INTRODUCTION TO ACTING. 8 weeks. $210
Mondays, 6:30-9:30 PM, January 24-March 28 with MARK PECKHAM
Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, January 18-March 15 with ELISE MORRISON
Week off TBD
This is a fundamental course for anyone interested in acting on stage
or screen. It focuses on basic skills using exercises, improvisation,
monologue work, and scene study. Some work outside class is required,
but no prior experience is necessary. You’ll finish the class
prepared for more in-depth training and your first auditions—and
you’ll have a great time along the way.
Elise Morrison is a PhD candidate at Brown University in Theatre and
Performance Studies, where she studies and creates surveillance art.
With Molly Flynn and Michelle Carrier, Elise devised and performed
Cabaret Murderess and Mirror Stage at Brown. She is currently a
Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre, where she has appeared in Anna
Bella Eema, Sweet Disaster, Asphalt Dreams, and Biography of a
Constellation. Previously, Elise worked on various new plays in New
York City, and as an acting apprentice at Actor’s Theatre of
Mark Peckham’s recent acting work includes Alfred Doolittle in My Fair
Lady at the Virginia Stage Company, Buried Child at Boston’s Nora
Theatre Company and the Ghost of Christmas Present in Trinity Rep’s A
Christmas Carol. This fall, he directed Kimberly Akimbo at 2nd Story
Theatre. Other recent directing credits include Kill A Mockingbird
and Orpheus Descending (also at 2nd Story), On the Verge, Full Hook-
up, Talking With… Anything Goes and The Unnamed. He has worked
extensively as an acting teacher and theatre instructor with
Providence College, RISD, 2nd Story Theatre, and All Children’s’
Theatre. Mr. Peckham was co-founder and co-artistic director of
Wickenden Gate Theatre in Providence.
SCENE STUDY. 8 weeks. $210
Mondays, 6:30-9:30 PM, January 24-March 28 with ALEXANDER PLATT
Week off TBD
Designed for the intermediate to advanced actor, this class focuses on
the moment-to-moment reality of the scene and making specific acting
choices that support the text. Please come prepared with a monologue
(2 minutes or less) on the first day. While Alex will help guide you
toward great scenes, please be ready to find scenes from contemporary
scripts. Or bring a list of your “dream scenes”—roles you’d love to
play, but aren’t likely to get. For example, if you’re a 50-something
guy yearning to portray Juliet, now’s your chance!
Alexander Platt is Artistic Director of Elemental Theatre Collective.
With Elemental Theatre he has directed several productions in addition
to performing and writing plays. He has appeared on Perishable’s stage
as Hedwig in Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Mansur in Bad Money and Ed in
Falling Up (13th Women’s Playwriting Festival). Other credits include
Judas in The Pathological Passion of the Christ (La MaMa, NYC),
Caliban in The Tempest (Trinity Summer Shakespeare), Hank in Fall
(Studio 42), and Officer Anthony in The Etymology of Bird (Providence
Black Rep). Alex has an MFA in acting from Trinity Rep Conservatory.
FROM BUMPS TO BOAS: BUILDING BURLESQUE. 7 weeks. $185.
Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM, February 7-April 11 with LADY MISS IRIS.
Week off TBD
You’ve seen this old-fashioned theatrical form of striptease on the
stage or screen and you’re secretly dying to try it yourself, aren’t
you? Don’t be shy! You don’t have to do it alone. Lady Miss Iris
will train you in all the arts of burlesque goddesses of yore, from
dance steps to costume crafts. She’ll coach and support you as you
develop your stage persona and very first routine. This course is
perfect for women of any shape, age, size, or shade who have some
dance or acting experience or who have taken It’s Burlesque and want
to deepen their knowledge of the craft. Students are expected to
provide their own materials and spend 2-3 hours per week working
outside class. Women only.
Lady Miss Iris puts the femme back in feminism with her glamorous
transformations. As Providence’s first neo-burlesque artist, the Lady
has performed in rock clubs, theaters, galleries and ballrooms from
AS220 to Worcester. Though currently retired from the variety
circuit, the Lady and her mild-mannered alter ego, Amy have been
featured in The Providence Journal, RI Monthly, Fox News Boston, and
the Boston Herald. Amy was a 2006-09 Resident Artist at Perishable
Theatre, where her original full length performance work, The Thing
That Ate My Brain…Almost, was produced in May 2009. The Thing, an 80-
minute, hilarious fantasty burlesque of personal trauma and science
fiction, was subsequently selected for presentation at the 2010 VSA
Arts International Festival in Washington, DC.
IMPROV COMEDY FOR PERFORMANCE. 8 weeks. $210
Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, January 18-March 15 with MELISSA BOWLER
Ready for a challenge? Looking to push your improv skills in a fast
paced environment? This is the place. Hone your characterization,
game composition, and scene building techniques. Finish the class
sharper, faster and funnier than ever. Intermediate Improv, designed
for more serious students, works in depth on areas of both short and
long form improv. Class culminates in a performance for the public.
Enrollment by audition to ensure the class can move rapidly. Anyone
with improv experience on stage or in classes or workshops is
encouraged to audition.
Actor and playwright Melissa Bowler has been performing Improv since
2002 with such groups as Rejects on the Rise, Inside Jokes, Out of the
Gutter, Unexpected Company, Thibowla Virus and Improv Jones. She has
performed at various comedy and improv festivals including Miami,
Toronto and Austin in addition to teaching and directing improv for
children and adults for the past six years. Melissa also performs
stand-up and sketch comedy with the Sparkling Beatniks of The Empire
PLAYWRITING FOR EVERYONE. 8 weeks. $210
Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, January 18-March 15 with DAVID ELIET
From beginning to advanced, from neophyte to Shakespeare. Indulge
your taste for the dramatic, the comic, the tragi-comic or the
pastoral. Work on that play you’ve always been meaning to write, or
work on the exercises that will be given out in each and every class.
Plot out your plots, sharpen your dialogue, and hone your
characterization skills. Finish up the class with readings of your
work by live actors. But most of all write, write, write.
Playwright and director David Eliet founded of The Perishable Theatre
in 1983 and served as the director of The Cleveland Play House Lab
Company and the Circle In The Square Acting Ensemble. He was a
founder of The Trinity Rep Conservatory (now the Brown/Trinity
Consortium) and the All Children’s Theatre Ensemble. He has been an
Edward F. Albee Playwriting Fellow, a Rhode Island State Council on
The Arts Playwriting Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of an
Alden B. Dow Creativity Fellowship. His two most recent plays were
supported by grants from the RI State Council on the Arts. His plays
have been published and produced in this country and abroad in both
English and in translation.
DANCE SMORGASBORD. 8 weeks. $80
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30PM. January 19-March 16 with NIKKI CARARRA
Gotta dance? Never had a lesson? Don’t know where to start or what
form to study first? Nikki Cararra resolves your dilemma with
progressive arrangement of alignment, strengthening, and stretching
exercises from Ballet, Jazz, and Modern dance. Every class explores
basic movements and how to integrate them into dance technique. This
fun course includes snippets of dance history that provide some
background to the development of various styles and techniques. Each
week culminates with a combination, for which the student will be
prepared for during class. Music ranges from classical ballet
favorites to Tom Waits, the B-52′s, and beyond!
Nikki Cararra is a dance artist and educator. Her choreography has
been presented in theatres, studios, colleges, art galleries, and
fields throughout the region. Ms Cararra shares her love and
knowledge of dance with students of all ages, in private and public
settings. Since 2007 she has worked with other dance professionals and
the RI Department of Education to formulate and distribute K-12 Grade
Span Expectations for the study of Dance as an academic subject in RI
public schools. She currently teaches technique classes in Modern,
Ballet, and Tap, as well as Composition.
:. THE FINE PRINT .:
For Quarterly Classes
• Enrollment in each class is limited.
• Applications are honored in the order they are received. If
Perishable Theatre must cancel a class due to lack of enrollment, the
student will be offered the choice of enrollment in another class or a
• Payment is due at or before the first class meeting.
• Registered students who withdraw before the first class meeting will
receive a full refund of their tuition (excludes the $10 non-
refundable registration fee). Students who withdraw within 72 hours
of the first class meeting will be refunded 70% of their tuition. No
refunds are available after the 72 hour grace period.
• Perishable Theatre reserves the right to dismiss from the program
any individual whose behavior is disruptive to the working of the
• There is a $25 fee on ALL returned checks.