Studio Luna

Classes for Adults
Fall Session

Musical Theatre

Saturdays, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
September 15th - November 10th
9 Weeks - $295
Instructor: Marlaina Powell
This class will focus on bringing together the disciplines of singing, acting, and dancing, to create an effective presentation. Broadway repertoire, and some Pop Rock will be used in interpreting content both musically and dramatically. Staging will then be added for performance. This Musical Theatre class will explore a diversity of rehearsal tools and techniques in pursuit of a dynamic and authentic performance.

Acting Essentials

Tuesday Evenings, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
September 25th - December 18th
10 Weeks - $295 No Class: 10/3, 11/21, 11/28
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.

Playgym

Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Molly Marinik
10 Weeks - $295
No Class: October 2nd, November 11th & 27th
This class is almost full.
You've taken playwriting classes, you've got drafts piling up on your desk and ideas crowding your consciousness. 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. At each session, playwrights will have access to professional actors trained in new play development and a professional dramaturg to guide the process. 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.

In the first session, the dramaturg will spend time with each individual writer going over their goals and brainstorming how to make the best use of class time. In the subsequent weeks, each playwright will get three hours of dedicated class time to work on and get feedback on their play(s). The semester will finish with an individual 30-minute session with the dramaturg.

This class is intended for playwrights with some experience.

Playgym

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Instructor: Cheryl Katz
10 Weeks - $295
This class is almost full.
You've taken playwriting classes, you've got drafts piling up on your desk and ideas crowding your consciousness. 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. At each session, playwrights will have access to professional actors trained in new play development and a professional dramaturg to guide the process. 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.

In the first session, the dramaturg will spend time with each individual writer going over their goals and brainstorming how to make the best use of class time. In the subsequent weeks, each playwright will get three hours of dedicated class time to work on and get feedback on their play(s). The semester will finish with an individual 30-minute session with the dramaturg.

This class is intended for playwrights with some experience.

Playgym

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Kaitlin Stilwell
10 Weeks - $295
No Class: October 2nd, November 11th & 27th
This class is full. Please join a different section.
You've taken playwriting classes, you've got drafts piling up on your desk and ideas crowding your consciousness. 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. At each session, playwrights will have access to professional actors trained in new play development and a professional dramaturg to guide the process. 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.

In the first session, the dramaturg will spend time with each individual writer going over their goals and brainstorming how to make the best use of class time. In the subsequent weeks, each playwright will get three hours of dedicated class time to work on and get feedback on their play(s). The semester will finish with an individual 30-minute session with the dramaturg.

This class is intended for playwrights with some experience.

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.
Cheryl Katz
Cheryl Katz had the pleasure of working at Luna Stage from 2003 to 2018. She served as Director of Play Development from 2003 to 2011, Associate Artistic Director from 2011-2013, and Artistic Director from 2013-2018. During her time at Luna, she contributed to the development of over eighty new works for the stage and oversaw the creation of educational and developmental programming to nurture the artistic impulses and passions of the Luna artistic community. On the Luna MainStage, she directed the world premieres of Razorhurst, a musical by Kate Mulley and Andy Peterson, Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf, The High Water Mark and King of the Mountains by Ben Clawson, Carnaval by Nikkole Salter, Mercy and The Firefly by Amy Hartman, The Fastest Woman Alive by Karen Sunde, the NJ professional premiere of Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff, and three Luna productions of The Man In Room 306 by Craig Alan Edwards (1995 and 2008 in New Jersey, 2010 in New York). Cheryl is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She currently works as a freelance theatrical director, teacher and dramaturg and can be reached at [email protected].
Molly Marinik
Molly Marinik is a dramaturg specializing in new play and musical development. She has developed new work at Atlantic Theater Company, The Flea (Resident Director 2013-15), New Light, Libra Theater, 59E59, Barefoot Theater Company, NYMF, and Musical Theater Factory, among others. She has read scripts and consulted for Alchemation/Kevin McCollum, the Philip Seymour Hoffman Relentless Award (subcommittee member since 2015), Page 73, Barrington Stage, Village Theatre, Rising Circle, Jewish Plays Project, and others. As resident dramaturg with Beehive at Musical Theater Factory, Molly co-moderates the Women/Trans Roundtable and writers groups. And she can often be found at Atlantic Theater Company where she writes grants among many other things. Molly holds an MA in Theater History and Criticism from Brooklyn College.
Marlaina Powell
Marlaina Powell is a Broadway performer and recent recipient of a Master of Music degree from New York University's Steinhardt School and is a 20-year member of Actors Equity Association. Favorite stage credits include Disney's The Lion King (Broadway), and Smokey Joe's Café (Broadway), The Civil War (National Tour), Ain't Misbehavin' (National Tour), NUNSENSE!, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors, and A My Name Is Alice. Most recently, Marlaina appeared in Abram Hill's On Strivers Row at the Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse. Look for Marlaina in the upcoming film MIDNIGHTS, which made its debut at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. For more news and information, please visit www.marlainapowell.com.
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.

All classes subject to cancellation due to minimum enrollment.

Upcoming Calendar

Jan 31 - Feb 24, 2019

MainStage
by Christina Gorman

Apr 4 - Apr 28, 2019

MainStage
by Gabriel Jason Dean