Take a moment to watch the work of some of Barbara’s current and past students.
*for educational purposes only
Barbara Kite is committed to the development of her students, an acting class that provides a safe place to fail and consists of supportive, risk-taking peers, and offering all artists the tools necessary to reach the next level of their growth.
Are you new to the profession? Or have you had classes before but feel something is missing? Are you a professional wishing there was a safe and constructive place you could go to be challenged?
Do you want a strong supportive group of actors and artists with whom you can grow and exchange ideas?
Would you like someone who acts like your own personal acting coach, someone who is a professional actor, someone who works with you as an individual?
Barbara Kite’s MASTERY OF ACTING CLASSES offer a solid foundation for beginners, expansion of form and theory for intermediates, and instructive challenges for those who seek to further refine their craft.
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
INTERESTED but not sure? AUDIT one of the above classes and then decide.
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AUDIT one session Mastery of Acting Workshop – $45.00 [Purchase]
A one-on-one session tailored to your specific needs. CALL FIRST to schedule your session.
A BLENDED METHOD, incorporating Stanislavski, Meisner, Chekhov, Strasberg, Hagen, Spolin, Grotowski, Brook, Morris, Laban, Bogart, Sonenberg, Berry and others, will be used as you participate in exercises designed to will help you develop your own “personal method” and reawaken, expand, and deepen your existing approach.
I see it every week in class. Sit in and observe for yourself!
Through character objectives, perspective, relationships, emotional preparation, urgency, and calibrating the actor’s instrument with character choices, as well as theatre exercises to stretch the imagination, improvisations, independent and partnered activities, monologues and scenes, you will learn to develop your craft and technique.
Although focus is not put on any one method, most actors will start off with the Meisner Technique and picking up a copy of SANFORD MEISNER ON ACTING is highly recommended.
SPECIAL GUESTS are, on occasion, invited to share their techniques and experiences with the class, exposing actors to new and different levels of awareness and creativity. We also recommend your choice of body work on a regular basis – be it Yoga, Pilates, Jazz, Dance or any other body awareness classes you can find to more intimately inhabit your instrument.
SOME OF THE GUEST ARTISTS WHO HAVE SHARED THEIR UNIQUE TALENTS WITH US:
Director and acting teacher Lorraine Bahr
Mask work Gwynne Allyn Warner
Performance Works NorthWest (movement) Linda Austin
Butoh (movement & body work) Doranne Crabble
Erhart Talent (franchised former agent) Lo Earhart
Toadcity Productions Adrienne Flagg
Sowelu Theatre (character work) Barry Hunt
Phoenix Theatre (dialect coach) Nurmi Husa
Phoenix Theatre (singing) Cindy Lyndin
Casting Director Megann Ratzow
Imago Theatre (body work) Carol Triffle
Profile Theatre (script interpretation) Jane Unger
Q6 Talent Agency (former agent) Chris Cusick
Singing teacher extraordinaire Michelle Kooper-Seymour
On camera work Ted Rooney
Cast Iron Studios Eryn Goodman
Q6 Talent Agency (former agent) Aaron Fitzgerald
Introduction to Clown Though Mask Jon Farley
Vocal Coach – Devon Allen
Director, acting teacher, Barry Hunt
Talent Agent – Mary Dangerfield, Dangerfield Talent
ACTING CLASS SHOWCASES
VICTORIA (formerly Victoria & Jazzy Songs of Love)
– International Women’s Day
– Artichoke Music Backstage
Just For Laughs (with original one act, MARTIN’S FIX, by Michael Langman)
– NW Academy Theatre Space
– NW Academy Theatre Space
– Portland Repertory Second Stage
– Artists Repertory Theatre (& toured Portland High Schools)
NAKT: Stories from the Holocaust
– Interstate Firehouse Theatre (& toured Portland High Schools)
Ms. Kite has received Regional Arts and Culture Council Grants for her innovative theatre projects with the Professional Acting Workshop for Young Adults. The young actors research a theme and learn to work as a unit by making group decisions regarding the production – writing, producing, casting, acting, publicity and more.
She has produced/coordinated NAKT:STORIES FROM THE HOLOCAUST (the stories of young people dealing with the Holocaust) and BORDER CROSSINGS (the stories of immigrant teens).
Another actor made the same gesture, pointing at the moon. The audience didn’t notice whether or not he moved elegantly; they simple saw the moon. I prefer this kind of actor: the one who shows the moon to the audience.” From The Invisible Actor by Yoshi Oida
“I don’t believe in God, but I believe in Al Pacino. The other day I was watching Dog Day Afternoon again, and I see a man who is so true, so interesting and I understand more about the world from his performance. And you go, ‘C’mon, it’s only acting.’ Well, wouldn’t you say that a good book or a good painting allows you to see the world in a different way? When I see a great performance, I feel more alive.” –Javier Bardem
“Preparing a character is the opposite of building–it is a demolishing, removing brick by brick everything in the actor’s muscles, ideas and inhibitions that stands between him and the part, until one day, with a great rush of air, the character invades his every pore.” Peter Brook
See REVIEWS for further information about these works.
“Acting is the art of self-revelation.”
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"Barbara Kite has vital enthusiasm for training actors and providing the tools for artistic, business, and personal growth. She has the knowledge, technique, and capabilities. I recommend her highly to anyone who wants to move to the next level of excellence in their work and life."
Professor, Acting/Directing; Resident Artist at Portland State University, founder and artistic director, Our Shoes are Red/The Performance Lab
"Barbara's workshop helped me focus my presentation and pace myself very effectively. Her attitude about public speaking as a natural extension of our own personality and genuineness is refreshing and enjoyable! With her encouragement, I was able to address a large professional group, and hold the audience's attention for a full-day training, feeling confident and relaxed. I heartily recommend work with Barbara for anyone who would like better skills and more fun out of speaking to groups."
Kate McNulty, LCSW
"Barbara delivered an amazing, inspirational address at a party that I hosted for 72 women where she shared with us her journey in living an authentic life. She kept it so real and said thoughts we all have but do not necessarily have the guts to say. It still stands out in my mind how many women stood up and shared themselves at this event. She so richly deserved the standing ovation that she received."