Theatrelab Classes

Fall/Winter 2016-2017

Scholarships are available!

Acting for Beginners with Maura Hanlon

Have you ever wanted to be in a play but were too shy to audition? Did you do shows in high school but haven’t since? Does that secret part of you just know you could be a great actor if you had the chance? Take a class and give it a try. Cape Rep’s Associate Artistic Director, Maura Hanlon, will be teaching an acting class for beginners (or actors who want to get the rust off) Monday evenings from 7-9 from January 9 through March 10. Mo will introduce you to the fundamentals of acting technique and take you from monologue through scene work over ten weeks of class, culminating in a showcase of work at the end. Come dressed to move. Monday evenings, 7-9 pm January 9 – March 13, Fee: $275  Register Online

Playwriting 2 with Art Devine

Playwriting 2 with Art Devine (for experienced playwrights/graduates of Playwriting 1) You’ve mastered the fundamentals of storytelling in Playwriting I or you’re an experienced playwright. Now it’s time to embark on your journey to a one-act or full-length play. Art will help you shape your story for the stage. At the end of the session, there will be a showcase of scenes from your larger work complete with a director and actors. This is an 8-week course that includes a one-on-one session with Art. Classes are held in the Community Room of Cape Rep’s Cape House. 8 weeks Saturdays 9 am -1pm,  January 21 – March 4, Showcase March 18 – 19, Fee: $350 Register Online

Readers’ Theater with Alison Weller

Have you ever left the theatre hoping for an in-depth discussion about the play you’ve just seen?  Do find yourself mulling themes, picking apart plot, wondering what point the playwright was trying to make? Each week we’ll get together in the comfort of the Cape House to read excerpts from a great play and discuss it as we go.  We’ll dip our toes into the waters of dramatic interpretation, examine the play’s significance from a literary and historical background, and talk about its resonance today.  All you need is enthusiasm for great plays and a love of vibrant discourse. A reading list and copies of the plays will be available at the theater in November.  The class will cover a spectrum of plays– classical and modern, dark and hilarious. 10 weeks Tuesday mornings 10-12 am January 10 – March 21 (No Class 02/21), Fee: $275  Register Online

Advanced Scene Study: Comedy with Alison Weller

Don’t ask for the laugh; ask for the tea. Nothing is funnier than reality, so a consistent and genuine connection with the truth of any given scene should always be our starting point. In this class we’ll identify, access and celebrate each actor’s quirky inner clown and explore how it can be employed to best effect in a variety of comic styles from Shakespeare to Shanley, Moliere to McDonagh. Looking at comedy as a technical craft, we’ll talk about what’s funny and why it’s funny, and—in the name of hilarity– how to deploy physical and vocal choices and authenticity of intention. 10 weeks Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:30 pm January 12 – March 23 (No Class 02/23), Fee: $350 Register Online

What did s/he just say? Voice and Speech for the Actor with Alison Weller

Authentic emotion and intense commitment are fantastic, but as that lady in the third row intimated, it doesn’t amount to much if your audience can’t hear you or understand what you’re saying. This intensive will supply actors with basic tools for strengthening vocal power and cleaning up diction.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of their instruments and a practical warm-up that can be used to prep for any performance, rehearsal or audition. We’ll also address simple ways to deal with vocal fatigue and nerves. 4 weeks Saturday mornings 10-12 January 7 – January 28, Fee: $150  Register Online

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About the teachers:


Art_1[1]Art Devine is a multi-talented theater artist.  He has written three world premiere plays for Cape Rep (9-Ball, Winter Wheat and The Bottom of the Sky) and is currently hard at work on his latest commission, A Cloud of Canvas. His most recent acting credits include Rooster in Jerusalem, Dindon in La Cage Aux Folles and Roy in The Light in the Piazza.  For Cape Rep, he directed A Streetcar Named Desire, Sunday in the Park with George, Topdog/Underdog, Our Country’s Good and 9-Ball.  Art trained at Trinity Rep Conservatory.



Maura Hanlon is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre where she has directed, performed in and designed sound for many, many plays and written a few as well.  Mo is a Holy Cross grad who studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory, and she received her MFA in directing from UCSD.  She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s Theatrelab and for the Harwich Junior Theatre.



headshot1Alison Weller is a writer, actor, and producer. She has been an Associate Artist with New York’s Obie Award-winning company, The Civilians, since 2002 and was an original collaborator on the company’s long-running hit Gone Missing and the critically acclaimed This Beautiful City. Other credits include Coram Boy on Broadway and numerous off-Broadway and regional productions, including 7 seasons at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Weller has taught the methodology of investigative theatre at Illinois State University, Colorado College, Sarah Lawrence and Kingsborough Community College; Shakespeare and Moliere at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ; and acting, voice, and public speaking at the University of California, San Diego.  Alison is the Project Director for The Cape Cod Fishing Project (working title), an interview-based theater piece commissioned by Cape Rep and supported by a grant from Mass Humanities.  An Associate of the London Film School, she is developing several projects with her husband, Damian Baldet, including their screen adaptation of Thomas H. Cook’s The Last Talk with Lola Faye.  BA, Harvard; MFA, UCSD.

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