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Queen Danford – Tuesdays, Oct 13 – Nov 17, 6-8:30pm


This is a time in our lives when we are all facing various challenges.  It’s important to stay inspired, and for some of us, to speak out.


This course will begin with on camera exercises.  Each exercise will have a specific focus such as paying attention to eye placement, listening/reacting, understanding your frame, and keeping all behavior organic and truthful.  These important acting fundamentals will serve as a foundation to explore on camera audition techniques.


It’s important to know that auditioning is a skill all its own.  It is a combination of “presentation of self,” and “presentation of material.”  Both are equally important.


Students will need to have a monologue ready to work on by week 3 when on camera audition techniques will start to be woven in.  The instructor will provide the monologue if needed. Students will also be auditioning with cold readings that will be handed out by the instructor.


Though students will be exploring audition skills weekly, they will also have the opportunity to experience a “mock audition”  on their final class.


About the instructor: Virginia Queen Danford has a BFA in Acting from West Virginia U. and an MFA in Acting from The School of Arts at Penn State. She exercises a broad range with her craft and has a lifetime of performance experience. She relocated to the Triangle from New York City where she’d been working for eight years as a professional actor, teacher, choreographer and director. She also co-founded NYC’s Broad Horizons Theatre Company and currently serves on the Board of Directors. In addition to teaching drama and movement programs, she is involved in addressing social issues to inspire change through theatre and film. In 2002, she was hired by FEMA to work as a crisis counselor through creative arts to deal with feelings of loss following the tragedy of 9/11. In 2003, she wrote and directed Freedom and the American Revolution, a series of one-act plays that also included songs and dances. She has currently worked with The ArtsCenter, Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre, UNC-CH’s Dept. of Education, Raleigh Little Theatre and The Durham Arts Council, among others.

This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.


All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!