Master Class

By Invitation Only

The Coterie's Master classes are by invitation-only. Students can be nominated to audition by their teachers from other Coterie Acts classes for either Acting Master or Comedy Master, or both. Once invited to be a Master Class member, students can continue to register until they graduate from high school, as long as they remain in good standing.

Master Class is a place for students to experience ongoing advanced theatre training. Students are surrounded by other young people and professionals who are passionate about theatre, and are excited about working together as an ensemble. Material for Master Class is more advanced and the content is more mature than what students might experience in their school theatre programs. Master Class members are often considered for Coterie mainstage productions and can be recommended to other professional theatres for casting opportunities.

Master Class students possess a passion for the craft, self-discipline, talent, commitment, and a desire to work as an ensemble.

Unleash your child's future!

 

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Acting Master

Session 1: "Magic Woods"

Earn community service hours for school! This is an exciting performance opportunity at Lakeside Nature Center. Students will work on animal movement concepts to create character, an important skill for actors! We will research animals native to Kansas City and write monologues and scenes. You will even learn basic make-up techniques to enhance your character.

Class Dates: Sundays, August 21-October 2 (No class September 4 - Labor Day weekend) | Times: 1:00-3:00pm | Teachers: Nancy Marcy and Lesly Lewandowski | Performance: Saturday, October 8 (3pm Call/4pm Performance) | Location: Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Boulevard, Kansas City MO | Class Fee: $125

Session 2: "Acting Techniques"

Students will strengthen their craft by experiencing acting exercises to sharpen techniques of character development and hone your skills using the tools of an actor: body, voice, and imagination. Each class will take you through vocal warm-ups and movement exercises and learn text analysis skills that will prepare you for future roles.

Class Dates: Sundays, October 16-December 11 (No class November 27 -Thanksgiving weekend) | Times: 1:00-3:00pm (new/ newer students only); 4:00-6:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm (Acting Master students with two years of Acting Master experience or in grades 10-12) | Teachers: Jeanne Averill and Kris Stoker | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $175

Session 3: "Experiencing Methodologies"

Dive into and explore a couple of the methodologies that many college acting programs are built upon. Each year students will deeply explore two different methodologies that they can use to apply to their craft. This type of exploration will be interesting as you find the one (or ones) that work best for you!

Class Dates: Sundays, January 29-April 2 (HOLD April 9 for snow make up day) | Times: 1:00-3:00pm (new/newer students only); 4:00-6:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm (Acting Master students with two years of Acting Master experience OR entering grades 10-12) | Teachers: Jeanne Averill and Kris Stoker | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $200

Session 4: "Master Class Showcase Intensive: Performance Camp"*

New this year! Showcase has been moved to the summer for a full production experience where you put the lessons of Sessions 1, 2, & 3 into practice. The Summer Showcase Intensive is a two-week class where Acting Master Class students apply their work from throughout the year into scripted work. Each session will use scenes from a script, challenging students to do in-depth work during the rehearsal process. The class will culminate in a Showcase where friends, family, area directors, and agents are invited to see the final work. Performances will take place on The Coterie's stage. Admission to the performances is free of charge. *Session 1, 2, or 3 are required to register for Session 4.

Commedia Dell Smartass by Sonya Sobiesk
This off-off-Broadway comedy explores high school love using multi-faceted characters and imaginative flights of fancy. Taking on the archetypes of high school in interesting and nuanced ways, this show will create a challenge for actors to implement realistic acting and absurd adventures. This class will incorporate work in the commedia dell arte and absurdist theatre.
Class Dates: Monday-Friday, June 12-16 & June 19-23 | Times: 9:00am-3:30pm | Director/Teacher: Ric Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $450 
Performs: Friday, June 24, 7:00pm & Saturdday, June 25, 5:00pm (both required)

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
This popular script is a comedy about embracing the warrior in you while battling fantasy creatures. We will challenge actors to create over-the-top, yet believable, characters. This class will incormporate stage combat.
Class Dates: Monday-Friday, July 24-28 & July 31-August 4 | Time: 9:00am-3:30pm | Director/Teacher: Jeanne Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $450
Performs: Friday, August 5, 7:00pm & Saturday, August 6, 5:00pm (both required)

Comedy Master

Session 1: "Advanced Sketch Comedy" 

In this first session, students will use many different devising techniques to create new, topical comedy sketches. Each week we will write and perform new sketches to perfect our comedic timing and bold, innovative choices. 

Class Dates: Sundays, September 11-October 9 | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $110 

Session 2: "Short Form Improv" 

In this session, we will build upon the work from Session 1 as we explore classic improv games and introduce more challenging ones that push students to sharpen their comedic timing and ability to work as an ensemble. Each short form improv game typically lasts under 5 minutes. Students in this session will have the opportunity to perform after select opening nights at The Coterie for Improv Aftergames.

Class Dates: Sundays, October 16-December 11 (No class November 27 -Thanksgiving weekend) | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $175 

Improv Aftergames Dates: Friday, November 11

Session 3: "Long Form Improv"*

Build on skills from Session 2 in spontaneity, scene improvisations, and comic timing through work on long form improv. The ensemble will be challenged to improv for extended periods of time, weaving stories in and out of each other. Long form is exciting and demanding for even seasoned improvers. Each long form improv game lasts a minimum of 10 minutes and could last as long as the entire class period. Our work will culminate in an improv showcase for friends and family.

*Session 1 or 2 is required to register for Session 3

Class Dates: Sundays, January 29-April 2 | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Performance: Sunday, April 9 (6:00pm call/7:00pm performance) | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $200

Improv Aftergames Dates: Friday, January 27 and Friday, February 24