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Welcome to 
MVT Studio!

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.

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.

 

MUSICAL THEATER CLASS

Saturdays from

September 24th - October 15th

10am - 12pm

4 weeks, 2 hours per class

$315

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CLASS DESCRIPTION In this class you will gain a clear understanding of how to give a great musical theatre audition, how to tell a story through song, how to bring your unique personality to the material, and most importantly how to have fun! WHAT WILL YOU LEAVE THE CLASS WITH? You will leave this class with an understanding of: How to walk into an audition room confident, prepared and at ease. How to choose music that best showcases your talents. How to choose the 16 or 32 bars of your songs that best show your voice. How to communicate with the audition accompanist. How to perform the material in an entertaining and engaging way that can help get you cast. How to enjoy the audition, rehearsal and performance process! WHERE DOES THIS CLASS MEET? MVT Studios in Manoa Marketplace, 2855 E. Manoa Road, Suite 200 WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR? Ages 16+ and all skill levels welcome!

MARY CHESNUT HICKS

 

Mary Chesnut Hicks has been on the Performing Arts Faculty at ‘Iolani School for 20 years, where she currently teaches Choir and Musical Theatre. She holds a Masters of Music degree in Voice Performance, and her professional credits comprise over 15 roles with Hawaii Opera Theatre, vocal direction for Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera with Ron Bright at Palikū, music direction for many community productions including Chicago, Brigadoon, A Chorus Line, and Grease. She also played leading roles in Little Women, Evita, Ragtime, Titanic, Phantom, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, and Kismet, and most recently was seen as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at DHT. As a stage director, Mary directed The King and I, The Wiz, and Children of Eden for IABK at Palikū Theatre, and has been recognized with several Po'okela awards as a Music Director, Stage Director and Performer. 

 

JULIA HAMILTON OGILVIE


Julia is a teacher and actor originally from Hawaii and back here from New York. She has taught acting for Yale University, Rutgers University, University of Hawai’i, Diamond Head Theatre and The Juilliard Drama Outreach Program at Snow College. She has also directed and taught for The American Conservatory Theater’s Graduate Acting Program. She enjoys teaching and coaching performers at all levels of experience - specializing in auditions for musicals, plays TV & Film. Acting work includes: Timon of Athens (Off-Broadway at Theater For A New Audience & regionally at The Shakespeare Theater Company), That Beautiful Laugh (Off-Broadway at La MaMa Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Shakespeare Theater Company in D.C. and The Macau Arts Festival in China). And she can be seen in the Disney+ show Doogie Kamealoha M.D. as well as CBS's Magnum P.I. Julia is a Presidential Scholar in The Arts award recipient, and trained in acting at The Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City, and has a B.F.A. in drama from The Juilliard School.

 

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: Level 1 or approval by Instructor

For questions 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: Level 1 or approval by Instructor

For questions 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.

 
Rehearsal

ONE-ON-ONE PRIVATE COACHING

Rate

$60 per hour

$220 for a package of 4 private sessions ($20 savings)

 

Acting Coach:

 

Julia Ogilvie

Once you have purchased your private session(s) please click-here to schedule with your instructor.

 

Scheduling times upon request, 1 hour sessions

These One-on-One Private Coaching sessions are tailored to your specific goals and interests. If you are preparing for an audition, wanting to improve your business presentations, gain on-camera technique, learn how to perform Shakespeare, or just want to improve your public speaking skills - these one-on-one sessions will give you that individualized attention that will really help you grow.

 

"My experience with Ms. Ogilvie was truly amazing, and gave me a fresh perspective on acting. I enjoyed going through the process of breaking down each line of monologue or song, and focusing on each specific character for my musical theatre college audition. Ms. Ogilvie was a patient and thorough teacher, and she ensured that I felt as prepared as possible for my audition. Thanks to her wonderful guidance, I was accepted into the musical theatre program at the 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

      MVT Studio Student

"I'm not an actor, but I enjoyed learning from Julia how to read and interpret the text and make it come alive in performance.  Julia made Shakespeare accessible, fun, and exciting.  I highly recommend this class for actors and non-actors alike."  

     -L.H.  

      MVT Studio Student

 

"Julia’ s class in Acting Shakespeare was immensely enjoyable and productive; I looked forward to each class. She not only taught me acting skills and techniques, specific to Shakespeare productions but demonstrated how these could also apply to the modern stage. Benefiting from her tremendous breadth and depth of training and experience, I grew more confident as an actor because I now have some reliable skills." 

      -G. Altwies 

        MVT Studio Student

Julia Ogilvie - MVT Studio Education Coordinator and Head Acting Teacher

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Julia Ogilvie is a teacher and actor originally from Hawaii and back here from New York. She has taught acting for Yale University, Rutgers University, University of Hawai’i and The Juilliard Drama Outreach Program at Snow College. She has also directed and taught for The American Conservatory Theater’s Graduate Acting Program. She enjoys teaching and coaching actors of all ages 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 Co. in D.C), That Beautiful Laugh (Off-

Broadway at La MaMa); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Shakespeare Theater Co. in D.C. and The Macau Arts Festival in China). And she can be seen in the new show Doogie Kamealoha M.D. on Disney+ and in the CBS show Magnum P.I.

 

Julia is a Presidential Scholar in The Arts award recipient, and trained at The Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York, as well as 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.