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.
Shakespeares' Tragedies and Combat!
Location: In Person in Valencia
Homework: Students will also be asked to research upcoming assigned topics and bring in fun facts!
Type of Class:
Designed to enhance your HomeSchooling. Students should still be studying the lines and play at home to thoroughly learn this subject.
Materials: We provide the script and will email deadlines of line memorization. Families provide their own costumes & props with our simple guidance. Affordable and low stress.
Fall: In this program, students will learn stage combat and study one of Shakespeare’s tragedies with acting technique for performance. Contingent on class size, we hope to tackle Macbeth but may consider King Lear or Julius Caesar if the class size requires a different tragedy. Through physical and theatrical exercises, students will learn how to create and develop a character, understand Shakespeare and use their voices and bodies to tell this great story. This class is a safe and supportive atmosphere where students are encouraged to make bold acting choices while learning teamwork and gaining confidence. The 10-week session will culminate in a scene and performance selection from our play.
Winter & Spring: Performing a Shakespearean Tragedy ~ TBA
Join us for a fun and exciting program of rehearsing and performing an edit of one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies ~ Macbeth, King Lear or Julius Caesar (TBA and contingent on class size). Our script is edited from the original text keeping the Elizabethan English. Through physical and theatrical exercises, students will learn how to create and develop a character, understand Shakespeare and use their voices and bodies to tell this great story. We’ll bring it all together as we prepare for an end-of-year performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Huck. This class is a safe and supportive atmosphere where students are encouraged to make bold acting choices while learning teamwork and gaining confidence. All students will get a speaking role involving lines that will need to be memorized on schedule. Roles range in size (small, medium and large) and will be cast in consideration of class size, production needs and student preference.
REQUIREMENT: DUAL TRIMESTER COMMITMENT. Performance is traditionally in the evening on the last class day at Huck.