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.

Acting Master and Comedy Master are two separate programs with separate audition processes. The invitation a student receives is based on classes they have taken and skills they have demonstrated. If you are currently enrolled in one Master Class and are interested in pursuing both, talk to Amanda about what skills to work on and classes to take.

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

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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.

2018-2019 Class Dates: Sundays, August 26-October 7 (No class September 2 - Labor Day weekend) | Times: 2:00-4:00pm | Teachers: Nancy Marcy and Lesly Lewandowski | Performance: Saturday, October 13 (3pm Call/4pm Performance) | Location: Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Boulevard, Kansas City MO | Class Fee: $125

Session 2: "Acting Techniques"

Continue strengthening your 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.  This class is a necessary foundation for artists to challenge themselves as they build upon lessons from previous years.  Each class will take you through vocal warm-ups and movement exercises, and learn text analysis skills that will prepare you for future roles

2018-2019 Class Dates: Sundays, October 14-December 9 (No class November 25 -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 Ric Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $175

Session 3: "Exploring Methodologies:  Theatre of the Absurd and the Strasberg Method"

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!

2018-2019 Class Dates: Sundays, January 20-March 24 (HOLD March 31 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 Ric Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $200

Session 4: "Master Class Showcase Intensive: Performance Camp"* - Ubu Roi from the collection The Ubu Plays

Showcase is in the summer for a full production experience where you put the lessons of Sessions 1, 2, and 3 into practice.  The Summer Showcase Intensive is a two-week class where Acting Master 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.  The performance will take place on The Coterie's stage.  Admission to the performances is free of charge. *Students must register and participate in two 2018-2019 Acting Master sessions to qualify for Session 4.

Ubu Roi - From the collection The Ubu Plays, by Jeff Goode, adapted from the work of Alfred Jarry
This script will apply the absurdist techniques we learned during methodologies with this adaptation of what is viewed as the first absurdist play. We meet Ubu, who is convinced to lead a revolution, and kills the King of Poland and most of the royal family. This show laughs at the ineptitude and corruption of Ubu and his new subjects. Though the writing and dialogue is ridiculous and childish, the material begins to express something deeper, an inner consciousness. This is a perfect challenge for Acting Master class actors to really connect with Strasberg's method to find honest and realistic acting while performing strange characters in a strange world.

Summer 2019 Class Dates: July 22-26 & July 29-August 2
Time:  9:00am-3:30pm
Dress Rehearsal: Saturday, August 3, at 4:00-6:00pm
Performs: Saturday, August 3, at 7:00pm
Teacher: Jeanne Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $450
Showcase Admission: The Showcase performance is open to the public and free of charge

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. 

2018-2019 Class Dates: Sundays, September 9-October 7 | 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.

2018-2019 Class Dates: Sundays, October 14-December 9 (No class November 25 -Thanksgiving weekend) | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $175 

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

2018-2019 Class Dates: Sundays, January 20-March 17| Time: 6:00-8:15pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Performance: Sunday, March 24 (6:00pm call/7:00pm performance) [HOLD Sunday, March 31, as weather make-up date] | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $200

Improv performances by the Comedy Master students after select Coterie mainstage shows.  Comedy Master students are encouraged to participate as often as possible. 
NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE!  More information from instructor during class.

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Secret Soldiers:  Heroines In Disguise, Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins, Friday, March 1, 2019