Amazing Summer Performance Classes at 95 Empire’s School@95!

Summer is happening and it is sweaty and awesome upstairs at 95 Empire with School@95. Drop-in dance and fitness classes will keep rolling through the summer so you can salute the sun, punch the sky, jete, isolate your hips… the possibilities are endless, really.

Contact Improv starts this month, with an hour class followed by an open jam on June 2nd and June 16th from 10 – 12:30. Come for one or both parts – $10 each or $15 for both! IMAGE HERE

Registration is open for summer theatre classes and workshops and there are some unique offerings from some familiar faces!

Information right now is available Facebook and then e-mail Education Coordinator Leigh Hendrix at to register!

Principles of Directing, or Rules to Break Later

6-week Directing Class with Vanessa Gilbert
Mondays June 18th – July 23rd
6:30 – 9:30pm

As a director, one draws largely on personal experience and observation, yet there are principles that can guide everyone’s directing process. This six-week class will establish a basic directing vocabulary from table work and text analysis to working with actors. Through a series of exercises and peer feedback, students will learn tools that are applicable to a variety of texts; classical, modern or self-authored. Connect to your own theatrical point of view through learning basic principles! Actors and some limited rehearsal space will be provided, but most work can be completed in class. This class is geared toward the novice or the emerging director with some experience.

Vanessa Gilbert is a collaborative theatre artist based in Providence, RI.

From Bumps to Boas

8 week introduction to burlesque with Lady Miss Iris
Wednesdays June 20th – August 15th (no class July 4th)

Providence’s original beginner burlesque class is back at 95 Empire, from the creativity charging first day to the glamourous recital! 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 and pantomime to costume crafts like making pasties. 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. Students are expected to provide their own materials and spend 2-3 hours per week working outside class. Women only.

Lady Miss Iris has been putting the “femme” back in feminism with her glamorous transformations since 2001.

The Quick Change: Two Day Physical Theatre Workshop

The Quick Change with Rebecca Noon and Jed Hancock-Brainerd of Strange Attractor
2 Day Workshop
Saturday July 7th 10am – 4pm &
Sunday July 8th 11am – 4pm

More About Strange Attractor

Create lively theatre with multiple characters and very few actors by transforming yourself with virtuosity and precision. Studying animals, materials, and your fellow human beings, we’ll examine our own physical and vocal habits and then take a sharp turn away from it all, discovering a whole new cast of characters and the crazy worlds they inhabit.

Learn techniques to develop your own theatrical pieces, gain greater emotional expressiveness in your performance, deepen your collaborative relationships and find new links between your mind’s imagination and your body’s intelligence. Through movement exercises, theatre games and improvisation, local actor/directors Rebecca Noon and Jed Hancock-Brainerd of Strange Attractor Theatre will teach physical acting techniques, dynamic movement, character development and dramatic structure based on the teachings of Jacques Lecoq.

If you are an actor, writer, director, storyteller, dancer, visual artist, or curious creative person who is interested in pushing your creative frontier, this class will challenge you to find richer dynamics, increased sensitivity, a greater state of play, and deeper expression in your work.

From Lover to Villain: Creating A New Character

6-Week Intermediate Acting Class with Alex Platt
Mondays July 17 – August 21
6:30 – 9:30

Have you always wanted to play the villain but keep getting cast as the lover? Do you have a desire to play a certain role but think “that’ll never happen: that’s just not who I am?” This class is designed for the intermediate actor looking to acquire the skills necessary to create a character out of their normal comfort zone. Classes will focus on the art of walking, talking, looking and thinking like someone else. The course will use methods of improvisation, text work, vocal variance and movement isolation in helping the actor feel at home in another body. Rehearsal outside of class time is required.

Alexander Platt is a Providence based theatre artist.

E-mail Education Coordinator Leigh Hendrix at with questions or to register!

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