New, Ongoing Acting Class/Industry Showcase | Happy Holidays!

My how time flies. I’ve been teaching my acting classes at the Rooney/Totman Studio for a year now – wow!  It seems like yesterday, Ted and I sat across from each other at Case Study Roasters to discuss moving my classes to his 3rd Ave location.  It was the best offer I’ve ever had and to this day, when I think back on it, I still can’t believe how fortunate I am.

I’m still tweaking, adjusting, creating acting classes that I hope will serve students to the best of my abilities.  In doing so, I’ve decided to create a new acting class for the many students I’ve worked with over the years – an ongoing acting class – let me tell you why: I watch students bond and grow and create for 6 weeks and then – poof!  It’s over. Folks go back to their pre-acting class routines with their non-actor friends and life settles in.

I believe that artists need a tribe. Artists need a creative tribe to remind them that they’re artists. A weekly space to connect and create, stay inspired and feel supported. Through my own tribe-less struggles, I discovered that when I stop connecting with actors, I stop connecting with a deeply creative part of myself. Simply put, an ongoing acting class allows the connection/growth to continue after the 6 weeks are over.

So… with this in mind, I’m proud to announce that Thursday nights are now reserved for my ongoing, Advanced/Intermediate Acting class. I’ve also decided to offer students in this class the opportunity to put on an INDUSTRY SHOWCASE!  The showcase serves to highlight the individual strengths of the actor, allowing casting directors and agents to see them in a substantial way (a 2-line audition for Grimm, is not a substantial way). We’ll use part of class time to rehearse multiple scenes for the showcase, while continuing to explore exercises and techniques to strengthen our work.  This is all very exciting.  I love producing a good show. I’m excited – woo hoo!

There is so much going on at studio this upcoming year and I can’t wait to share it with past and future students alike. For those of you that have participated in acting classes with me – thank you for being a part of this journey, and for those of you that I still haven’t met, I look forward to diving into to the work and hopefully, helping you connect to the artist within.

For more information about Brooke Totman’s Portland Acting Classes, go to:

Happy Holidays,


About The Author

After receiving a degree in Theater Performance from the University of Oregon, Brooke moved to Los Angeles where she was accepted into the training program of acclaimed sketch and improv company, the Groundlings. Eventually, Totman became a member of the Groundlings Sunday Company – writing and performing sketch comedy for a live audience on a weekly basis. During it’s 5th season, Brooke joined the television show MadTV, as a featured cast member.

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