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Classes offered in Technical Theatre, Stage Acting, Musical Theatre, TV & Film Acting, Physical Comedy and more! Private Coaching is also available and tailored to each client's interests and goals. Work with seasoned professionals to develop your skills!

Payment plans and financial aid are available.

Please email MVT Studio Education Coordinator & Head Acting Teacher Julia Ogilvie at julia.ogilvie@manoavalleytheatre.com for any questions or for further information.

"Inspired by Julia’s knowledge and enthusiasm, and uplifted by her support and encouragement, I learned a lot in a short amount of time!  I felt more confident at my next audition, too." 

- Karin B.

   MVT Studio Student

INTRO TO THEATRICAL LIGHTBOARD PROGRAMING 
Two Day Workshop

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Saturday September 3rd 

1pm - 3pm

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Saturday September 10th 

1pm - 3pm

$100

DESCRIPTION The workshop will consist of two meetings of two hour duration with a week in between. The first meeting will be a basic overview of lighting control theory and the second a hands-on session with an ETC Element 1 console. A list of tutorial videos will be assigned for homework to be viewed during the week between classes. REQUIREMENTS Students should have a familiarity with basic stagecraft and terms, along with some knowledge of stage lighting equipment and control. Students will need a computer and access to the internet suitable for video streaming. No light board experience needed, just a willingness to learn programming and the underlying logic. WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE THE CLASS WITH? You will be able to program, edit and playback basic cues and faders on an ETC Element 1 and by extension the entire Eos Family of consoles. You will also leave this workshop with a foundation to understand more complex programming and the knowledge of where to find more advanced tutorials. WHERE DOES THIS CLASS MEET? MVT Studios, 2855 E. Manoa Rd Suite 207 & Manoa Valley Theatre, 2833 E Manoa Road WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR? Ages 14+ People with basic knowledge of stagecraft and stage lighting. LLOYD S. RIFORD III Lloyd S. Riford III is a Lighting and Set Designer who has designed over 190 productions for companies in New York and Hawaii including dramas, musicals, dance and multimedia. He taught Technical Theatre and Design classes at Mid Pacific Institute for twelve years, and mentored many high school and college students over the last forty years in Lighting Design and Light Board programming. Lloyd holds a MFA from Yale School of Drama.

 

STAGE ACTING CLASS - Level 1 Beginner

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Sundays from

September 18th - November 6th

4pm - 6pm

8 weeks, 2 hours per class

$395

CLASS DESCRIPTION In this class you will learn how to use your voice, body, imagination, and uniqueness of self to have fun performing theatrical pieces in a clear, truthful and exciting way. This class will conclude with an invited showing of the students' creative process in the classroom. WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE THE CLASS WITH? How to tell an exciting story onstage. How to prepare for theatre auditions. Students will leave the class with one audition ready monologue. WHERE DOES THIS CLASS MEET? MVT Studios in Manoa Marketplace, 2855 E. Manoa Road, Suite 200 WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR? Ages 16+ Beginners

 

PHYSICAL COMEDY CLASS

Wednesdays from

October 5th - October 26th

7pm - 9pm

4 weeks, 2 hours per class

$175

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CLASS DESCRIPTION In this class, you will “find the fun” as an actor, performer, and human being. Through song, exercises and games, you will explore laughter, wonder and discovery. And, you will uncover the freedom in play. Jump into your body, reconnect with your spirit of play and become generous with your gift of performance. WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE THE CLASS WITH? An awareness of how to approach any performing opportunity from a sense of play, curiosity and fun. For anyone who gets up in front of an audience, this class will allow you to find the fun and the spirit of play. If you find your fun, so will your audience! WHERE DOES THIS CLASS MEET? MVT Studios in Manoa Marketplace, 2855 E. Manoa Road, Suite 200 WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR? Ages 16+ Beginners welcome!

SUZEN MURAKOSHI

Suzen Murakoshi is a writer, teacher, and performer from `Aiea. She has taught at New York University, with the New York City Kids Project, and with the 52nd Street Project, also in NYC. Her work has been produced internationally with notable performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Penumbra Theatre in Minneapolis, and at La Mama in New York City. Locally, she has performed at the UH Mānoa Kennedy Lab Theatre, the Merry Monarch Festival in Hilo, and at LCC. Broadway: Connie Wong in A Chorus Line and a Dog in the King & I. Film: Wallstreet, New Jack City. TV: Magnum P.I., In Performance at the White House, Mathnet. Suzen holds an MFA in acting and playwriting from the New School Drama Program, a BA in drama and theatre from the UH Mānoa, and an AA in Hawaiian Studies from Windward Community College. Philippe Gaulier in France and Aitor Basauri in Hawai`i have been her physical comedy instructors. Suzen is also a certified Chris Bayes Clown teacher.

 

TV & FILM ACTING CLASS

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Thursdays from

September 15th - November 3rd

7pm - 9pm

8 weeks, 2 hours per class

$395

CLASS DESCRIPTION In this class you will learn how to approach a TV or Film script, how to audition and how to work successfully on set. WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE THE CLASS WITH? Tools in how to handle the technical elements when working in front of a camera. How to audition (creating your own self-tape or going into a casting office). How to act in a simple and truthful way. WHERE DOES THIS CLASS MEET? MVT Studios in Manoa Marketplace, 2855 E. Manoa Road, Suite 200 WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR? Ages 16+ Beginners Welcome!

 

Sundays from

September 18th - November 6th

1pm - 3pm

8 weeks, 2 hours per class

$395

 

Prerequisite: Stage Acting - Level 1

To register please email: julia.ogilvie@manoavalleytheatre.com

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Tuesdays from

From September 13th - November 1st

7pm - 9pm

8 weeks, 2 hours per class

$395

 

Prerequisite: TV & Film Acting - Level 1

To register please email: julia.ogilvie@manoavalleytheatre.com

 

INTRO TO TECHNICAL THEATRE CLASS

Saturdays from

October 1st - November 19th

8 weeks 

$350

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DATES & TIMES Saturday October 1st 12:30pm - 3pm Behind the scenes tour of Manoa Valley Theatre & meeting with all three instructors Saturday October 8th 1pm - 3pm Saturday October 15th 1pm - 3pm Saturday October 22nd 1pm - 3pm Saturday October 29th 12:30pm - 2:30pm Saturday November 5th 1pm - 3pm Saturday November 12th 1pm - 3pm Saturday November 19th 2:30pm - 6pm View MVT’s production of The Game’s Afoot & experience a post-show discussion with the show’s designers CLASS DESCRIPTION Always been interested in technical theater but not sure where to start? This class is a great way to learn the beginnings of set, sound, and lighting design. Taught by three of Hawai‘i’s most experienced designers, you’ll learn the basics and then apply that knowledge with hands-on experience in Mānoa Valley Theatre. The course will end with students viewing MVT’s production of The Game's Afoot which will be followed by a question and answer session with the professional designers of the show as well as instructors. WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE THE CLASS WITH? SET DESIGN Participants will learn the scenic design process and how the scenic designer communicates the vision to the production team. Utilizing this information, they will learn the important roles of the technical director, properties designer, and scenic artist. Participants will experience the practical application of scenic painting and/or properties construction. Following the process from creation, through build, designer run, technical rehearsals, and into opening participants will gain a better understanding of how collaboration with all design elements is essential to a successful production. LIGHTING DESIGN Basic understanding of the process of Lighting Design and the role lighting takes in a theatrical production along with the qualities of light a designer uses as artistic tools to paint the visual space on stage. Experience handling a variety of theatre lighting equipment, hanging and focusing fixtures, operating a follow spot and computerized lighting control console, and observing a lighting designer’s workflow from concept through plotting, cueing through technical rehearsals, and refining in dress rehearsals culminating in Opening Night. SOUND DESIGN Students will gain experience in working with a theater house soundboard, basic elements of sound in theatrical spaces, and how to work with sound cues and effects. From problem-solving to setting up physical equipment for the various parties involved in staging a production, students will learn how to navigate standard and not-so-standard sound design and reinforcement procedures, and tried and true methods to make sure that no one notices the magnificent audio wizardry happening around them in real-time! WHERE DOES THIS CLASS MEET? MVT Studios in Manoa Marketplace, 2855 E. Manoa Road, Suite 207 & Manoa Valley Theatre, 2833 E Manoa Rd WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR? Ages 14+ and beginners welcome!

LLOYD S. RIFORD III - LIGHTING

 

Lloyd S. Riford III is a Lighting and Set Designer who has designed over 190 productions for companies in New York and Hawaii including dramas, musicals, dance, and multimedia. He taught Technical Theatre and Design classes at Mid Pacific Institute for twelve years and mentored many high school and college students over the last forty years in Lighting Design and Light Board programming. Lloyd holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

 

MICHELLE BISBEE - SET

Michelle A. Bisbee is a student of life, mother, wife, instructor, freelance scenic and properties designer as well as a scenic artist. Ms. Bisbee is the Associate Professor of Scenic Design, Properties, and Scenic Art for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Locally, she has worked with Mānoa Valley Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, Chaminade University, Ohana Arts, and Kaua‘i Community Players. She has taught at four universities and worked professionally as a scenic designer, properties master,  artisan, scenic artist, fabricator, and restoration for companies such as The Henry Ford Museum, Cirque du Soleil, Music Theatre of Wichita, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and many others. Michelle holds an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Arizona and a BFA in technical theatre from Kent State University.

 

JUSTIN CHUN - SOUND

Justin Chun is an educator, audio engineer, and musician, who has occupied a plethora of roles within the theater and music industries throughout his career. Justin is a graduate of Emerson College (BA in Sound Design/Audio Post-Production), and the University of Pennsylvania (Masters of Science in Education). He has hundreds of thousands of social media views on his various musical endeavors and a regional Emmy Award for his work as a sound designer. As a teacher, Justin has taught audio engineering in a school setting both domestically and internationally and has done professional sound reinforcement, sound design, and music production in Boston, New Hampshire, Shanghai, and Honolulu. Justin values each opportunity to teach, and views these situations as an integral way to maintain, grow, and share technical knowledge while allowing himself to remain active within ever-evolving industries.

 

MVT Studio is truly a place to grow and develop as an actor. Out of all the classes I've taken on the island, this is the most fulfilling and challenging. It is truly a place to grow.

   -Lee S. 

 

Janine Meyers is a master at her craft. Her generosity of spirit in sharing her expertise was invaluable! I now have a greater appreciation and understanding of the intricacies of lighting design.

  - Walt Gaines

 

Julia is not only an extremely knowledgeable teacher but also super approachable and generously shares her knowledge. She genuinely wants you to learn and grow - not only as an actor but as a human.

   - Malia A. 

 

My experience with Ms. Ogilvie was truly amazing and gave me a fresh perspective on acting. Thanks to her wonderful guidance I was accepted into the musical theatre program at Manhattan School of Music in New York City! I will continue to utilize everything that I have learned from Ms. Ogilvie for the rest of my life.

   - Sophia Stark

Julia Ogilvie - MVT Studio Education Coordinator and Head Acting Teacher

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Julia is a teacher and actor originally from Hawai’i and back here from New York. She has taught acting for Yale University, Rutgers University, University of Hawai’i, The Juilliard Drama Outreach Program at Snow College, and has directed and taught for The American Conservatory Theatre’s Graduate Acting Program. Julia is currently the Education Coordinator and head acting teacher at Manoa Valley Theatre's MVT Studio and also teaches acting at Diamond Head Theatre as well as Hanahau’oli School.  She enjoys teaching and coaching performers of all ages and experience levels from around the country as well as internationally. Acting 

work includes: Timon of Athens (Off-Broadway at Theater For A New Audience & The Shakespeare Theater Company); That Beautiful Laugh (Off-Broadway at La MaMa Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Shakespeare Theater Company & The Macau Arts Festival in Macau, China); The Mousetrap (Dorsett Theatre Festival) and You Can’t Take it With You (Chautauqua Theatre Company). She can also be seen in the Disney+ show Doogie Kamealoha M.D. and Magnum P.I. on CBS.  Julia is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts award recipient, and trained in acting at The Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City, and holds a B.F.A. in drama from The Juilliard School.

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MVT STUDIO POLICIES

 

All cancellation/changes must be done at least 24 hours in advance of session time.

If you miss your session, cancel, or change your session with less than 24-hour notice, you will be charged for the session.

 

All class payments are nonrefundable & nontransferable 2 weeks prior to class start date.

Once you have committed to a class, you have committed to the full payment of the class irrespective of attendance.