Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
― Meryl Streep
Acting is an art, and it is also a technique. While no technique can turn someone into Meryl Streep, it can make you a better actor and a more consistently better actor. Whether you are new to acting, or experienced and looking to take your craft to the next level, The Pearl's Adult Scene Study class will introduce you to the most tried and true realistic acting techniques from Stanislavski to Meisner to Uta Hagen. Students will spend the first 45 minutes on craft: technique and exercises, while the remainder of the class will focus on dramatic texts tailor made to the student. The study of art is always an inquiry, and we will explore through our work questions such as "What is truthful?" "What is interesting to an audience?" and "How do I establish relationship with a partner in an instant?" The final class will consist of a presentational showcase of final scenes for each other and invited audience. Come play with us! Come fail together! Come grow together! Come create truth together!
Dates: Sundays, September 23-October 28 (6 weeks)
Class Fee: $199
Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful; yourself. -Alan Alda
Jonathan Gonzalez-has been an actor, director, educator, writer, and arts administrator for over thirty years. He recieved his BFA in acting from United States International University, where he worked and trained with actors who are performing across the country from Hawaii to London, including Jamie Foxx, John Barrowman, and All My Children's Thorsten Kaye. He has trained at the award-winning La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, and American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He served as Amanda Plummer's personal assistant and worked in San Francisco as a member of Actor's Equity alongside many of SF's best actors including Geoff Hoyle (Zazu: Lion King: Broadway original cast). He moved to Texas in 2007 where he received his MFA from the University of Houston. Since then he has worked at U of H, Rice University, Texas A & M, The Alley, Texas Rep, The Landing Theater, Mildred's Umbrella, Dirt Dogs Theater, Christmas Revels, KVPAC, and numerous productions at the Pearl. He is currently the education director at Main Street Theater where he has worked in all three departments including Summer Shakespeare director for teens, actor in Theater for Youth, and director/actor for the MainStage. Jonathan believes in finding the art in everyone, and is intensely curious about the craft of acting, and thrives on seeing the moments of discovery on stage or in the classroom.
Acting Up at The Pearl Ages 7 -14
We’ll have you rolling in the aisle with our Comedy Classes. On top of audition technique and basic theatre need-to-knows, Students will learn what it takes to make em laugh! It’s not just about funny lines, Comedy comes from your whole body, so be prepared to move and don’t be afraid to get silly! The class will showcase with scenes from some of Theatre’s greatest comedies! Class minimum is 6 with a maximum of 15.
Dates: Mondays, September 10 - October 15
Times: 5:15 - 6:45 PM
Musical Theatre Ages 7 - 14
Learn how to express yourself through song and dance! Don’t forget the acting! A true triple threat knows how to act their way through a song. Students will learn Musical Theatre Audition skills, basic theatre terminology, How to combine acting and singing, and must-know theatrical dance moves. The class will showcase with several Broadway hits they have worked on in class. Class minimum is 6 with a maximum of 15.
Dates: Wednesdays, September 12 - October 17
Times: 5:15 - 6:45 PM
Instructor: Katie Harrison
Hailing from East Tennessee, Katie moved here to serve as the music director/performer at Six Flags Astroworld (RIP). She has been seen on stage throughout the Houston area, as well as had her hand in several productions as Choreographer or Costumer. She served as the Education Director for Fort Bend Theatre for four years before becoming a founder of the former Historic Queen Theatre in Richmond, Tx and served as the Artistic and Education Director. She was also the Artistic Director for Zack’s Cabaret’s in Galveston where she wrote, directed, and performed in several cabaret style dinner shows. She has Directed and Performed for Main Street Theatre for Youth for the past thirteen years and has a huge passion for encouraging young artists to follow their dreams.
TEEN SCENE STUDY FOR AGES 12-17 will focus on script analysis and scene study with a partner in a fun and creative environment. In addition to studying scenes, students will also work on a monologue of their choosing. This class is designed to teach students the craft of acting and expand their capacity for dramatic expression. Utilizing a variety of theatre improvisational games, activities in movement and characterization, and other exercises, young theatre artists will develop skills in using their body, voice, and imagination as an actor. An invited showcase will be held on the last day of class for friends and family. Class size is limited to 12.
Dates: Saturdays, September 8- October 13 (6 weeks)
Times: 10am -12pm
Instructor: Renee van Nifterik
Renee van Nifterik is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Pearland Theatre Guild. Currently, she teaches Theatre Arts at Berry Miller Jr. High in Pearland ISD. Past youth directing credits include: Alice in Wonderland, Chemical Imbalance, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Anne Frank and Me, and The Rules of Comedy, among others. Her previous stage acting credits include: Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun, Bully/Welfare in In the Blood, Rizzo in Grease, and Hermione in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Renee is currently in her final year of a Master’s in Theatre Production program.
She also holds degrees in Business Administration, English, and a Master’s degree in Information Science.
Additionally, Renee is a National Chekhov Certified Teacher Candidate. She believes in a student-led collaborative approach to actor training that encourages inquiry and discovery within a safe and creative environment.