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Resolution - Learn to Act: Classes at Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory

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Tyrone Johnson, 23, of Temple Hills wants to take acting lessons. He isn't sure he would ever want to do it professionally but says he has always "just thought it would be fun."

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Founded in 1975, the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory has by now trained so many of the area's working actors, the school's director of education, Roma Rogers, says that it would be impossible to single out the most prominent of its alumni. Not to mention unseemly. "We hate to dangle names," she says. "It's a little cheesy."

Not that you need to be the city's next rising star to enroll there. The school offers courses for everyone from the newbie to the former high-school musical idol to the seasoned professional interested in sharpening her skills.

If you fall into that first category, Rogers recommends starting with "The Actor's Process," an introduction to and discovery of the basic methods and tools of the actor (i.e., your body, voice and imagination). At the end of each course, there's what she calls an "honest" -- ouch -- evaluation of whether you're ready to move to the next level.

Yes, it can get pretty competitive pretty quickly, Rogers admits. But that shouldn't deter anyone used to the way things work in the rest of the city. It's a process, Rogers says, that's "more like the real world."

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory is at 1501 14th St. NW. The next session of classes begins Feb. 9. Registration opens Jan. 5. Fees range from $150 for a weekend workshop in, say, improvisation, to $499 for a 15-session class. Visit http://www.studiotheatre.org for course descriptions. To register, call 202-232-7267.


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