The infusion of film and TV projects in Atlanta, alongside an already thriving theater scene, has resulted in a highly professional variety of training programs devoted to actors of all levels. Here’s a rundown of some of the best for the brightest!
Atlanta’s edgy and provocatively-themed Actor's Express has a stellar series of workshops for actors and playwrights. A sampling includes playwriting, dramaturgy, contemporary acting, and a two-day musical theater intensive course with actor Bill Newberry. There are also several creative summer camp possibilities for young actors ages 15-19. All courses are taught by working artists.
The Alliance Theatre launched Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” and Alice Walker's “The Color Purple,” as well as originating the national tours of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk.” Their classes are just as varied and robust, including acting courses for stage, film, and TV, along with specialty workshops in playwriting, screenwriting, and voiceover, as well as an Artist to Artist Master Class.
The Basement Theatre
The Basement Theatre’s mission is to provide “laughter, learning, entertainment, and enlightenment” through improv. To that end, they offer classes for newbies and veterans, as well as for businesses who want to use improv to build employee team spirit. (Trust exercise, anyone?) An improv boot camp is also on the roster, offering a month’s worth of training in just one week. Graduates then get to put on their own show.
With its off-the-chain brand of original funky plays and comedy, Dad’s Garage boasts four levels of improv classes as well as special year-round workshops. Classes include the basics of improv, long-form storytelling, short-form games, and mime, all taught by high-level professionals. Expect to learn physical and verbal improvisation, self-confidence, and other skills vital to stage and screen success.
Pinch ’N’ Ouch Theatre
New to the Atlanta acting scene, Pinch ’N’ Ouch Theatre's producer-artistic director Grant McGowen teaches an intensive three–level approach to the Sanford Meisner acting technique—known for producing incredibly raw and authentic acting turns. Here, actors learn to trust their own creative instincts and develop the skills for truthful, truly vulnerable acting on stage and screen.
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