All events take place at Hillside Performing Arts Studio (PAS) (Las Trampas), unless otherwise noted
To enroll in classes, unless otherwise noted: Place check payable to DAOR in DAOR mailbox in Gateway. Include your name, phone/email, and class title. Please mark envelope with class title.
New Twist on Performing Comedy
Instructor: Jean Wilcox Tuesdays, November 2 to December 2 Time: 10 am – Noon Where: Performing Arts Studio Cost: $45, plus $7 materials fee To register, call Jean (925-937-6524) or email: email@example.com
At the first session, each student will be assigned a partner and a comedy scene. The paired students will then study and rehearse the scene in depth for the remainder of the course. Commitment to minimum homework will yield optimum results but no memorization will be required.
Acting Our Lives: Performance Memoir
Instructor: Bobbi Ausubel 8 Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. September 3 - October 22 Cost: $80 To register, contact Bobbi Ausubel: 650-743-4212 firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants do not need drama or writing experience. Newcomers are always welcome to join with fresh ideas and will find support. Rossmoorians rich lives have been long and varied, therefore forgotten and remembered events pop up in opening weeks’ exercises as we share life memories with each other. Participants then write a story from life experience. Ideas and stories are shared with the group. then edited to become dramatic monologues or scenes. One gets support to learn to re-write for drama rather than literature. Finally, participants get coaching to act their scenes, including one private session with the teacher/director.
An optional performance will be presented at a well-attended showcase, when allowed, and is usually recorded for Chanel 28.
The class is taught by the experienced acting coach, Bobbi Ausubel, who has had many years’ experience in theater as a director and playwright.
Come have fun!
Theater History - A Play Reading Group (ongoing)
Instructor: Don Kaplan Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:30 Cost: Free on Zoom For more information, contact: Don Kaplan, 287-8252, email@example.com
Plays are read and discussed with material furnished by instructor. Please note there is limited enrollment for this class.
Shakespeare:Power and Politics in "As You Like It" August 18 to October 6
This class will meet in person, (please be vaccinated) 8 Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fee: $50 plus $7 copying fees
All levels welcome. Here is how instructor Erin Merritt, founding member of Woman’s Will, an all-female Theater Collective, describes her class:
“What shall I call thee when thou art a man?” Performing Gender in Shakespeare’s Plays.
Explore Shakespeare’s take on gender roles in his master comedy, "As You Like It."
Through games, text-work, monologues and scene work, we will delve deeply into the myriad ways Shakespeare highlighted and subverted his era’s gender roles, examining how all-male casts playing gendered characters affected what he wrote, and how their interpretations play out in modern performance. Class assignments will be tailored to individual students, so all experience levels are welcome.
Don’t miss this rare and wonderful opportunity to participate in the study of one of the greatest writers of all time, with Shakespearean scholar, Erin Merritt, beloved by her former students.
Please send check, payable to DAOR, to: Roanne Butier, 2516 Ptarmigan #2, Walnut Creek, CA 94595 You may pay at first class meeting.
Questions? email Cynthia Wilson, Academy Coordinator: N2zazm52@yahoo.com or phone, 925-949-8498.
“The knowledge that every day there is something more to learn, something higher to reach for, something new to make for others, makes each day infinitely precious” -- Uta Hagen