Adult Acting Classes This Fall!

Adult Acting Class Instructor and LST Artist in Residence Craig Kolkebeck

Lee Street Theatre has teamed up with The Acting Place to present a 12-week Intensive Scene Study Acting Program for adults, ages 17 – up.  Craig Kolkebeck, professional actor, director and professor with the Department of Theatre Arts at Catawba College will lead the class, meeting from 10am – 12 pm Monday nights September 7 through November 23.

Kolkebeck is a result-driven teacher, drawing from a wide range of methodologies which include Stanislavsky, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and more, with the ultimate goal of developing a more natural and emotionally connected performance in each student.

Through daily exercises and assigned monologues and scene work, students will learn how to “map out” the foundations of their characters, make active choices, actively listen to others in their scenes and develop greater awareness of their environment.

The final week of class will culminate in a showcase of the student’s work for the public.

Whether you’re an actor with some stage experience who is looking to step up your game or have always wanted to try your hand at acting, this is the class for you!

Cost for the class is $350.  Class size is limited to 10 in order that each student may have the opportunity to work during each class.  Therefore, early registration is encouraged. For registration information, contact Lee Street Theatre – 704-310-5507. **PURCHASED BY AUG 31 AND RECEIVE 10% OFF**

Tickets can be purchased online HERE.

About the Instructor – Craig Kolkebeck

Craig Kolkebeck has been a professional actor and director for 34 years.  A native New Yorker, he received a B.A. in music from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts  from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has acted on stage and in film and television and is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, the American Federation of Radio and Television Actors and former member of Actor’s Equity Association.

He is the former Artistic Director of Teatro Los Pobres/Southwest Repertory Organization and has directed some 70 productions ranging from collegiate and community theatre to multi-million dollar professional shows across the U.S. and 4 foreign countries.  Many may recognize him from his work on stage and as a director of stage productions in Charlotte, Albemarle and Salisbury.

Kolkebeck came to North Carolina in 2006 and began teaching with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte as a Resident Teaching Artist, working with young actors from 9 – 18 years old.  While at CTC, he taught in the theatre’s ongoing School of Theatre Training program, as well as classes in Stage Combat, Improvisation, and summer camps. He also directed for their Onstage program as well as the touring group, the Junior Performance Company.  At Catawba College, he has taught Beginning and Intermediate Acting, Acting for the Camera, the Business of Acting, and Intro to Theatre for Non-Majors, Directing 1 and teaches the ongoing Acting for the Camera. Most recently, he served as Guest Artist for Wauwatosa West High School in Wisconsin and Charlotte Country Day School. 

Kolkebeck’s teaching involves a wide range of teaching methodologies from renowned teachers of acting like Stella Adler, Constantine Stanislavsky, Sanford Meisner and Uta Hagen.  He also brings the wisdom of his own teachers – mentor Cliff Osmond, Katherine Billings and Kim Darby (“True Grit”). He is dedicated to bringing out the best in his students and strives to bring about a well-organized approach to character development and a natural performance.  

“Acting is a learned craft,” Kolkebeck says.  “There are thousands of teachers and each one presents their own style of teaching acting.  There is no one direct road that can get you there. However, at the heart of all acting training is the methods to which you build a foundation or framework for the characters you play.  From there, you have only yourself to draw upon. Great acting comes the moment the audience lets go of the fact that you’re acting and is drawn into the emotional life of your character. This is the responsibility we have as actors to our audience.  This is what I strive to achieve when I perform, and certainly what I try to get out of the students I work with.”