Professional Development

Skill-Enhancing Courses with Outstanding Ensemble Members

Believing that actor training is a lifelong challenge, A Red Orchid offers a series of professional development classes throughout the year to aid actors and directors in continuous learning and ensure personal and professional growth within our artistic community. Artists participate in skill-enhancing courses run in small, select groups—ensuring optimum focused attention throughout. Working with our outstanding ensemble members, our workshops provide artists with the opportunity to hone their craft and explore new ways of working.

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Our Winter Class: Values & Process for the Artist, with Shade Murray, is now open for enrollment:

with Associate Artistic Director & Ensemble Member Shade Murray

Tuesdays, 6 pm – 9:30 pm
6 Week Course*
February 11th – March 24, 2020
*No Class on Tuesday, March 3rd

Cost: $300

This Studio will ask:
“How can we have a more honest process, in which we hold ourselves and others accountable to the highest level of rigor, while remaining compassionate to ourselves and to one another?”

Each session will simulate a key moment in the rehearsal process for
that play: audition, table work, blocking, scene-work and run-throughs. You will only work with one another in class, as you would in rehearsal. We will address the challenges (emotional and political) that prevent us from being honest, rigorous and compassionate. We will work together to find a better process. Members of the A Red Orchid Ensemble will be invited to attend the studio and participate.

Admission is by consent of the instructor. Apply by sending an email and resume to

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Interested in taking a class at A Red Orchid but can’t make this session work? Please stay tuned for class offerings coming soon! If you are interested in being put on a list to be the first to know about any upcoming classes, email Managing Director Abigail Madden here.


Values & Process: A six-week course taught by Ensemble Member Shade Murray in Summer 2018. This class explored the fundamentals of A Red Orchid’s mission of working with honesty, rigor, and compassion.

Character Analysis & Imagery: A six-week scene study course taught by Ensemble Member Dado in Winter 2018 and Spring 2017.

Honest Performances, Honest Process: A six-week course taught by Shade Murray in Winter 2017.

All for One: The Technique of Instinct: A six-week course taught by founding Ensemble Member Larry Grimm in Fall 2016 which explored various acting techniques including Meisner, Viewpoints, and others.

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