Acting Classes

We offer inspiring training programs for adults throughout the Milwaukee area. Classes for individuals wanting to learn more about the craft of acting and theater are held onsite at Milwaukee Rep throughout the year. Arts-based training for the business professional is available for groups either onsite or at your corporate location.

Milwaukee Rep Education is dedicated to offering a variety of programming for students of all ages, interests and backgrounds. The Adult Classes are designed specifically for adults ages 18+ who are interested in developing a wide range of abilities related to the theatrical craft. Whether you are a beginner with no formal training or experience, or a seasoned performer looking to sharpen your skills, we offer courses and intensives throughout the year to fit your needs. Class sizes are limited to ensure one-on-one feedback to each student. Check back frequently as we continue to update our offerings throughout the season.

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Class Registration & Contact Information
Register online or contact Auburn Matson, Education Administrator, at 414-290-5393 or amatson@milwaukeerep.com. In order to participate in our classes you must fill out the following forms and submit them.

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ONLINE BASIC ACTING III: SCENE STUDY


This online course is meant for actors of all levels to continue exploration of techniques learned in Basic Acting I and II, students will dive into the creation of complex and elaborate scenes. The class will culminate in an online final showcase performance. Participants of the entire Basic Acting series (I, II and III) will receive a signed Certificate of Participation at the end of Basic Acting III. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Instructors: Joshua Pohja

Class fee: $90.00 total for all sessions
Next session: Tuesdays, November 10 - December 15 at 7:00-9:00pm CDT

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Joshua Pohja (JP) is an educator, director and actor.  He is currently a Teaching Artist for Milwaukee Rep, Pius XI and First Stage.  He currently serves as Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s School Programs Coordinator, and is grateful to be bringing theater residency programs to students throughout Milwaukee County. Previously, he has taught Movement for the Actor and Shakespeare for the Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company on-tour intensives.  He was last seen on the stage in Great Expectations at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre as understudy for Narrator #5, and as the production's assistant director. Some recent directorial credits include The Skin of Our Teeth, Blue Stockings, Antigone, and Much Ado About Nothing at First Stage and Golden Child, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Laramie Project at Pius XI. Training:  Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (B.F.A. Acting),  Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) under the guidance of Anne Bogart and the SITI Company.  He is a 18-year member of the Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.

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ONLINE BASIC ACTING I: INTRO TO PERFORMANCE

Fridays, August 14 – September 18 at 7:00-9:00 pm CDT
We have an exciting new opportunity! Milwaukee Rep will be offering a 6-session online Basic Acting I class. This online course is meant for actors of all levels to explore what going back-to-the-basics can offer them as performers. Classes will encourage participants to use their imagination, body, and voice to explore specific techniques used to enhance any stage performance. Special attention is given to preparing a contemporary monologue. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Instructors: Josh Krause
Class fee: $60.00 total for all sessions
Next session: Fridays, August 14 – September 18 at 7:00 -9:00 pm CDT

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Josh Krause began teaching for the Milwaukee Rep in 2011 as an education intern before going to Indiana University where he received his MFA in Acting. After graduating, Josh returned to the Milwaukee Rep in 2015 as a Teaching Artist and has been teaching for them since. He teaches all ages and many different classes including Reading Residencies, Adult Acting I, II, and III, and private coaching. When he isn't teaching Josh is acting in productions in the Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago areas. When he isn’t teaching or acting Josh can be found at home watching horror movies, or Great British Bake Off with his wife and two cats.

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ONLINE BASIC ACTING II: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

This online course is meant for actors of all levels to continue exploration of the essential skills learned in Basic Acting I to create and develop unique characters within powerful scenes or monologues. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Instructors: Hope Parow

Class fee: $90.00 total for all sessions
Next session: Wednesdays, September 30 - November 4 at 7:00-9:00pm CDT

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Hope Parow is a passionate Teaching Artist and non-profit administrator with over 10 years progressive experience, specializing in: theater and STEAM-based arts programming, social-emotional learning, and staff development and training. Hope graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Theater Performance, and has since worked with and on behalf of thousands of young and adult learners though numerous organizations, including having previously served as Milwaukee Rep’s Associate Education Director, and as the Youth Development Director for COA Youth and Family Centers in Milwaukee, WI. Other partner organizations include: First Stage, SHARP Literacy, Sunset Playhouse, Spotlight Youth Theater, Camp Creative Viterbo University, and the La Crosse Area YMCA. Favorite performance credits include: Rent (Joanne), Miss Nelson is Missing (Miss Nelson/Miss Viola Swamp), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix the Aviatrix), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Saint Monica), and Hair (Tribe). Hope is a proud native of Ann Arbor, MI.

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ONLINE WRITE YOUR FIRST PLAY

Through actionable creative processes and writing prompts, Write Your First Play will guide participants through the steps to create their own written work. Associate Director of Education, Jeffrey Mosser will lead you how to write your own 10-minute play in this 8-session course. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Instructors: Jeffrey Mosser

Class fee: $120.00 total for all sessions

Next session: Thursdays, October 1 - November 19 at 7:00-8:00pm CDT

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Jeffrey Mosser is a champion for ensemble-based new play development. He has trained with Augusto Boal, Liz Lerman, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, Improv Boston, Dominique Serrand, Giovanni Fusetti, Double Edge Theater, and the inmates from Shakespeare Behind Bars located within a medium-security prison. As Co-Founder of Project: Project Theatre Ensemble, a devising company that blended scripted material with improvisation, he created content for site-specific and non-traditional theatre spaces. He has contributed to new play development at Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, O’Neill Theater Center, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. His 10-minute play Love, Death, and Latex was performed at the Source Festival in Washington, DC. MFA Directing, Northwestern University, http://jeffreymosser.me/

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