Monday, September 1, 2008

Georgia Academy of Dance Offers Acting Classes in Peachtree City and Newnan

The Georgia Academy of Dance is offering an acting program for students who are looking toward a professional career in performance, whether on stage, screen or television.

Classes in the Peachtree City location, 453 Hwy 74 South, will be held on Saturday mornings. Sessions for students ages 7 and 8 meet from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., and those for ages 9 and older meet from 11:00 a.m to noon. In Newnan, 1111 Lower Fayetteville Road, the classes are on Thursdays: 7- and 8-year-olds from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., and ages 9 and up from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Taking into account each student’s age and experience, the class provides students with the tools to perform in various genres. Students engage in monologue work and scene study as well as improvisation as a rehearsal and performance tool. A segment on auditioning covers both prepared monologues and cold readings, and an introduction to the business side of an acting career helps students prepare for their future careers. Students will be encouraged to find acting opportunities outside of class, such as at local community theatres, schools and churches.

The instructor is Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D., a theatre practitioner for more than three decades. She has directed plays for professional, alternative, university and community theatre, has published widely on theatrical issues, and is a produced playwright. Her teaching career includes colleges and universities, private schools, recreation departments and theatre conferences. She is currently artistic director of Offshoot Productions, a nonprofit, professional theatre company based in Fayette County.

For registration information, contact the Georgia Academy of Dance at (770) 631-3128 or visit online at To speak with Dr. Steadman, call (770) 631-2362 or send email to
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