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Detroit Rep announces fall/winter semester of their Actors Workshop; income-based scholarships available

News August 22, 2017 Encore Staff

DETROIT – August 17, 2017 – The Detroit Repertory Theatre has announced the fall/winter semester of the Actors Workshop, beginning with registration on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9 am at the Detroit Rep Theatre. This semester is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with matching funds from the Ways & Means Community Foundation. Anyone over 18 years of age may participate and no prior experience is necessary. Scholarships for low to moderate income students are available. Income verification documents must be provided.

Tuition is $185 for the ten-week session. Classes will be held at the Trinity Community Presbyterian Church in Detroit, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays, beginning September 30, 2017, excluding Thanksgiving weekend, and will culminate in a showcase presentation at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Monday evening, December 4, 2017. Students are required to call the theater at (313) 868-1347 to make an appointment and then perform a 30 second to one minute monologue upon registration. No one will be turned away based on experience or performance. More information may be found at www.detroitreptheatre.com.

Founded in 1975, the Detroit Repertory Theatre’s Actors Workshop is a ten-week actor’s training program. The Actors Workshop Program provides professional instruction in all phases of theater 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 theater, or simply investigate a need for self-expression.

The Workshop is a stringent program teaching voice and diction, scene study, character development. A famous graduate is Broadway, film and television actor Vondie Curtis-Hall. Lulu Dahl, class of 2011, earned her Actor’s Equity card at the Rep and has been making films. But the majority of the students have taken the opportunity as a way to explore their own creativity, improve their ability to express themselves and feel more confident in that expression.

Interested students should call the Detroit Repertory Theatre to make an appointment or for more information at (313) 868-1347.