These classes for ages 16 and up will teach participants a variety of theatrical skills and techniques. All classes are held at the Mill Hill Playhouse. Two full-tuition, community scholarships are available per class. If you are interested in receiving financial assistance to attend a Studio School course, please fill out this form. A down payment is required upon registration, with the full cost of tuition required at the start of the course.
Writing and Performing Your Own Solo Show: MOVED TO NEW DATES
Taught by David Lee White and Richard Bradford
Have a story you’re dying to tell? Want to take the leap into solo storytelling? Bradford and White will help you identify the stories - biographical, autobiographical, or fictional - that suit you as a performer. Through writing and performance exercises, they will set you on the path to solo performance.
Course Cost: $200 per student
Session Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Scene Study and Audition Technique: MOVED TO NEW DATES
Taught by Ryanne Domingues and Kara Jonsson
Using a variety of techniques and exercises from Stella Adler, Stanford Meisner, and more, students will learn how to break down, analyze, and perform a scene using tactics and objectives. Classes will also focus on mastering the “cold read” and preparing for auditions.
Course Cost: $150 per student
Session Times: 6:00-8:00pm
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
On-Camera Audition Technique
Taught by Johanna Tolentino
Students will work on understanding the difference between acting on camera for television and film versus theatre acting. They will learn to read copy and hold sides while auditioning on camera with tv and film scenes. Students will also practice memorizing exercises, and we will cover how the process begins the minute you walk into a tv casting director's office. We will cover script analysis and how to prepare for self-tapes, as well as the use of lighting, audio backdrop, and using your smartphone to tape your auditions. Classes will also review what to wear and not wear on camera, the correct make-up for on-camera, using your eye line, and using your space creatively. We will also go over how to set up your slate, how to find an agent, and finding a good headshot photographer.
Course Cost: $200 per student
Session Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Engaging The Pittsburgh Cycle - The Work of August Wilson: UPDATED
Taught by Brishen Miller
August Wilson has been compared to theatre giants such as Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams, but stylistically Wilson is closer to Shakespeare or Ancient Greek Theatre. Brishen Miller will provide an overview to each of the 10 plays in Wilson's Pittsburgh cycle with a focus on cultural history, The Blues, and how all 10 plays intertwine.
Course Cost: $20 per student
Session Times: 11:00am-3:00pm
Saturday Feb 11, 2023
Meet Our Studio School Faculty
Rich Bradford is an award-winning playwright and actor from Philadelphia. He has worked in the theatre community for 15 plus years and have performed on stages in the tri state area, New York, Ohio and up and the east coast. He is a founding Company Member with Theater In The X and Asst. Artistic Director for Iron Age Theatre. His award winning one man show To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter From Fred Hampton has been produced in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Trenton at Passage Theatre. He is a co-creator with David Lee White on The OK Trenton Project and Janet Wide Awake. He is also a teaching artist for Passage Theatre.
David Lee White is a New Jersey-based performer and playwright with over 30 years of experience with professional theatre companies around the country. His solo show Panther Hollow made its Off-Broadway debut at the United Solo Festival and has been seen at Passage Theatre, Luna Stage, Arcade Company Theatre, Vivid Stage, and a number of college campuses and mental health organizations. For 14 years, he served as the Associate Artistic Director of Passage Theatre where his plays Blood: a Comedy, Slippery as Sin, and Fixed had their world premieres. He co-created the shows The OK Trenton Project and Janet Wide Awake with Richard Bradford and Passage Theatre ensemble members and teaching artists. He is also the co-creator of the Infinity Trilogy with composer Kate Brennan.
Having worked in professional theatre for over 20 years, Ryanne Domingues has directed more than 40 full productions and taught a variety of classes at the university level. Ryanne received her MFA in Directing from the University of California, Irvine in 2013, and is on the adjunct faculty of Rider University. She has been the Artistic Director of Passage Theatre since 2017.
Kara Jonsson is a Multi Hyphenate Artist. Most recently she founded heARTwork by Kara Shea Jonsson: An online program for the career and personal development of performing artists. Kara is the Marketing and Engagement Associate at Passage Theatre Company and Artworks Trenton. Her theatrical and administrative work includes; Assistant Director for the Off-Broadway production of Assistants the Musical, Marketing and Community Engagement Associate for the Passage Theatre Company, Director of ALiEN8 at The Bucks County Playhouse, and Company Manager at The Forestburgh Playhouse. Kara is a graduate of Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. karajonsson.com @karasheajo
Johanna Tolentino got her first big break at the age of 16 on the feature film Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman. She’s booked co-starring roles on network television such as (Comedy Central) pilot Alternatino, Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Do No Harm, Guest star role on (NBC), Law & Order SVU, co-star role on The Blacklist, and GOTHAM (FOX). Supporting roles in the short films, Taking East New York directed by Exile Ramirez and El Pasaje directed by Noel Nunez, as well as features Keep in Touch directed by Sam Kretchmar, Patti Cakes directed by Jeremy Jasper, and Sylvester Stallone's Rocky sequel, Creed directed by Ryan Coogler and Creed II directed by Steven Carole JR. She trained at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in audition, vocal, film, and theatre acting techniques before booking roles in regional theaters, regional commercials, and industrial films in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Theatre credits include Rosa in The Buddy Holly Story at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Elliot: A Soldiers Fugue, The Conduct of Life at Villanova University, Latinolougues at The Wilma Theatre, and Morir Sonyando at Passage Theatre in Trenton New Jersey, Young Money as Gardenia with Azuka Theatre Company in Philly, and Janet Wide Awake as principal Tolentino with Passage Theatre Company. Johanna was Barrymore nominated for the best supporting actor award for the role of Paloma in the play Morir Sonyando by Erlina Ortiz at Passage Theatre Company.
Brishen Miller originally hails from Kalamazoo, MI where he was a Managing Partner
of Fancy Pants Theater from 2010-2014. He received a BA in Theatre from Wayne
State University in Detroit in 2007, where he was seen onstage as Bynum in Joe
Turner’s Come and Gone and served as Score Composer/Arranger of Othello and
Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God. Returning to Kalamazoo he helped
establish Fancy Pants Theater from the ground up, directing shows such as A
Thousand Clowns and Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and appearing in many roles such
as John Proctor in The Crucible. Brishen moved from Michigan to Pennsylvania and
received an MA from Villanova University in 2018, where he gained the honor of
Acting Scholar as well as studying as a director, scene carpenter, dramaturg and
production manager. A true Jack-of-all-trades, Brishen has held every role in theatrical production, from stage hand, to producer and from walk-on actor to playwright. He has been
Passage’s production manager since July of 2019. In June of 2021 Passage
converted the position into Lead Producer to better capture his skills. Brishen is
exhilarated to step into the Managing Director position at Passage Theatre
Company. This, he feels, is the destined culmination of a 19-year career in theatre.