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WRITING SHORT-FORM PLAYS 101

If you’ve had the desire to write a play, but have been overwhelmed by the daunting task of writing a full-length piece, you might try your hand at writing short-form theater. This 6-week class focuses on best practices for writing short-form theater, including structure, dialogue, play length, character development, and formatting. We will discuss how to get your play performed at festivals, how to get published, as well as how to create your own opportunities for performance. This class will also help you find resources for authors of short-form theater. Weekly writing assignments will be read aloud and discussed in class, helping you hear your work and also how to quickly sharpen your story-telling techniques. For those students who would like to hear their plays performed by local actors, a ZOOM performance of the plays will be presented through Stage Santa Fe for the general public.

This class is taught by accomplished playwright, actor and producer Aaron Leventman. Writing Short-Form Plays 101 is being offered through Stage Santa Fe. The online classes will begin Saturday, March 6, 2021 and run through Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 3-5 PM MT. Online registration is available on the Stage Santa Fe website, www.stagesantafe.com, and on the Stage Santa Fe page. The cost for the 6-week session is $125. Further information is available on-line.

Stage Santa Fe brings performance art to Santa Fe! Theater and Improv classes to all individuals at all levels, and through performances of thought-provoking works.

Stage Santa Fe is a registered New Mexico 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation.

Operating as usual

10/29/2021

Just 1 week until SHOWTIME! Get your tickets here to see The Faculty Lounge ----> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-faculty-lounge-live-comedy-improv-tickets-193684213697?aff=ebdssbeac

Just 1 week until SHOWTIME! Get your tickets here to see The Faculty Lounge ----> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-faculty-lounge-live-comedy-improv-tickets-193684213697?aff=ebdssbeac

10/12/2021

La RONDE - INTENSIVE

Register Now: www.stagesantafe.com/classes

OCTOBER 25 - DECEMBER 13

MONDAYS, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTORS: PATRICK FIRME & RACHEL MICHAELA

COST: $200

This will be an eight-week, in-person class. There will be no class on November 22 during Thanksgiving Week.

This class will focus on laying the groundwork for long form sets through the use of La Ronde—a long form improv structure. The La Ronde works to promote the use of character, status, and emotion in scene work. It helps students quickly ground a base reality in the who, what, and where of the scene.

You will be taught how to establish point of view, the basic elements of character work, and how to find the play of the scene. All these skills will help propel you into second beats. You will work on enhancing your support work (walk-ons, tag-outs) and sharpen your edits. It will also touch on navigating three person and group scenes.

Prerequisite: This class is best for beginner to intermediate improvisers. A prior basic-level introductory or fundamentals class in improv is recommended.

La RONDE - INTENSIVE

Register Now: www.stagesantafe.com/classes

OCTOBER 25 - DECEMBER 13

MONDAYS, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTORS: PATRICK FIRME & RACHEL MICHAELA

COST: $200

This will be an eight-week, in-person class. There will be no class on November 22 during Thanksgiving Week.

This class will focus on laying the groundwork for long form sets through the use of La Ronde—a long form improv structure. The La Ronde works to promote the use of character, status, and emotion in scene work. It helps students quickly ground a base reality in the who, what, and where of the scene.

You will be taught how to establish point of view, the basic elements of character work, and how to find the play of the scene. All these skills will help propel you into second beats. You will work on enhancing your support work (walk-ons, tag-outs) and sharpen your edits. It will also touch on navigating three person and group scenes.

Prerequisite: This class is best for beginner to intermediate improvisers. A prior basic-level introductory or fundamentals class in improv is recommended.

10/12/2021

THE HAROLD - INTENSIVE

Register Now: www.stagesantafe.com/classes

OCTOBER 25 - DECEMBER 13

MONDAYS, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTORS: ADRIAN WALLEN & ERIC WEISS

COST: $200

This will be an eight-week, in-person class. There will be no class on November 22 during Thanksgiving Week.

It’s the hardest form, but it’s also the most rewarding. Every skill required to be a great long form improviser is built into the Harold. We will cover all aspects in this class: opening games, group games, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beats.

You will learn a variety of premise-based initiations, and how to create strong base realities so that you can return to them in your later beats. You’ll also make justifications, callbacks, and connections, while learning to be a better improviser. (Note: This class will challenge you with honest feedback and side coaching.)

Prerequisite: Intermediate to Advanced improvisers. At least two prior improv classes required. If you have questions regarding if this class is appropriate for you, please contact Eric Weiss: [email protected]

THE HAROLD - INTENSIVE

Register Now: www.stagesantafe.com/classes

OCTOBER 25 - DECEMBER 13

MONDAYS, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTORS: ADRIAN WALLEN & ERIC WEISS

COST: $200

This will be an eight-week, in-person class. There will be no class on November 22 during Thanksgiving Week.

It’s the hardest form, but it’s also the most rewarding. Every skill required to be a great long form improviser is built into the Harold. We will cover all aspects in this class: opening games, group games, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd beats.

You will learn a variety of premise-based initiations, and how to create strong base realities so that you can return to them in your later beats. You’ll also make justifications, callbacks, and connections, while learning to be a better improviser. (Note: This class will challenge you with honest feedback and side coaching.)

Prerequisite: Intermediate to Advanced improvisers. At least two prior improv classes required. If you have questions regarding if this class is appropriate for you, please contact Eric Weiss: [email protected]

10/11/2021

👉👉👉 www.stagesantafe.com/classes
Ready to try something NEW? Join us for our Fall 2021 Improv Intensives starting Monday 10/25 at 6pm

👉👉👉 www.stagesantafe.com/classes
Ready to try something NEW? Join us for our Fall 2021 Improv Intensives starting Monday 10/25 at 6pm

09/24/2021

REGISTER FOR ‘CREATING THE SCENE’

OCTOBER 3, 2021 - NOVEMBER 21, 2021
SUNDAYS, 12:00PM - 2:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTOR GARNER Garner Jarrett

COST: $150

This will be an eight-week, in-person class.
Just like life, Improv has rules. However, just like life, it is OK to break those rules when appropriate. Is it ever appropriate to break the rules in service of “the scene”? When and how do you do this?
In this class, Garner Jarrett explores the scene and how to make it the “best” scene it can be; how to open, or initiate, a scene; how to best establish the scene’s setting and characters; How to heighten a scene; and when to break the rules in service of the scene.
This class examines a bit of a “revisionist” theory on improvisation, in that it attempts to question many of the accepted rules of the art-form. Of course in order to know how to break the rules, you need to know what they are and why they are. While most rules are simply short-cuts to avoid “bad-habits” once you understand other ways to avoid those “bad-habits” new avenues of scene-work become possible.
Improv is an ever evolving art-form which requires we question the rules which govern it in an attempt to grow and expand the art itself. This class explores the nature of the scene, its rules, and its goals. In this class, you will develop character, a point of view, an objective and other aspects to your play which serve the scene and help to move it forward towards its conclusion. Here you will get the chance to explore your own creativity as part of a team as you learn how best to “gift” your teammates and how to receive “gifts” from them.
Recommended Reading: “Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out,” by Mick Napier
Register On-Line at: CLASSES - Stage - Santa Fe (stagesantafe.com/classes)
Appropriate For: Improvisers with some experience, especially those looking to expand their scene-work and learn new techniques. This class will tell you when to follow and when to break “the rules” in service of the scene.

REGISTER FOR ‘CREATING THE SCENE’

OCTOBER 3, 2021 - NOVEMBER 21, 2021
SUNDAYS, 12:00PM - 2:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTOR GARNER Garner Jarrett

COST: $150

This will be an eight-week, in-person class.
Just like life, Improv has rules. However, just like life, it is OK to break those rules when appropriate. Is it ever appropriate to break the rules in service of “the scene”? When and how do you do this?
In this class, Garner Jarrett explores the scene and how to make it the “best” scene it can be; how to open, or initiate, a scene; how to best establish the scene’s setting and characters; How to heighten a scene; and when to break the rules in service of the scene.
This class examines a bit of a “revisionist” theory on improvisation, in that it attempts to question many of the accepted rules of the art-form. Of course in order to know how to break the rules, you need to know what they are and why they are. While most rules are simply short-cuts to avoid “bad-habits” once you understand other ways to avoid those “bad-habits” new avenues of scene-work become possible.
Improv is an ever evolving art-form which requires we question the rules which govern it in an attempt to grow and expand the art itself. This class explores the nature of the scene, its rules, and its goals. In this class, you will develop character, a point of view, an objective and other aspects to your play which serve the scene and help to move it forward towards its conclusion. Here you will get the chance to explore your own creativity as part of a team as you learn how best to “gift” your teammates and how to receive “gifts” from them.
Recommended Reading: “Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out,” by Mick Napier
Register On-Line at: CLASSES - Stage - Santa Fe (stagesantafe.com/classes)
Appropriate For: Improvisers with some experience, especially those looking to expand their scene-work and learn new techniques. This class will tell you when to follow and when to break “the rules” in service of the scene.

Richard Eeds Show - September 21, 2021 - SantaFe.com 09/21/2021

Richard Eeds Show - September 21, 2021 - SantaFe.com

Many thanks to Richard Eeds for his continued support of Santa Fe Theater and Stage Santa Fe! Here is our interview talking about Mark Dunn's upcoming class for Stage Santa Fe, Writing the Full-Length Play.

https://santafe.com/podcast/richard-eeds-show-september-21-2021-2/

Register for this and other classes at www.stagesantafe.com...

Richard Eeds Show - September 21, 2021 - SantaFe.com

Workshops — THEATRE SANTA FE 09/16/2021

Workshops — THEATRE SANTA FE

Theatre Santa Fe has our new class sessions in theater and improv listed on their website! Visit www.stagesantafe.com to register!

http://www.theatresantafe.org/workshops

Workshops — THEATRE SANTA FE Classes and Workshops of all sorts for performers of all sorts!If you would like to announce your class or workshop, send the info to [email protected].

09/13/2021

REGISTER FOR ‘IMPROVISING THE GAME’

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 - NOVEMBER 16, 2021

TUESDAYS, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTOR DANIEL KURNIT

COST: $150

This will be an eight-week, in-person class.

In this class, we expand on the use of “The Game” in improv. “The Game” is the core part of the scene, in which two or more improvisers find common ground in which to play out the scene while developing it to its natural conclusion.

This class will build on techniques developed by the acclaimed “Upright Citizens Brigade” (UCB) in order to teach improvisers how to find the game of the scene and how to “heighten” the game in order to advance the scene. You will use various techniques to open a scene, interact with your scene partners, and define the structure of the scene through gameplay. The focus will be on listening, exploration and reaction as a way to “gift” your fellow teammates with enough information to drive the scene forward.

In this class, we will explore the mechanics of scenework and how to best utilize them in service of the scene and your partners. Various games will be used to heighten the improviser’s ability to “think without thinking” and respond to the situation presented in the scene.

If you’ve watched improvisers at work and wondered, “How did they come up with that?” or “Where did that idea come from?” then this is the class for you!
Recommended Reading: “Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation,” by Ian Robert, et al

Register On-Line at: CLASSES - Stage - Santa Fe (stagesantafe.com/classes)

Appropriate For: All improvisers. Prior improv experience would be helpful, but isn’t necessary. This class is suitable for anyone with an interest in improv and a desire to learn how to play in a scene with other improvisers.

REGISTER FOR ‘IMPROVISING THE GAME’

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 - NOVEMBER 16, 2021

TUESDAYS, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTOR DANIEL KURNIT

COST: $150

This will be an eight-week, in-person class.

In this class, we expand on the use of “The Game” in improv. “The Game” is the core part of the scene, in which two or more improvisers find common ground in which to play out the scene while developing it to its natural conclusion.

This class will build on techniques developed by the acclaimed “Upright Citizens Brigade” (UCB) in order to teach improvisers how to find the game of the scene and how to “heighten” the game in order to advance the scene. You will use various techniques to open a scene, interact with your scene partners, and define the structure of the scene through gameplay. The focus will be on listening, exploration and reaction as a way to “gift” your fellow teammates with enough information to drive the scene forward.

In this class, we will explore the mechanics of scenework and how to best utilize them in service of the scene and your partners. Various games will be used to heighten the improviser’s ability to “think without thinking” and respond to the situation presented in the scene.

If you’ve watched improvisers at work and wondered, “How did they come up with that?” or “Where did that idea come from?” then this is the class for you!
Recommended Reading: “Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation,” by Ian Robert, et al

Register On-Line at: CLASSES - Stage - Santa Fe (stagesantafe.com/classes)

Appropriate For: All improvisers. Prior improv experience would be helpful, but isn’t necessary. This class is suitable for anyone with an interest in improv and a desire to learn how to play in a scene with other improvisers.

09/13/2021

REGISTER FOR ‘THE TRUTH IS FUNNY’

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 - NOVEMBER 18, 2021

THURSDAYS, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTOR “KAKI” KELLY

COST: $150

This will be an eight-week, in-person class.

Are you Interested in improv? Don’t think you can do it? Are you a fan of shows like ‘Saturday Night Live’ or performers like Mike Meyers and Tina Fey? Then this is the class for you.

Improv is something that anyone can do, we do it everyday – that is respond honestly to the people and the world around us. The difference in improv is learning and utilizing the techniques of pattern recognition and subversion of your audience’s expectations, which are important factors for making people laugh, and we never, ever resort to telling a “joke”.

“The Truth is Funny,” the key is listening and responding without “trying” to be funny. Life itself is funny, so long as we are able to uncover and present the truth of it to our audience. In improv you learn how to “be in the moment” and “react honestly” all without thinking about trying to be funny. Just like life, an honest and truthful response is funny, simply because it is true.

For those new or relatively new to improv, this class will teach you the “games” and techniques which will help you both as an improviser and simply as a person on the planet Earth. Learning to be a better listener. Learning how to make those around you “look good.” Learn that no idea is a bad idea, so long as you make active choices, and more.

Recommended Reading: “Truth in Comedy,” by Charna Halpern
“How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth,” by Will Hines

Register On-Line at: CLASSES - Stage - Santa Fe (stagesantafe.com/classes)

Appropriate For: All improvisers, from those just starting out to those looking to learn new ways to simply “be in the moment”.

REGISTER FOR ‘THE TRUTH IS FUNNY’

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 - NOVEMBER 18, 2021

THURSDAYS, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTOR “KAKI” KELLY

COST: $150

This will be an eight-week, in-person class.

Are you Interested in improv? Don’t think you can do it? Are you a fan of shows like ‘Saturday Night Live’ or performers like Mike Meyers and Tina Fey? Then this is the class for you.

Improv is something that anyone can do, we do it everyday – that is respond honestly to the people and the world around us. The difference in improv is learning and utilizing the techniques of pattern recognition and subversion of your audience’s expectations, which are important factors for making people laugh, and we never, ever resort to telling a “joke”.

“The Truth is Funny,” the key is listening and responding without “trying” to be funny. Life itself is funny, so long as we are able to uncover and present the truth of it to our audience. In improv you learn how to “be in the moment” and “react honestly” all without thinking about trying to be funny. Just like life, an honest and truthful response is funny, simply because it is true.

For those new or relatively new to improv, this class will teach you the “games” and techniques which will help you both as an improviser and simply as a person on the planet Earth. Learning to be a better listener. Learning how to make those around you “look good.” Learn that no idea is a bad idea, so long as you make active choices, and more.

Recommended Reading: “Truth in Comedy,” by Charna Halpern
“How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth,” by Will Hines

Register On-Line at: CLASSES - Stage - Santa Fe (stagesantafe.com/classes)

Appropriate For: All improvisers, from those just starting out to those looking to learn new ways to simply “be in the moment”.

09/13/2021

REGISTER FOR ‘WRITING THE FULL-LENGTH PLAY’

OCTOBER 2, 2021 - NOVEMBER 6, 2021

SATURDAYS, 10:30AM - 12:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTOR MARK DUNN

COST: $125

This will be a six-week, in-person class.

Mark will take you through the process and practices involved in writing full-length plays. Structure, rhythm, dialogue, conflict, setting and character development are all elements that flesh out the ideas for a complete play. And, it is the balance of these elements that results in a “living” creative work, that can both inform and envelop an audience.

The class will meld the aesthetic with practical applications of the elements of the craft and special focus will be given to real-world approaches to writing for the stage By the end of the six-week session, the student will have begun to develop the skills necessary for creating a full-length piece that incorporates a compelling story, characters and dialogue.

On Saturday, November 13, there will be presentations of works in progress by class participants. This event will be free of charge and open to the public.

Register On-Line at: CLASSES - Stage - Santa Fe (stagesantafe.com/classes)

REGISTER FOR ‘WRITING THE FULL-LENGTH PLAY’

OCTOBER 2, 2021 - NOVEMBER 6, 2021

SATURDAYS, 10:30AM - 12:00PM

WITH INSTRUCTOR MARK DUNN

COST: $125

This will be a six-week, in-person class.

Mark will take you through the process and practices involved in writing full-length plays. Structure, rhythm, dialogue, conflict, setting and character development are all elements that flesh out the ideas for a complete play. And, it is the balance of these elements that results in a “living” creative work, that can both inform and envelop an audience.

The class will meld the aesthetic with practical applications of the elements of the craft and special focus will be given to real-world approaches to writing for the stage By the end of the six-week session, the student will have begun to develop the skills necessary for creating a full-length piece that incorporates a compelling story, characters and dialogue.

On Saturday, November 13, there will be presentations of works in progress by class participants. This event will be free of charge and open to the public.

Register On-Line at: CLASSES - Stage - Santa Fe (stagesantafe.com/classes)

Theater & Improv Classes, Rehearsals, Staged Readings, Improv Performaces

Stage Santa Fe comes to the Siler Rufina Nexus, opening offices and workspace at 3209 Mercantile Court in Unit B. Stage Santa Fe was formed as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2019 with the objective of bringing high-quality theater and theater arts education to Santa Fe.

Peter Sills, a co-founder of Stage Santa Fe, adds, “Having served on the boards of The Santa Fe Playhouse and Warehouse 21, I am well aware of the incredible talent that exists in Santa Fe. Our goal is to provide the best in performance and education to the local theater/improv community.” Backing for this new venture comes from Peter Sills, a semi-retired high-tech entrepreneur, and his wife, Danette Sills, a a local actor and member of SAG-AFTRA, who has appeared on such shows as “Better Call Saul”. They are joined by Jeff Nell, a graduate in theater from the former College of Santa Fe. Jeff had been working as an actor/director on the East coast before returning to Santa Fe and co-founding Stage Santa Fe.

Stage Santa Fe has just opened its offices and will be offering Improv classes starting this February. Classes in acting and theater will be offered at a later date. Classes are open to everyone. More information on individual classes as well as class sign up can be found on Stage Santa Fe’s web-site at www.stagesantafe.com. Work has also already begun on Stage Santa Fe’s first full-length production, a politically-charged, dark comedy, which will open during the first-half of this year. Further information, such as opening dates and how to obtain tickets, is forthcoming. Additionally, Stage Santa Fe is in early development on a new theater/entertainment venue for Santa Fe. While the work is just beginning, this new multi-purpose performance space is anticipated to open sometime in 2020 with somewhere between 100-200 seats. Once again, further information will be forthcoming.

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