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.
UPCOMING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
The Fall 2018 Schedule is HERE!
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.
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.
HALLOWEEN PRODUCTIONS AT HOME: Special Effects to DIY For (AGES 12 and up)
Instructor: Brice O'Neal
*** DATE AND TIME CHANGE***
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 | 10:00am - 12:30pm
Learn how to make some great Halloween decorations using theater tools and techniques, such as fake blood and bloodpacks, cool foam props and scenery. Participants will also learn how to build spooky trees, coffins, werewolves and more!
HALLOWEEN PRODUCTIONS AT HOME: Hair & Makeup to DIY For
Instructor: Briana O'Neal
Saturday, October 20 | ***TIME CHANGE*** 1:00-3:30pm
Get ready for Halloween by learning some makeup tips and tricks you can use at home, plus get the Halloween costume hair you've always wanted, including techniques for wigs and natural hair.
HALLOWEEN PRODUCTIONS AT HOME: Costumes to DIY For (AGES 12 and up)
Instructor: Alix Berneis
*** DATE AND TIME CHANGE***
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 | 4:00-6:30pm
Get some tips on designing and making your own Halloween costumes, including finding and choosing patterns and fabrics, quick and easy techniques, and modifying things you already own!
AFTER THE FALL: Basic Stage Combat & Safety
Instructor: David Melcher
Saturday, November 10 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Learn how to safely stage basic falls and fights with professional stage combat instructor David Melcher. Attendees will learn techniques for safely initiating and receiving staged “blows” and how to make it all look real.
David Melcher is a professional fight coordinator who has coordinated stunts for A2CT, PTD, Michigan Opera Theater, Toledo Opera, and a number of local film productions.
JUNIOR THEATRE: Script Analysis & Character Development
Instructor: Sasha Lazare
Saturday, November 17 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This workshop will help young actors learn how to analyze a scene and create a stand-out character so they leave feeling confident in making bold character choices.
Sasha Lazare, is a graduate of NYU Tisch, teacher of acting for youth in NY through her Pigeonholed Theatre Co., and an associate director of acting at Interlochen summer program.
THE PLAY'S THE THING: 10-Minute Play Workshop
Instructor: Catherine Zudak
Saturday, December 1 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In conjunction with A2CT’s playwriting festival, The Play’s the Thing, this workshop will help attendees generate ideas or further ideas for 10-minute plays, including character and plot development. Registrants will have the opportunity to write 10-minute plays during the workshop, and receive feedback. (Open to 16 and up, but parental permission required for under 18.)
Catherine Zudak is a freelance writer, playwright, producer and storyteller. Her short plays have appeared in festivals throughout SE Michigan. Her full-length play, Virtues, was produced in workshop with Around Here Productions in 2014. Her 10-minute play, Friendly Fire, was staged at the Detroit Fringe Festival in 2015. In 2016, her short play, Mrs. Roger’s Neighborhood, was performed at Oakland Community College and the Social Justice Art Day at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. Recently, she produced Under the Rainbow, a pop-up theatre event, at the Riverside Arts Center in honor of their June fine art exhibit, LGBTQ Pride, and excerpts from The Know Gun Show, at the Swords Into Plowshares Gallery in honor of their fine art exhibit, Guns: Artists Respond.
THE PLAY'S THE THING: One-Act/Full-Length Play Revision Workshop
Instructor: Brian Cox
Saturday, December 8 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In conjunction with A2CT’s playwriting festival, The Play’s the Thing, this workshop will give attendees the opportunity to get feedback and revise existing scripts or script ideas. Local playwright Brian Cox will lead registrants through the process of development and revision, with the goal of preparing scripts for submission to The Play’s the Thing. (Open to 16 and up, but parental permission required for under 18.)
Brian Cox is a newspaper editor in Detroit. He’s received a variety of journalism awards and has published a handful of short stories. He is the artistic director of Pencilpoint Theatreworks in Ypsilanti, Michigan. His one-act play THE ROAD SIGN UP AHEAD and the monologue UNDERSTANDING were selected to be read as part of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s “The Play’s the Thing” festival in April 2015. His full-length play CLUTTER received its world premiere at Theatre Nova in March 2017 and won the Wilde Award for Best New Script. He published his first crossword puzzle in the New York Times July 26, 2017.