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 Theatre School 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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Click on header to explore classes available for Master Actors.

Acting Master

Session 1: "Mastering Auditions"

This year, we have a prestigious guest artist for Acting Master students: Stephen Kopel (who was influenced by Coterie shows as a youth). Today Stephen is a senior casting director in New York City for Broadway and national tours, including Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Jagged Little Pill, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and The Play That Goes WrongHe will guide students through the audition process and help students choose a monologue to highlight your skills and how to make the best impression. Whether you're preparing for college auditions, want to score the lead at school, or push into professional theatre, this class will challenge you to reach your full potential. 

2020-2021 Class Dates: Sundays, September 13 -  October 11 | Times: 3:30-5:30pm or 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Stephen Kopel | Location: Virtual | Class Fee: $110

Session 2: "Mastering Technique And The Camera"

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.  Bringing the focus on acting for the camera, we will explore the difference between acting onstage and acting in front of a camera. 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

2020-2021 Class Dates: Sundays, October 18-December 13 (No class November 29-Thanksgiving weekend) | Times: 3:30pm-5:30pm or 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Jeanne Averill | Location: Virtual | Class Fee: $170

Session 3: "Exploring Methodologies"

Join us for a unique acting challenge, sure to push even the most experienced thespians! This session we will have a hybrid of online and in-person sessions where you will tackle the same material both as stage actors and as film actors. On your virtual days, you will work with Jeanne Averill to craft intimate film performances that draw an audience into the screen. And on your in-person days, you will work with Lacy Cunningham to tackle the same scripts to create bold and grounded stage performances. Your final two days of class will culminate in a Showcase of your work, both film and stage. 

This class will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person. Students will be split into two smaller groups (group A and group B):

Group A will meet in-person while Group B meets virtually January  24, February 7, February 21, March 7 , and March 21 

Group B will meet in-person while Group A meets virtually January  31, February 14, February 28, March 14, and March 28

2020-2021 Class Dates: Sundays, January 24-March 28 | Times: 3:30pm-5:30pm | Teachers: Jeanne Averill (virtual) and Lacy Cunningham (in-person) | Location: Midtown and Virtual | Class Fee: $200

Comedy Master

Session 1: "Comedy Writing" 

This year, we have an exciting guest artist for Comedy Master students! Education Director and Comedy Master teacher Amanda Kibler will be joined with former Comedy Master and current stand-up comedian Aaron Branch to teach an exciting new class. Aaron will bring lessons he's learned from his stand-up work in L.A. and Chicago and his experience with Second City to our Comedy students. We'll work on writing a stand-up set and writing and refining solid sketch comedy. This is a great opportunity to learn from a Kansas City local who is flourishing in his early career.

2020-2021 Class Dates: Sundays, October 18-December 13 (No class November 29-Thanksgiving weekend) | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Aaron Branch and Amanda Kibler | Location: Virtual | Class Fee: $170

Session 2: "Improv"

Build on skills from Session 1 in spontaneity, scene improvisations, and comic timing through work on improv. The ensemble will be challenged to explore both short form and long form improv. Short form will challenge you to jump into scenes and create characters quickly and effectively. Long form weaves stories in and out of each other, both exciting and demanding for even seasoned improvisers. Our work will culminate in a Showcase for friends and family, sharing improv games, stand-up, and sketches from the entire year.

This class will meet in-person.

2020-2021 Class Dates: Sundays, January 24-March 28 | Times: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Location: Midtown Class Fee: $200