Interested in becoming a student of the Actors Workshop?
Scroll to the bottom for information on our most current class schedule.
The Actors Workshop Program provides professional instruction in all phases of theatre performance, especially, but not exclusively, to persons who are financially constrained, or cannot attend institutional programs, but still wish to pursue a theatrical career, revive a dormant interest in theatre, or simply investigate a need for self-expression.
The Workshop is a stringent program teaching voice and diction, scene study, character development. We will continue the practice of offering it at no cost to low-income people who reside in Detroit, with slots available for paying students from the greater metro area too. Our most famous graduate is Broadway, film and television actor Vondie Curtis-Hall. Lulu Dahl, class of ’11, earned her Actor’s Equity card at the Rep and has been making films. But the majority of our students took the opportunity as a way to explore their own creativity, improve their ability to express themselves and feel more confident in that expression. We know from their feedback that they had more successful job interviews after the course, and better reading skills.
As with any study of acting, empathy is deepened in Workshop students. Everyone wants to be good in his or her role, and the only way to do that is to put yourself in your character’s shoes. We know that Workshop grads went on to live richer lives whether they pursued acting or not. One former student, Major Bob Tillman, stopped by the Theatre wanting a copy of a diction exercise to share it was some of the youth he works with through the Tuskegee Airmen program. He called the Workshop “a turning point in my life.”
The Detroit Neighborhood Opportunity Fund funded the Actors Workshop for over 30 years; the City’s bankruptcy brought an end to that funding. In 2013, the Ways and Means Community Foundation included the Rep’s Workshop as a beneficiary of their annual Golf Fundraiser, held in Metro Detroit every August. Thanks to “Ways and Means”, the Workshop returned in September 2016. The Rep, working with “Ways and Means” continues to seek funding for future workshops.
From Actors Workshop participants:
*All of the classes have helped me tremendously. My speech and vocabulary have improved. I have a lot of confidence in myself and I no longer think it is too late to follow my dream [of becoming an actress].
I studied with the Rep a few years ago…Since then I have appeared in a dozen plays…and I am currently working on my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.
In Voice and Diction I learned how to use the vowel chart in the dictionary…I’m a high school graduate of DPS. I must have missed school that week. It is my pleasure to no longer have to guess at pronunciation…anyone interested in performing arts seriously or curiously would find the Actors Workshop a good place to start, and a valuable experience when completed to its end.
It has been a great experience that I will treasure for a lifetime. I hope the DRT can continue to provide to the community what it has provided to me. *
If you are interested in participating in the Golf fundraiser, either as a golfer or a sponsor, contact Leah at the Rep. 313-868-1347 or for information about scholarships, tuition and participation in the DRT Acting Workshop, contact the DRT Workshop Director, Lynch Travis.
The Detroit Repertory Theatre is delighted to announce the return of the Actors Workshop, beginning March 2018.
Join the Workshop to:
- Pursue a career in acting.
- Investigate a need for self-expression.
- Explore your creativity.
- Gain confidence in your communication skills.
Anyone 18 and over may participate and no prior experience is necessary. Potential students already on the DRT list will be given priority. Limited slots are available for this session. First come, first served.
Scholarships for low-to-moderate income students are available. Income verification documents must be provided. Tuition is $185 for the ten-week session. A minimum $95 tuition payment is required to register, with the balance due on or before the fifth week. All tuition payments are non-refundable.
Classes will be held from 9am to 1pm (see dates below). Typically, students spend 8 hours of preparation each week. Certificates are awarded to students who attend every class and have their instructor’s recommendation.
The Showcase is the finale of the Workshop. Students present scenes on the stage of the Rep before an audience of their invited guests.
- March 24, 2018 - Registration - students complete paperwork and do a 30-60 second monologue for placement (beginning or advanced)
- Registration held at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI 48238 - Students from the fall session need not attend
- March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 – Classes
- Classes held at the Trinity Community Presbyterian Church, 4849 W. Outer Dr., Detroit, MI48235
- May 28, 7 pm – Showcase at the Detroit Repertory Theatre
To register, call the Theatre office (M-F, 10am - 3pm).