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 on: Today at 11:14:29 AM 
Started by Kate Gavigan - Last post by Kate Gavigan
Step I: Intro to Acting with Annette Toutonghi at Freehold Theatre

At Freehold, we believe that acting is a process that can be learned and practiced by anyone at any age. In the Intro class, you develop fundamental acting tools: playing an action, living truthfully in imaginary circumstances, and working with a partner. No matter your experience, you learn acting in an exciting and safe environment.

Freehold has been offering acting classes in Seattle since the summer of 1991. We offer introductory courses for the absolute beginner as well as master classes for working professionals. All Freehold faculty are working professional actors, playwrights and directors whose credentials include recognized work on and off Broadway, in major motion pictures, on television, and in regional and international theatre venues.

Section I: Annette Toutonghi
January 20 – March 17
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$390 Discounted
$470 Full Price
Tuition is based on household income

For more information or to register:

Annette Toutonghi has been working professionally for the last 20 years. Locally, she’s performed with ACT Theatre, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, On the Boards, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Seattle Children's Theatre, Theatre Off Jackson, The Empty Space Theatre, the 14/48 Theatre Festival, The Seattle Group Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and Book-It Repertory Theatre, among others. Some favorite performances include The Rich Grandeur of Boxing with Megan Murphy and Company at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, The Women at ACT Theatre and You Can’t Take It With You at The Seattle Repertory Theatre. She is a voice-over artist as well. Credits include Freddi in the acclaimed Freddi Fish series, Pajama Sam and Sly Cooper: Honor Among Thieves. With Freehold she has toured with the Engaged Theatre's productions of Othello and King Lear.

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Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

 on: Today at 11:12:11 AM 
Started by Kate Gavigan - Last post by Kate Gavigan
Auditioning with Darragh Kennan

Demystify the audition experience.  Take control of your process in auditions, gain confidence and enjoy the experience! This course will cover contemporary and/or classical monologues, preparation, and audition-specific acting technique. Great for the actor just starting to audition or experienced actors wanting to hone their auditioning skills. Focus will be on auditions for stage.

March 1- March 29
Sundays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$290 Discounted Price   
$350 Full Price
Tuition is based on household income

For more information or to register:

Darragh Kennan has been acting and teaching in the Seattle area since 2000.  He is the Artistic Director of New Century Theatre Company (NCTC). Most recently in Seattle, Darragh played Karl and Steve in Clybourne Park at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the title role in Hamlet (2010 Gregory Award, Best Actor) at Seattle Shakespeare Company. Locally, Darragh has appeared with New Century Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 14/48, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Regionally, Darragh has worked for American Players Theatre (ten seasons), Arizona Theatre Company, The Folger Theatre in Washington D.C., The Guthrie Theater, A Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Madison Repertory Theatre, Willamette Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.  Film and TV work includes the Seattle-based podcast series What the Funny (directed by Lynn Shelton) and the feature film The Suit.  Darragh lives in a small house in Columbia City with his wife Jessica and their two children, Máire and Finn.

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Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499

 on: Today at 11:08:05 AM 
Started by Kate Gavigan - Last post by Kate Gavigan
Crafting the Audition Song with Meg McLynn at Freehold Theatre

A singing audition can be a daunting experience for many actors, but the same skills used to prepare a monologue can be used to audition for a singing role. In this workshop, students will learn that singing a song is not just about hitting the notes and learning the lyrics; it’s about telling a story! We will focus on making specific choices to bring clarity to the storytelling, while gaining practical skills that can be applied to any singing audition. Great for actors with no musical theatre experience, or musical theatre performers looking to strengthen their acting skills. Come with sheet music for a song you’d like to sing.

February 15
Sundays, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
$160 Discounted
$195 Full Price

For more information or to register:

Meg McLynn is an actor and singer who has travelled to all 50 states and performed in many of them. New York credits include Classic Stage Company, HERE Arts Center, The Ohio, The Mint, Theatre for a New City, Saltbox Theatre Workshop and others.  Locally, Meg has been seen at Book-It, ArtsWest, On the Boards, Centerstage, New City Theatre, Tacoma Actor's Guild, Consolidated Works, Theater Schmeater, Theatre Off Jackson and The Bathhouse. Meg studied voice and speech for 7 years under Kristin Linklater, and she also studied at Columbia University with Anne Bogart and members of SITI Company, Andrei Serban, Niky and Ulla Wolzc, and Larry Singer.

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Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

 on: Today at 11:05:41 AM 
Started by Kate Gavigan - Last post by Kate Gavigan
with Christine Marie Brown at Freehold Theatre

Have you always wanted to do the TPS Generals but just haven’t gotten around to it? Did you run over time in a recent year at those auditions? Have you done a general audition but have no sense of how to assess your experience? Do you need to brush up some familiar pieces and make them new and exciting again? Do you want to work as an actor but find the prospect of the monologue audition unpleasant or overwhelming? If any of these questions resonate, then this workshop is for you. We will breakdown and demystify the monologue audition experience through discussion, practice and application. Come prepared with 2 short, contrasting monologues from published plays.

Session 1
January 5 & 6
Monday and Tuesday, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
$140 Discounted Rate
$175 Full Price
Tuition based on household income

For more information or to register:

Christine Marie Brown made her Broadway debut in the Tony-award winning production of both parts of William Shakespeare's Henry IV. She has also appeared Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and in an award winning NYC Fringe Festival production of Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes. Nationally, Christine's theatre work includes leading roles at The Guthrie, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Baltimore Centerstage, Shakespeare & Company, Buffalo Studio Arena, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Shakespeare Center, Kansas City Rep and TUTA (Chicago). Locally, her work has been seen at Seattle Rep, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, 14/48 Festival, Theatre Anonymous, Engaged Theatre Program, Sandbox Radio LIVE!, Endangered Species Project and Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance. In addition, she is a vocal coach at Jack Straw Productions and an occasional dialect coach for Taproot Theatre. She also teaches auditioning at the Cornish College for the Arts summer theatre intensive and English pronunciation at the Seattle World School.

Explore the You You Don't Know

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

 on: November 20, 2014, 05:01:46 PM 
Started by Sally Jo Martine - Last post by Sally Jo Martine
Against the backdrop of an America torn by World War Two, cultures and communities clash when a Japanese American islander is accused of murder. This hauntingly lyrical saga—adapted from David Guterson’s acclaimed story of mystery, love, and identity—deftly shifts from courtroom to strawberry fields to bloody battlefront, digging for hard truths buried in a forgotten history. Produced by special arrangement with Book-It Repertory Theatre and directed by Kate Carruthers.

The cast includes 12-14 actors, many of whom play numerous parts and will likely change costumes or augment costumes onstage in view of the audience. The play takes place in 1954 with flashbacks to the early and mid-1940’s. 

First rehearsal: January 20th, 2015
Tech: March 7th
Dress rehearsals: March 9th, 10th & 11th
Performances: March 13th – 29th

All rehearsals and performances are held at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. A 245-seat theater, BPA is located a short walk from the downtown Seattle to Bainbridge ferry terminal and has a costume shop and stock onsite.  The position offers a designer stipend; more details available upon request.

If you are interested in working with BPA on this or any future shows, please send an email of inquiry and a resume. If you have any questions, please contact us via email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Deirdre Hadlock, Production Manager

 on: November 18, 2014, 09:23:05 AM 
Started by Kate Gavigan - Last post by Kate Gavigan
Freehold's Winter Quarter Acting Classes are Now Open for Registration!

Info on classes here:

Freehold's highly acclaimed Winter Acting, Auditioning, Improv, Playwriting, Voice, Shakespeare, Solo Performance, Clown classes (and more!) are now open for registration at Freehold Theatre in Seattle.

Freehold is privileged to have highly acclaimed artists as faculty.  We offer classes for the beginner as well as the advanced trained student. There is truly something for everyone!  Register by December 5th and get an additional 5% early bird discount off your tuition.

Here is the complete list of our great Winter class offerings ...

Step I: Intro to Acting with Annette Toutonghi
Step II: Acting with Text with Meg McLynn
Step II: Acting with Text with Stefan Enriquez
Step III: Basic Scene Study with Dan Tierney
Meisner: Instrument with Robin Lynn Smith
The Directing Workshop: Process and Practice for Stage and Film (Actors and Directors) with John Jacobsen and Robin Lynn Smith
Auditioning with Darragh Kennan
Beginning Clown Workshop with George Lewis
Crafting the Audition Song with Meg McLynn
Improvisation with Matt Smith
Playwriting I: Point of View with Rebecca Tourino
Ready for TPS Generals? with Christine Marie Brown
Intro to Shakespeare with Sarah Harlett
Solo Performance and Presentation with Marc Kenison
The Unsuccessful Clown Workshop: A Joyful Exploration of Failure and Frustration with George Lewis
Voice with Gin Hammond

To register or for more information:

Explore the You You Don't Know

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499

 on: November 17, 2014, 01:46:22 PM 
Started by TPS Admin - Last post by TPS Admin
Lighting/sound tech needed for staged readings at Theatre4.

Sunday, Nov 23 from 12 - 4 pm. Note: this is a dress rehearsal.
Friday, Dec 5 from 6 - 10 pm.
Saturday, Dec 6 from 12 - 4 pm.
Sunday, Dec 7 from 12 - 4 pm.

As this is a reading, needs are very minimal: Basic lighting cues for two acts,
and a short sound recording (about 45 seconds) played on cue.

Fee is negotiable, DOE. Note: we are not charging any admission.

Contact: Nickolas Vassili, (206) 284-3131 or

 on: November 12, 2014, 12:02:08 PM 
Started by Kate Gavigan - Last post by Kate Gavigan
Freehold's Winter Acting (+more!) Class Samples- Friday, December 5th at 6:00 pm
FREE Event - Sample some of Freehold's Acting, Voice, Improv and Playwriting Classes

Here is your chance to sample some of Freehold's amazing classes for FREE at our Winter Class Sample events. Several of our Freehold Faculty will give you a sneak peek into some of our Winter Quarter classes in free 40 minute class samples. To attend, just RSVP which class sample(s) you want to participate in on December 5. Please note: 2 of the 4 class samples will be occurring at the same time so you'll only be able to attend 2 class samples during the class sample event.

Freehold offers classes year round and our Winter Quarter classes will open for registration on November 17th with many of our classes beginning in January, 2015.

Since 1991, Freehold has been a center for the practice of theatre.  We are privileged to have exceptional faculty teaching here. All Freehold faculty are working professional actors, playwrights and directors whose credentials include recognized work on and off Broadway, in major motion pictures, on television, and in regional and international theatre venues.

Class Samples Event Schedule:

Friday, December 5 at 6:00 pm

Check In:  6:00 - 6:15 pm

Voice with Gin Hammond: 6:20 - 7:00 pm
Improv with Matt Smith: 6:20 - 7:00 pm
Playwriting with Rebecca Tourino: 7:05 - 7:45 pm
Intro to Acting with Sarah Harlett: 7:05 - 7:45 pm

Update on Certificate Program with Robin Lynn Smith and Annette Toutonghi - 7:45 - 8:00 pm

Reserve a spot in one (or more) of the sample classes by registering (for free) for one through Brown Paper Tickets:

PLEASE NOTE: that 2 of the 4 classes are held at the same time so you could attend EITHER Voice OR Improv (both from 6:20 to 7:00) and then EITHER Playwriting OR Intro to Acting (both at 7:05 - 7:45 pm).  Check out one of our classes or two!

Freehold's classes are open to students ages 18 years of age and older.

We hope to see you at our class samples event!

 on: November 11, 2014, 07:59:44 AM 
Started by Kate Gavigan - Last post by Kate Gavigan
The Artist's Way Class (12 weeks) Winter Quarter in Seattle

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is an international bestseller on the subject of creativity. Whether you are an artist or not, this book and class can be an incredibly useful resource to tap into your creative side which can benefit many parts of your lives. The 2 hour a week 12 week long class will take students through the 12 chapters with an emphasis on the accompanying chapter exercises and additional creativity exercises and strategies (i.e. meditation tools). This material works with everyone, no matter how dormant or energized their creative life may be, and enhances their ability to be more fully and genuinely themselves.

Julia Cameron uses 3 basic tools for students to enhance their lives and their creativity: 1) morning pages (writing 3 pages longhand of stream of consciousness writing), artist's dates (solo fun dates with yourself) and completing creativity exercises at the back of each chapter. To quote Julia, "In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it." The basic tools and the additional creativity exercises that we incorporate into the 12 week course can help you do just that. No prerequisites required for this class.

Section I:
January 23 - April 10
Fridays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
$375 (12 weeks)
Instructor: Kate Gavigan

Section II: January 26 - April 13
Mondays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$375 (12 weeks)
Instructor: Kate Gavigan

For more information or to register:

"The class was life changing for me. I have been having breakthroughs in my writing and have been more keenly aware of opportunities. I also feel more confident in my work. I am in a stronger place as an artist." Beth P., Winter 2014 Artist's Way Student

For more testimonials from alums:

(a $75.00 nonrefundable deposit secures your space in the class with the balance of the class tuition due a week before class starts)

Classes will be held at the Wallingford/Fremont Art Center: Windows Art Gallery, 4131 Woodland Park Ave N., Seattle.

Please note: it is not unusual for students to have to miss a class or two over the 12 week session. We provide detailed notes for any class you miss in order to ensure you stay connected with the material and the other students.

Kate Gavigan has been facilitating Artist's Way classes since January 2009. Kate is passionate about The Artist's Way having personally experienced the benefits of the materials. Kate worked in social services as a trainer for over 10 years when she found herself drawn to the material in The Artist's Way, which helped her uncover a passion for theatre and marketing the arts. She credits her mid-life career change (now working at her dream job teaching these classes and working as a PR Manager in arts marketing) to having gone through The Artist's Way.

 on: November 10, 2014, 09:30:01 PM 
Started by Tobias McCurry - Last post by Tobias McCurry
THEATRE BATTERY seeks playwrights, directors, and actors of the Puget Sound to participate in SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK II: A 24-hour New Play Festival on December 12th and 13th. The company is now accepting applicants of all backgrounds to participate in this exhibition. The project will present on Theatre Battery’s adapted stage at Kent Station in Kent, WA.

Now in its second year of occurrence, SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK connects local new play artists with one another and stretches the limits of unlikely partnerships. This year’s festival will incorporate new challenges constructed to encourage risks. Participants will need to demonstrate ability to collaborate and respond strongly to instincts throughout the festival.

THEATRE BATTERY creates new plays for the untouched audience of the Kent area, presenting work in originally built theatre spaces within vacant retail locations.

Want a feel for the concept? Check out our timelapse of last year’s festival:

Wednesday, November 19th:

5pm Application Deadline (All Disciplines)

Friday, December 12th:
6pm Kick-off Reception and Selection of collaborative teams
8pm Playwrights commence writing

Saturday, December 13th:
7am Playwrights complete work and meet with Directors
8am Rehearsals begin with Directors and Actors
6pm Tech Rehearsal
8pm Performance & Closing Reception

Email submissions and inquiries to with the following:

PLAYWRIGHTS: Cover Letter and Sample of your playwriting or prose that is representative of your taste, lasting no longer than 10 pages. Emerging playwrights and writers of non-theatrical disciplines are encouraged to apply.

DIRECTORS: Cover Letter and Directing Resume. Phone interviews will occur for selected applicants.

ACTORS: Cover Letter, Headshot, and Acting Resume. All types/ages/ethnicities/genders/disabilities/etc. are encouraged to apply. Non-AEA only. Note in your cover letter if you have training or substantial experience in any of the following: Musical Theater, Improv, Devised/Ensemble Work, Circus, Clowning, Puppetry, Mask, or Mime.

Please indicate your discipline in your email’s subject line. Repeat applications from last year’s festival are welcome. You may apply in multiple areas if all requisite materials are included.

Travel Stipends will be available upon inquiry, awarded based upon distance of travel.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 19th @ 5pm


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