Acting for Adults

Theater Classes for Adults at Magenta

Magenta Theater is known primarily as a performance venue for mainstage shows, improv events, staged readings and musicals. Due to ongoing requests from patrons and volunteers, Magenta is now offering more theater-related classes for adults. The company has always had workshops in lighting design, sound board operation and other technical areas, but has referred requests for acting and improv to other Portland or Vancouver organizations. But no more! Three qualified instructors are teaching classes in Beginning Improv, Intro to Musical Theater, and Intro to Acting.

The workshops will be led by longtime artistic director and vocal coach Kristi Foster, Los Angeles casting director and acting coach Karen Maseng, and veteran improv player and instructor KC Cooper. All classes will be held at Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Registration for all classes is now available online at Below are details about the workshops:

  • Intro to Musical Theater Auditions: If you’re a veteran theater performer or brand new to the stage, you know that auditioning for a show is often the scariest part of the actor’s process. How do you move from fear to fierceness? This workshop is the place to start. Demystify the process by learning some behind-the-scenes tips from a veteran director and sharpen your auditioning skills in this workshop format. Bring a 30-second monologue and a 16-bar musical excerpt and expect to leave the workshop with fresh perspective and some practical tools in your artistic toolbox. Free Q&A session Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.; the workshop itself will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14. Cost: $40.
  • Intro to Musical Theater Callbacks: after you’re more confident with the auditioning process, this workshop is exactly what you need. Dive right in and experience spontaneous scene work, and practice the technique of cold reading. Once again, you can take away the mystery of this more focused auditioning process by learning from experts and working with your artistic peers. Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 to 11 a.m. Cost: $40. A possible additional class will be offered on Tuesday, Nov. 21, depending on interest.
  • Intro to Acting: this class will cover reaction auditions (fundamentals of preparation), one-liners with action choices (intentions and action choices are essential to any actor’s toolkit), and Meisner Repeats with dialogue (the concept of Repeats and how to use them when preparing for a role). The original Oct. 30 class filled very quickly so an additional one has been added on Monday, Dec. 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $40.
  • Beginning Improv: this six-week course will focus on different aspects of improv each week. Students will learn the art of listening and responding, finding agreement, how to heighten scenes, using the environment, and developing characters—all in a fun supportive environment! Improv can also add another tool to a stage actor’s toolbox and can be applied to business and social settings as well. Each student will discover what works for them as individuals, and develop their own improv styles while having fun with other students. Classes are Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. at Magenta Theater from Nov. 5 through Dec. 17 (no class on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend). Cost: $125 for the series, which includes a ticket to the Magenta Improv Theater Dec. 23 show.

For more information, contact Jaynie Roberts at