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

Reading the Play

(16-years-old and up)

Join in the celebration of DC’s second annual Women’s Voices Theater Festival by learning about some of the theatre’s most renowned works by women playwrights with Round House Theatre. Led by local dramaturg and director, Linda Lombardi, along with members of the Round House artistic staff, you will explore the work of female-identifying playwrights through the ages. By focusing on the journey of a play from page to stage, this class will dive into the dramaturgical and theatrical elements of a script, while providing lively discussion on the current theatrical moment. You’ll never read a script—or see a play—the same way again!

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Feb 6 – March 13, 2018
Location: Round House Bethesda, 4545 East West Highway
Tuition: $125

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

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.

Smallsword

From the town that brought you the Congressional Dueling Grounds, come study bladework from the age of Napoleon and Hamilton.  The smallsword was the weapon that bridged the late Renaissance to modern sport fencing and is the featured weapon for a wide range of theatrical styles including melodrama, sentimental comedy, neoclassicism, and some dangerous liaisons.

This class will explore the theatrical possibilities of the weapon, including footwork, advanced blade actions, 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. 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. Students that pass will receive Society of American Fight Director’s recognition in Smallsword —the industry standard and ideal for the professional resume.

Smallsword 1

Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Jun 4 – Jul 9, 2018
Location: Round House Theatre Rehearsal Room, Silver Spring Civic Building
Tuition: $150

Smallsword  2

Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Jul 16 – Aug 20, 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) of Tooth and Claw Combat Arts.

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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