Registration is open for Arkansas Rep fall classes

Image may contain: 6 people, people dancing, people standing, shoes and indoorRegistration is now open for fall classes with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Education Department. Classes run Sept. 9-Nov. 14 for students of all ages and experience levels.

“Whether you’re new to The Rep or continuing your theatre studies, we’ve got something fun for everyone this fall,” said Anna Kimmell, Director of Education. “We create a fun, high-energy creative environment where artists of all ages can learn, discover, and grow.”

Fall classes include training in acting, musical theatre, improvisation, Shakespeare, theatre dance, tap dance and playwriting for students of all ages and abilities. Scholarships are available.

The Rep provides a professional and encouraging environment for artists of all ages and abilities. With new material every semester, classes can be taken multiple times.

Along with Kimmell, faculty members include Matt Boyce, Bridget Davis, Katherine Greer, Leann Hatley, TJ Medel, Brandon Nichols, Rebekah Scallet and Hilary Trudell.

Each year, The Rep reaches more than 7,500 Arkansas students through classes, workshops with guest artists, summer programs, community outreach, and the Student Matinee Program. More than $18,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2017-2018 to students for theatre training at The Rep.

The full class schedule (including class dates and fee costs), online registration and info on teaching artists can be found TheRep.org/Education. Available courses include:

Acting and Creative Movement (K-2nd)
In this class, young actors will use their voices, bodies, and imaginations as tools to create new characters, atmospheres, and narrative.

Acting (3rd-5th)
Dive into the foundations of acting technique and improvisation in this fun and collaborative class!

Musical Theatre (3rd-5th)
Discover the fun and fundamentals of musical theatre technique by integrating acting, singing, and simple choreography in the development of Broadway repertoire.

Theatre Dance (3rd-5th)
Learn jazz and theatre basics in this high-energy dance class focusing on Broadway-style choreography.

Theatre Dance (6th-8th)
Learn jazz and theatre basics in this high-energy dance class focusing on Broadway-style choreography.

Acting (6th-8th)
In this class, actors will explore character development skills, delve into text analysis, and learn how to create dynamic relationships on stage through ensemble building.

Musical Theatre (6th-8th)
Build on the fundamentals of musical theatre technique by integrating acting, singing, and basic choreography in the development of a musical revue.

Preach! A Comedy Collage Class (9th-12th)
As media changes, so do the voices that create it. In this youth-centered class, their voices will be tested through an array of forms in comedy that range from improv to spoken word.

Teen Ensemble (9th-12th – Audition Only)
Teen Ensemble is The Rep’s audition-only performance class featuring the top high school-aged singers, dancers, and actors in the area.  Auditions will be held by appointment only on Monday, August 12 from 5-8 p.m. Email akimmell@therep.org for an audition slot.

Theatre Dance (8th – Adult)
Get moving in this fun, high-energy dance class focusing on Broadway-style choreography.

Beginning Tap Dance (8th – Adult)
Make some noise in this introductory course laying the foundation of tap dance technique. (Tap shoes required.)

Intermediate Tap (8th – Adult)
Make some noise in this course that builds upon the foundation of tap dance technique.  This class is not for beginners. Students must have a basic tap dance vocabulary including shuffles, flaps, riffles, paradiddles, drawbacks, etc. (Tap shoes required.)

Shakespeare Scene Study (Adult)
Take a deep dive into Shakespeare text work through this intensive scene study class.  We will cover two plays in the class — As You Like It and Richard III — to give the opportunity to work on both comic and dramatic text.  *Familiarity with using scansion and rhetorical techniques in Shakespeare is required. If no previous experience, please also enroll in the Shakespeare 101 workshop.

Intro to Playwriting (Adult)
Have you ever wanted to write a play but didn’t know where to start? Here’s your chance! Creator of the ACANSA/Rep Ten-Minute Play Showcase, Hilary Trudell, will teach participants the basics of ten-minute playwriting. All completed ten-minute plays will receive an automatic submission into the 2020 Ten-Minute Play Showcase for an opportunity to be produced on a Rep stage! No experience necessary.

Improvisation (Adult)
In this class, students will learn fundamental improvisational skills and how to apply them to their daily lives. Under the philosophy of “Yes! And…,” actors will heighten their ability to listen to understand, build relationships through an “attitude of gratitude,” and enhance their cognitive skills by building a community of support.

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