There is only one requirement for the “Everybody Can Act!” class: you must be between age 19 and 99.
On Mondays, from January 28 to March 18, Allen O’Reilly will embrace his new role as director of education and community outreach at Bay Street Theater by leading the basic acting class — teaching focus, concentration, trust and ensemble building.
Through a variety of exercises, games, improvisations and short scenes, participants will gain confidence as performers and have an opportunity to display their newfound prowess in a final performance for family and friends on the last day of class, according to a press release.
“The class is custom-designed to the individual participant’s specific goals and it will be thoroughly engaging for both beginners wanting to take a ‘dare,’ as well as many seasoned actors,” O’Reilly said. “Participants will work on a monologue as well as a scene over the eight-week class.”
O’Reilly has been an educator and professional actor for over 30 years. He has served as artistic director at Young Audiences of Atlanta, education director at Georgia Shakespeare and, most recently, education programs manager at Cleveland Play House, where he also acted. He was an associate artist at Georgia Shakespeare for 24 years, and his television and film credits include “Sleepy Hollow,” “Bobby Jones,” “The Assassin’s Code” and the upcoming “Anhedonia.”
Classes will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $375. To register, call (631) 725-0818.