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Fall Youth Acting Classes

Tue, September 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

A three-month introduction to our Meisner technique-based acting program for youth.

We believe that when young actors are treated as peers and equals to their adult counterparts, they rise to any challenge given to them. We have a designed a youth acting course that provides students with a full tool box of skills and techniques that they can carry with them on stage and screen. Using games and exercises, we create an environment of play where students can intensely hone their acting skills while having good times all around.

The youth acting track runs parallel to our adult acting intensives while also accommodating younger students’ middle/high school schedules. By taking place over 12 weeks, this course allows for the tangible growth found only in longer acting programs and a reasonable weekly commitment for both students and their families.

No experience necessary, but investment and commitment required.

Students will be placed in small groups to work on scenes. Students will be assigned reading, memorizing, and analysis to do outside of class. This commitment to a scene allows students to experience the ensemble work theater professionals experience during a full production. Students learn that their work ethic, whether they do their homework, will impact the rest of their team. By seeing how their doing homework will immediately affect their scene partners, students also learn valuable lessons about diligence, commitment, team work, and personal responsibility which they can take into other arenas of their lives.

Our three-month program focused on scene work, acting technique, and script analysis is combined with improving performance technique, building physical characters, demystifying auditions, and providing memorization hacks. The class culminates in an open class for friends and family to come watch their loved ones’ work.

Taught by iDiOM Theater founder and Artistic Director Glenn Apollo Hergenhahn-Zhao.

Learn about:
• Script Analysis
• Meisner Acting Methods
• Acting fundamentals
• Playing actions
• Physical training
• Blocking Fundamentals
• Performance techniques
• Improv
• Following Impulses
• Memorization techniques
• Tackling Monologues & Auditions
• Cold-reading techniques

All students will have access to our weekly REPETITION LAB once the material has been introduced in class. Repetition is an exercise that builds an actor’s focus, endurance, and ability to be present with their scene partner. Repetition Lab is comprised of all current and former SCFTA acting students. Youth actors will have the opportunity to hone their skills and play with their adult peers in the Lab.

All students will also have access to our PHYSICAL CONDITIONING STUDIO hours at the center. Four mornings a week actors gather to train their bodies physically to maintain their health, prevent injury while acting, and to be able to say “yes” when ask to do physical work on stage. STUDENTS MUST HAVE A SIGNED CONSENT FORM from a parent or guardian to participate in the PCS.

Successful completion will qualify students for our advanced Shakespeare Acting Class in November/December.

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200 LEVEL:

A six-session expansion of our Youth Acting course where students work with their adult peers, for actors who have already completed a Summer Youth Acting Intensive.

Available to students who have completed either of our Summer Youth Acting Intensives, this class is combined with YA100 so students can continue to build on the skills being developed already. 200 Level students are required to attend weekly REPETITION LAB for six weeks during the course. They are being asked to make that commitment along side the adults in the acting intensive.

By training with adults 1 hour per week in Repetition Lab, your young actor has the opportunity to experience working with a variety of people they might not otherwise. They will see people in various stages of developing their craft. They will be challenged by actors with more experience. They will also see those same actors make mistakes—that nobody is perfect and that everyone is committed to growth. All students regardless of age and experience will be held to the same standard as they make this journey together.

These added hours for the 200 Level course are at no additional cost to families. The only ask we have is that students are dedicated to taking risks, making mistakes, and still trying.


Every Tuesdays 4pm–6pm, September 17 to December 3:
9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26 & 12/3

REPETITION LAB (optional for 100-level, required for 200-level)

Sundays 9am–10am, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17


8-9a every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, Oct 13 to Nov 14


$195 for Sylvia Center Members (learn more)
$240 Non-Members


Tue, September 17, 2019
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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iDiOM Theater


Sylvia Center for the Arts
207 Prospect St
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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