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.
Tuning Your Tool; Yoga for Actors with Brittni Barger
Class Description: Class will meet each once a week for a 60 minute vinyasa flow followed by 30 minutes of lecture and discussion. 7 week long course. Actors will become familiar with over 50 yoga poses and taught how to create a tailor-made warm up for everything from auditions, to rehearsals, to performances, and beyond. Introduction to pranayama breath work and meditation techniques will allow you to settle nerves and hone your craft with new levels of mental clarity and focus. Everyone will leave the class with a 15 minute adjustable sequence in their pocket that they can use to warm up and tune their tool to the perfect pitch before curtain. Side effects may include health, happiness, and general well-being. What to bring: a monologue or scene you’re working on for which to customize a warm up, flexible comfortable clothing, water, a towel, a change of clothes, something to write with and something to write on. No previous yoga experience required. Yoga mats will be provided.
Class Location: CLARA, 2420 N Street, Sacramento, Studio 130
Class Times: Mondays, Nov. 5 – Dec. 17, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Teacher Bio: Brittni studied acting at NYU’s Collaborative Arts Project as well as CSU Sacramento. She is a member of the B Street Theatre Acting Company and has been seen at CapStage as Nina in Stupid F##king Bird, Sylvia in Tribes, Nora in A Doll’s house, and Elizabeth Bennet in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. She is a certified yoga instructor and received her 200 hr RYT training at PLAY (Peace Love and Yoga) in Carlsbad, CA where she is currently teaching. Those two loves, acting and yoga, came together when she realized she was getting consistently cast in things due to the inner peace, sense of self-worth, mental clarity, and confidence that she gained from her yoga work. Seeing they went hand in hand, she developed this program to bridge the gap for other actors, the one between health, happiness, and the intensely emotional and vulnerable work we perpetually engage in as actors, through our performances and auditions.
Shakespeare for Actors with Matt K. Miller
Class Description: 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.
Class Location: CLARA, 2420 N Street, Sacramento, Studio 135
Class Times: Mondays, Nov. 5 – Dec. 17, 2018 from 8:30-10:30 pm
Teacher Bio: For over thirty years Matt has made a living as a professional actor in every aspect of the art. His acting resume includes several TV shows, voice-over work, and various theatrical productions locally, across the country and internationally. Having been an acting coach and teacher for many years, Matt’s credentials include adjunct professor of Theatre Arts for the Los Rios Community College District; an instructor for the Arts Guild of the Rio Valley Charter School and past camp director for Capital Stage Company and Sacramento Theatre Company’s theatre programs. He has also been a Master Teacher for the Sacramento Theatre Company’s Young Professionals Conservatory where he also served as director, playwright and artistic director. In addition, Matt offers one-on-one coaching for actors of all levels.