Playhouse Northwest Acting School

Playhouse Northwest trains actors who aspire to work professionally. They focus on education and putting the actor first.

Our goal: To have our students train in a way that allows them to live truthfully in the imaginary circumstance.

We offer uninterrupted and demanding year-round training for our students. You move through the training at your own pace. In our progress Students will need to practice outside of class, This is your home work. Your progress depends on the amount of time and dedication you put into your practice.

We believe this training will serve as a solid foundation, for your entire acting career. We strive to be the gym for the working actor and for those who aspire to work on their craft.


Playhouse Northwest Acting School – Located in West Seattle - (206) 938-3375

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

We’re excited to announce that Meisner classes are returning to Playhouse Northwest Acting School!
We now offer evening and morning classes. The structured Meisner classes are the backbone of what we do. At each level on-camera and improvisational skills will be interwoven into the curriculum.
We are currently accepting registration for Level 1: Foundation – Living Truthfully and Level 2: Under Imaginary Circumstances. Classes begin January 9th and run through March 9th. Space is limited, so if you’re interested, please register sooner than later.
If you’re serious about transforming your acting, this is the place to start. For professional actors in film and television, it’s no secret that Meisner work is their super power in both their life and career. The benefits include a greater sense of truth, emotional depth, and flexibility in your work.
Each level costs $300. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. Creative financing is available.
Call Playhouse NW at 206-938-3375 to register. Only 14 students per class will be accepted. Or you can register online at www.playhousenw.com

Level 1: Foundation - Living Truthfully
“Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” Sanford Meisner said. In our first nine weeks together, we’ll work on the first half of that statement: living truthfully.
Working through this innovative, step-by-step series of improvisational exercises will train you to be thoroughly responsive, emotionally alive, spontaneous and absolutely grounded in the reality of what is happening at any given moment with any given person. These foundational exercises will get you out of your head and into being absolutely present to the world around you and the people with whom you share it.
Upcoming sessions 2017
Mondays evenings: January 9th – March 6th 7:30- 10:00 p.m. (Instructor: Lisa Skvarla)
Thursday mornings: January 12th – March 9th 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Instructor Lisa Skvarla)
Fast Track: Both days January 9th – February 6th
To register for this class call 206-938-3375 or go online to www.playhousenw.com

Level 2: Under Imaginary Circumstances
In Level 2, we’ll begin to explore “imaginary circumstances.” New elements will be added to the exercises that will work to broaden your imagination, exercise your faith in given circumstances, and ground your acting in your own unique point of view.
As you continue this work through the advanced exercises, we’ll begin to show you ways to bring the improvisational nature of Meisner work to actual scripts by turning the script into an improvisation with words.
**Previous Meisner experience is a must to attend this class.**
Upcoming Sessions 2017
Monday evenings: January 9th – March 6th 7:30-10 PM
Thursday afternoons: January 12th – March 9th 11:00-1:30 PM
Fast track: Both days February 9th – March 9th
To register for this class call 206-938-3375 or go online to www.playhousenw.com

Tax Tips for Artists Workshop
There’s a reason what we do is called “show business,” but all too often we don't pay enough attention to the latter part of that term, business. We will cover basic business practices, including setting yourself up as a self-employed contractor, tracking income and expenses, and fundamentals of accounting, along with an overview of how these apply to filing federal tax returns. The presenter will provide example worksheets and links to online sources of information that can simplify and demystify the process, as well as answer questions from participants.
Date: Sunday, January 22nd, 1-3 p.m.
Instructor: Chris Comte, the tax guy!
Cost: $30
Register: Call Playhouse NW to register at 206-938-3375. Space is limited.
About the Instructor: In a career spanning more than 30 years, Chris’s experience in the entertainment industry has run the entire gamut, including: performances in more than 70 theatrical productions and featured appearances on television series such as Northern Exposure, The Fugitive, and Medicine Ball; to producing, directing, stage managing, administrative and front-of-house positions for numerous local producing organizations. He has been a company member of Annex Theatre since 1989, where he currently serves as Board Treasurer. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 2000, he served on the Equity Seattle Liaison Committee from 2000 to 2014, which he chaired from 2001 to 2007. In 2008 he received AEA’s Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award for “outstanding service to the greater theatrical community.” He joined the AFTRA Seattle Local staff in 2005 as Membership Director, and currently is Contracts Administrator for the merged SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local Office. He also serves as Recording Secretary for the Seattle Theatrical Federation, and is a delegate to the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council.

Kids & Teens Acting Class
This class encourages and stimulates children of all experience levels (ages 7 and up) in a fun, safe environment. The class will cover improvisation, Meisner technique, on-camera work, auditioning, stunt fighting, monologues, and scene work. By learning to express their own uniqueness, kids will develop self confidence that will stay with them wherever they go.
Sundays, February 12th - March 5th 1:00–3:30 p.m. (4 weeks)
Instructor: Lisa Skvarla (Excellent with kids). Read her bio here: http://playhousenw.com/lisa-skvarla/
Cost: $225
To register for classes or become a PHNW member, call 206-938-3375.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year,
Team Playhouse NW
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[11/21/16]   Just a reminder that Turkey Day Workout is this Thursday! It starts at 8:30 am and goes to 10:00 am. The event is FREE with canned food donations. It's open to the community so feel free to invite your friends and family. All proceeds go to the West Seattle Food bank! Happy Thanksgiving!!
Hope to see you!

Playhouse Northwest Acting School – Located in West Seattle - (206) 938-3375

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ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT!!
Master Acting Teacher Anthony Montes - 2-Day Acting Intensive!

Los Angeles based Anthony Montes is an Actor/Writer and Master Acting teacher! After 9 years he left his teaching position at the NY Film Academy to star in two feature films he had written and performed on stage. In 2013 he was personally asked by James Franco to teach at his new "Studio 4" school in LA. In addition he teaches internationally in Paris ,Dubai and Stockholm. He studied with many of the greats including Sanford Meisner himself.

This 2 day Acting intensive is for those who want to deepen their understanding of the Meisner technique. He will focus on Improvisational work,emotional preparation, as well as breaking down scenes properly. Participants will learn useful tools to help them become more truthful on stage as well as in front of the camera. All levels are welcome. Not to be missed!

Dates: December 3rd & 4th. 10:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.
Fee: $325 / $300 PHNW students

( $75 non refundable deposit to hold your space. Creative financing available on request. )

To register call the PHNW office at 206-938-3375. Space is limited!

Thank you!

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Playhouse Northwest Acting School – Located in West Seattle - (206) 938-3375

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Playhouse Northwest Acting School Presents...

Master Acting Teacher Anthony Montes - 2-Day Acting Intensive!

Los Angeles based Anthony Montes is an Actor/Writer and Master Acting teacher! After 9 years he left his teaching position at the NY Film Academy to star in two feature films he had written and performed on stage. In 2013 he was personally asked by James Franco to teach at his new "Studio 4" school in LA. In addition he teaches internationally in Paris ,Dubai and Stockholm. He studied with many of the greats including Sanford Meisner himself.

This 2 day Acting intensive is for those who want to deepen their understanding of the Meisner technique. He will focus on Improvisational work,emotional preparation, as well as breaking down scenes properly. Participants will learn useful tools to help them become more truthful on stage as well as in front of the camera. All levels are welcome. Not to be missed!

Dates: December 3rd & 4th. 10:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.
Fee: $325 / $300 PHNW students

( $75 non refundable deposit to hold your space. Creative financing available on request. )

For more information or to register call the PHNW office at 206-938-3375. Space is limited!

Thank you!

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2 Day Acting Intensive with Anthony Montes coming to Playhouse NW Dec 3rd and 4th! Not to be missed!! Call 206-938-3375 to register. Thanks!

[09/29/16]   We’re excited to announce that Meisner classes are returning to Playhouse Northwest!

We now offer evening and morning classes. The structured Meisner classes are the backbone of what we do. These classes are designed to be taken in sequence, each level lasting nine weeks. At each level on camera and improvisational skills will be interwoven into the curriculum. We are currently accepting registration for Level 1 Foundation.

If you’re serious about transforming your acting, this is the place to start. For professional actors in film and television, it’s no secret that Meisner work is their super power in both their life and career. The benefits include a greater sense of truth, emotional depth and flexibility in your work.

There are four levels of classes, each nine weeks long. Students can take classes once or twice a week. Outside practice is required.

Each level costs $300. A $100 non refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. We have a fall special of all four levels for $900 — a savings of $300. This special will end Dec. 31, 2016.

In addition, all current PHNW students will receive discounts on the fantastic workshops we offer. And all returning Meisner students will receive $25 off classes! (Level 1-3.)

Call Playhouse NW at 206-938-3375 to register. Only 12 students per class will be accepted.


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Level 1: Foundation - Living Truthfully
“Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” Sanford Meisner said. In our first nine weeks together, we’ll work on the first half of that statement: living truthfully.

Working through this innovative, step-by-step series of improvisational exercises will train you to be thoroughly responsive, emotionally alive, spontaneous and absolutely grounded in the reality of what is happening at any given moment with any given person. These foundational exercises will get you out of your head and into being absolutely present to the world around you and the people with whom you share it.

Upcoming sessions 2016
Mondays evenings: Oct. 17–Dec. 12, 7:30- 10:00p.m. (Instructor: Lisa Skvarla)
12 students max
Thursday mornings: Oct. 20–Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Instructor Lisa Skvarla)

Level 2: Under Imaginary Circumstances
In Level 2, we’ll begin to explore “imaginary circumstances.” New elements will be added to the exercises that will work to broaden your imagination, exercise your faith in given circumstances and ground your acting in your own unique point of view.

As you continue this work through the advanced exercises, we’ll begin to show you ways to bring the improvisational nature of Meisner work to actual scripts by turning the script into an improvisation with words.

Our last class together will be an open class during which you’ll perform a scene for an invited audience.

Upcoming Sessions 2017
Monday evenings: Jan. 9 – March 6
Thursday afternoons: Jan. 12 – March 9

Level 3: Emotional Preparation
Acting is an emotional art form, yet as Meisner told us, “acting is not emoting.” So how do we deepen our emotional life without becoming indulgent, self-conscious actors? How do we meet the emotional demands of the script without faking anything?

Level 3 has the answers. You’ll be guided through a nine-week series of exercises designed to deepen and set free your emotional life. The “emotional preparation” and “particularization” exercises will give you the tools you need to truthfully meet the deepest emotional demands of any script.

At the end of these nine weeks, you’ll put your new skills to the test and perform a second scene for an invited audience.

Upcoming sessions 2017
Wednesday evenings: Jan. 11 – March 8
Monday evenings: March 27 – June 22
Thursday afternoon March 30th - June 25

Level 4: Doing the Work
Here we’ll give you the interpretive tools you’ll need to put all your Meisner training into practice in the real world.

You’ll learn how to read a script with the precision and dexterity of a surgeon, work with impediments, discover how to make active choices that work for you, and unlock your ability to personalize the circumstances of the scripts you work on.

You’ll emerge from Level 4 with a concrete, no-nonsense process that will give you a solid foundation for the rest of your acting career.
Upcoming sessions 2017
Wednesday evenings: March 29 – June 24

Advanced Meisner Scene Study
Scenes will be performed at Starlight Amphitheater in Cle Elum Wa.

Current and former students. Deepen your work, expand your craft and connect.

In this repeatable, advanced scene study class, you’ll be given the opportunity to work on two scenes using all of the tools you learned in Levels 1-4. Practice personalization, script analysis, emotional preparation, particularization and impediments, all while honing your ability to work off your scene partners.

This class will culminate in a performance for invited guests where you will perform one or both of your scenes.

Upcoming sessions TBA

About the instructor
Lisa Skvarla is the founder of Playhouse Northwest Acting School and Starlight Amphitheater in the beautiful mountains of Cle Elum Wa. She is a certified Meisner acting teacher graduate under the TRUE Acting Institute with Master Larry Silverberg. In addition she has studied under master Meisner teachers JD Coburn, and Robyn Lynn Smith. She is a SAG/AFTRA actor and a certified stunt person. She has appeared on numerous national television shows including “Northern Exposure,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “Case Closed” and the Discovery Channel's "The Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Me." She also has appeared in numerous commercials, industrials, web series and theater productions. Currently she is the executive producer for a three-season action web series, "Divine Shadows," that started filming in April 2015. Lisa is a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and the proud owner of Lee's Martial Arts in West Seattle. For three years she served as the chairwoman for the American Women’s Self-Defense Association and has taught self-defense and rape prevention to women and girls across the country.

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Playhouse NW Acting School Presents:

Live from New York it's Maggie Reed!!!

Playhouse NW Acting School is extremely excited to be hosting Maggie Reed, the very talented and top teacher in NYC specializing in Situational Comedy! You have seen Maggie on Seinfield, Golden Girls, Law & Order, Star Trek, Spin City and now she is fresh off the set of John Turturro's new film Going Places, shooting with and being directed by Mr. Turturro.

Playhouse NW Acting School is thrilled to present this opportunity! Check out the class curriculum below along with Maggie's bio and demo reels. To register call the Playhouse NW office at 206-938-3375. Space is limited.

Acting in Comedies & SitComs
Master Class
with
Your SitCom Coach - Maggie Reed

Do you want to master on-camera comedy and book more comedy roles? Laugh all day while you perfect auditions and cold readings? Develop an understanding of comedy script analysis? Then this is the class for you!

Sunday October 2, 2016
11am-6pm
(1 hour break from 2pm-3pm)
Only accepting 12 students for maximum work time.
$225

Morning Session - Comedy Exercises & Cold Reading Auditions of Short SitCom scenes provided by the teacher. Topics: Understanding The Rules of Comedy, On-Camera Audition & Cold Reading Technique.

Afternoon Session - Prepared/memorized scenes - on-camera mock auditions. The scene should be 2 pages in length, emailed to Info@YourSitComCoach.com by September 26, 2016. Or, if you'd prefer to have a scene assigned to you, please email with your headshot/resume/website link. Include your type, the kinds of characters you see yourself cast as, or actors who are doing or have done the roles you want to do. A scene will then be emailed back to you ASAP so you can break it down and memorize it. Please bring a hard copy with the reader's lines highlighted.

Get Your On-Camera Comedy Auditioning Skills In Booking Shape!

MAGGIE REED – YOUR SITCOM COACH, has the acting chops and 15 years of teaching know-how to help guide you to your best, most comedic or dramatic actor-self on-camera, on-set, and on stage. Maggie holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Cornell University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of California/Santa Cruz. She is the top teacher in the NYC area who specializes in teaching Situation Comedy acting and on-camera technique, both multi-camera and single-camera for TV and films. Watch some of her work here: http://www.themargaretreed.com/reels/. Find out more at www.TheMargaretReed.com and http://YourSitComCoach.com

themargaretreed.com Seinfeld, Law and Order, Spin City, Reasonable Doubts, Empty Nest, Law and Order:SVU, The Young Riders, Law and Order:CI, Star Trek TNG, The Golden Girls. 6 minutes

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