Theater Education Acting Class – Fall 2022

Artistic Director, Suzanne Donohue, in collaboration with the Charles County Arts Alliance will be providing weekly in-person acting classes for adult performers.  Bringing over thirty years of experience working with actors of a wide variety of backgrounds, strengths, abilities, and needs; Suzanne looks forward to helping each student by sharing fundamentals of the craft and highlighting powerful ways to make acting choices natural and spontaneous while providing confidence, depth, and ultimately success in creative endeavors.  Students will learn basic theatre skills and discover the building blocks of acting through improvisation, theatre exercises and character work in a supportive, creative and fun environment.

Topics include:

  • Audition
  • Character Analysis
  • Truth of the Moment
  • Monologue Development
  • Identifying Character Objectives
  • Scene Work
  • Cold Readings
  • Identifying and Acting through Obstacles
  • Working as an Ensemble
  • Script Analysis
  • finding the Action
  • Improvisation

 

ACTING CLASS 1

ACTING CLASS 2

5-Oct WEDNESDAY 2-Nov WEDNESDAY
12-Oct WEDNESDAY 9-Nov WEDNESDAY
19-Oct WEDNESDAY 16-Nov WEDNESDAY
26-Oct WEDNESDAY 30-Nov WEDNESDAY

Suzanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts with a focus on direction and performance from West Virginia Wesleyan College and has taught acting and audition classes locally and across the country including Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia and Maryland.  In addition to previously serving on the Port Tobacco Players board of directors, she was the Managing Artistic Director for the Hard Bargain Players for almost 15 years and continues as a leading member of the artistic advisory council.  Suzanne was not only a Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH) representative and judge, she participated as a charter member and was the adjudication coordinator/trainer for multiple years.  Suzanne has been WATCH nominated multiple times for outstanding achievement as an artistic director and performer.  Locally Suzanne has been seen in productions including Steel MagnoliasDoubtEnchanted AprilA Streetcar Named DesireHow I Learned to Drive‘night MotherThe Rainmaker and The Trip to Bountiful.  She has also directed multiple productions locally including The Children’s HourPippinHairsprayAnnieOliverHonk!American Buffalo and Vinegar Tom.