SUMMER ONLINE EDUCATION SERIES

Mastering Acting & Self-Tape Auditioning for Television (Online Course)

 

Instructor:  Kerry Flanagan

Ages: 12-17

Mondays 11:00-1:00 p.m.

Min Class Size: 8

Max Class Size: 15

Start Date: AUGUST 17TH (new date)

End Date: SEPT. 21ST

Tuition: $150

(6 weeks @ 2 hrs per class =$12 hrs of instruction for $150 / $12.50 per hr)

 

Course Description:

 

Using actual scripts and sides from major television network casting calls, course instructor and New York City-based Screen Actors Guild / Actor’s Equity Association member Kerry Flanagan (IMDb credits page)  will teach techniques and practices for auditioning and acting for the film and television medium.  Through discussion and practice, students will discover how to break down their “type” and create a professional-level self-tape audition (the growing industry standard for auditions for film, television and theatre, currently being utilized for casting by all networks and agencies as the safest and most convenient way to cast for future productions during quarantine / physical distancing).  Each student will come away with a filmed 1-2 minute “self-tape” video for their own reference future future opportunities or to submit to agents and/or casting directors.  


 

Instructor Bio: Kerry Flanagan is currently recurring as Marsha on NBC’s New Amsterdam. Other credits include: Tommy; The Deuce; Bull; Happy!; Fosse/Verdon; High Maintenance; The Sinner; Sneaky Pete; Seven Seconds; Mr Robot; The Blacklist; The Affair. FILM: Late Night (with Emma Thompson); Diane (with Mary Kay Place); Private Life (with Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti); The Big Sick (prod. Judd Apatow, with Kumail Nanjiani); St Vincent (with Bill Murray and Melissa Mccarthy); and And So it Goes (with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton) among others. She holds a Masters Degree from The Actors Studio Drama School. She is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. SAG-AFTRA/AEA

“Plague-Proof Shakespeare (Online Course)

 

Instructor:  Lara Morton

Ages: 13-18

Tuesdays 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Min Class Size: 8

Max Class Size: 15

Start Date: July 7

End Date: Aug 13

Tuition: FREE (supported by a grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts)

 

Course Description:

 

Serious students of acting will study the text of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, widely considered to be the greatest play of all time.  They will come away with a solid understanding of the text, characters, plot and universal themes of the play through an actor’s lens.  This course will prepare students for future auditions and productions of Shakespeare in high school, college, and the professional world, helping them to grow in depth as performers and become more well-rounded human beings.

 

 

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE: Young CT-based actors (ages 13-18) with more than a casual interest in acting and growing their craft. You will be expected to come on time and learn your assigned material in between classes.This course will help you achieve your goals and gain a major advantage over other actors in future auditions for all manner of productions, conservatory programs, and college admissions.

 

Full commitment of six weeks is expected by every student.  The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m. 7/7-8/13/20. All applicants should write a one or two paragraph essay about why they want to take part in the class, along with a recommendation from a teacher or director.

 

Instructor Bio: Lara Morton is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of FUSE Theatre of CT and the Founder/Director of Handful Productions’ FOCUS Teen Improv (semi-professional teen comedy troupe based in Madison, CT).  She has been directing, teaching, writing and performing educational and community-based theatre for over 25 years, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She performs improv professionally via the Standardized Patient Program at Yale School of Medicine, and frequently coaches actors of all ages for professional, conservatory high school and college auditions via Zoom.  

Download this .PDF for registration forms and return to fusetheatrect@gmail.com

INTRO TO IMPROV COMEDY (Online Course)

 

Ages 8-12

Minimum Class Size: 8

Maximum Class Size: 18

THURSDAYS  2:15-3:45

Start Date: AUGUST 2020 (date TBD) 

End Date: TBD

Tuition: $150

(8 weeks @ 90 mins per class = 12 hrs of instruction/ $12.50/hr)

 

Course Description: Over the span of eight weeks, students will  be introduced to the foundations of improvisational acting through the use of acting warm-ups, theatre games, “brain brushes” and improv “handles” (structured games intended to build story).  They will learn the most essential aspects of performing improv successfully (agreement, listening and responding, looking good by making your partner look good, etc.)  while growing in freedom of expression, confidence, and positivity, along with improved listening and communication skills and an enhanced ability to let go of perfectionism and judgment of self and others.  


 

Instructor Bio:  Lara Morton is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of FUSE Theatre of CT and the Founder/Director of Handful Productions’ FOCUS Teen Improv (semi-professional teen comedy troupe based in Madison, CT).  She has been directing, teaching, writing and performing educational and community-based theatre for over 25 years, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She performs improv professionally via the Standardized Patient Program at Yale School of Medicine, and frequently coaches actors of all ages for professional, conservatory high school and college auditions via Zoom. 

African Dance (Online Course)

 

Instructor: Briana Dawson

Ages 10-17

Min Class Size: 8 / Max Class Size: 18

Tues/Thurs 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Start Date: AUGUST 2020 (TBD)

 

Tuition:  $150 ( 12 sessions @ 60 mins = 12 hrs of instruction for $150 / $12.50 per hr)

 

Course Description: This class, taught online via Zoom, is sure to get the heart beating and feet moving to the rhythms and beats of the African diaspora.  Students will embark on a journey of movement focusing on the high energy and powerful nature of West African dance. This class offers a rich taste of African culture and provides an amazing, full body workout that you don’t want to miss. Get ready to sweat and have fun! 

 

Instructor Bio: Briana Dawson is extensively trained in the art of Dance, having mastered multiple disciplines, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern/Lyrical and African Dance.   She currently serves as the Dramatic Arts and Dance Teacher for Nathan Hale School in New Haven, CT and has also taught, choreographed and directed at Cooperative Arts & Humanities H.S. in New Haven. Briana is also on staff with Elm Shakespeare Company’s Education Department, and is strongly involved with Vintage Soul Productions and FUSE Theatre of CT.  Recent choreography credits include ‘In The Heights’ (COOP), ‘Rent’ (COOP) and ‘The Lion King Jr.’ (FUSE).

Musical Theatre Dance and Movement (Online Course)

 

Instructor: Briana Dawson

Ages: 8-13

Min Class Size: 8 / Max Class Size: 18

Tues/Thurs  5:15-6:15 p.m.

Start Date: AUGUST 2020 (TBD)

 

Tuition:  $150 ( 12 sessions @ 60 mins = 12 hrs of instruction for $150 / $12.50 per hr)

 

Course Description: ….. A  5… 6… 7…. 8!!! Explore the fundamentals of Musical Theatre Dance technique this summer on Zoom with FUSE Choreographer-in-Residence Briana Dawson.  While safe at home, master the core elements of Musical Theatre Dance and Movement you need to gain an edge at your next audition, to firm up your status as a “triple threat”!  Essential aspects of Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop will be introduced and practiced.   Students are expected to work hard, so dress comfortably and get ready to sweat! 

Instructor Bio: Briana Dawson is extensively trained in the art of Dance, having mastered multiple disciplines, including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern/Lyrical and African Dance.   She currently serves as the Dramatic Arts and Dance Teacher for Nathan Hale School in New Haven, CT and has also taught, choreographed and directed at Cooperative Arts & Humanities H.S. in New Haven. Briana is also on staff with Elm Shakespeare Company’s Education Department, and is strongly involved with Vintage Soul Productions and FUSE Theatre of CT.  Recent choreography credits include ‘In The Heights’ (COOP), ‘Rent’ (COOP) and ‘The Lion King Jr.’ (FUSE).

ZOOMPROV for Adults (Online Course)

 

Instructor:  Lara Morton

Ages 18+

Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Ongoing 

Tuition:  Currently FREE (through the end of July). Donations to the instructor are welcome via Venmo (@lara-morton) or PayPal (handfulproductions@icloud.com) 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Life is crazy and stressful, especially now.  As an adult in the world, you are charged with many responsibilities and you need a little break from being a “grown-up” once in a while.  We recommend joining our online “Zoomprov” class on Wednesday nights, which has been free since the beginning of quarantine (March 2020) and will continue to be free through the end of July 2020.  It is our gift to you, the adults of the world who are tired of “adulting”, and deserve a chance to play fun games and act a fool without a worry as to being judged by others.  It’s a low-pressure, max-fun class and we welcome anyone and everyone to join us.  

 

How to join:  Email us with your name and contact info at fusetheatrect@gmail.com with “Adult Zoomprov” as the subject, and then find our group on Facebook and request to be added.  Each week, the secure Zoom link will be posted there on Wednesday afternoon.

LinK to the FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/awkwardstage/

 

Instructor Bio: 

 

 Lara Morton is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of FUSE Theatre of CT and the Founder/Director of Handful Productions’ FOCUS Teen Improv (semi-professional teen comedy troupe based in Madison, CT).  She has been directing, teaching, writing and performing educational and community-based theatre for over 25 years, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She performs improv professionally via the Standardized Patient Program at Yale School of Medicine, and frequently coaches actors of all ages for professional, conservatory high school and college auditions via Zoom.  

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