The CapStage Academy is an opportunity for local and visiting theatre professionals to share their skills with the Sacramento community. All levels of experience and interest are welcome. Develop your skills and expand your performing arts network with Capital Stage professionals. Learn more about our Teaching Artists.
Shakespeare For Actors with Matt K. Miller
A class for the actor seeking proficiency in delivering clear and compelling Shakespearean dialogue onstage. Through exploration of Shakespeare’s compositional elements, cultural context and acting techniques, students will develop a practical approach to effectively conveying the meaning and emotional content of the Bard’s language to a modern audience. A general familiarity with Shakespeare’s canon is preferable, but not necessary. Comfortable clothing is recommended, as is materials for taking notes. Participation is essential.
Musical Theatre Audition Technique with Nanci Zoppi
Join award winning actor/singer and private coach Nanci Zoppi (seen in Behavior of Broadus at Cap Stage) for an eight week musical theatre course. Each night will offer a masterclass-like focus on the Musical Theatre professional audition. It will offer shaping in vocal technique and song choice. The group setting will allow concentrated work on pieces in front of a peer group, while receiving direction and guidance from a working professional and accompanist. In addition to the audition prep, students will be coached on song delivery, with an emphasis on effective and human storytelling.
Funny Bone: Finding Your Inner Clown with Jamie Van Camp
To make others laugh can be one of the greatest thrills in life. The ability to bring joy and laughter in the world is often in high demand. Unfortunately, the task is harder than it looks. This class examines human resilience and the comic depth of clown; to risk playing and find a humorous perspective of the world. This is great for anyone who loves comedy and wants to learn what it takes to be funny!
Improv I with Katie Rubin
What IS Improv? How does it work? How do you make things funny, in the moment, on stage, with zero preparation? How do you remain calm under the pressure of that? Is there a science to the craft of improvising? These are the questions Katie Rubin will answer for you during Improv Class at Capital Stage! In this interactive, bound-to-be-hilarious-and-very-fun class, you will learn the “rules of improv” by embodying them. The good news is, there ARE some rules. The BETTER news is, if you apply them skillfully, you won’t be able to AVOID creating an excellent Improv show, and having a BLAST while you do it. In short, you will laugh a lot during this class. And you will leave this class as a SOLID improviser. Congratulations! You’ve done half the work already just by signing up!
Tell Your Story with Katie Rubin
Have you always wanted to create a solo show? Would you like to learn to write jokes? Would you like to move forward with your book, article, blog, videos, or any other written or performative project? Could you use some writing prompts to get you going? Could you use specific, intelligent, considerate feedback on your work from a working professional Writer/Performer and Writing/Performance Coach? THEN THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU. This is a class for anyone with a writing project you’d like to see grow, expand or progress in any way. This is a class for anyone who would like to GET. IT. DONE. This is a class for anyone who would like to play with words on paper, and/or get your words ON YOUR BODY. Each student will get 20-30 minutes of private attention for their piece(s) each week. You will get up each week, read/perform your stuff, and get feedback.