Professional Training Intensives!   

Script Analysis: The Heart of the Art Form

Meets: Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm

             Oct. 17th through Dec. 19th

(8 classes over 10 weeks - no class Oct. 31st or Nov. 21st)

Instructor: Tyler Whidden, Associate Artistic Director

An exploration of the structure, plot designs, and execution of a series of classic and contemporary plays; some that follow basic structure and some that try to play with the form. This weekly discussion group will read a play a week and discuss how the playwright’s use of basic tools of playwriting (theme, dialogue, plot, character, etc.) and structure work to tell the play’s story and, more importantly, how those techniques can translate to other disciplines within theater. Perfect for playwrights, directors, actors, designers, and audience members.

Tyler Whidden earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and his MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University. His plays include Occupation: Dad, Run Kingsbury Run, Dancing With N.E.D., and he has been teaching playwriting at College of Wooster, Ohio University, and Southern New Hampshire University for several years.

Directing Fundamentals with “The Hairy Ape” by Eugene O’Neill

Meets: Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm

           Oct. 14th through Nov. 11th (Scripts provided)

Instructor: Ian Wolfgang Hinz, Director of “The Hairy Ape”

This 5 week class is for directors of all levels to dive into the process of getting a play into rehearsal and on its feet. You will focus on the upcoming production of “The Hairy Ape” as a class, breaking down the text to define your individual vision for the piece. Once this is articulated, you will refine your vision through exercises in design, casting, and other pre-work. Each director will then work on techniques for communicating their vision throughout the rehearsal process and tech to opening night! Each class will mirror the process of Ensemble’s production of “The Hairy Ape” culminating in tech weekend and including 2 free tickets to opening night November 17th at 8pm.

Ian Wolfgang Hinz has been directing with Ensemble since 2008, including Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Waiting for Lefty, Jerusalem, and O'Neill's Iceman Cometh which won him the Cleveland Critic's Circle Award for Best Direction.


Auditioning Technique and Practice

Meets: Saturdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm

             Oct. 14th through Nov. 11th (5 classes)

Instructor: Celeste Cosentino, Artistic Director

This class will explore successful techniques for auditioning and getting cast using a variety of disciplines to further develop and sharpen acting instincts. Participants will work on monologues for general auditions and will read pre-chosen sides with readers to complement their work. Students can bring in existing pieces they want to improve upon or we can start from scratch. Gain confidence with this exploration of best practices to hone your auditioning skills. The class will culminate with a presentation in front of a panel of local Cleveland directors. Independent outside work is a required component of this class. 

Celeste Cosentino has been the Executive Artistic Director of Ensemble since 2009, and she has directed several plays since then. Her directing credits include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Gospel According to James, Animals Out of Paper, Beyond the Horizon, Well, and this season's upcoming Angels in America, Parts 1 & 2.

Ensemble Theatre also offers audition/monologue/individual acting coaching on an hourly basis.         

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Forms still must be PRINTED (from this site) and MAILED, or brought with student to first class.  

Mail forms to:  ENSEMBLE THEATRE  P.O.Box 181309 Cleveland Heights, OH  44118
ALL CLASSES take place at Ensemble Theatre located at 2843 Washington Blvd in Cleveland Heights (44118)

Please CALL or Email with any Questions:  216.321.2930