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AWE Classes

Our current class offerings are always changing, but this is a cross section of AWE classes. 



Our classes are grouped mostly by age, not necessarily by experience.  This is by design. At Acting With Emily, all of our classes are “professional level” and can be taken multiple times. They are small, with an average of 6-8 students per class. What does this mean for you?  Whether you are a beginner or a working professional, our classes are designed to bring out the best in you, and help you learn and grow at the right “level” for you. For example, students in ‘Acting for the Camera” range from beginners to those with feature film credits.  Many of our students of all levels enjoy private coaching as well.  Some classes are by audition only or require permission from our staff. If you are interested in one of these classes, please email us. Please also visit our FAQ page for more about our classes and structure.

AwE student Melanie sings for Wicked star Michelle Federer.

Acting for the Camera

We will be working “on camera” with scripts (hand picked for each and every student) with modified TV, Movie and Commercial scripts for emergent readers. The goal of the class is to improve on-camera comfort, confidence, and skill while students hone their acting skills in a supportive, exciting, and enriching environment. Every class utilizes real video playback so students can get true on-camera experience! This class is designed to be taken multiple times. Because all scripts are hand picked and classes are deliberately small, you will always get personal attention, and will always be in a class that is a “good fit” for you!

Acting for Commercials

Commercial acting is a skill unto itself! An excellent choice work working or aspiring professionals, Each class focuses on various techniques employed by working professionals.  The class focuses on cold readings, script dissection, cue cards, improvisation, partner work, audition etiquette and technique, on set etiquette and more. Students will work individually and in groups to improve and advance their on-camera presence and on-camera commercial technique.  All skill levels are welcome.

Acting & Improv

Basic acting and improvisation skills are introdued and honed in this fun and fast paced class. Through improvisation excersises, students learn the “how” and “why” of connecting through truth, honesty, and emotional experience with their characters.  They also work with text based material (existing and of their own creation) to explore characters and scenes in an exciting class! This is an excellent class for beginner actors looking to learn more about improvisation and script based acting, as well as experienced actors looking to keep “on their toes” and keep material fresh and sharp.

Broadway Dance

Ready to pop, lock, jette, pirouette, and of course, Rock Out?! AWE is proud to present SYTYCD: Broadway Dance! Learn the actual choreography from your favorite Broadway shows taught by professionals who performed them! All skill levels welcome, but be prepared to work, learn, and HAVE FUN!

Audition Technique for Musical Theatre

This class helps students understand the value of acting their song, how to audition effectively, choosing the right material, preparing for the role, and ultimately, getting the part! A great class for students auditioning on all levels, from school shows to broadway.

College Audition Prep

To conservatory or not conservatory? That is the question!, Audition materials, surviving the college application process, the best schools for you, both before, during, and after the 4 years. You will be prepped, prepared and excited for your college auditions with expert monologue coaching, interview prep skills, resume construction, and even help with video auditions if necessary. Musical Theatre participants will work on college-audition appropriate songs with a live accompanist each week. Team taught by three working professionals with recent and relevant conservatory training, with personalized, professional insight and guidance straight from the mouths of admissions directors, college instructors, and agents who attend the graduates’ showcases!  Where was this class when we were preparing for college auditions?! (Strongly recommended in 2nd semester junior and 1st semester senior year)

Creative Drama

This class allows students to develop original characters and plot lines based on stories existing or imagined by us! The relaxed and supportive environment allows students to get comfortable on stage while they begin to understand dramatic structure (plot/character/conflict, etc)


Recommended for aspiring filmmakers as well as serious film actors, this is a great opportunity to learn filmmaking from professional producers, cinematographers, and directors. Learn the basics of cinematography, sound, lighting, story-boarding, generating shot lists, and more.  This class will help ready our students to make their own short films in our 4-week Filmmaking WORKSHOP.

Musical Theatre Technique

Students  learn safe, proper singing techniques, breath control, pitch, etc, as well as both popular and age appropriate Broadway songs in a class specifically and specially designed for rising broadway stars. In addition to singing, children will learn movement stage direction and  blocking, and work on building all skills necessary for musical theatre in a fun creative and professional environment. While scenes and songs are taught, the goal of the class is to build and develop valuable musical theatre skills.

Musical Theatre SHOW

(not offered Winter 2012, check back soon!) Students in this class will workshop a favorite show, chosen each semester based on enrollment. Students will learn selected songs, lines, and choreography for the show. Every child will have a role, solo singing and spoken lines. Students will work on their acting, dancing, and vocal skills while learning classic age-appropriate musical theatre skills!

On-Camera Audition Technique

For students looking to apply their on camera skills to auditions, and bookings! Audition technique for film ,television, and commercials are all covered in this class designed for students looking for a practical and professional application of their existing skills while learning new ones!

On-Camera Scene Study 

These master classes offer a way for students who have already taken our regular on-camera curriculum to further their studies and keep themselves in front of a camera on a weekly basis. We will focus on many advanced techniques including script structure, scoring, and professional film/tv issues. This class is by audition or invitation only. 

Scene Study

Utilizing techciques and exercises from Adler, Stanislavsky, Meisner, etc, as well as authentic scripts, this class will encourage serious actors to go further with their acting. Whether aiming for the school play or for Broadway, this class will help you realize your full potential as an actor.

Sketch Comedy & Improv

Students in this class will be introduced to the fundamentals of sketch comedy through improv games and exercises. What IS funny? WHY do we laugh? HOW to we achieve comedic goals as an actor and as a writer? The  semester is devoted to students creating their own memorable characters, working in groups, and “finding the funny”.

Storybook Theatre

Using our favorite fairy tales, superheroes, and fables, we bring stories to life with a craft, dress up, and lots of fun! A class promoting imaginative play while using creative thinking, listening skills, and cooperation in an age appropriate setting.

TV Tykes

(not offered Winter 2012, check back soon or call for private coching) Students will be introduced to commercial scripts, improvisation, and audition techniques while building teamwork and listening skills and expressing themselves creatively on-camera every week. This one of a kind class allows our pre-readers to become familiar with blocking, slates, marks, and basic on camera technique in a unique and fun way!

Voice Over Technique

Using professional studio recording equipment and actual scripts from commercials, students will be introduced to proper microphone technique, diction, cold reads, script analysis, booth etiquette, and the many “tricks of the trade” that will help put you on the path to success as a voice over actor! As with all of our classes, we use only authentic voice over scripts.

Voice Lessons

Private voice lessons are available with our skilled professional staff. Audition prep, material selection, vocal technique, and more, invividually tailored to meet your specific needs.  Please call for more information.


Media Coaching

Please contact us for corporate pricing

To effectively communicate in today’s media, you have to understand two key elements: who reporters are and what they want. Emily’s staff of media consultants and reporters educate corporate executives on the media’s news gathering techniques and approaches. With a better knowledge of the news process, AWE then puts corporate leaders to the test. In taped mock television interviews, she takes executives through the rigors of the news interview process and then coaches them on ways to better present their viewpoints and be quoted on the issues they want to convey.

Public Speaking 

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From intense one-on-one sessions to day-long seminars that span the gamut of presentation skills, Emily and her staff prepare executives to be effective public speaker. One on one taped sessions prepare the speaker to take their fine-tuned message to their intended audiences.

Corporate Coaching

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These sessions are designed to help executives fine-tune their message, present themselves effectively in business and business-casual settings, and make sure they are putting their best foot forward every step of the way. These sessions can also include wardrobe and styling coaching.