about Acting

“Stagebridge is warm, welcoming, and fun. It gives elderly people an opportunity to come out of their shells and become another identity.” - Mona S., Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Shakespeare noticed that “All the world’s a stage,” but even the great bard would have been impressed with Stagebridge’s warm welcome of each and every player. Our acting and playwriting classes are exhilarating as well as supportive, customized for both beginning students and advanced actors. Our schedule indicates whether a class is beginning, advanced, or all levels. 

Our Summer classes meet at various intervals between June 19 - August 31. Registration for Fall 2017 classes is now open through the end of first week of classes, September 29. If you are interested in sitting in on one of our current classes or would like more information, give us a call at 510-444-4755 or email info@stagebridge.org

Stagebridge's current acting instructors include Bruce Bierman, Jeri Lynn Cohen, Michael French, Martin Holtz, Clara Kamunde, Christie Maturo, Suzanne Schmidt, and Trish Tillman. These noted performers, directors, and innovators will guide you through role play, text analysis and movement skills to help you make strong and connected acting choices. Enjoy the camaraderie of other players as you create engaging characters, enhance your sense of timing, and learn how to project complex emotions.

Tapping into the power of playwriting, you can also get involved in creating a play or sketch working with award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe. Recently, we've had the pleasure of allowing our playwrights to see their work performed by professional actors on stage at The Flight Deck Theatre in downtown Oakland.

We still have the remaining Acting classes for Summer 2017:

Playback Theatre with Martin Holtz; Tuesday, 2:00pm-4:00pm July 18-August 29

Playback Theatre transforms audience members’ stories into theatre pieces right on the spot through spoken improvisation, movement and ritual. In this summer class, led by Martin Holtz, participants will experience warm-up games, short forms and story improvisation techniques that capture the essence of this interactive art form. Fun, challenging and meaningful! Maximum 12 students. $125

Guerilla Theatre with Martin Holtz; Wednesday, 2:00pm-4:00pm July 19-August 30 

Be an Artist activist! Utilizing improvization, singable parodies, short prose and activist methods derived from Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, the group will create, quick satire/protest performances in public places that speak out on socio-political issues. Surprise instant theatre to encourage, inspire and protest. Speak out for the world you long for. Put the mock in Democracy. Limit to 10 participants. $125

Two Day Intensive Workshop in Acting Technique with Trish Tillman; Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16 10:00am-1:00pm

Build your skill set as an actor! Whether you are new or a seasoned actor, we will go deeply into how to create a believable and compelling character through the use of: Acting Technique (the Actor’s Toolbox), Intention, Imagination, and Physicality. This is an overview class designed to give you more tools to access in your creative work. We will work with monologues from modern plays. We will also have a lot of fun finding out more about to make clear and engaging choices in your acting. Come join! Maximum of 12 students. $125

The Shakespeare Sampler with Trish Tillman; Tuesday, August 21-Thursday, August 24 10:00am-1:00pm

In this intensive class, you’ll get a crash course in all things Shakespeare, starting with History and Text: the Basics on Monday, Speaking Shakespeare: the Sonnets and Monologues on Tuesday, Shakespeare’s Lovers on Wednesday, and finally, we’ll end with Shakespeare’s Villains on Thursday. Shakespeare is the most performed playwright in the English-speaking world, and here you’ll find out why. Open the treasure chest of text, characters, stories and the world Shakespeare wrote in to spend some quality time with the man who created “the invention of the human.” We will work with text from many of the plays and become more familiar with the man and his work. Max of 14 students. $155

Many of our classes culminate in in-class showcases. Our public acting performances have included a production of Edith Wharton's short story Xingu, based on the Word for Word method and directed by Jeri Lynn Cohen, and staged readings of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts and 33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman, both directed by Michael French. All of these performances took place at the Flight Deck Theater in Downtown Oakland. Our most recent Playwriting showcases took place on May 31 and June 7th, 2017.

To ensure that you receive personal attention, we’ve limited class size, which means that some classes do fill. If a class you're interested in has a waitlist, we encourage you to sign up and attend the first day of class, as we often have spots open up in the first week. For more information about classes or registrations, contact us today.