Private Coaching
Our Producing Artistic Director, award-winning director Karla Hartley, is available for Private Coaching.  Call 813.374-2416 X5

Acting Classes for Adults
**Courses may be taken as a package for a discount

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Instructor Owen Robertson
Cost $300
Sunday Evenings 6p-8p
For Beginning to Intermediate Students

FLOW is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment. 

Performing in front of an audience doesn’t have to be scary. With practice, anyone can gain the presentation skills and confidence to act, sing, or dance onstage. The key is finding a nurturing environment where you can hone your craft — a place that encourages you to try new things without fear, and lets you explore your talents and creativity in a fun, encouraging setting. That’s who we are, and that’s what we do.

Whether you’re an aspiring performer or you simply want to increase your comfort level with public speaking, Stageworks has the classes that will give you skills to perform with confidence.

THE PLAY IS THE THING : Text Analysis for Actors and Directors

Instructor Karla Hartley
Cost $225
Saturday Morning 11a-1p
For Beginning to Intermediate Students

In order to build your character, you must first understand the play and your character’s place in the world that is being created.
In this class, taught by Stageworks Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director,  Karla Hartley,  participants will:

• Develop practical skills on approaching dramatic text as actors or directors
• Understand the genre, style, mechanics, significance, structure, and value of a play
• Be able to make defensible acting and directing choices based on textual understanding.
• Be able to have the ability to envision a final production, imagining artistic, practical, and technical considerations.
• Learn how to approach text as an actor and glean the information available to develop character.

Our Instructors

Owen Robertson is a veteran actor, director, producer, and playwright. He has worked in regional theater since 1995 starting in Washington D.C. at Theatre for the First Amendment, then on to The Shakespeare Theater, The Folger Library, Shenandoah Ensemble Theatre, Brunswick Theatre, and The Oatlands Theatre Company. He has been part of the central Florida theatre community since 2010. He has appeared on both sides of the bay and in Orlando at Jobsite Theater, Stageworks, Venue Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre and Lab Theatre Project. Mr Robertson has appeared in over 100 shows in his 30 year career and has directed, to date, 34 shows in professional theatre. In 2015 Mr. Robertson founded Lab Theater Project, a developmental theater company focused on the development of new works and new theatre artists. He received his acting and directing training at George Mason University, he holds a BA in English with a specialization in Dramaturgy from Saint Leo University, an MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and is currently pursing a Doctor of Education at USF where his research is in professional development, adult education, and curriculum theory in the field of Theatre.

Karla Hartley is currently the Producing Artistic  Director for Stageworks Theatre in the Channel District.  She received a BFA in Theater Studies from Boston University in 1992 and is the owner of three Theatre Tampa Bay awards for Best Director.

Directing credits include:  Greetings,  Ladies at the Alamo (Boston) ,  The Seahorse,  Christmas With Elvis, Girl Detective,  ,  Hats! The Musical (Florida tour), Boston Marriage, The Rocky Horror Show (2008 and 2012), Waistwatchers, the world premiere of Party Animals by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman, Respect, Little Dog Laughed, And Baby Makes Seven, Holiday Party of One, Sylvia, Company, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, The Wiz, A Few Good Men, The Sugarbean Sisters, God of Carnage, Moon Over Buffalo, Antigone, the international tour of Listen To My Heart, In The Heights and Red at American Stage, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Lights Rise On Grace, This Wonderful Life, Psycho Beach Party, Broadway Bound, Beehive, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, 8 Track., The Year of Magical Thinking, The Marvelous Wonderettes, As Bees in Honey Drown,  In The Time of the Butterflies Fun Home at American Stage and The Immigrant in New York.  She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Tampa..