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Saturday Workshop Series

April 17 @ 9:30 am - May 15 @ 12:00 pm


Barnstormers Theatre Opens Up More Spots for Students in their Classes for Theatre Artists

GRANTS PASS – Barnstormers Theatre, Oregon’s longest continuously operating community
theatre, continues to fulfill its long-standing mission of providing entertainment and education
opportunities to Southern Oregon with the return of its popular theatre workshop series.
Workshops will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays.
The theatre will offer Auditions and Cold Readings on Saturday, April 17 and Tackling
Shakespeare on Saturday, May 15. The classes are now available to 15 students, up from the original cap of six students, due to the latest guidelines for COVID-19 restrictions. Face coverings are required of all participants. Once classes are filled, additional dates might be scheduled.

Registration is $10. The instructor for the first two classes is Steven Sabel.
Sabel is an award-winning theatre artist both on and off the stage. He has produced and directed
more than 140 productions, including more than 60 Shakespearean productions covering 23 titles
in the Shakespeare canon. His credits include everything from classic Greek tragedies to
contemporary favorites and musical theatre. As a producer/director, he has viewed more than
5,000 actor auditions and has worked with more than 1,500 different actors during his career.
Auditions and Cold Readings will focus on teaching participants how to be prepared for
auditions for the stage. The workshop will include actors learning various techniques for
mastering cold readings of scripts and sides, making compelling auditions choices, and
exhibiting confidence in the audition room.
“So many actors make the same, common mistakes in the audition room. This workshop will
teach actor how to avoid those pitfalls, while empowering them to make choices that
demonstrate their full abilities to directors during the audition process,” said Sabel.
Tackling Shakespeare will focus on various approaches to mastering Shakespearean dialogue
and characterization. Participants will learn proper scansion, script and character analysis, and
exercises that will help them to prepare for a Shakespeare performance.
“Too many actors are intimidated by Shakespearean works, and they don’t need to be. Once you
know the secrets to tackling Shakespeare, the text becomes less mysterious, the characters open
up to you, and you gain the confidence you need to master a Shakespearean performance,” Sabel
To register for the workshops, please call the theatre at (541) 479-3557 or email
barnstormersgp@gmail.com. For additional information, please visit www.barnstormersgp.org.


April 17 @ 9:30 am
May 15 @ 12:00 pm
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Grants Pass, OR 97526 United States
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