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: "Expression of the Art"

This year, we're introducing a new class for Acting Master students! Expand your imagination and reconnect with free, artistic expression. In this class, actors will be asked to set down the script and explore their imaginations as a group to create new and exciting ways of performing. Expand your imagination and open yourself up to a new experience!

2019-2020 Class Dates: Sundays, September 8 -  October 13 | Times: 1:00-3:00pm (new/newer students only); or 4:00-6:00pm (Acting Master students with two years of Acting Master experience or in grades 9-12) | Teacher: Todd Lanker | Location: The Coterie | 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

2019-2020 Class Dates: Sundays, October 20-December 8 (No class December 1-Thanksgiving weekend) | Times: 1:00-3:00pm (new/newer students only); 4:00-6:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm (Acting Master students starting their third year of Acting Master experience or in grades 9-12) | Teacher: Jeanne Averill and Ric Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $150

Session 3: "Exploring 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!

2019-2020 Class Dates: Sundays, February 2 - April 5 (HOLD April 12 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 starting their third year of Acting Master experience OR entering grades 9-12) | Teachers: Jeanne Averill and Ric Averill | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $200

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. 

2019-2020 Class Dates: Sundays, September 8 - October 13 | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $125 

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.

2019-2020 Class Dates: Sundays, October 20-December 8 (No class December 1-Thanksgiving weekend) | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $150 

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

2019-2020 Class Dates: Sundays, February 2 - April 5 (HOLD April 12 for snow make up day) | Time: 6:00-8:00pm | Teacher: Amanda Kibler | Performance: Sunday, April 19 (6:00pm call/7:00pm performance) | Location: The Coterie | Class Fee: $200