2019 Summer Classes and Workshops


 Sundays, 7-9 p.m. (July 7-28)

Instructor: Scott Randall

4-week session - $150

 What can make Shakespeare more fun to study? BEER! In this class students will explore three plays by The Bard while enjoying brews from some of our favorite local microbreweries. Learn about Shakespeare's writing techniques through the study of Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and A Winter's Tale. These classes are open to students ages 21 and up.

Directing a Play

Mondays, 7-9 p.m. (July 8-29)

Instructor: Scott Randall

4 week session - $120

What does it take to direct a play? Students will learn how to build their director's script, research and block a show, communicate with designers, producers and cast, and explore the world of the play. They will learn about formulating a central question for their show, addressing themes, and approaching challenging material including intimacy, stunts, and combat. Open to students ages 16 and up.

Essential Acting

Saturdays, Noon-2 p.m.

July 20-August 10

Instructor: Liam Cole

3 sessions $75

An actor's process goes far beyond learning lines and following blocking. Learn to develop your acting skills: character development, auditioning, cold reading, scene development, and how to truly collaborate with other artists. You are encouraged to work with a professional director and coach to fine-tune your technique and explore the essence of acting. Open to all students ages 16 and up.

Stage Makeup

July 12 and August 18

6:30 to 9 p.m.

Instructor: Scott Randall

$40 plus supplies

This is a one-day workshop, offered twice during the session. Scott offers more than 20 years' experience designing, applying, and teaching makeup skills in the Seattle and Los Angeles areas. Students in this hands-on workshop will learn about basic skin care and application skills first, followed by basic special effects for the stage. The Ben Nye student makeup kit (or comparable) is recommended in order to fully participate in the class.

Mastering Cold Readings

Sunday, July 28, 3-6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 24, Noon-3 p.m.

Instructor: David Alan Morrison

 $30 each session

Two one-day workshops, using a facilitated peer education/mentoring model to explore the cold reading process. We'll look at the production team's perspective (why have them, what are directors looking for, how to make a good impression, and behaviors to avoid) as well as the actor's perspective. Open to all students ages 18 and up.

Auditions and Monologues

Thursdays, Aug. 1-15 • 7-9 p.m.

Instructor: Liam Cole

3 classes $75

Students in this class must come to the first meeting with at least one monologue memorized and ready to perform. This workshop is designed to relieve the stress and frustrations often seen as obstacles to shining during your time in front of the casting team. We will examine your two-minute monologue and coach everyone to bring an exciting, compelling end result that will make directors sit up and take notice. Open to students ages 16 and up.

Essentials of Stage Management

Sunday, August 4 • 3-6 p.m.

Instructor: Courtney Calkins


This fun workshop will get you started on the path to becoming an effective stage manager in community theatre, exploring the elements and processes we use when managing a production from auditions to opening night and everything in-between. In this one-day class, Courtney will provide tips and methods for giving input on casting decisions and what to look for in auditions, to organizing your script, keeping open lines of communication between cast, crew, and production staff, and items and skills that should be part of every stage manager's tool kit! Open to all students ages 16 and up.

Basics of Improv with the [placeholders]

July 30-August 20 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Instructors: Joren Thiessen and Emily De Roest

$100 for 4 lessons

New to Red Curtain this summer, this class will be taught by the directors of our resident improv troupe, the [placeholders]. Students will become familiar with some of the foundations of this theatrical style, including theory, the use of "Yes, And" and "If/Then." This class provides an essential skill for all actors, and can lead to inclusion in future improv performances. There will be a showcase performance on the final day of class (Aug. 20), open to friends and family members. Open to actors ages 18 and up.

Script Analysis

Mondays, Aug. 12 and 19 • 7-9 p.m.

Instructor: Scott Randall

$50 for 2 lessons

Time to take out your pencils and highlighters and mark up those scripts! Learn how to make use of theatrical techniques like Stanislavski's "What If?," Anne Bogart's "Viewpoints," and Uta Hagen's "Nine Questions" to delve into the world of your play to create compelling, complex characters. This 2-day course is open to actors of all experience levels, ages 16 and up.

Movement Series

September 3-5 • 7-9 p.m.

Instructor: Garrett Lander

$25 each class; $75 for the series

These classes may be taken individually, or as a series. Drawing from a variety of sources, including circus, acroyoga, and the acting techniques of Grotowski and Linklater, actors will learn how to reconnect their mind, body, and voice. By incorporating partner acrobatics, voice work, and solo physical work, actors will deepen their connection to themselves and their scene partner. Each class will have its own focus, and although you will get the most benefit from attending all three, each class can stand on its own.

No experience in circus, gymnastics or any of that is needed to benefit from these classes. Progressions are there to make this accessible to all bodies and skill levels. This is an acting class, not a circus class.

Class 1: Spirit and Body. Through a series of physical exercises, actors will work via negativa (through the negative) to shed emotional blocks to their acting.

Class 2: Body and Voice. We will take some time to slow down, reconnect our voice with our bodies.

Class 3: Connecting to Others. Through the lens of partner acrobatics, we will explore how to deepen our connection to fellow actors, and actively listen and react.

Private Acting Lessons

By Appointment

Instructor: Scott Randall


Work one-on-one to prepare for an audition, develop an accent, practice cold reading... anything you feel you need to advance yourself as an artist. Contact us to schedule your individual lesson.

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Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts

9315 State Avenue, Marysville, Washington 98270, United States

(360) 322-7402

After-School Drama Club


Red Curtain offers in-school program

Red Curtain's instructors will once again be leading an after-school drama club program at Marshall Elementary for grades 4-5, and we've added an additional program at Sunnyside Elementary. Kids attend 10 sessions, culminating in a workshop presentation for friends and family members.

If you're interested in having RCF develop a drama club for your students' school, let us (and your local PTSA) hear from you!