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Scene Study: Basic Training

Oct. 6 - Oct. 27, 2022

Registration now closed. Check back for a new session in January 2023 and let us know what classes you'd like offered HERE.


Ever watch a performance and think, "I can do that"? Now is your chance! In this acting class, you’ll work with a script and a scene partner on short pieces that allow you to explore character, motivation, and tactics. Your director will help you find new ways of approaching a scene and discuss how they affect the outcome. In just four classes, you'll learn how the individual choices actors make can shape their performances, and get an inside look at this process. All levels of experience are welcome.


Students: Adults 18+ 


Day/Time: Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm


Dates: October 6- 27 (4 classes)


Instructor: NCTC Education Director Stephanie Temple


Location: Onsite at NCTC


Tuition: $150


Need a little help? Apply for an Adult Drama Club scholarship HERE.


NCTC's Health & safety policies

All students and NCTC staff must show proof of COVID vaccination in order to participate. Masking will be optional in classroom space and mandatory in NCTC’s lobby area.


NCTC uses a hospital grade air filtration system to sanitize air and surfaces throughout the space.  Our ventilation system exceeds approved ACH (air change per-hour) standards and our air filtering exceeds approved MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) standards.


About STEPHANIE TEMPLE (she/her)

Stephanie Temple, a Central California native, has been at NCTC since 2002, working as an teacher, director and Children’s Playwright-in-Residence. Ms. Temple specializes in curriculum development and creating devised works, and she enjoys mentoring both students and teaching artists. With a Master's in Drama from SFSU and a B.A. from the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre, Ms. Temple is also an actor, puppeteer (most recently seen as Kate Monster in NCTC’s Avenue Q,) and a director/choreographer. Over the past twenty years, she has taught acting, improvisation, dance and musical theatre at NCTC, SFSU, CSU Stanislaus, Merced College, PCPA Theatrefest and currently runs the drama program at Live Oak School in Potrero Hill. As director of the Family Matinee program, Ms. Temple has adapted and developed original plays such as Goldi Locks and the Three Aliens, Sock Puppet Jamboree, Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, The Odyssey, and Rock ‘n Roll Cinderella.

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