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Adult Dance with Vanessa!


with Vanessa Russo

Calendar Sep 23, 2023 at 9:30 am, runs for 8 weeks

Come join Vanessa in her popular adult dance class. She will have your feet doing moves you never knew you could do. Great for the adult who wants to brush up for audtions or just wants to move and have fun! No class on Oct. 21, 2023

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Beginning Acting for Adults


with Preston Boyd

Calendar Sep 25, 2023 at 2 pm, runs for 8 weeks

If you have never taken an acting class, come find out how fun it is! This in-person beginning acting class for adults will explore the joy of acting through exercises and games. And who doesn't like to play games?!

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Dynamic Drama - Mondays


with Becky Holahan

Calendar Sep 25, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 8 weeks

This in-person class for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities builds confidence, life skills, and helps students experience the joy of performance through theatre exercises and acting studies. Students will audition for the 2024 Pinky's Players production at the end of the fall semester. Those cast will continue with rehearsals in the spring. Please note classes are not structured to offer one-on-one support of students. Students must meet admission criteria, CLICK HERE TO REVIEW ADMISSION CRITERIA

Full Course

Adult Improv w/ Spencer


with Spencer Cross

Calendar Sep 27, 2023 at 2:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Come learn from a master "Improver!" Spencer Cross has owned his own Improv company and has been performing professionally and teaching Improv for over 10 years!  In his 8-week Improv course for adults, learn all the fundamentals of Improv and what it means to create a successful scene. Be able to confidently apply these lessons to a variety of games and exercises, and learn to effectively build scenes with your team members. Find out just how limitless the world of Improv really is!  

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Intermediate Acting for Adults


with Preston Boyd

Calendar Sep 30, 2023 at 9:30 am, runs for 8 weeks

Prerequisite: Beginning Acting

In this adult in-person intermediate acting class you will explore acting technique and character analysis that helps bring your character to life. You will work on either monologues or scenes, so some memorization is required.

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with Benny Sato Ambush

Calendar Oct 1, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Please CLICK HERE to sign up and for more details.

In this short Audition Information Session for grades 9-adult, Venice Theatre Artistic Director Benny Sato Ambush will introduce you to what is expected in a Venice Theatre audition and how to audition well in its 2023-2024 season. This is not a workshop where you will present and work on audition material. This session gives information and helpful tips only. Questions and concerns are encouraged.

MasterClass with Benny: A deep dive into Advanced Acting for Adults


with Benny Sato Ambush

Calendar Oct 8, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Up Your Game! Gain Confidence in your Craft with Foundational Tools to Turbocharge your Acting!!

  • Exercise your imagination, intelligence, and emotional availability in telling the playwright’s story
  • Learn how to crack open a play and mine its elements in an organized fashion
  • Quell the panic, fear, anxiety, and randomness of creating a role with a methodical process
  • Explore and discover your instrument in action

Class Goals 

  • Work with specificity, play with clarity, live moment-to-moment in a scene
  • Live truthfully under given circumstances with high stakes
  • Create and inhabit the world of the play with fully-embodied imaginative responses
  • Strengthen collaborative skills and deepen your understanding of Theatre as a process
  • Enhance technical skillfulness
  • Grow courage, discipline, stamina, and rigor
  • Discover spontaneity, freedom, and joy in acting
  • Develop disciplined professional work ethics
  • Exercise your faculties of inquiry, research, critical thinking, and problem-solving

Acting Terminology in addition to those stated above may include: passionately pursuing objectives, two ways to play action, sending/receiving energy, pushing through obstacles, reading behavior, breaking down a script, play spine, character spine, script scoring, beats, the how of playing action, sourcing, moment-to-moment work, achieving communion, staying present, urgency, raising stakes, receiving and sending, listening, personalization, giving over, allowing, releasing, justification, urgency, making choices, given circumstances, specificity, vulnerability, trust in spontaneity, trusting your instincts, and other process-oriented tools.

No class on October 22, 2023

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Memorized monologue MasterClass workshop with Benny


with Benny Sato Ambush

Calendar Oct 28, 2023 at 9:30 am, runs for 2 weeks

In this MasterClass adult 2-day workshop, get your memorized monologues in shape and prime-time ready for Venice Theatre auditions working with Benny offering personalized, detailed, hands-on coaching and mentoring.

What You Will Learn:

  • the real reason for auditioning with monologues
  • how to work on memorized monologues
  • what to focus on
  • how to slate
  • how to enter the room, what to do in it, how to exit
  • helpful tips to increase your chances of getting cast
  • BONUS: how to properly read an unmemorized audition piece

Class #1 on 10/28/23: Present one 90-seconds-or-less memorized monologue and be ready to work on your feet with Benny. Work on notes at home in the following week to prepare for Class #2.

Class #2 on 11/4/23: Present your reworked memorized monologue. Also, bring in a different, contrasting, unmemorized, 60-second monologue to read in class.

** This workshop is ideal for veteran actors wanting to deepen their audition skills. **

Payment plan available: $50 deposit plus 1 payment of $75.00, paid every four weeks.

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