Acting 101

This foundational course introduces the basic principles of acting through improvisation, monologue, scene work, and technical methods in voice, physical action, and text analysis. It involves fundamental skills and techniques with an emphasis on physical/vocal awareness, spontaneity, concentration, and truthful response.


About Brant Powell: Brant Powell is an original member of The Pushers and has been writing, performing, and laughing with the group off and on for the past decade. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Old Dominion University and teaches Art and Theatre for Chesapeake Public Schools. He once had a 10 second phone conversation with Antonio Banderas and told him to make a sequel to Zorro. You’re welcome.


About Catherine Gendell: Catherine Gendell is a Hampton Roads native who began her acting career in Chesapeake, studying under Ed Jacob. Upon graduating she then attended East Carolina University where she briefly studied the Meisner technique. She then transferred to George Mason University where she was able to incorporate the Alexander technique and work with many of Washington D.C.'s prominent actors. She was accepted into Mason's elite "Ensemble" program and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1996. After doing her first professional show at the Theatre of the First Amendment, she moved to New York City, where she was cast in several projects, including a spot on MTV's " Oddville USA".

Deciding that the Ocean and a bigger living space were far better than a tiny NY apartment, she moved back to Hampton Roads in 1998. She has since done several locally produced and nationally syndicated television shows and several local commercials. She has worked at almost all of the local venues, including Virginia Stage Company, where she played Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple. Her favorite local theatre is the Little Theatre of Norfolk where she has played countless characters. She was an original member in Chesapeake's "Shakespeare in the Grove" where she has acted in over 9 Shakespearean productions. Some of her favorite roles there include Viola, in Twelfth Night, Kate in Taming of the Shrew and Ariel in The Tempest. It is there that she first met Brant Powell and has been working creatively with him for 17 years.


Prerequisites: None
Cost: $190

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