Characterization & Performance Projects

In this 6 weeks course, performers take control of their characters with confidence, make decisions quickly on stage or screen - taking risks when necessary.


Price: $550 $450

Price: $300 $200



Lan: English
  On Webinar
  6 Weeks
  Certificate: Yes

By: Mel Shapiro | Instructor

Characterization & Performance Projects

In this 6 weeks course, performers take control of their characters with confidence, make decisions quickly on stage or screen - taking risks when necessary.


Price: $550 $450

Price: $300 $200


Lan: English
  On Webinar
  6 Weeks
  Certificate: Yes

By: Mel Shapiro | Instructor

In Just 6 Module,
You'll Learn


    Improvs, which will tune up your responses and imagination.

    Improvisation: Tune your ability to listen and respond and sharpen your imagination.

    Monologues you have prepared by modern or classical authors. The material should be from pieces that challenge you.

    Scenes that you and your partner are in the process of working on. The material should be from pieces that challenge you. You can cast yourself against type.

    The Auto-drama. A presentation of the high points of your life done metaphorically. This is explained in the book, 'An Actor Performs'.

Acting class students performing a drama

In Just 6 Module,
You'll Learn


    Improvs, which will tune up your responses and imagination.

    Improvisation: Tune your ability to listen and respond and sharpen your imagination.

    Monologues you have prepared by modern or classical authors. The material should be from pieces that challenge you.

    Scenes that you and your partner are in the process of working on. The material should be from pieces that challenge you. You can cast yourself against type.

    The Auto-drama. A presentation of the high points of your life done metaphorically. This is explained in the book, 'An Actor Performs'.

Acting class students performing a drama

Enrollment Options

PARTICIPANT

$450

A Participant is able to work and interact with peers while receiving feedback from the instructor.

AUDITOR

$200

An Auditor is able to observe and learn without needing to be active in front of other students.

Enrollment Options


PARTICIPANT

$450

A Participant is able to work and interact with peers while receiving feedback from the instructor.

AUDITOR

$200

An Auditor is able to observe and learn without needing to be active in front of other students.

Before the Course


We know you can’t wait to start making progress, and so
here are some helpful tips to get started.

Welcome!

Congratulations! We are excited to see you in class. You won’t want to miss this.




Virtual Class Best Practices

You’ll start with a short video that will help you get acquainted with the course player, walking you through where you will find the course materials, course recordings, and more.

Technical Note

Please note that your course dashboard will allow you to see all of your workshop/ class information, review class recordings (as applicable), and more upon login.


Before the Course


We know you can’t wait to start making progress, and so here are some helpful tips to get started.

Welcome!

Congratulations! We are excited to see you in class. You won’t want to miss this.


Virtual Class Best Practices

You’ll start with a short video that will help you get acquainted with the course player, walking you through where you will find the course materials, course recordings, and more.

Technical Note

Please note that your course dashboard will allow you to see all of your workshop/ class information, review class recordings (as applicable), and more upon login.


Our Weekly Schedule


This program features six 6-Week Modules (6 live classes total):

  • Week - 1 Module 1 Improvs

    Improvs, which will tune-up your responses and imagination.

  • Week - 2 Module 2 Monologues

    Monologues, that you have prepared by modern or classical authors. The material should be from pieces that challenge you.

  • Week - 3 Module 3 Scenes

    Scenes that you and your partner are in the process of working on. The material should be from pieces that challenge you.

  • Week - 4 Module 4 The Autodrama

    The Autodrama. A presentation of the high points of your life, done metaphorically. This is explained in the book, ‘An Actor Performs’.

  • Week - 5 Module 5 The Autodrama of the Character

    The Autodrama of the Character from your monologue or scene you are working on.

  • Week - 6 Module 6 One-Person Show/ The Activist Project

    One Person Show & The Activist Project. Learn how to develop a One-Person Show from your Autodrama. Or create a character, such as an Activist or a person who, though ordinary, is doing something extraordinary in The Activist Project.

Our Weekly Schedule


This program features six 6-Week Modules (6 live classes total):

  • Week - 1 Module 1 Improvs

    Improvs, which will tune-up your responses and imagination.

  • Week - 2 Module 2 Monologues

    Monologues, that you have prepared by modern or classical authors. The material should be from pieces that challenge you.

  • Week - 3 Module 3 Scenes

    Scenes that you and your partner are in the process of working on. The material should be from pieces that challenge you.

  • Week - 4 Module 4 The Autodrama

    The Autodrama. A presentation of the high points of your life, done metaphorically. This is explained in the book, ‘An Actor Performs’.

  • Week - 5 Module 5 The Autodrama of
    the Character

    The Autodrama of the Character from your monologue or scene you are working on.

  • Week - 6 Module 6 One-Person Show/
    The Activist Project

    One Person Show & The Activist Project. Learn how to develop a One-Person Show from your Autodrama. Or create a character, such as an Activist or a person who, though ordinary, is doing something extraordinary in The Activist Project.

Meet Your Instructor



MEL SHAPIRO

Master Teacher | UCLA, Theater Film Television

Mel Shapiro, professor emeritus at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Mel was also one of the founding members of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During his decade-spanning career, Mel has earned a number of awards including a Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Award; served as the head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama; taught and directed at the Queensland University of Technology's Theatre School in Brisbane, Australia, and the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia; served on the board of the Fund for New American Plays at the Kennedy Center and Theatre of Latin America; and the author of ‘An Actor Performs’.

Meet Your Instructor



MEL SHAPIRO

Master Teacher | UCLA, Theater Film Television

Mel Shapiro, professor emeritus at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Mel was also one of the founding members of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During his decade-spanning career, Mel has earned a number of awards including a Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Award; served as the head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama; taught and directed at the Queensland University of Technology's Theatre School in Brisbane, Australia, and the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia; served on the board of the Fund for New American Plays at the Kennedy Center and Theatre of Latin America; and the author of ‘An Actor Performs’.


What Our Students Are Saying


What Our Students Are Saying

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is the class live? What are livestream classes like?

    All of our classes are taught online and include weekly live sessions with instructors and students hosted on the ZOOM platform. The live online experience is similar in many ways to a traditional classroom experience.

    Participating students can interact with their instructors, ask questions, and connect with fellow students (all from the comfort of home). Course materials, assignments, and class recordings are all available online.

  • Who will I be working with?

    Your primary instructor is listed under “Meet Your Instructor” on the course page.

  • How many classes does it take to complete the course?

    Each course has a specific number of weeks listed at the top of the course page, usually between 4-8 weeks on average.

  • Can I take more than one course at a time?

    Absolutely. We encourage students to take the courses they are the most excited about. Some courses are a la carte and some courses are a part of a larger program. See the details for each course on the course page.

  • How often does the class meet per week?

    Excellent question. Typically, your class will meet 1 time per week with your instructor. The course assignments are self-paced outside of the class session. Each course is 2 hours in length unless specified otherwise. The date and time for each course are specified on the course page and the confirmation email sent to your inbox.

  • Am I Required to Attend Live Classes?

    Participants in our programs should plan to attend livestream classes. However, if you cannot attend, students should make arrangements with their instructor prior to the start of class.

    Many of our courses also allow students to enroll as auditors. Auditors observe live classes and/ or re-watch class recordings, with a less “on-the-spot” experience. If you cannot make all of the course’s live classes, auditing is a great option.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is the Class Live? What Are Livestream
    Classes Like?

    All of our classes are taught online and include weekly live sessions with instructors and students hosted on the ZOOM platform. The live online experience is similar in many ways to a traditional classroom experience.

    Participating students can interact with their instructors, ask questions, and connect with fellow students (all from the comfort of home). Course materials, assignments, and class recordings are all available online.

  • Who will I be working with?

    Your primary instructor is listed under “Meet Your Instructor” on the course page.

  • How many classes does it take to
    complete the course?

    Each course has a specific number of weeks listed at the top of the course page, usually between 4-8 weeks on average.

  • Can I take more than one course
    at a time?

    Absolutely. We encourage students to take the courses they are the most excited about. Some courses are a la carte and some courses are a part of a larger program. See the details for each course on the course page.

  • How often does the class meet per
    week?

    Excellent question. Typically, your class will meet 1 time per week with your instructor. The course assignments are self-paced outside of the class session. Each course is 2 hours in length unless specified otherwise. The date and time for each course are specified on the course page and the confirmation email sent to your inbox.

  • Am I Required to Attend Live Classes?

    Participants in our programs should plan to attend livestream classes. However, if you cannot attend, students should make arrangements with their instructor prior to the start of class.

    Many of our courses also allow students to enroll as auditors. Auditors observe live classes and/ or re-watch class recordings, with a less “on-the-spot” experience. If you cannot make all of the course’s live classes, auditing is a great option.