Mike Anderson is a writer, actor, comedian and Father. He received his classical acting training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade. Writing: Honorable Mention, Screencraft TV Pilot competition. Third place, UCLA pilot competition. Was featured in the Hollywood Reporter as a writer to watch. Plays at Red Bull Short Play Festival, published by Stage Rights. Acting: Comedy of Errors, Othello, and Three Musketeers (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Love's Labour's Lost and Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Shakespeare Festival), The Foreigner (Pioneer Theater), Bell, Book, and Candle (Triad Stage), Fat Pig (Speakeasy Stage), The Rover (New York Classical Theater), as well as the Off-Broadway premiere of The Invested. He wrote and starred in the sketch series "Gubers" at Second City Los Angeles. Teaching: Workshops for Riverside Shakespeare Festival, Sioux City East High School, as well as Young Storytellers and Reading Partners in Los Angeles.
Homework: Required! Students will need to practice learning their songs and memorizing lines.
During the fall semester we will be creating our own mini musical. We will write our own story incorporating 4 pre-written songs. Then we will stage, choreograph, and rehearse our show. We will develop our singing and acting technique through group drama games and vocal exercises. Attendance is very important in this class. Homework will include memorizing lines and practicing songs outside of class, in order to be prepared for rehearsal during class. Our semester will culminate in a performance of our original musical!
Winter and Spring—
During the winter and spring trimesters, we will be working on a full length musical. We will begin the process with preparing for auditions, and continue with staging, choreography, learning songs, designing costumes and props, rehearsing and performing. We will build our skills through drama games and vocal exercises. We will also learn to work collaboratively and develop teamwork as an ensemble. Attendance is very important in this class, as each class session is a rehearsal. Homework will include memorizing lines and practicing songs outside of class, in order to be prepared for rehearsal during class. We will end the semester with a performance for friends and family. The musical will be chosen after enrollment, so that we can choose a show that will include roles for everyone in the class,