Back by popular demand, the City is offering free classes for aspiring actors in Newark

opportunity cardBeginner actors in Newark have the opportunity to take part in an intimate nine week, free acting course with the City of Newark’s Office of Arts, Cultural Development and Tourism.

The workshop begins October 9 and includes monologue training and scene study. This is an intensive workshop “geared toward those who truly aspire to be actors, or are considering it,” according to the city’s website.

The acting classes are targeted to students ages 17 and up. Interested participants are required to apply for an interview by visiting their page on the city’s website.

Candidates will be asked to read from an excerpt of a notable play and must chose from the program’s list of selections, which can be found on the application. The plays include “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Luck,” “A Better Way” and more.

Applicants will be asked to select the excerpt they connect with most and present it enthusiastically, with full voice projection and as much eye contact with the interviewers as possible.

Memorization isn’t required, but it is recommended in order to give the interviewers a better idea of applicants’ acting process. Overall amount of interest expressed in the course will be a contributing factor in the selection of candidates.

The course will be taught by Europe Harmon, a native Newark actor who has appeared in over 35 plays within the New York and New Jersey regional theater arena. He is the co-founder of the Manhattan Performing Arts Collective and has taught acting previously at the Broadway Dance Center. The assistant instructor will be Gwen Moten, former music teacher and current Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Cultural Development and Tourism in Newark.

Once selected, the acting courses will take place classes will begin on Friday October 9 at 5pm and end at 6:30pm. Classes will be held in Newark City Hall located at 920 Broad Street.