The Theatre Program aims to be an innovative, “safer” space for students to take risks and discover the power of their own voice and deep humanity in relation to others and the world around them. Combining the craft of acting and the artistry of theatre-making within an educational and applied theatre framework, the Theatre Program utilizes both conservatory style training and educational theatre pedagogy.
Practitioners and methodologies explored include, but are not limited to: Augusto Boal, Cecily O’Neill, Dorothy Heathcote, Paulo Freire and moment work. Acting and performance methods include, but are not limited to: Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Stanislavski, and various improvisation and voice and speech technique.
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Storytelling through Theatre
Ages 4-7 (without a caregiver)
Students will journey into the world of playmaking through storytelling and educational theatre activities. Using engaging children's literature and other playful writings as inspiration, classes will focus on social emotional learning to develop skills such as empathy, communication, and collaboration. Several acting techniques and exercises will be introduced, including Stanislavksi’s “Magic If”, creating a tableau, and working as an ensemble to bring an original piece of theatre to life.
Acting for Teens
Students will receive a scaffolded approach to the craft of acting. This class will utilize Stanislavski as a foundation for an introduction to American master teachers: Meisner, Hagen, Strasberg, and Adler. Students will be encouraged to drop down into their own humanity in order to learn an authentic, specific approach to acting. Students will learn moment-to-moment acting to inform their own unique and creative artistry. Additionally, students will have access to plays and monologues and be able to ask questions from professionals in the field regarding auditioning, acting for the camera, headshots, and more.
The Play’s the Thing!
In this class, students will discover both their individual artistic voice and the joy of collaborative theatre making by devising an original play. Working as an ensemble, students will learn improvisation, character development, and various acting techniques, including those of groundbreaking practitioners Cecily O'Neil, Dorothy Heathcote, and Augusto Boal.
Playmaking through Improv
Using various acting, improv, and theatre making techniques, students will work in small groups to build structured improvised scenes. By exploring different aspects of their own physicality and vocal capacity, students will learn how to create characters and find “the game of the scene” using aspects of Upright Citizen Brigade's method for improvisation and building a "Harold".
Teens - Sign up for both and get two back-to-back classes for the price of one!
Musical Theatre Dance
For Youth, Ages 8-12
For Teens, Ages 13-19
This class immediately follows Acting the Song for Teens. Teens who register for both classes receive this 2nd class for FREE! (Discount is auto-applied at checkout when both classes are added to your cart)
Dance is an essential art form for every aspiring musical theatre performer. In this class, students will explore dances from a variety of Broadway shows and hit movie musicals as they develop skills as dancers and performers. Embracing the collaborative nature of musical theatre, equal focus is placed on supporting both individual growth and ensemble work, making this class the perfect fit for students of all levels and abilities with an interest in theatre and dance.
This class is geared to the beginner, but all levels are welcomed.
Acting the Song for Teens
Musicals are stories, songs are stories - the role of a musical theater performer is to tell the story! In this class, students will learn a range of tools and techniques to enhance their musical theater performance skills. Students will be given a method for basic song preparation, tips for choosing material, and receive guidance on integrating body and voice. Students will learn how to interpret music, lyrics, and song structure in order to find a specific, connected interpretation of their own. Each student will work on a song of their choosing from the musical theater repertoire, receive one-on-one coaching in a group setting, and leave with a song that is ready to share with an audience! Open to all levels.
Scene Study for Adult Actors
with Jacqueline Wegman
Intended for both beginning and experienced actors, students will be assigned scenes from published plays and work with a scene partner throughout the duration of the course. Through numerous acting methodologies, (including Stanislavski, Meisner, Hagen, and Strasberg), students will learn how to approach a scene and build a character. This class is intended to serve as an ongoing course of study that students can cycle through and benefit from new scenes and scene partners each semester. This class culminates in a performance for an invited audience.
Acting Technique for Adults
with Aaron Moore
An introductory course in acting designed for all who are interested in the performing arts. This course provides a basic orientation to the dynamics of acting within a supportive environment. The class will focus on performance exploration, stage presence and movement, and leave space to explore the work through scene study, monologue, and audition technique.
The Spark Theatre Collective
NEW monthly opportunity for
theatre practitioners and enthusiasts!
1st Monday of the Month, 6:30-8:30pm
Spark: a small fiery particle thrown off from a fire. Explore what ignites us as theatre artists, to then share it with our local theater community and the world.
Theatre has the power to transform communities and lives through storytelling that champions marginalized voices and challenges: the status quo.
A collective is defined as “a cooperative enterprise”. In this group we aim to create a space that is supportive and welcoming for local theatre artists. Facilitated by SOTA Theatre faculty, with industry guest artists, participants will have the opportunity to workshop pieces in progress in a warm, welcoming environment and learn from their peers.
Dates: Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8, Jun 5
Where: Spa Little Theatre, 19 Roosevelt Dr., Saratoga Springs, NY
Pay what you can: Donations will be accepted at each event. Suggested donation $5-$10
How do I sign up?
You can sign up by filling out THIS FORM or clicking the REGISTER button. Spots are first come, first serve, and we will also operate with a waiting list. If you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure the work slot gets filled.
Who can sign up?
Theatre artists in and around the Capital Region. 18+
Can you sign up every month?
Absolutely! Please note preference will be given to artists who have not worked the previous month.
What do I need to prepare?
A monologue, TV/Film sides, upcoming audition material, short scene from a published or original play, a song that tells a story.
*If you are sharing a song, please bring sheet music in the correct key to collaborate with our pianist.
If I’m not sharing, can I still attend?
YES! The goal of The Spark Collective is to foster theatre artist community and relationships with the aim of learning from one another!
I have a theater opportunity I want people to know about, can I share that at the Spark Collective?
Absolutely! We will start each session with a group check-in where you can share more about your projects and opportunities.
What is the format of the workshop each month?
The first hour will be time to share local theatre happenings and discussion of interest from the collective. Ensemble and community building as well as group warm up led by SOTA faculty will also happen in the first hour. The second hour will be reserved for work and feedback.