Adult Training 

Adult Training is open to students 18 years and older, with Intensives and Masterclasses offered in a wide variety of theatre disciplines. The intent of the Adult Intensives is to train adults at a professional level in areas of theatre, dance and performance. Adult Masterclasses are structured to allow you to focus on a specific skill you are looking to get training on. Courses are run by leading professionals in the community, or experienced visiting artists.

April & May 2019 Adult Training includes: Dance Intensives and LA Technique

(more detailed information below)

Location: Neptune Theatre School, 1593 Argyle Street, Halifax. (Scotiabank Studio entrance, located along Argyle Street from the main theatre/box office entrance)

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Special Adult Dance Classes at Neptune in Celebration of Dance Week:

Matthew Rossoff: Matthew was the Swing and Dance Captain in the 2012 TONY nominated Broadway revival of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Neil Simon Theatre.  He made his first appearance on Broadway in benefit concert for THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Actors’ Fund Benefit).  Matthew was last seen in NYC performing in NY City Centre Encores! production of ZORBA. 

Matthew toured North America for 18 months with the company of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, starring Topol and Harvey Fierstein. Selected regional credits include CAMELOT and JCS (Stratford Festival), Zach in A CHORUS LINE (Transcendence Theatre Company), Sonny Latierri in GREASE, 9 TO 5 (Walnut Street Theater), Sgt. Fogarty in CHICAGO, Lt. Buzz Adams in SOUTH PACIFIC, HOLIDAY INN and GUYS AND DOLLS (Drayton Entertainment), DISNEY’S WHEN YOU WISH, and WEST SIDE STORY.  He is a featured dancer in ABC/Disney’s ONCE UPON A MATTRESS starring Carol Burnett and Tracy Ullman, as well as in Showtime’s TV musical REEFER MADNESS.

New York City choreography/teaching credits include SOUL KITCHEN (Choreographer, Joe’s Pub), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Associate, Paper Mill Playhouse), NYE WITH PHISH (Associate, Madison Square Garden), BROADWAY BARES (Associate, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS), and FIENDS (Associate, Busch Gardens).  He has taught Tap and Musical Theater workshops at prestigious NYC institutions The Juilliard School, Circle in the Square Theater School, and Broadway Connections.  Other creative credits include BIG TOP DREAMERS (Director/Choreographer/Head Conceiver), BROADWAY HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR (Associate Director/Choreographer), FANTASTICAL FAMILY NIGHT (Associate Director/Choreographer) all for Transcendence Theatre Company (Sonoma, CA), PROM QUEEN: THE MUSICAL (The Grand, Assistant Choreographer) and CHELSEA SUNRISE (Sheridan College, Assistant Choreographer).  Matthew is the creator of BODY PRESENCE WORKSHOP, as well as a voice and speech/movement educator at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, York University, St. Lawrence College, and Capilano University.

Matthew is a certified yoga instructor, a two-time associate faculty member at Canada’s National Voice Intensive, sits on the executive board of lbs/sq” Theatre Company, and holds an M.F.A. in Theatre from York University.

    ABOUT THE BODY PRESENCE WORKSHOPS: 

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    Movement for Actors + Igniting Body Presence

    Thursday, April 25th

    7-9pm

    $35+HST

    Adults 18+

    How can a musical theatre artist and dancer invite the audience in by utilizing their whole body to tell a three-dimensional story? In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore techniques on how to align the breath with movement while discovering images and igniting the senses! You will leave the studio buzzing and feeling alive!

    Limit 12 participants

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    Musical Theatre Dance: Breath, Body, and Presence

    Friday, April 26th

    7-9pm

    $20+HST

    Teens (age 14-18)

    In this 2-hour workshop, we will dive into musical theatre dance styles that ignite relationship and dynamic storytelling. With an emphasis on breath and grounding the movement into the floor, we will explore and create choreography that is authentic, dynamic, and fun! And did we mention? This class is followed by a dance party!

    Limit 12 participants

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    Body Presence Workshop: Integrating Breath, Sound, and Text with Choreography for Dancers

    Sunday, April 28th

    12-3pm

    $40+HST

    Adults 18+

    Body Presence Workshop cultivates the tools needed for a dancer to synthesize and embody choreography with authentic impulse and personal connection. A process-based technique, BPW explores the integration of Linklater-based voice and speech pedagogy, using contemporary musical theatre text with authentic movement, yoga philosophy, image, and choreography.

    Limit 12 participants


    ACTING INTENSIVES

    LA Technique with Kirstin Howell

    L.A. Technique (Level 1) 

    Tuesdays  May 7, 14 and 21st

    7pm-10pm (total of 9hrs)

     $135 +HST

    Prerequisite: None

    Maximum 12 students

    About L.A. Technique:
 The L.A. Technique is an applicable and repeatable system of acting which has been created by Kirstin Howell, based on the work she learned in Los Angeles. The Technique is a well- rounded way of approaching the craft of acting, preparing one’s self to be a ‘working actor’, and making one’s self as hireable as possible.

    This fun and engaging three week course will cover the basics of the LA Technique. We will cover marketing strategies such as headshots, resumés, creating your ‘hit’, and more, as well as learning how to build character through the use of improv and mining the script.

    Although the L.A. technique can be applied to any medium, we will be focusing on film and television sides for this course.

    All levels of experience are welcome!

    About Kirstin Howell: Kirstin is a graduate of the Sheridan College Musical Theatre-Performance Program, a student at The Groundlings LA, Lesly Kahn & Co, and a working actor (Neptune Theatre, CBC, Netflix, LifeTime, Two Planks and A Passion Theatre, Chester Playhouse, etc). Most recently, Kirstin played the principal role of Joy in the feature film ‘Hopeless Romantic’ [post production], and on the Neptune Theatre stage in Mamma Mia, Kamp and Noises Off.

    She is passionate about coaching students, either in group or individual settings.  @theLAtechnique

    *Note: Students may also participate in LA Technique Audition Drop In Classes on Wednesdays from May 8-22, 7pm. $15. 


    If you have any questions, please email school@neptunetheatre.com

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