Programs for Adults

These classes cater to active older adults who are eager to learn and participate in the art of theatre. They are designed to engage older students in a creative group activity in an artistic environment that is safe, fun, and dynamic.

FALL – Devising

Devising with Happenstance Theater offers a variety of approaches to generating theatrical work. Through play, improvisation, research, writing, and collaboration, the participants will build, rehearse, and perform original material. This class will end with a showcase of devised materials.

Tuesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct 3 – Nov 14, 2017
Location: Round House Education Center
Tuition: $80

WINTER – Survey of Classical Theatre

A survey of the Western theatrical canon from the classical period up to Modern Realism, with emphasis on the major periods, landmark plays, performance theories, important figures, major playhouses, and forms of production.

Tuesdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jan 9 – Feb 20, 2018 (makeup class Feb 27)
Location: Round House Education Center
Tuition: $80

SPRING – Improv!

Ensemble-based problem-solving channels creative energy, encourages spontaneity, and builds confidence through improvisational games and exercises. This class ends with a sharing of work for family and friends.

Tuesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 6 – May 8, 2017 (no class March 27, make-up class May 15)
Location: Round House Education Center
Tuition: $90

THE HEYDAY PLAYERS

Participants who enroll in any of our classes for older active adults are automatically eligible to join our Heyday Players for the 2017-2018 Season. The Heyday Players are invited to attend Round House Theatre dress rehearsals, discussions with the artistic staff, and other social events. They are also encouraged to act as volunteers and ambassadors for Round House Theatre.

Adult Classes

Physical Comedy Intensive with Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell of Happenstance Theater

(17-years-old and up)

ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

Explore physical techniques that support comic performance, with exercises in stillness, reaction, mimetic gesture, physical characterization, status, clown, and much more.  Mark Jaster draws on his training with Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau. Sabrina draws on her training in the LeCoq pedagogy with concentration in the realm of the theatrical clown.  Their complimentary approaches combine to address both nuts-and-bolts physical, technical skills, and the more elusive issues of honesty, presence, and accessibility.

Friday, Feb 9, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, Feb 10 & Sunday, Feb 11, 2018, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Round House Education Center, 925 Wayne Avenue
Tuition: $250
Early Bird Discount: Register by December 15 for $200

Everyday Acting

(16-years-old and up)

Acting skills aren’t just for the stage. Each day we communicate non-verbally, speak in public, collaborate with others, and play different “characters” of ourselves. In this workshop, our teaching artist will lead non-actors through acting exercises and performance techniques that students can use as actors—and in everyday life—in a fun, playful, and relaxed environment.

Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
April 2 – May 21, 2018 (no class April 16)
Location: Round House Bethesda, 4545 East West Highway
Tuition: $150

Reading the Play

(16-years-old and up)

A play’s journey from page to stage starts by reading and analyzing the script. But what is the best way to go about reading dramatic literature?  And how do two-dimensional words on a page become a three-dimensional production? Led by members of Round House Theatre’s artistic department, including Artistic Director Ryan Rilette, this class will demystify the act of theatrical analysis while exposing you to five groundbreaking new plays. You’ll never read a script—or see a play—the same way again!

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Jan 16 – Feb 27, 2018 (no class Jan 30)
Location: Round House Bethesda, 4545 East West Highway
Tuition: $125

Rapier and Dagger 1

The signature deadly pair of the Renaissance, the Rapier and Dagger are the weapons of choice for Hamlet, Tybalt, and more than a few Musketeers.  This class will explore the theatrical possibilities of these combination weapons, including footwork, blade combinations, and historical application.  No experience is necessary, but experienced stage fighters will find the class rewarding as well.  The course covers the basic skills needed to perform dynamic, controlled, and effective sword fights for the stage, with an emphasis on technique, partnering, and safety. Ages 18 and up.

Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Sep 18 – Oct 23, 2017
Location: Round House Theatre Rehearsal Room, Silver Spring Civic Building
Tuition: $150

Rapier and Dagger 2

Building on the material covered in Session 1, this class will prepare students for adjudication with the Society of American Fight Directors. Through a practical exploration of fight choreography and theory, students will acquire the skills required to perform safe and theatrically effective Rapier and Dagger fight scenes. The course will conclude with a fight performance, choreographed by the instructor and set to a scene. Ages 18 and up.

Each 6-week session of Rapier and Dagger partially satisfies the requirements for skills testing with the Society of American Fight Directors. Those interested in testing with the Society of American Fight Directors will need to register for BOTH sections. Students that pass will receive Society of American Fight Director’s recognition in Rapier and Dagger—the industry standard and ideal for the professional resume.

Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Nov 13 – Dec 18, 2017
Location: Round House Theatre Education Center
Tuition: $150

Unarmed

This class will provide students with the skills needed to perform dynamic, safe, and effective unarmed fights for the stage—from slapstick to martial arts.  We’ll cover the foundation skills of rolling and falling, grabbing and slapping, punching and kicking, and everything else a superhero, secret agent, or working actor needs to know.

Students will explore functional movement, physical storytelling, as well as how to connect stage combat techniques to text, character, and intention.  The course is open to absolute beginners, those who want a refresher or have a show coming up, and experienced stage combatants who hope to practice and improve their skills.  The course follows the industry standards set by the Society of American Fight Directors.

Unarmed 1

Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Jan 29 – March 12, 2018 (no class Feb 19)
Location: Round House Theatre Rehearsal Room, Silver Spring Civic Building
Tuition: $150

Unarmed 2

Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm
April 9 – May 14, 2018
Location: Round House Theatre Rehearsal Room, Silver Spring Civic Building
Tuition: $150

Sessions are taught by Casey Kaleba (Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors). Each 6-week session partially satisfies the requirements for skills testing with the Society of American Fight Directors. Those interested in testing with the Society of American Fight Directors will need to register for BOTH sections.

Who is Tooth and Claw?

Tooth & Claw Combat Arts specializes in stories of risk. Through our unique approach to staged combat and physical performance, we teach hundreds of students, choreograph scores of shows, and reach audiences of thousands every season. With more than 20 years of international experience, Tooth & Claw provides high quality stage combat training and choreography for productions big and small, spaces intimate and adventurous, from kitchen sink through superhero. Our work is audience pleasing, actor tested, and critically praised. Tooth & Claw and Round House Theatre provide certification through the Society of American Fight Directors.

For more info contact us at 301.585.1225 or email Education@RoundHouseTheatre.org

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