Classes and Workshops

Are you interested in getting involved at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, but aren't sure where to start? Want to try something new? Check out our workshops! Periodically, we offer workshops on subjects from auditioning to acting to stagecraft and beyond.


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UPCOMING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS




All workshops take place from 1:00-4:00 PM in the A2CT Studio, unless otherwise noted.

Junior Theatre workshops are for those in grades 4-12,

while regular workshops are for those 16 years and older, unless otherwise noted.

The cost for a single workshop is $25.

Current A2CT members at the basic level and above get one free workshop per season:

to use your free workshop, you must call the office to register. Free passes are available once the minimum registration for a session is met.



TO REGISTER: CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE WORKSHOP POSTING, AND FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE FORM. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH A LINK TO

PROVIDE PAYMENT. YOU MUST PAY TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION. UNPAID REGISTRATIONS ARE NOT CONFIRMED, AND UNPAID REGISTRANTS WILL

NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOP. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PAY VIA THE LINK, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE AT 734-971-2228.



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YOUTH CHOREOGRAPHY AND MOVEMENT

A Junior Theatre Workshop

Instructor: Caitlin Rowe

Saturday, February 16 | 1:00-3:00PM

REGISTER HERE

Practice basic dance steps for musical theater and learn a simple routine that can be used for auditions. Participants will have the opportunity to do a mock audition with the learned routine and receive feedback by the workshop leader

Caitlin Rowe is a veteran dancer and actor. She has appeared in over 20 musicals, has choreographed over 10 mainstage musicals for A2CT and others, and has directed and choreographed many youth musical productions.


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IMPROV FOR ACTORS

Instructor: Sara Rose

Saturday, March 16 | 1:00-4:00PM

REGISTER HERE

Strengthen your acting chops without the pressure of scripts or blocking! We will use improv tools & improvised scene work to develop physicality, heightened emotion & honest reactions on stage. Exercises will help you stay present & focused on stage, with no expectation of being funny or clever. Discover & explore exciting moments that keep performers on their toes & audiences interested in seeing more. No improv experience necessary.

Sara Rose is an actor, improviser, & teacher in Ann Arbor. She holds a BA minor in Theatre from U of M & has trained at Second City Chicago, iO, Planet Ant, & Go Comedy. Sara is resident cast member & teacher at Pointless Improv Theatre. Sara also has an MSW from U of M & uses that training to inform her improvising & teaching. Sara believes that theatre (improvised or scripted) should challenge us to develop empathy &value diverse perspectives, & that the importance of these skills extend beyond the stage.


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FREEING THE VOICE FOR YOUNG ACTORS

A Junior Theatre Workshop

Instructor: Dory Mead

Saturday, March 23 | 1:00-4:00PM

REGISTER HERE

Looking for more freedom of expression? Confidence? A way to relieve stress & commune with others through singing? Group & solo vocal improvisation is a way to open up your vocal vocabulary & express yourself fully. It can also improve your listening & communication skills! We will offer a joyful safe space in which to explore our voices together. Techniques from Rhiannon's Vocal River along with Ms. Mead’s movement and vocal exercises.

Dory Mead (dorymead.com) earned her BMA in Vocal Performance from UM School of Music & has performed with the Metro City Lyric Opera, Arbor Opera Theater & the Austin Shakespeare Company, as well as in A2CT productions and Shakespeare in the Arb. She is a member of A2CT’s long-form improv troupe.


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STAGE MANAGING: What Is the Job and How Do You Do It?

For Ages 12-Adult

Instructor: Brice O'Neal

Saturday, March 30 | 10:00AM - 3:30PM

REGISTER HERE

This workshop will introduce the basics of stage managing, offering an overview of the different ways that productions use stage managers, and will provide the nuts and bolts of how to build a prompt book and call a show. Those attending should bring a lunch.

Instructor Brice O’Neal teaches technical theater at Community High School and runs A2CT’s Technical Theatre Troupe. He will be assisted by experienced stage managers and by members of the troupe.


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STOP, LOOK, AND LISTEN: Lighting and Sound Design

For Ages 12-Adult

Instructor: Brice O'Neal and Guest Artists

Saturday, April 6 | 10:00AM - 3:30 PM | $25 for either morning or afternoon session, $40 for full day

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Morning: Hands-on practice in sound editing for theater, creating sound effects, how to use a sound board, microphones for theater. Afternoon: theatrical lighting and design—basic terms, hanging and cabling lights, how to run a soundboard. Participants can do either one session or both. Full-day participants should bring a lunch.

Instructor Brice O’Neal teaches technical theater at Community High School and runs A2CT’s Technical Theater Troupe. He will be joined by other local theatrical sound experts and by senior members of the Tech Troupe.


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MOVEMENT AND COMBAT FOR JUNIORS

A Junior Theatre Workshop

Instructor: Brice O'Neal

Saturday, April 13 | 1:00-4:00PM

REGISTER HERE


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MIME FOR ACTORS

Instructor: Michael Lee

Saturday, April 27 | JUNIORS (ages 9-12): 2:00-3:30PM | ADULTS (ages 13-80): 4:00-5:30PM

REGISTER HERE

Take your acting to the next level—with movement! Move...stop! Move again, but just a little...slowly, now quick! The audience on edge....Learn dramatic rhythms, character attitudes, movement styles, voice & breath work to develop your physical acting skills. Then use it all to create your own new mime piece. Actors will have an opportunity to expand their physical characterization skills, but workshop is open to all, no experience needed.

Michael Lee (http://www.michaelleemime.com) is Artistic Director of Opus Mime. Michael performs, teaches & coaches at festivals, theaters, & schools across the U.S.; works range from solo family shows to full-length mime dramas. His mime plays, This, Uh, Body and Lascaux, Dawn of Art won State Thespian Festival competitions & were performed at the International Thespian Festival. He also coaches physical acting for World & Olympic champion figure skaters (ice dance gold & silver 2010, 2014). Michael is one of the last & most advanced students of French mime Marcel Marceau.


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FREEING THE VOICE FOR ACTORS

Instructor: Dory Mead

Saturday, May 11 | 1:00-4:00PM

REGISTER HERE

Looking for more freedom of expression? Confidence? A way to relieve stress & commune with others through singing? Group & solo vocal improvisation is a way to open up your vocal vocabulary & express yourself fully. It can also improve your listening & communication skills! We will offer a joyful safe space in which to explore our voices together. Techniques from Rhiannon's Vocal River along with Ms. Mead’s movement and vocal exercises.

Dory Mead (dorymead.com) earned her BMA in Vocal Performance from UM School of Music & has performed with the Metro City Lyric Opera, Arbor Opera Theater & the Austin Shakespeare Company, as well as in A2CT productions and Shakespeare in the Arb. She is a member of A2CT’s long-form improv troupe.