Acting Classes in Charlotte

2009 Acting Classes at Actors Theatre of Charlotte

taught by Martin Thompson

Registration is now open for the Winter Session of Adult Acting Classes, beginning February 8th, 2009 at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. Taught by professional actor/director Martin Thompson, these classes are appropriate for both aspiring actors and professionals who would like to improve their skills. Class registration is limited and will be accepted one week prior to the first class of each session.

Basic Technique classes will be held Sunday afternoons from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for eight weeks: February 8th – March 29th, 2009.  Cost: $175 per student.About the Classes:

Basic Technique: This class provides a very practical and easily accessible method of working for both beginning and experienced actors. Incorporating today’s best and most modern principles of acting, this distinctive Layering Technique has been developed by the instructor to provide a practical working foundation for the actor, and to serve as a solid framework on which to build more complex work. Here the actor will identify his unique responsibilities to the creative process, study the essential tools of his craft, and learn to properly apply those tools towards the creation of reality on the stage or in front of a camera.
About the Instructor:

Martin Thompson (AEA-AFTRA-SAG) is an award winning professional actor with over 25 years of credits in Television, Motion Pictures, Commercials, and Industrials, as well as extensive Theatre credits on the New York stage and in Regional Theatres across the country. His daytime television work includes roles on The Guiding Light, The Edge of Night, and All My Children. His motion picture credits include Spies, Mr. Destiny, and Billy Bathgate with Dustin Hoffman. He recently completed filming the upcoming feature Blood Done Sign My Name, and will soon be seen co-starring with Dean Jones in Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, and opposite Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.

Call Actors Theatre at (704) 342-2251 for information and registration. Or register on the Web at

Scene Study classes will be held on Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for eight weeks: February 8th – March 29th, 2009. Cost $175 per student. Continuing Scene Study students are eligible for a discount.


Scene Study: For the more advanced actor, the emphasis of this class is on the practical and creative application of the actor’s technique through a variety of scene work. In this class we will explore the unique skills required to be a truly creative actor. Students will discover how to make strong and interesting choices, and how to unlock the pathways that propel a character into dynamic action. Other topics will also include: script and character analysis, audition techniques, rehearsal methods, and specific performance skills for both period and modern plays. Students must be prepared to spend time outside of class for rehearsal with their scene partners. Instructor’s permission is required for those who have not taken the Basic Technique class.


Thompson has developed a style of teaching that seeks not only to inform and instruct through the development of a strong technique, but also strives to inspire the student to unique and truthful behavior on the stage and in front of the camera. He is well versed in the methods of Stanislavski, Meisner, Adler, Strasberg, and Lewis, as well as the techniques of Uta Hagen, with whom he studied at HB Studios in New York.

For over a decade, Thompson taught Adult Acting Classes in the Triangle, and has also taught Master Classes in Acting at North Carolina State University, served as Artist in Residence at Chowan College and participated in numerous residencies across North Carolina through the NC Arts Council’s Visiting Artists program.


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