Happy October Everyone!

My two Foundation Classes: Intro to Acting Class and Acting for Comedy class will be starting at the end of this month.  Both acting classes are great for beginners, or folks with some training, who would like a refresher course in the basics.

Also, back by popular demand, is my Audition Intensive Workshop!  This 4 hour course is an audition boot camp, preparing you for the casting room, cold readings and getting comfortable in front of the camera.  If your audition skills are rusty, then this is the workshop for you.

As always, feel free to message me if you have any questions!


Intro to Acting Class

Ever thought of becoming an actor? Or wondered about the unplumbed depths of your own emotional psyche? Or maybe you just want to get to know your authentic self a little better? If any of those thoughts sound familiar, then my Intro to Acting class is a great place to start. My Intro to Acting class will help you develop fundamental acting tools: playing in action, living truthfully in imaginary circumstances, and working with a partner. No matter your experience, you’ll learn the basics of acting in an exciting and safe atmosphere.

Dates:  Thursdays from 6:30 – 9:30pm. Oct. 25th – Dec. 6th. Classes: 6. Price: $250.

Acting for Comedy​ Class

Starting with exercises to get students out of their heads and into their bodies, then moving onto scripted material, this playful acting class is designed to introduce students to the basics of comic technique. The truth is funny. Often times we forget that simply responding truthfully to comedic situations is enough. The objective of Acting for Comedy is to expose students to a broad range of comedy styles and techniques, while learning to serve the funny, truthfully. This is a great class for experienced theater and film actors as well as an excellent acting class for new actors, looking to explore comedy.

Dates:  Saturdays from 2-5pm. Oct. 27th – Dec. 1st. Number of classes: 6.  Price: $250.


The Audition Intensive:

Most directors and casting directors will tell you that they actually HATE the auditioning process. They hate putting actors under such pressure, they hate trying to judge if a person is right for a role in such a short amount of time, and they are well aware that some of the world’s most talented actors just don’t audition well.

But they’ll also tell you that it’s the best way we have. They have to see if you have the talent, if you look and sound the part, if you can take direction, if you’ll mesh with the rest of the company/cast. And so we audition. As an actor, I’ve had my fair share of auditions over the years. At first, I beat myself up. Then, I upped my preparation. Finally, I let it go. In my opinion, that’s the sweet spot. If you’ve done your work, then you can audition with confidence and know that everything that happens after that, is completely out of your control.

The Audition Intensive is all about practice and preparation. This 4-hour Audition boot camp will work on script analysis, slating, making strong choices, cold reading and the art of “being yourself” in the room.  Each actor will be filmed, reviewed and given copies of all videos created in class.

Price:  $75.00  Date:  Sunday, December 9th from 11-3.

To Register for Brooke Totman’s Portland Acting Classes:

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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