Count Basie Theatre
The Count Basie Theatre’s educational mission is to provide a foundation of cultural enrichment to students of all ages and economic levels. These efforts include arts instruction and coursework, plus unique programs like professional development for teachers and bus-in programs for students in underprivileged school districts. The theatre’s Education and Outreach Programs and its faculty aim to offer an ever-changing suite of programming designed to enrich the Count Basie Theatre community as a whole.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Need Help? Have Questions?
Contact the Education Department
Phone: 732-224-8778 x 125
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Email: sbrennan@countbasietheatre.org

Current Session

FALL CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE!
Click here to view Fall 2014 class offerings
 

 
Rolling Registration Available!
 
 
     
TUESDAY THREE-WEEK VOICEOVER CRASH COURSE
AUGUST 26
SEPTEMBER 2, & 9
7-9PM • AGES: TEEN/ADULT • FEE: $90
INSTRUCTOR: BRADLEY MOTT
Learn the skills required to succeed in the voiceover business. This course covers audition skills, copy interpretation, finding your  character, using a microphone, breath control and voice placement. A popular class with a very knowledgeable and upbeat instructor. Click here to enroll.


 
 
 
 
Fall 10-Week Session
September 29-December 13, 2014


MONDAY    TUESDAY    WEDNESDAY    THURSDAY    SATURDAY    INTENSIVES    WORKSHOPS

 
MONDAY Theatre Basics
Class incorporates basic acting skills including projection, diction, theatre vocabulary, and performance techniques -- the perfect introductory class for our youngest actors, and a sure-fire way for students to gain confidence while learning to work as a team. Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: MARJORIE ENERSON
4-5PM   AGES: 4-5   FEE: $200
MONDAY SEPT 29, OCT 6, (no class October 13) 20, 27, NOV 3, 10, 17, 24, DEC 1, 8
 

MONDAY Beginner Acting I/II
Using the body, voice and mind to create dynamic and believable characters, students will develop and strengthen their theatrical skills. Script work, improvisation, and monologue work will all be incorporated into the course. Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR
5-6PM   AGES: 9-11   FEE: $200
MONDAY SEPT 29, OCT 6, (no class October 13) 20, 27, NOV 3, 10, 17, 24, DEC 1, 8
 
 

MONDAY Acting for Teens
This class is designed to help young actors find their voice, both literally and figuratively. Curriculum includes script work, scene study and improvisation. Class fills quickly -- so register early for this very popular session.  Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR
6-7:30PM   AGES: 12-17   FEE: $295
MONDAY SEPT 29, OCT 6, (no class October 13) 20, 27, NOV 3, 10, 17, 24, DEC 1, 8
 

MONDAY 4-WEEK Adult Public Speaking
Learn techniques that will prove helpful in enhancing your ability to capture an audience with confidence and flare. Exercises to improve diction and voice inflection are incorporated into this 4-week session.  Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR
7:30-8:30PM   AGES: ADULT   FEE: $90 
OCTOBER: 6, 13, 20, 27
 
 
TUESDAY Broadway Kids
Explore the wonders of the imagination as you act, sing and dance in this lively musical theatre experience. A wide variety of games and exercises are incorporated into this class to develop focus and self-discipline while encouraging creativity. Click here to enroll.
4-5PM   AGES: 6-8   FEE: $200
TUESDAY SEPT 30, OCT 7, 14, 21, 28, NOV 4, 11, 18, DEC 2, 9
 
  

TUESDAY Musical Theatre II/III
Dive into the world of musical theatre as you hone your stage and performance skills. Session includes songs and scripts from Broadway shows, as well as improvisation and basic vocal techniques. Click here to enroll.
5-6PM   AGES: 9-11   FEE: $200
TUESDAY SEPT 30, OCT 7, 14, 21, 28, NOV 4, 11, 18, DEC 2, 9
 

TUESDAY Singing Techniques  
Learning healthy vocal techniques is the best way to maximize your singing potential. No matter what style of music you prefer, all singers need to develop proper vocal skills. Working with Mr. Markowitz is a great way to ensure that you are developing the best methods and practices. Click here to enroll. 
6-7PM   AGES: 9-12   FEE: $200
INSTRUCTOR: COREY MARKOWITZ
TUESDAY SEPT 30, OCT 7, 14, 21, 28, NOV 4, 11, 18, DEC 2, 9
 
 

TUESDAY Singing Techniques II
Designed for older singers, this class format concentrates on developing strong and healthy singing skills. No matter what genre you choose, you need to have a strong foundation to sing with clarity, tone and projection. Click here to enroll.  
7-8PM   AGES: 13-18   FEE: $200
INSTRUCTOR: COREY MARKOWITZ
TUESDAY SEPT 30, OCT 7, 14, 21, 28, NOV 4, 11, 18, DEC 2, 9 
 

TUESDAY Kids on Camera
This exciting class addresses the fundamentals of acting for TV and Film. Students learn to deliver lines in a believable and natural way, while tapping into their own personality. Class format blends fun with confidence building activities. Click here to enroll. 
INSTRUCTOR: MARJORIE ENERSON
4-5PM   AGES: 4-5   FEE: $200
TUESDAY SEPT 30, OCT 7, 14, 21, 28, NOV 4, 11, 18, DEC 2, 9
 
 
TUESDAY Kids on Camera II
Classroom exercises include script work, reading commercial copy and all of the basics for acting on camera. These classes provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop social skills and confidence while working in a positive and enriching environment. Click here to enroll. 
INSTRUCTOR: MARJORIE ENERSON
5-6PM   AGES: 6-8   FEE: $200 
TUESDAY SEPT 30, OCT 7, 14, 21, 28, NOV 4, 11, 18, DEC 2, 9
 
 

TUESDAY Acting for Film and Television
Using scripts and commercial copy, students will explore the skills necessary for on-screen acting for the camera. Developing self-expression, clear diction and a natural nuanced performance will be the prime focus in this course. Click here to enroll. 
INSTRUCTOR: ROBIN ODDO
6-7PM   AGES: 9-12   FEE: $200
TUESDAY SEPT 30, OCT 7, 14, 21, 28, NOV 4, 11, 18, DEC 2, 9
 

TUESDAY The Film Actor
Find your uniqueness as an actor. Under the watchful eye of a motivating instructor, you will learn the most effective tools to guide you in creating authentic, fresh and powerful performances. Class will also incorporate critique and analysis of classic and iconic films & actors. Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: ROBIN ODDO
7-8:30PM   AGES: 13-17   FEE: $295
TUESDAY SEPT 30, OCT 7, 14, 21, 28, NOV 4, 11, 18, DEC 2, 9
 
 
WEDNESDAY Singing Like a Pro
4-WEEK WORKSHOP
Taught by Broadway veteran actress and singer Deb Lyons, this class is perfect for those ready to take their vocal expertise to the next level. Ms. Lyons’ philosophy says it all: “A singer is like an athlete. No baseball player or football player would think of going it alone!  So, for over 25 years I have studied with some of the top voice specialists and acting teachers in New York City and I bring that strength of technique to my students. Whether you're a pro or you just find joy in singing, I offer experience and guidance in building your skills in: vocal technique, stage performance, song interpretation, and auditioning.” Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: DEB LYONS
7-8:30PM   AGES: 13-18   FEE: $100
WEDNESDAY OCT 8, 15, 22, 29
 
 
THURSDAY Adult Tap
6 WEEK-SESSION
Warm ups, tap basics, simple combinations and fully choreographed dance sequences are all incorporated into this challenging workout. A terrific way to get some aerobic exercise while enjoying the camaraderie of your peers. Click here to enroll.
6-7:15PM   AGES: 17 AND UP   FEE: $125
INSTRUCTOR: JACQUELINE MAZZA
THURSDAY OCT 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, NOV 6 

THURSDAY Advanced Tap
6 WEEK-SESSION
For those dancers with a stronger background in tap technique, this challenging class is sure to get your heart pumpin' and your toes travelin'. Class includes complex rhythmic patterns and choreographed sequences in a variety of tap styles. Click here to enroll.
7:15-8:30PM   AGES: 13-18   FEE: $125
INSTRUCTOR: JACQUELINE MAZZA
THURSDAY OCT 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, NOV 6 
 
 
 
SATURDAY Acting for the Stage
Through the use of script work, improvisation and theatre games, students will hone their acting skills while developing a stronger sense of self-confidence and empowerment. Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: MARJORIE ENERSON
9:30-11AM   AGES; 9-13   FEE: $295
SATURDAY OCT 4, 11, 18, 25, NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, (No class November 29) DEC 6, 13  
 
 
SATURDAY Musical Theatre Workshop I
Do you love Broadway musicals? Then this is the class for you! Vocal technique, script work and blocking will all be incorporated into this performance techniques class. Learn what it takes to perform with flare and expertise in this challenging class, taught by multi-talented actress/vocalist Diane Fox. An informal classroom demonstration will be held at the end of the session. Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: DIANE FOX
11:00AM-12:30PM   AGES: 9-13   FEE: $295
SATURDAY OCT 4, 11, 18, 25, NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, (No class November 29) DEC 6, 13  
 

SATURDAY Musical Theatre Workshop II/III
For those who have completed Musical Theatre Workshop I/II or have comparable skills, this class provides a more in-depth approach and further enhances performance skills and vocal techniques. Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: DIANE FOX
1-2:30PM   AGES; 9-13   FEE: $295 
SATURDAY OCT 4, 11, 18, 25, NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, (No class November 29) DEC 6, 13
 
 
SATURDAY COMBO CLASS
Includes Acting for the Stage (9:30-11am) and / or Musical Theatre Workshop I/II or II/III for just $510 - - a savings of $80. Twice as much fun! Click here to enroll.
9:30AM-12:30PM OR 9:30-11AM & 1-2:30PM   FEE: $510 (You save $80)
SATURDAY OCT 4, 11, 18, 25, NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, (No class November 29) DEC 6, 13 
 
 

SATURDAY Beginner Acting I/II
Using scripts, improvisation, theatre games and scene work, students will gain a working knowledge of the many aspects of stage acting. This is a perfect ‘first-step’ workshop for students curious about pursuing acting as a career or as a pastime. Click here to enroll.
INSTRUCTOR: MARJORIE ENERSON
11-12PM   AGES: 6-8   FEE: $200
SATURDAY OCT 4, 11, 18, 25, NOV 1, 8, 15, 22, (No class November 29) DEC 6, 13  
 
 

INTENSIVES
Geared towards the motivated, career-minded student! 

15-WEEK Audition Based Intensives in Musical Theatre & Acting:
Intensives are designed to allow students to explore the craft in multiple ways that ensure an increasing level of understanding and an ability to implement.  
Accepted students should be prepared for a challenging, in-depth learning experience.
Intensives students will receive a 50% discount on additional classes or workshops during the September-January time period.    
*Auditions: Friday, September 12, 6pm & Saturday, September 13 11am. Call to reserve an audition time: 732 224-8778 x 125  
 
 

MONDAY Actor's Intensive I/II
Students will be trained in a wide variety of acting styles, ranging from the classics to contemporary material. Improvisation, script work, scene study and movement for the actor will all be included. This intensive offers a diverse curriculum designed to develop the skills needed to become a well-balanced and informed actor.
4-6PM   AGES: 9-12   FEE: $230 
October 1 through January 26, 2015 (15 weeks)  
*(ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY)

MONDAY Actor's Intensive III/IV
The intensives are designed to encourage artistic and technical growth while offering students a challenging and motivating environment, and as such, accepted students should have completed level I/II or have a comparable level of understanding. This program introduces journaling as a tool to develop deeper understanding of the craft and of ones’ self as a performer
6-8PM   AGES: 13-17   FEE: $230
October 1 through January 26, 2015 (15 weeks)  
*(ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY)
 


WEDNESDAY Musical Theatre Intensive I/II
This intensive offers a diverse curriculum designed to develop the skills necessary to become a well-balanced performer in all disciplines of musical theatre. Acting, movement and vocal skills will all be explored. A limited number of students will be accepted into this audition-based program.
4-6PM   AGES: 9-12   FEE:  $230
October 1 through January 28, 2015 (15 weeks)  
*(ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY)

WEDNESDAY Musical Theatre Intensive III/IV
Students accepted into this program should have completed the Intensive I/II or have comparable training and understanding. This program introduces journaling as a tool to develop deeper understanding of the craft and of ones’ self as a performer.
5-7PM   AGES: 13-17   FEE: $230
October 1 through January 28, 2015 (15 weeks)   
*(ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY)

 

WORKSHOPS
 
Workshops for Aspiring New Jersey Filmmakers:
Presented by Peter Fox  ~  Peter Fox holds a M.F.A. from the American Film Institute, and conducts The Inside Track for Story and Cinematic Structure. He has worked as a reader at Paramount, Universal, Sony Pictures and M.G.M.
 
 
 
Introduction to Web Series Production Techniques 
In this three hour workshop, aspiring filmmakers will explore the fundamentals of producing content for a web-based audience.  In this fast-paced seminar, the principals will be addressed:
 Story Structure
 Production techniques
Creating an innovative story designed for the web
Web-based vs. Made for T.V:  Common mistakes made by producers of web-based content
Building a web-based community for your content
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014
1PM TO 4PM   AGES: 16-ADULT   FEE: $75
Click here to enroll.
 
Essentials of Documentary Filmmaking 
To show and tell the truth, documentary filmmakers use special resources and techniques, like presenting montages of current and archival footage to explore specific subjects, including past and present, natural phenomena, profiles of famous people, culture and the arts and all other imaginable topics.  In this fast-paced, three hour lecture, aspiring filmmakers will explore basic principles of documentary filmmaking, including:
The basic structure of documentary filmmaking
Choosing the documentary genre that is best for your project
The Art of the Frame: Using uninflected cuts for maximum effect
Conducting and interview for documentary film
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014
1PM TO 4PM   AGES: 16-ADULT   FEE: $75
Click here to enroll.
 
Short Form Cinematic Storytelling 
Short films present the filmmaker with unique challenges in trying to tell their story. In this three hour seminar, aspiring filmmakers will learn how to create and then produce a quality short film. The seminar will cover:
How to identify the ideal story for your short film.
Screenwriting for short-story format.
Pre-production, storyboarding and scheduling.
Planning, budgeting, scheduling and executing your production with efficiency.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
1PM TO 4PM   AGES: 16-ADULT   FEE: $75
Click here to enroll.
 
FILM- MAKER MULTI-WORKSHOP DISCOUNT:  SIGN UP FOR ALL THREE WORKSHOPS FOR ONLY $190 (You save $35)


SATURDAY Favorite Movies Extravaganza Workshops:
These interactive workshops with actress/singer/educator Samantha Giustiniani have been extremely popular. Class includes music, singing, movement, crafts and lots of laughs. COME AND CELEBRATE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS! Click here to enroll. 
9:30-11AM   AGES: 5-8   FEE: $35 (TWO SIBLINGS ONLY $50)
EVERYTHING FROZEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 
EVERYTHING TANGLED: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
EVERYTHING BRAVE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
EVERYITHING PETER PAN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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