ONLINE CLASSES

Dragon Theatre is proud to offer ONLINE classes for both adults and youth. We also offer corporate workshops and private coaching for actors and public speakers. All programs are developed and run by Dragon’s Education Director Justine Bechler. Please email her with questions.

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ADULT PROGRAMMING

For students 18 and up

Students will need access to the internet and a hands-free device (tablet, computer, laptop) with a camera and microphone for all courses.

 

Acting Classes

 

Advanced Acting: For experienced actors or those who have worked with the instructor. Apply techniques to scene work for a virtual performance! 
Tuesdays, June 30 – August 4. 7:00 – 8:30 pm (PT).
Tuition: $175

REGISTER NOW!

 

Shakespeare Webinar: The 1595 and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”:
Explore the ins and outs of the plague and how it affected Shakespeare’s works!
Sunday, July 12. 4:00 – 5:00 pm (PT).
Tuition: $25
Instructor: Neva M. Hutchinson

REGISTER NOW!

 

Improv For Everyone: This course welcomes everyone: those new to Improv, seasoned improvisers, actors who want to try this genre of theatre, and all those in between who just want to have fun!
Tuesdays, May 19 – June 23. 6:30 – 8:00 pm (PT).
Tuition: $150
Instructor: Corinne Kason
We are currently scheduling our next session.

 

An Actor Prepares: Whether you are seasoned or new to acting, this is a safe place to explore and create! Explore how to both embody and attune to the psychology of a character.
Saturdays, May 16 – June 20. 10:00 – 11:30 am (PT).
Tuition: $170
Instructor: Joshua Waterstone
We are currently scheduling our next session.

 

Meisner Technique: Meisner defines acting as “Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances”.  Learn action to connect an actor with the present moment.
Fridays, May 1 – June 19. 6:00 – 8:00 pm (PT). Prorated Tuition: $185.
Instructor: Joshua Waterstone
We are currently scheduling our next session.

 

 

Playwriting

Essential Elements of Playwriting: Delve into the art of writing plays that engage, delight, and move audiences!
Sundays, June 21 – August 9. 7:00 – 9:00 pm (PT).
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Bridgette Portman

REGISTER NOW!

 

Ten Ways to Get a Laugh: This course will focus on humor in entertainment works and includes recorded lectures accompanied by virtual classes. 
Thursday, May 7 – June 4. 6:00 – 7:00 pm (PT).
Tuition: $150 (Lectures & Virtual Class)
Lecture Fee: $75 (Lectures only)
Instructor: Leanna Keyes
We are currently scheduling our next session.
Please contact Justine if you would like to purchase the lecture recordings.

 

Sketch Comedy Drop-In Writers’ Room – For TV, Stage, & Film: Bring in a 5 page sketch or a pitch and work it out in a hands-on setting with a Peabody Award winning and four-time Emmy nominated writer and producer, Rich Talarico! Rich will work with students in the order of registration.
Student registrations will close at 3:00 pm on the Thursday preceding each writer’s room.

Registration for auditors will open at 4:00 pm on the Thursday preceding each writer’s room.
Instructor: Rich Talarico
Saturdays. 3:00 – 6:00 pm (PT)          Student Tuition: $75 / Auditor Tuition: $30

REGISTER NOW!

 

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YOUTH CLASSES

Dragon is thrilled to bring our youth quality theatre training with the new Redwood City Youth Theatre!

For a full listing of all of the classes we offer, please visit the RWCYT website.

Summer camps will be hosted online!
Details will be updated HERE.

You can support youth education by making a donation.

 

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SHOWS FOR YOUTH

Dragon has partnered with Geek Club Books to offer some of their Dorktales storytelling events.

Check out the schedule of events here!

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About the Education Director

Justine Bechler is a South Bay area native with personal ties to Redwood City. She is a professional actor, singer, and theatre educator having most recently worked at California Theatre Center where she was the head of the education department. Justine has worked with students ages 5-18 having directed and vocal directed numerous productions as well as mentoring teenage teaching artist interns and has personally written a few scripts for the younger students to perform. Justine is an extremely dedicated and hardworking individual who has grown up on the stage and has a passion for educating the art of performance. She loves passing on the knowledge of how the vocal instrument functions to impart proper singing skills and helping actors grow while simultaneously instilling confidence to students. Justine first fell in love with theatre education while taking a course at Cal Poly Pomona where she and two fellow students worked with local high schoolers to produce their own play. She loved watching theatre bring people from all different backgrounds together and collaborate on a common goal. Justine is very excited to land at the Dragon Theatre to work with the students in this wonderful community to help them grow to be the best! Please email her with questions about youth or adult programming.

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Dragon Theatre Corporate Workshops

Theatre is a great model for creative collaboration. It provides many powerful communication tools. It promotes flexibility and empathy in your team. Dragon’s workshops are custom tailored to the needs of your organization. Our workshops utilize theatre techniques and practices to help further your business goals. The San Francisco Chronicle had a great piece a few years ago about why tech companies are looking to improv workshops to foster employee skills that’s worth a read.

Here are some of the skills Dragon Theatre Workshops can help foster in your staff:

Theatre Skills for Business

Workshops and Team Builders

Product Storytelling (in collaboration with ProductMaestro)
Combine product management and theatrical skills to Align, Craft and Deliver a compelling vision about your business or product to customers, employees and investors.

Showing Up Ready
Learn the actor’s toolkit to develop Physical, Vocal and Mental mastery so you can show up ready to tackle any high stakes situation with grace and confidence.

Improv Principles for Life
Understand the principles of improv from an insider perspective by participating in fun and low-pressure games and exercises used by the professionals and practice the application of these powerful communication tools in your everyday life.

Events and Parties

  • Host your Meetings, Retreats, Presentations & Parties at the Dragon
  • Hire us to design immersive parties and events at the Dragon or venue of your choice.

Private Coaching

  • Wayfinding your design voice
  • Confidence Building
  • Mindfulness Techniques
  • Communication Skills & Storytelling

*Workshop length varies based on your needs and the size of your group. Dragon is happy to create you a custom workshop based on your team’s goals and culture if you tell us more via email.

Basic Pricing Information

  • All workshops have a minimum cost for ten or fewer participants, starting as low as $500
  • Each additional participant after the first ten will cost between $40 – $200/person depending on length and complexity of workshop.
  • Dragon is committed to providing accessible services for nonprofits and community organizations and may be able to provide a discount on a case by case basis.

Please contact Justine, Education Director, for a specific quote or with questions about services that Dragon can provide your company.

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Private Acting or Public Speaking Coaching

Bora “Max” Koknar, Co-Artistic Director, can work with you and help you improve your skills in public speaking and business presentations, audition prep (professional, community, college), character movement and physicality, mime, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation and dialect work. He can also partner with actors of any level over the long term with regular sessions to develop self-awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and work together on improving your overall craft in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Max can also provide consultation on things like play writing and script development, self-producing, marketing, personal branding, audience experience design (site specific/immersive/interactive plays and other live events).

Where appropriate and more convenient for the client, it may be possible to arrange an online class via skype or similar service.

Pricing is on a sliding scale depending on what you want to work on and ability to pay, from $50 – $150 an hour. Contact Max at max (at) dragonproductions.net with a little about yourself and what you’re looking for to get a specific quote.

A brief look at Max’s bio:
  • Actor, Consultant with First Person Travel on NYT Featured Headlands Gamble
  • Lead Actor, Writer, Co-Director, Co-Artistic Director on SFWeekly Featured Ancien Regime
  • Story and Audience Experience Designer on a collaboration with Finnish government (The Decameron Project 2017) at the old Outokumpu mine.
  • Consultant/Guest Lecturer/Teaching Artist/Coach in collaboration with U.C. Berkeley (Berkeley, CA), Adventure Design Group (San Francisco, CA), The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), Willow Glen Elementary Tiger Theatre (San Jose, CA), Daniel Wright Elementary (Dublin, OH),  Theatre of All Possibilities (Various Bay Area, CA), California Theatre Center (Various, CA, NV, WA, OR), Northside Theatre (San Jose, CA), Crowded Fire (San Francisco, CA), Triangle Lab (Bay Area, CA) and the Arena Stage (Washington DC)
  • Have performed in front of nearly 500,000 people over the course of my career.
  • Past collaborators and teachers include movement coaches who’ve worked for the Blue Man Group and Marvel’s Thor, students and collaborators of Marcel Marceau, Obie Award Winners, and Cirque du Soleil clowns.

 

About Dragon Productions Theatre Company:
Dragon Productions Theatre Company is a 501c3 nonprofit company. Your attendence in our classes allows us to keep expanding our offerings season after season and enriches the greater Bay Area community. Thank you so much for your interest and support!