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Adult Classes


Taught by a diverse pool of talented professionals from throughout the region and beyond, our Adult Classes provide recurring opportunities for anyone interested in learning more about the living stage and other storytelling art forms.

UPCOMING CLASSES



Vocal Performance Workshop with Maiesha McQueen



This is your opportunity to gain more knowledge about proper vocal technique and performance in a 3-hour intensive workshop with Maiesha McQueen and Darius Smith. Participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback about their singing and tips to improve.


Workshop will also include:

  • How to reduce strain and increase range, power, consistency and stamina.
  • Practical exercises that can assist with better breathing, vocal support, and overall vocal performance.
  • How to find YOUR voice, make it your own, and connect with your audience.
  • One-on-one coaching and tools to build confidence, release expression and be elevated to a new level of vocal performance.


Monday, March 13th

6 - 9 p.m.

SOLD OUT!






Fundamentals of Improv with Laura Faye Smith



First time on stage or seasoned improv veteran, this class will get you off your seat and on your feet - when you're not rolling on the floor in laughter! Packed with simple take aways, local improv performer Laura Faye Smith will lead the class in exercises designed to boost your confidence and quick thinking.


Saturday, April 1

10 a - 1 p

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Audition Workshop with Rose Riordan





This nuts-and-bolts workshop will boost your confidence regarding the hardest part of being an actor: the audition. On-your-feet, practical coaching of your current audition pieces will breathe new life into your favorite audition pieces and give perspective on what a casting director really sees when you perform--and what she really hopes to see. Come prepared with four short monologues (one minute in length max for each). Space is limited.

Please note: To make sure all participants get the most out of the workshop, we require a quick review of your headshot/resume. Please email us your preferred workshop date your headshot and a resume at education@pcs.org and someone will be in touch shortly to sign you up and take payment.



Saturday, April 15

1 - 4 p.m.


Sunday, April 16

1 - 4 p.m.


Faculty Bios

About Maiesha McQueen


Maiesha McQueen is honored and thrilled to be returning to Portland Center Stage in His Eye is on the Sparrow. She was last seen on the PCS main stage in their fall 2015 production of Ain't Misbehavin'. Maiesha has traveled the globe as leading ensemble member and musical composer for the touring company Progress Theatre, whose work has been presented at spaces such as The Public Theater, 14th Street Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theatre and World Music Festival in Amsterdam. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, a masters in education from Fordham University, and has spent over a decade teaching in both public and private sectors.





About Laura Faye Smith

Laura has been working as a professional actress for almost fifteen years, and as a theatre educator for over ten. She has performed for a multitude of theatres in Portland including Oregon Children’s Theatre, Triangle Productions, Tygres Heart, Portland Center Stage, Theatre Vertigo, Miracle Theatre, Profile Theatre, Brainwaves Improvisational Comedy, CoHo Productions, and Cygnet Productions. A Drammy winner for Oustanding Acting in The Heiress, and an OTAS winner for Supporting Actress in Vitriol and Violets, Laura also has numerous print, film and voice over credits, including the independent film The Muse, and voice over work for Dungeon Siege 2.





About Rose Riordan

Rose is in her 18th season at Portland Center Stage, where she serves as Associate Artistic Director. At The Armory she has directed Our Town, The People’s Republic of Portland (2013 and 2015), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, LIZZIE, A Small Fire, The Mountaintop, The Whipping Man, The North Plan, Red, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Frost/Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Doubt, The Underpants, The Pillowman and The Thugs, which won four Drammy Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Director. Rose has also directed some of the staged readings for JAW festivals: The Thugs (2005), Telethon (2006), A Story About a Girl (2007), 99 Ways to F*** a Swan (2009), The North Plan (2010), San Diego (2012), The People’s Republic of Portland (2012), Mai Dang Lao (2013) and A Life (2014).





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Mar 16 – Apr 30
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Feb 4 – Mar 26
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