Studio Luna

Adult Theatre Classes
Winter 2017 Session

Acting Essentials

Tuesdays 7pm-9pm
February 14th - April 25th
No Class on April 11th
10 Sessions - $195
Instructor: Ned Coulter

Designed equally for beginning actors as well as actors with experience, this ten-week intensive class provides a nurturing professional atmosphere where participants learn to free the power of their imaginations and gain a better understanding of the actor's journey when creating a role. The class starts with a review of basic acting skills and quickly progresses through improvisations, exercises, cold readings, and script analysis to acting monologues and scenes from theater and film.

Because of the emphasis on the individual, the goal of the class is that everyone achieves a deeper insight into their own unique knowledge of the acting experience and how they personally relate to it. Directors and playwrights who want a better knowledge of the actor's process have found this course valuable for its straight forward approach.

Master Class: The Actor's Workshop

Wednesdays 7pm-9pm
February 15th - April 26th
Final Presentation on May 3rd
No Class on April 12th
11 Sessions - $210
Instructor: Ned Coulter

Wednesdays 7pm-9pm
September 28th - December 14th
(No Class on October 5th and November 30th)
10 sessions - $195
Instructor: Ned Coulter

Take your acting skills to the next level with our Master Class. This class is designed for student actors with prior class room experience who wish to further explore the craft of acting through the use of monologues and scenes from contemporary and classic writers. Building on the principles introduced in our "Acting Essentials" class, emphasis is on character development and preparing for production. The goal of the class is that everyone achieves a deeper insight into their own unique knowledge of the acting experience and how they personally relate to it. The class will culminate in a presentation in Luna's Studio Theater with an invited audience. Students who have not taken our "Acting Essentials" Class must receive permission from the Instructor to register for the Master Class. Inquiries may be sent to

Civic Playwriting For New and Novice Writers

Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm
11 Sessions - $150
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 18, 25
May 2 (performance)
Instructor: Anna'le Hornak

You've never written a play before? No problem! For thousands of years, playwrights have been bringing people together to explore what it means to be part of a particular society. This unique playwriting class will stimulate novice writers who have an interest in how their words can affect and engage their community. This class begins with the basics of playwriting, exploring what it means to write a "civic play," and sampling multiple techniques for doing so. Playwrights will work on short plays outside of class, using class time to further develop their work. The class culminates in a public reading of these plays by professional actors on Luna's mainstage.

This semester only! Civic Playwriting will be taught by Luna's 2016-2017 Artistic Resident Anna'le Hornak and offered at the special price of $150.

Please note: This class requires approximately 2-3 hours of a week of work outside of the class hours.

Civic Playwriting Reading
Professional actors Lawrence Street (L) and Danielle Renee Thompson (R), with Civic Playwright William Anthony King (C) in a reading of A House is Not a Home by Civic Playwright Marlicia Nicole James.
Fall 2015 Civic Playwrights
Our Fall 2015 Civic Playwrights with Instructor Kaitlin Stilwell.

For More Seasoned Writers

Two Days and Times to choose from:
Tuesday, 10:00-12:30 - New Day and Time!
10 Sessions - $240
Feb. 7, 14, 28, March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 18, 25, May 2
Instructor: Kaitlin Stillwell
Wednesday, 7-9:30
10 Sessions - $240
Feb. 15, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 19, 26, May 3
Instructor: Kaitlin Stillwell

You've taken playwriting classes, you've got drafts piling up on your desk. But how do you take that next step? PlayGym is a new play development forum for playwrights to hear their work read aloud and to receive feedback from professionals in a safe, nurturing environment. PlayGym playwrights have access to 4-5 professional actors trained in new play development and Luna's Resident Dramaturg. Workshop new material, finally finish that play that's been plaguing you, develop it with the actors in the room, try out different versions - how you use your time is up to you.

Each playwright receives over 3 hours of personalized time and becomes a part of a community dedicated to play development.

Please note: this class is intended for playwrights with some experience or training. Please submit a brief resume (including any classes taken), or a writing sample.

Meet Our Teachers

Ned Coulter
Ned Coulter has enjoyed a long and fulfilling career in theater, television, and film. He has played roles on Broadway and Off-Broadway and in many regional theaters across America. He has appeared on Law and Order, on several of the afternoon "Soaps" and had been seen in over thirty commercials. He has taught in many of the major acting studios in New York City and has conducted workshops in theater at several universities.
Kaitlin Stilwell
Kaitlin Stilwell has worked in the literary offices of Urban Stages, The Mint Theater Company, the Hangar Theater, and McCarter Theatre, where she assisted playwrights Marina Carr, Danai Gurira and John Guare on premieres of their new plays. As a freelance dramaturg, she has developed plays with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Southern Writers' Project at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theater's Youth Ink! Festival, and with many individual writers. As an actor, Kaitlin toured North America as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof starring Chaim Topol, Theodore Bikel and Harvey Fierstein, alternatively. Kaitlin has done research for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Company in New York. Her postgraduate work in England culminated in a dissertation on the dramaturgy of climate change plays. Now a resident of Montclair, Kaitlin is so pleased to be working with such talented local playwrights and theater artists at Luna Stage.