The Actor's Tool Belt

The Actor's Tool Belt

Ages 16+: The Actor's Tool Belt

A Series of Six One-Day Workshops
with Dinah Manoff - star of stage, television and screen

September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8 & February 5
2nd Sundays each month @ 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Exception: 1st Sunday in February @ 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Instructor: Dinah Manoff

Tuition: $125 per class or
Special Discount Package: $100 per class for a package of three or more; contact Liz Ellis directly to sign up for the special discount.

TWO PART online registration: Download and complete the Registration Form AND Click the "Register Now" button below to pay for the class. 

Tony Award-winning actress Dinah Manoff teaches a series of classes through BPA beginning this fall. Manoff has over 30 years of experience acting, directing and casting. These six-hour workshops, given once a month over the course of six months will begin in September and offer a variety of opportunities. The series offers a great schedule for those who don’t have time to commit to a weekly class and encompasses a range of instruction from developing basic acting skills to selecting appropriate material for auditions.

Class size is limited to 14 students per class and is recommended for ages 16 and above; special exceptions may be made for younger students with experience. Class will be held in the portable behind BPA. Students are instructed to wear comfortable clothes and bring a lunch. 

The Nuts and Bolts of Acting – Sunday, September 11, 2016

Welcome to the basics! This workshop will provide a foundation for actors who would like to learn the “nuts and bolts” of the craft. Using a variety of techniques with practical application for scenes and monologues, this class is perfect for actors of all levels, from those with little or no experience to more seasoned actors who want to brush up on the basics. This is a fun, creative way to express yourself in a safe and intimate environment. 

Constructing a Character – Sunday, October 9, 2016

Character development is more than just putting on a costume or speaking with an accent. It is about being real while playing someone who may not be like you at all. In this workshop Dinah uses creative exercises and improvisation to teach you how to build believable characters – those that are like you and those that are not. Students will leave with invaluable tools for assembling characters from the inside out.

 Monologues with Muscle – Sunday, November 13, 2016 - SOLD OUT

There is much more to a monologue than standing up and giving a speech. Learn how the tools of “sensory work” and “unrelated action” can take a monologue from a stiff presentation to an interesting and captivating piece. Dinah will teach you how to communicate and express yourself by digging deeper than what is on the page and filling in between the lines. NOTICE: This class is SOLD OUT. By popular demand, this class will be reprised in the Spring. Check back here or contact Education Director Liz Ellis for updates.

Step by Step, Scene Study – Sunday, December 11, 2016 - SOLD OUT

Working on our feet, using scene samples from great playwrights like Neil Simon, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and David Mamet, and more, Dinah will teach you how to interpret a scene’s rhythms or “beats,” and the importance of knowing a scene’s “subtext” and “intention”. NOTICE: This class is SOLD OUT. By popular demand, this class will be reprised in the Spring. Check back here or contact Education Director Liz Ellis for updates.

The Song’s the Thing –Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dinah is teaming up with local talent vocal coach and pianist Corinna Munter. The ladies will bring you both acting and singing techniques designed to teach you how to express yourself and communicate a story effectively through song.

The Art of Auditioning – Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Art of Auditioning is an invaluable workshop for actors of all levels. Whether you are a novice thinking about auditioning for the first time or an old pro with dozens of shows under your belt, this class guarantees to help you develop or improve your performing skills. Learn to audition with confidence, and receive tips on choosing the best material to spotlight your talents. Actors are welcome to bring a 1 to 2 minute monologue to class or Dinah will provide one for you.


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