Spring 2020 Weekly Acting Classes

General Class Info:
All classes are taught by Encore! Founder/Artistic Director, Joshua Branson Barker, who is a professional actor/director/writer in the entertainment industry. He has performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and across the midwest on such films/tv shows as August: Osage County, Baby Daddy, Mad Men, Jersey Boys, Parks and Recreation, Scandal, Criminal Minds, and many others as well as performed/directed 90+ theatre productions. Visit the About Us page for more info.
  • Classes are held at Tulsa Little Theatre: 1511 S. Delaware Ave. in Tulsa.
  • Partial and full scholarships are available for youth actors age 18 and under, based on financial need. Email info@encore-tulsa.com for application and details. Scholarship deadline is March 10, 2020 for the Spring session. Contact us ASAP so we can temporarily reserve your spot in a class while your application is considered.
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Classes are designed so that they can be repeated, allowing students to build on the skills they've learned in their previous class.  For example, students who completed the Winter 2018 session of Fundamentals of Acting may wish to continue the Spring 2020 Fundamentals of Acting to continue developing the foundation they've already established, so they can work toward higher level classes/opportunities. Feel free to contact us for assistance in choosing the appropriate class(es) for you or your child.

Introduction to Theatre Production
Ages 8-14 / Level: Beginner

Wednesdays 7:20-8:20 PM | Class Dates: March 18, 25,  April 1, 8 | PLUS: Dress rehearsals on April 15, 16, approx. 7:00-9:00pm -AND- Performances April 17 7:00-9:30pm, April 18 1:30-4:00pm and 7:00-9:30pm, April 19 1:30-4:00pm and 7:00-9:30pm
Description: This is an excellent opportunity to participate in a professional-quality theatre production. Students will be assigned to a mentor performer from our production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who will guide them through the rigorous processes of rehearsals, character development, and line memorization. They will also gain a thorough understanding of on-set etiquette, meeting director's expectations, accepting and following stage directions, taking blocking notes, effectively preparing for rehearsal, and demonstrating proper conduct onstage and off. Students will also be assigned an ensemble role, which they will get to perform in the production alongside professional and community actors.
*Students who attend this class and wish to perform in our production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory must complete all assignments and attend all scheduled classes* plus dress rehearsals on April 15, 16 (approx. 7:00-9:00pm). *We can work with some schedule conflicts, but must be approved in advance, so please email info@encore-tulsa.com before enrollment.
Tuition: $199 ENROLL NOW $50 discount for students who concurrently enroll in another Spring 2020 class. Email info@encore-tulsa.com for a custom invoice.

Acting Technique: The Monologue
Students age 8-18, divided into groups based on age and experience level.

Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 PM | Class Dates: March 17, 24, 31, 
April 7
Description: Learn to shine in your solo moment onstage! Whether it's at an audition or within a play, monologues in different settings require different techniques. Sometimes you're provided with the script, other times you're asked to find your own. This class teaches the ins and outs of preparing for and performing both comedic and dramatic monologues while developing acting technique, building stage presence, and practicing proper physical and vocal technique. This class is especially beneficial to help students prepare for auditions!
Tuition: $129  ENROLL NOW

Acting Technique: Scene Study
Ages 10-18 / Level: Intermediate/Advanced (Paired based on age/experience level.)

Tuesdays 6:10-7:10 PM | Class Dates: March 17, 24, 31, April 7
Description: Students will be assigned partners of similar age/experience to collaborate on their assigned scenes as they would for a theatre production. Not only will students develop their character and relationships, they will learn how to analyze text, prepare for rehearsal, accept criticism, and collaborate with a director. In-class performances will also help students develop their physical and vocal technique. This class is especially beneficial to help students work toward performing lead/supporting roles.
Tuition: $129 ENROLL NOW

Fun with Improv
Ages 7-18 / Level: All Levels; Students of similar age/ability will be paired together for class performances.

Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 PM | Class Dates: March 18, 25,  April 1, 8
Description: Do you dream of performing on SNL or hosting your own talk show? Have a passion for making people laugh? Perhaps you simply want to be more comfortable in front of an audience and build your stage presence. This is a fun, laid-back experience with no preparation or assignments outside of class. Students will learn to think on their feet, practice teamwork, and release inhibitions as they perform hilarious improv performance games in the style of the TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Tuition: $129 ENROLL NOW

Fundamentals of Acting
Ages 7-16 / Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Wednesdays 6:10-7:10 PM | Class Dates: March 18, 25,  April 1, 8
Description: Has your child taken an interest in acting? Or maybe they have had an enjoyable theatre experience at school or church and are interested in professional training? Whether your child is interested in performing onstage or onscreen, this class starts budding actors off on the right foot by introducing proper techniques and preventing bad habits. In this hands-on class, students will learn the fundamentals of voice, diction, projection, breath control, posture, charisma, stage presence and empathy as well as basic acting vocabulary such as the fourth wall, focal point, and blocking. Students who already have basic training/experience will be assigned more challenging performance material to build on what they've learned. 
Tuition: $129 ENROLL NOW

Charisma Coaching
Ages 10-18 / Level: All Levels

Thursdays 5:00-6:00 PM | Class Dates: March 19, 26,  April 2, 9
Description: It's not enough for casting directors to like you; they have to LOVE you. How does any performer stand out from the others? It comes from within, by revealing your own unique and natural charisma. This is what makes any audience become glued to you. When you tap into your own charisma, you will shine. In this class, students will embrace and develop their personal, unique charisma through exercise that emphasize smiling, maintaining eye contact, using good posture, speaking clearly and concisely, and more. Through this class, students will develop their poise and presence on-camera, onstage, and at auditions, interviews, and other social situations.
Tuition: $129 ENROLL NOW

Practical Improv Technique
Ages 12-18 Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Thursdays 6:10-7:10 PM | Class Dates: March 19, 26,  April 2, 9
Description: This class is not about being funny! It's about being real, trusting your instincts, and connecting to other actors in a scene in an authentic way. "Over half of the professional auditions I have attended recently consisted solely of improv. No script was provided," says instructor, Mindy Barker. Rather than focusing on performance-style games, students will learn practical improv technique that they will use not only at auditions, but in situations where the director doesn't call cut or when something goes awry in a live performance. By developing these improv skills, students will reduce the anxiety and nervousness that detracts from their performances.  It is vital that actors master this type of improv skill before advancing to the world of professional acting.
Tuition: $129 ENROLL NOW

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