Collaborative Classes @ Home

The School of the Performing Arts is excited to connect with you during this time! Don’t miss a beat and hone your skills at home virtually through Google Meets. Our virtual classes will connect you with Broadway professionals in a small group class setting to give each student individual attention!

Voice-Over Acting Technique
Date: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Saturday, January 23
Instructor: Susan Spain
Ages: 14-21
Tuition: $25
Experience Level: Intermediate 
Student Expectation: Students are expected to bring 1-minute monologue from a commercial or fiction book memorized to work on during class.

Voice-over artists are in high demand for narration and commercial work, including television, radio, animated characters, video games, e-learning and more. If you are looking to break into the business, this class with award-winning narrator, Susan Spain will get you on the right track! Develop the skills that make the most of your natural talents! Your Voice – Your Moneymaker!

Improv Acting Technique
Date: 12 – 1:15 p.m. Saturday, January 23
Instructor: Sarah Tan
Ages: 10-13
Tuition: $25
Experience Level: Beginner- Intermediate 

Keep your creativity going! With this new digital platform, learn how backgrounds and filters can enhance your improv from a safe social distance. Students will work individually and as an ensemble to create new and exciting places and scenes from their home!  

Broadway Vocal Technique
Date: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Saturday, January 30
Instructor: Zachary Berger
Ages: 14-21
Tuition: $25
Experience Level: Intermediate – Advanced 
Student Expectation: Students are expected to prepare 32 bars of a song accompanied by an online track of their choosing or acapella. Students will then receive feedback from the instructor.  

Imagination Theatre  
Date: 12 – 1:15 p.m. Saturday, January 30
Instructor: Bill Geltzeiler 
Ages: 7-10
Tuition: $25
Experience Level: Beginner

Imaginations run wild in this class! Students work with the instructor to bring their favorite characters to life, in a safe environment, to get inside the character’s head. Through fun acting games and interactive exercises students can explore their creativity! 

Broadway Dance Technique
Date: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Saturday, February 6
Instructor: Kevin Tate
Ages: 14-21
Tuition: $25
Experience Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Student Expectation: Students will need an 8ft x 8ft open area to move/dance around in and wear clothes that they can easily move in.  

All Collaborative Classes @ Home take place on Google Meets. Students are expected to have a working microphone and webcam to participate in the class. A link to the class will be e-mailed to the purchaser a few days prior to class.

Tuition: $25 per class unless otherwise noted.
To register by phone call the Box Office at 518.346.6204
Questions? Please email Grace Janiszewski

Meet the instructors:

Zachary Berger

Zachary Berger hails from Niskayuna, NY and attended the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Upon graduation, Zachary has worked all over the world and the United States. Recently he was seen playing Munkustrap In the North American Broadway Revival Tour of Cats. Other credits include Jekyll and Hyde (World Tour), Cats (international tour) 50th Anniversary Tour of Hello Dolly, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street (Sacramento music circus), Freddy in My Fair Lady (Theater by the Sea), Scuttle in the Little Mermaid (Theater by the Sea), Ted Hanover in Holiday Inn (Drayton Theater Festival), Clark Gable in the premier of Chasing Rainbows (Flat rock Playhouse), Stings The Last Ship at the Pioneer Theater Company.  Zachary has his own private studio as well as leading masterclasses around the United States and the world.

Bill Geltzeiler

Bill Geltzeiler is a capital region actor, teacher, and theatre activist.  He studied performance at the University of Maryland and the University of Central London, and has performed in a number of plays, musicals, shorts, and industrials, and will earn his first IMDB feature film credit this year!  Karaoke superstar, improv extraordinaire, and a man of 1001 silly voices.  He has a passion for inspiring others, learning through doing, and will never shy away from a little absurdity.  He is thankful for the opportunity to impart to his students with his love and appreciation for the theatre, even in the era of pandemic.  Laughter and fun are the only things contagious here!  Welcome.

Susan Spain

Susan Spain is an award-winning, proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA for over 30 years, Susan earned her BFA in theatre from Adelphi University and while studying there she also earned her first paycheck for Mama I Want To Sing, Off-Broadway. Her other Off-Broadway credits include-Love Letters(Triad Theatre, which she co-wrote), Black Monday (Reg E Gaines, New York Theatre Workshop), Other Aspects (Reg E Gaines, Winner Best Ensemble Award Downtown Urban Theatre Arts Festival at HERE Arts Center, Nuyorican Poet’s Café), The ATrainPlays (The Neighborhood Playhouse), The Cherry Orchard (The Spoon Theatre), Dark of the Moon, Jack and Birthright. Many regional theatre credits, the most recent of which was Judevine (Oldcastle Theatre), Currently touring with Shadows of the 60s Tribute to Motown, Susan has appeared in film and on television, and has narrated over 100 audiobooks, receiving an Earphones Award for her work. Susan has taught/coached students of all ages in acting and singing as well as the business of acting.

Sarah Tan

Sarah Tan is an artist-educator and deviser born and raised in Singapore. She has a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a concentration in Education Studies from Carleton College, an MFA in Theatre for Youth and Community from Arizona State University, and is a certified Trauma Support Specialist. Her background is in modern dance, physical theatre, professional theatre, and drama education. As a scholar, she has researched digital creations with young people, the performance of identity, and the intersection between the performing arts and healing trauma. Currently, she is a freelance performer, teaching artist, and Education Coordinator and Digital Communications Specialist with Grey Box Collective. 

Kevin Tate

Kevin R. Tate (AGMA/ AEA) is a native of Washington DC and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is also a proud alumnus of the Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS) of NYC. Additional training includes Creative Outlet under the tutelage of Jamel Gaines.
Kevin’s first Broadway credit came at the age of 12 when he was casted as Jackie Thibodeaux in George C. Wolfes Caroline or Change. International television credits include ABC’s Manhattan Love Story, Good Morning Germany, and a national Revlon commercial. Concert dance credits include The Metropolitan Opera Ballet of NYC, Rasta Thomas’s BAD BOYS of Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Kyle Abraham’s AIM & Collage Dance Collective.
Kevin has been featured in SELF Magazine, Inside Dance Magazine, and as a website and social media model for the CHARLIE men’s wear line and BOSE electronics. In 2019, featured Kevin as one of the “Top 20 Hottest Men In Dance”.
Kevin is managed by Peggy Stamps, The SquarePeg Group, Inc.