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. 

In 2023, there will be five scene study sessions at the Playhouse Studio. The sessions will cover a variety of script styles and acting methods, as well as audition intensives, director intensives, and pop-up workshops.

SAVE WITH A SESSION PASS

Join us for our five Scene Study Sessions and add-on a Specialized Intensive (Directors or Audition) for FREE when you purchase a Session Pass.

Upcoming Scene Study Sessions

Session I: Shakespeare Scene Study Class
January 16 – February 20

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructors: David Stallings (He, They) & Robyn Rikoon (She, ASR)

Take a deep dive into The Bard with a class that combines text study, action-based acting training, and in-the-moment flexibility with your scene partner.

Age: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


Session II: Modernist Scene Study

March 13 – April 17

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructor: David Stallings (He, They)

Study the realist movement of Modernist playwrights: Chekhov, Shaw, Ibsen, Lorca, Strindberg and more. 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 


Session III: A Stanislavski Based Approach
July 17 – August 21

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructor: Robyn Rikoon (She, ASR)

Cultivate your technique and deepen your empathy. Connect to the root of the circumstance, and develop tools for rehearsal. In addition to Stanislavski’s techniques, we will also use Freedman’s, Adler’s, and Spivak’s.

Age: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


Session IV: American Classics Scene Study
September 4 – October 9

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructor: David Stallings (He, They)

Study great scenes of the past century – from Williams to Helman, Miller, Hansberry and more. We’ll focus on listening and being “in the moment” while gauging the character arc of some of the most iconic and layered characters from our modern classics.

Age: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


Session V: Contemporary Theatre Scene Study
October 23 – November 27

Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm for six weeks

Instructor: David Stallings (He, They)

Jump into the social activist movement of contemporary theatre where Brechtian styles merge with realism. Delve into Morriseau, Kushner, Churchill and Nottage.

Age: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


SPECIALIZED INTENSIVES

Directors Intensive
May 22 – June 26

Specific Schedule TBD

Instructor: Colin Hovde (He, They)

Spend a weekend in 2 six hour sessions to understand the craft of theatre direction. Choose a scene to direct and we will set up auditions with actors. Then you will spend 2 weeks directing a scene and come back for feedback. After another two weeks of layering in notes, you will be able to present a public performance of your work.

Age: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


Audition Intensive
May 22 – June 26

Specific Schedule TBD

Instructors: Robyn Rikoon (She, ASR) & Antonio Miniño (They, Them)

Spend a weekend presenting your current audition material, receiving feedback, and getting the opportunity to work on new pieces with the instructors’ guidance – including working on cold readings. Discuss your headshots and resumes and explore “type”. Then be invited to flex your skills in an audition for the Directors Intensive. If cast, spend the next four weeks working with a director on a scene that will culminate in a public performance.

Age: 18+

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


Questions?

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