Playhouse Studio

An education program from Santa Fe Playhouse

An actor’s gym where artists stretch their creative muscles and tone their craft.

Training in theatre-related skills can enhance our compassion and empathy. We will learn, investigate, experiment, and grow together at the Playhouse Studio. 

GET A CLASS PASS AND SAVE

Seven classes for the price of Six. This Class Pass can be used on all four Scene Study sessions, Auditioning Training, and two pop-up intensives.

THE SCHEDULE

2024 Scene Study Sessions

Scene Study: Shakespeare – Tackle the Bard

January 15 – February 19

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructor: David Stallings (He, They)

Delve into the Bard (Shakespeare) with a weekly class structured around text study, action-based acting training, and in-the-moment flexibility with your scene partner.

Age: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


Emotional Integrity and the Text

March 25 – April 29

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructor: David Stallings (He, They)

Study scenes that test your depth of emotion on the text. In this weekly class, we’ll focus on listening techniques and different approaches to emotional availability and vulnerability in a safe, consensual environment.

Ages: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced 


Audition Training
July 15 – August 19

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructors: Antonio Miniño (Artistic Director SFP (Head of Casting)), Anna Hogan (Artistic Director SFP), Bill Wesbrooks, Kelsey Landon, and Kristin Goodman.

This class centers on audition training for theater and film/TV. From audition etiquette, submission guidelines, material feedback, cold-reads, prepared sides, monologues, and more. These mediums are different, and the landscape of auditioning for both rapidly changes. Work with industry professionals to develop your materials, learn how to film a self-tape, and more! A different industry profession will lead each week, culminating in a full audition panel.

Age: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


Contemporary Theater
September 9 – October 21

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructor: David Stallings (He, They)

In this weekly class, ump into the social activist movement of contemporary theatre where Brechtian styles merge with realism. Delve into Morriseau, Kushner, Churchill, Nottage and more!

Age: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


Advanced Scene Study: The Arc of a Play
November 4 – December 9

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructor: David Stallings (He, They)

This is an advanced weekly class – for students taking a scene study course through Playhouse Studio. This session focuses on one play. Everyone gets a scene from the same play, and we discuss a character’s arch and how characters evolve throughout a full piece.

Age: 18+

Level: Advanced


SPECIALIZED INTENSIVES


Two-Day Musical Theater Intensive

JULY 20 and 21, 2024

11 am – 3 pm

Instructors: Bill Wesbrooks (He, Him) and Marilyn Barnes (She, Her)

Vocal Coach/Director Marilyn Barnes (TriM Productions) and Acting Coach/Director Bill Wesbrooks (NYU) will lead a weekend workshop to focus on every aspect of your song selection. The first day will focus on the voice, and the second will hone the acting. This is a unique opportunity to work with two skilled musical theater professionals to perfect that particular song in your repertoire.

The single greatest benefit for singers who work with Bill Wesbrook’s Dramatic Circumstances process is how that work empowers them as individuals. The process draws from the inherent power of a story and is designed to enable the actor to embody the strongest elements of the story that will lead to a compelling need to take an action and a clear objective that stimulates both energy and momentum. The results manifest themselves in performances that are truly authentic and, therefore, bound to have the greatest impact on the people who see and hear them – whether those people be agents, casting directors, directors, or audience members.

Are you new to musical theater or still need to get a song? Let’s start your songbook together. Our instructors can help. The class is designed for all levels, from the musically curious to professional singers.

Age: 16+

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.


Questions?

Email David Stallings (He, They) at davids@santafeplayhouse.org