PICT Classic Theatre to offer adult acting classes

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Pittsburgh, PA – PICT Classic Theatre, now in its nineteenth season, is pleased to unveil a series of Adult Theatre Classes— its newest program under the PICT Educates banner. Aimed at connecting the PICT professional theatrical community with the Pittsburgh community at large, PICT will offer classes in its new studio in the South Side for adults with an interest in acting.

PICT’s offices moved to 2403 Sidney Street on the South Side in early February, and the new facility provides space for administrative staff as well as a rehearsal studio. “We have always felt it would be an interesting addition to the Pittsburgh theatre scene,” explains PICT’s Artistic & Executive Director Alan Stanford,” and now that we have our own facility in which to operate, we are happy to offer classes.”

The adult classes, led by professional actor James FitzGerald and supported by members of the PICT family of artists, will be held in one-hour sessions on Mondays at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. from May 4 through November 30. These intimate classes, with a maximum of ten participants each, are designed to allow theatre professionals to hone their skills and to give theatre enthusiasts a chance to engage directly in the process.

Three different classes will be offered, each of which will be practical, not theoretical. First is Come As You Are and Get What You Need, which is an open-format class held every-other Monday at 6 p.m. (starting May 4) where participants bring any material they would like to improve, including traditional theatrical pieces for actors or speeches for the business professional. Next is Audition Preparation, held on alternating Mondays at 6 p.m. (starting May 11), which gives direct input into a person’s type, perceived strengths and ideas for audition material that might best suit the participant. The third is a Mock Audition, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. every Monday (starting May 4 and ending November 30), and an accompanist will be available in this class once a month. Classes are $10 each and must be purchased online by noon the day of the class. Walk up participants are not permitted.

The aim of offering classes for adults is to create an environment for the professional community and recent graduates to maintain and develop their individual talents. “This is not just for professional actors,” says Stanford. “This is for anybody who wants to partake, and it is an opportunity for adults who love theatre to experience the practice and skills required to be a professional.”

Guest Professionals:  Jim FitzGerald, Karen Baum, Alan Stanford, Daina Michelle Griffith, Marty Giles, Ken Bolden

Mondays at 6pm and 7:30pm, 1 hour each, starting 5/4 and ending 11/30.

Ages 18+. Anyone under 18 must contact PICT for special permission to attend classes.

PICT 101 – Come As You Are and Get What You Need:

An hour long session with a working professional from the PICT family of artists who will offer advice, feedback or instruction on anything you might bring to the table for them to discuss or review. Rotating Mondays 6pm starting 5/4

PICT 102 – Audition Preparation:

An hour long session with a working professional from the PICT family of artists who will offer audition preparation insights into character traits, casting protocol and how to leverage your own core talents so you are best prepared for any type of audition opportunity. Rotating Mondays 6pm staring 5/11

PICT 103 – Mock Auditions:

An hour long session with a working professional from the PICT family of artists who will offer feedback on your headshot/resume, choice and length of material, and ways in which they believe you could improve your audition experience. Accompanists are available one class a month. Mondays 7:30pm starting 5/4



6pm-7pm (Come As You Are; Audition Preparation – in repertory)
7:30pm-8:30pm (Mock Audition)- Pianist & Keyboard available one class a month; check website for details and sign up to receive email.
Full Schedule: 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/24, 8/31
9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30

Visit picttheatre.org or call our office at 412-561-6000 to purchase. Email classes@picttheatre.org for assistance.


PICT Classic Theatre is committed to the creation of high-quality, professional thought-provoking theatre of substance. As a theatre company, PICT promotes the community and region with education outreach, and also by consistently employing world-class talent who choose to call Pittsburgh their home. From the timeless truths that explore the depths of human nature, to the sharpest Irish wit— long after the curtain falls, PICT Classic Theatre seeks to remind audiences of the first moment they ever felt the power of a great performance.




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