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Acting Session II


with Dom Magwili

Calendar Feb 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Course Description:  This course will extend the lessons learned in Session I.  Students will continue to explore the craft and technique of acting reviewing necessary skills and disciplines demanded from a professional environment.  This exploration will be through theatre games and improvisations, as well as performing original monologues and scenes. 

In Session II students will find and prepare scenes and monologues from produced Asian American playwrights such as Frank Chin, David Henry Hwang, and Qui Nguyen, American classics like Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, and Shakespeare.  It will also focus on the lessons learned previously as well as exploring the variety of disciplines and fields not necessarily associated with the performing arts such as sports psychology and business strategies. 

Limited to 12 students.

Prerequisite: Session 1 preferred, though all are welcome to register.

Full Course

Writing a Television Pilot: ONLINE


with Teresa Huang

Calendar Apr 8, 2020 at 7 pm, runs for 10 weeks

The world is experiencing a golden age of television, with TV series attracting millions of eyes and capturing our hearts and attention more than ever before.  TV is also making huge strides in representation and inclusion, providing opportunities for diverse stories to be told in settings and situations never before seen. Writers have permission like never before to tell authentic stories from their own experience and introduce audiences to new worlds and characters. This eight-week class is for new to intermediate writers who are interested in writing a half-hour or hour-long original television pilot script.  Students will learn the fundamentals of developing a series concept with a strong story engine, creating a world with a specific tone and compelling characters, the basics of pilot story structure, and begin writing their original pilot script.  

This class will be taking place via Zoom. A link will be sent before the first class. Maximum of 10 students.

No sessions on April 29th and May 20th.


Teresa Huang was raised to be a doctor but born to be an artist.  A genuine MIT graduate, she gave up problem sets and thermodynamics to become a writer, actor, and producer. Her parents are still scratching their heads.  Teresa created and developed the one-hour drama THE BIG KAHUNA with CBS Television Studios and her original pilot CHILDREN OF EDEN was a Finalist in the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition.  Teresa is a graduate of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, and was named a WGA TV Writer Access Project honoree.  She was most recently a Staff Writer on SEAL TEAM on CBS.

Acting Session III


with Dom Magwili

Calendar May 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Of the three acting sessions, this is the most involved.  This class answers the question “Now, that I’ve been cast in a show, what do I do?”  Not only will students continue working the lessons of the previous classes, they will be applying them to an entire play.

Session III promises not only a rehearsal schedule and a basic production show, but it will include a teaching component.  The instructor will be using the entire process as a teaching opportunity that is both personalized and informative. There will be explanations and commentary on the rehearsal event.


This is a culmination of the first two sessions in that not only are the fundamentals of acting introduced but the scene/monologue work expands to consider the circumstances of an entire stage play.


There will be one show.  It is meant to focus on the acting.  So, it will be done under work lights. There will be some costume and some props.


This is an excellent opportunity for beginning actors to involve themselves in the production experience in a safe environment.  For experienced performers this will continue to hone their skills in a scheduled show.


The casting and play are to be determined.


Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 2 payments of $125.00, paid monthly.

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