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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Acting Master

Session 1: "Mastering Technique"

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 as you learn text analysis skills that will prepare you for future roles

2022-2023 Class Dates: Sundays, September 11 -  October 16 | Times: 1:00 - 3:00 or 3:30-5:30pm or 6:00-8:00pm | Teachers: Ron Meyer | Location: Midtown | Class Fee: $110


Session 2: "Exploring Methodologies"

Join us for a unique acting challenge, sure to push even the most experienced thespians! In this session we introduce students to different acting methodologies, giving actors a chance to understand multiple ways to approach your character. This year's method is Viewpoints and will also include an introduction to Suzuki.  

2022-2023 Class Dates: Sundays, October 23 - December 11 (No class November 27-Thanksgiving weekend) | Times: 1:00 - 3:00 or 3:30pm-5:30pm or 6:00-8:00pm | Teachers: Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman | Location: Midtown | Class Fee: $170


Session 3: "Showcase"

This session will be a chance for you to apply your work from the previous two sessions to monologue or small group scenes. You will be pushed to work deeply on a script, chosen specifically for this class, to challenge even the most experienced actors. The session will culminate on Sunday, April 16 with a Showcase of all scenes performed on The Coterie's stage.

Session 1 or Session 2 is a prerequisite to register for Session 3.

2022-2023 Class Dates: Sundays, January 29-April 2 | Showcase: Sunday, April 16; performance at 7pm, actors at 3pm | Times: 1:00 - 3:00 or 3:30pm-5:30pm or 6:00-8:00pm | Teachers: Jeanne Averill Location: Midtown | Class Fee: $200

Comedy Master

Session 1: "Sketch Comedy" 

Start off your year right with writing sketches with your fellow Comedy Masters! We will learn about story and joke structure, helping create solid sketches. Students will work in small groups to write and perform sketches, give feedback to your classmates, and work on revisions. This is a fun challenge for Comedy Masters old and new!

2022-2023 Class Dates: Sundays, September 11 -  October 16 | Times: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Jamie Campbell | Location: Midtown | Class Fee: $110


Session 2: "Short Form 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 short form improv, challenging you to jump into scenes and create characters quickly and effectively. 

2022-2023 Class Dates: Sundays, October 23 - December 11 (No class November 27-Thanksgiving weekend) | Times: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Tim Marks | Location: Midtown | Class Fee: $170


Session 3: "Long Form Improv"

Now it is time to take on the ultimate improv challenge: Long Form! 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 on Sunday, April 16 for friends and family, sharing improv games, stand-up, and sketches from the entire year.

Session 1 or Session 2 is a prerequisite to register for Session 3.

2022-2023 Class Dates: Sundays, January 29-April 2 | Showcase: Sunday, April 16; performance at 7pm, actors at 6pm | Times: 6:00-8:00pm | Teachers: Michael Lee Location: Midtown | Class Fee: $200