The Empress Theatre is a historical state-of-the-art performance venue offering master classes in acting, lighting, and digital video production, providing students with an opportunity to learn valuable skills to get ahead in today’s entertainment industry.
EMC2 acting master class is an 8-week, 2-hour per week course, taught on stage in the theatre. This course will equip students to expand their ability as an actor while learning to develop and create characters, practice improvisation and audition techniques, perform monologues and short scenes, and learn how to approach acting for stage and on camera. Students will explore the many aspects of acting while learning to create captivating characters through dialog, intention, and movement.
EMC2 lighting master class is an 8-week, 2-hour per week course, taught in the theatre. This course will equip students with the skills to operate and manage digital stage lighting systems in medium to large-sized venues with an emphasis on facilitating concerts and other live events.
EMC2 digital video master class is an 8-week, 2-hour per week course, taught in the theatre. This course will equip students to operate and manage a suite of digital video production tools in medium to large-sized venues with an emphasis on facilitating concerts and other live events.
Master Class Teachers
Andrew Blake Colteaux has a master’s degree from New York University. His focus in theatre was to create new and original stage experiences through the art of transformation by using his years of improvisation, and physicality to explore the human condition. His passion to evolve as an actor took him around the world teaching, performing, and directing. Most notably were his trips to Ukraine and Central Asia where he was involved in creating original pieces from published poets and classic texts. These multilingual productions were performed in non-traditional spaces such as warehouses, abandoned theatres and defunct factories to take audiences away from the standard theatrical show. While back in the states Andrew was hired to play the lead role in a New York production of “15 Months in May” by German director Anja Murman. This independent film won awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival. He also produced and directed several short films with independent producers. Most recently Andrew has been developing and honing his teaching skills to begin to teach his master class titled, “The Art of Transformation”.
In this class Andrew will teach students many of the classic techniques he learned while attending the graduate program at NYU. He will use improvisation and games to help students relax and enjoy the learning experience. The end result is to have the actors develop their own pieces from original or published works. These performances will be professionally recorded on video and given to the student on the final day of class.
Your EMC2 instructor Carl Brooks is the Lighting Director for the Empress Theater, where he creates lighting designs for a wide variety of shows, concerts and live events. Carl designed and oversaw the conversion of the theatre’s newly installed state of the art lighting system. Trained by LED leader Elation Lighting, Carl will help you understand digital lighting concepts and create dynamic lighting effects for a variety of events. His advanced light design training from Illuminate Production Services who created lighting shows for the Space Needle in Seattle as well as theaters, clubs, and worship houses throughout the United States will help you quickly design and produce a well concieved lighting product. Carl also brings extensive production and technical skills enabling him to break complex concepts into useable knowledge empowering attendees to be successful in their design concepts and ideas. Carl’s goal for each and every EMC2 student is to empower them with the skills necessary to run an engaging “live” light show while enjoying the experience along the way.
Digital Video Production
Montana Maurer is a live production event engineer and has over 12 years of experience in Video Design, and Video Production. Throughout his career has spent time touring with one of the country’s largest Youth Conferences, and has worked as an in-house lead Video Engineer, Lighting Director, Video Producer, and Technical Director. He has also been involved in designing and installing numerous audio and video systems throughout the country. He has experience in theatrical production, music festivals, concerts, church production, corporate production, design and integration, and video post-production. He has trained and mentored dozens of individuals, several of whom have received jobs in the touring and in-house production industries. Montana currently owns and operates his own live events company based in Lincoln CA. In this class Montana will teach students all the elements that are needed to produce a successful live video.