|The City Theatre Company
|2012 Acting Series for
Austin actors and performers
|The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
commitment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
|3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722 512-524-2870 email@example.com
|CITY THEATRE CLASSES
|The Art and Craft for Beginning Actors
Mj Vandivier - Class Director and Instructor
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. Begins March/April: 8 week session.
For registration and info: firstname.lastname@example.org/801-3035
|Living Intentionally: Actualizing your True Potential as an Actor
A class for beginning students.
Introduction into the principles of acting, practiced in a fun and non-judgmental
environment. You will learn about how to "be in the moment" by truly listening and
responding on stage. And we will explore voice/movement, some improvisation, script
analysis and scene study.
Acting is a craft. In this class, you will learn the tools of the trade. Hone your craft by
developing awareness and mastery of your instrument. Learn to relax and focus in
stressful situations. Develop your creativity by accessing your imagination and expressing
your emotions. Discover what “finding your motivation” means by exploring and playing an
action. But that's not all!
Integration of the mind, body and spirit are required to fully embody a character and bring
life to the stage or screen. This class will focus on developing your instrument in a variety
of ways. In the upcoming session, you will learn about your vocal instrument, how to
access your emotional triggers and how to create believable behavior onstage. The acting
exercises will be based on the work developed by the legendary acting coach, Uta Hagen,
as described in her book, "A Challenge for the Actor." The voice and body work is based
on Arthur Lessac's work from his book "The Use & Training of the Human Voice."
Some tools of the trade explored in class are:
-Developing body consciousness and breath awareness
-Relaxing and overcoming fear
-Developing focus and concentration
-Discovering objectives, obstacles and intentions
-Creating inner imagery and finding emotional triggers
-Creating the character’s physical life
-Exploring the setting
-Experiencing sensory work
-Practicing moment to moment living in performance
Marijane Vandivier is a professional Equity actress with over forty years experience. She
enjoyed a successful television career for 30 years including film, radio shows and commercial
work, and has been an acting and speaking voice coach for the past 17 years. Mj studied at The
America Theatre Wing in NYC where she appeared off-Broadway in “Late Arrival.” Vandivier
holds a B.S. from the University of Houston in Psychology and Theatre and is a Certified Lessac
Voice / Body Trainer. She sang with her show band in Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, LA, New Orleans,
and across the country. Many Texans grew up with Mj on the popular KPRC-TV live children
shows, “Happy Hollow and Marijane’s MagiCastle. Her long-running talk/news show “Wake-up
Houston” was seen on KUHT-TV daily while she continued acting at the Alley Theatre, Theatre
Under The Stars and Houston Music Theatre. Marijane moved to Austin 10 years ago to be with
family. She has been an adjunct at St. Edwards University, teaches for The State Theatre
School, for private Clients and continues to act professionally. In Austin, Mj has been featured in
a variety of roles at St. Edwards Mary Northern Moody Theatre, Zachary Scott, Austin Playhouse
and Tex-Arts Theatres.