Acting & Directing Classes

Beginning Acting For Adults 2017

1 hour/2x a week beginning Monday, October 2

First week- the basics (as needed*), possible short improv work

•diction/enunciation/warm-up exercises
•projection/volume with diaphragm
•stage directions
•theatre etiquette

Second week/third week/fourth week-characterization/script basics/run some scenes

•Script work
•Take a play or scene(s)
•Possible read-through of play OR go straight
to scene work (depending on participants*)
•if script has a read-through, talk about the intention of playwright, participants thoughts, etc…

•Scene work
•Motivation of Scene within the play
•Discuss how to break down a scene
•Motivation of Individual Characters
(“I want” vs. “they want”)

•talk about character (motivation)
•character background/actors’ “homework”
•break down dialogue into beats
•more scene work into characterization-

•Run some scenes!

Cost is $15 for CST Members or $25 for Non-Members
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Advanced Acting For Adults 2017

The Advanced Acting class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm beginning on October 19 at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, located at 1700 N Park Road, Peoria.

This is an advanced class and students will be expected to: attend all sessions, memorize their scenes and/or monologues, rehearse, prepare and perform assignments and exercises and to be on time.

Doug Day brings a prolific and impressive resume to this project:

Doug Day began acting at Woodruff High School where he was a member of the State Championship speech team and was named to the All-State Play cast. He received a B.F.A. at the University of Illinois majoring in Acting. He was a leading member of the Claude Kipnis Mime Theatre and performed on seven national tours including performances at the Ravinia Festival, the White House, Lincoln Center, and as the Soldier in “The Soldier’s Tale” by Igor Stravinsky for the Boston Opera’s memorial; “Salute to Stravinsky” following the composer’s death.

He was on the faculty of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He continued acting studies with Miss Uta Hagen and Gene Frankel. He received a Master’s Degree in Theatre from Illinois State.

Doug was accepted into a special one year program of intensive Kabuki Theatre study with Matagoro Nakumura, the head of acting at the National Theatre of Japan, sponsored by the University of Hawaii; and then toured nationally in the classic play “The Forty-Seven Samurai” (Kanadehon Chusingura).

Doug was a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild when he appeared in the original Hawaii Five-O. He moved back to Peoria when he began teaching theatre at ICC in 1980 and continued an affiliation with Corn Stock and Players acting in several plays thru the years. He has directed for ICC, Bradley, Caterpillar, as well as the founding director of the Green Mountain Theatre in Vermont and the Hawaii Developmental Theatre Project.

Cost is $15 for CST Members or $25 for Non-Members
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Directing Workshop

Pam Orear will be the instructor for the Director’s Workshop which will be Corn Stock Theatre’s final class for this session.  This four week workshop will be held on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Corn Stock Theatre Centre beginning on October 30th.  The total cost is $15.00 for members and $25.00 for non members.  Those interested in this class should either sign up by calling the theatre office at 676-2196 or online at The class will focus on the theory and practice of stage direction which will include:

  • Understanding and directing the script
  • Audition, casting, and the rehearsal process
  • Working with the actor
  • Staging and movement for the arena space
  • Practical and technical aspects of directing scene work
  • Rules and functions of the stage director

Pam Orear studied Theater Direction at Long Beach State University and the original Sherwood Oaks Experimental College in Los Angeles and was a past member of Actors’ Equity Association.  Over the past 40 years she has directed at the professional, community, and educational level and loves the entire creative process as a visionary artist.  Pam was founder and Artistic Director of The Academy of the Performing Arts, Peoria Youth Theatre, The Campus Theatre, The Roswell Youth Theatre, The Central Illinois Youth Theatre, and The Peoria Community Theatre Company.  She received her first arena directing experience at the Los Angeles 99 Theatre Company in the 1970’s.  Pam has directed shows at Corn Stock Theatre which included State Fair, Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables Student Edition, Hairspray, and The Secret Garden.  Pam will be directing the 2018 summer tent production of Newsies.   

Cost is $15 for CST Members or $25 for Non-Members
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