technical, costume and scenic design. Through an intensive preparation process during the school year, the adopted school faculty will collaborate with education specialists from ETC’s Outreach programming to plan for their student’s selected show experience at The New Vic. Content and themes from the show will be integrated into the school’s core curriculum. In-school class workshops will also be offered in Mask, Principles of Acting, and Shakespeare Appreciation.