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Acting Workshop for 

Aspiring and Experienced Actors


Barry Martin

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About the Instructor: 

Barry Martin has been writing, directing, and performing for almost 50 years (ever since he produced his first play in 7th grade.) He majored in theatre arts and performed in his home state with the Missouri Theatre Ensemble before embarking on a 23-year career in commercial radio. Returning to the stage in 2008, Barry co-founded Lucky Penny Productions with Taylor Bartolucci in 2009. Since that time he has directed more than 30 plays including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Maple and Vine,” “Blithe Spirit,” and “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” and many musicals including “Funny Girl,” “I Love You Because,” and “Cowgirls.” He has written and directed “The Tasting Room” and “I Wanna Be Bad,” and has appeared in many shows for Lucky Penny and other theaters in the Bay Area.


June 8  - July  27   8 weeks

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Ages 18-90

Classes are in-person at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center


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The reason some of us are compelled to act out roles in stories is the same reason we go to see theatre and movies or read novels -we want to feel human connection and share the human experience. In order to do that successfully and in a satisfying way, as actors we must find truth in each portrayal. Believable, real, authentic portrayals bring stores to life.


The 2.5 hour class sessions provide adequate time to rehearse monologues and 2-character scenes, as well as, explore the tools and techniques we use, both verbally and non-verbally, to make our portrayals authentic and impactful. We will discuss acting styles, forms, and theories – how to interpret scripts -developing a back story – finding motivations and intentions – and discuss what makes great actors great. This 8-week course is appropriate for aspiring actors and experienced actors as we shake off the dust of our long idle period and get back on our feet. 


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