2016 Summer Theater Lab Series

Seattle Public Theater is bringing back the Summer Theater Labs!

Every Saturday, from July 9th to August 27th, we’ll be offering a free 2-hour Theater Lab to students enrolled in our summer productions!

Build your acting toolbox, hone your perfect audition, or polish a scene from an acclaimed script, all while being taught by professional actors and artists. Drop in to the Bathhouse on any Saturday at 10:30 a.m. … or all nine Saturdays. You pick. You choose. You win. There is no cost — consider it a perk of your enrollment.

Can’t sign up for a summer production, but want to be part of Theater Lab? No problem! Contact Ana Maria at anamaria@seattlepublictheater.org for details.

All sessions in the series will run from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, on Saturdays.


July 9th – Epic Tiffs: Contemporary Scene Study, taught by Brandon J. Simmons

Every actor dreams of the “epic tiff” — that glorious face-off that reveals powerful emotional stakes. Dig deep with veteran actor Brandon J. Simmons (Salieri, Amadeus at SPT) with the real deal — exciting scenes from SPT Mainstage scripts. Develop your range, hone your craft, make strong connections with your peers, and have some serious fun with scenes from contemporary theater you’ll not get to tackle in Youth productions.

July 16th – Auditions, taught by Sara Porkalob

Auditioning isn’t just about getting the part — it’s a performance and a learning experience in and of itself. Here are some tips on how to make the experience fun, positive, and something to be proud of no matter what happens!

July 23rd – Actor’s Toolbox, taught by Annie Lareau

A professional actor needs to arrive prepared. Develop and hone your own toolbox of techniques and exercises to build a vocal warm-up that really gets you at peak performance!

July 30th – Shakespearean Verse, taught by Keiko Green

Unleash the power of Shakespearean verse with a dynamic young superstar of the Seattle stage. All skill levels will take away new information about the text and your own instrument from this active and engaging workshop.

August 6th – Dialects, taught by Gin Hammond

Work with Seattle’s premier dialect coach in breaking down the basics of placement, tone and breath. Explore the basics of common dialects and foreign accents, as well as creating unique and memorable character voices. Develop listening skills, body awareness, and just plain have fun!

August 13th – Improv, taught by Ali el-Gasseir

Improv is a vital life skill. Get a great workout with this workshop — practice staying in the moment, listening and saying “yes!” Be prepared to be spontaneously hilarious!

August 20th – Vaudeville, Movement, and Style, taught by K. Brian Neel

Look out, it’s a banana peel! Practice the fine art of physical hilarity and discover the power of wordless storytelling. Get out of your head and into your body — expand your physical imagination as you move in all sorts of new directions!

August 27th – Stage Makeup and Special Effects, taught by Sonya Hachez
Skin is another tool in the actor’s arsenal – learn how to make up yours to work for you. Every actor needs to know how to apply makeup to achieve basic character effects – aging, bruises, scars, and how to use light and shadow to accent character traits. Practice making up stories – on your skin!