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MPN Winter Classes

Do something good for yourself this winter!
Take an inspiring class at the HAT.


The Actor in Character

Instructor: Bruce Hall

4 sessions: Mondays, Feb 12–Mar 25—6:30–8:30pm

Student Fee: $135


Course description:  : This course will focus on the fundamentals of acting, through exploration of self in relation to character. Using monologues and two-person scenes, the actor will learn how to identify and personalize their character’s objective.

Meet the Instructor—BRUCE HALL: Bruce is a theatre director and educator with an MFA in Acting from Yale University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Montana, and a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy from Antioch University.  Bruce taught Drama and Music in Seattle schools for twenty years. He has directed for The Yale Cabaret, Cornish College of the Arts, Santa Monica College, and Montana Repertory Theatre. He was Artistic Director of The Virginia City Players and founded The Brewery Follies.  As a Musical Director, he has composed and performed for Broadway, Off Broadway, Stanford University, and regional theaters around the country.   He is also a playwright whose works have been produced by Seattle Children’s Theatre, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

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Adult Acting and Playwriting Classes at the HAT!
Ages 18 and up.  Each acting course is limited to 12 students. No experience necessary.

Improv Acting

Instructor: Roger Scruggs

5 sessions: Wednesdays, Feb 21–Mar 20—6:30–8:30pm

Student Fee: $125


Course description:  Explore techniques in freeing the mind and building confidence with improvisation and acting skills. Learn Theatre exercises to help develop confidence on stage and explore your natural ability in creating comedy and tragedy.  Spend five weeks stepping into the unknown and out of your comfort zone to move toward live theatre performing!

Meet the Instructor—ROGER SCRUGGS: Roger has worked as an Actor, Director, Stage Manager, Technical Director, Lighting Designer, and Janitor in Theaters across the country; including Grandstreet Theatre, The Palace Theatre (NH), John Houseman Theatre (NYC), Douglas Fairbanks Theatre (NYC), St. James Theatre (NYC). Roger spent time traveling Europe performing with a Commedia Dell’Arte troupe. After 15 years working professionally in theatre, Roger went into Teaching High School in NH, FL, and now MT. When not teaching or doing theatre, Roger is a volunteer Ski Patroller.



Instructor: Pamela Jamruszka Mencher

7 sessions: Tuesdays, Feb 13–Mar 26—6:30–8:30pm

Student Fee: $135


Course description:Write compelling short plays & scripts.  Classes explore techniques for writing plays & screenplays, as well as staging and production mechanics for live theatre and film. The last session may include readings of works completed in class.

Meet the Instructor—PAMELA JAMRUSZKA MENCHER: Pamela has been directing plays in educational and professional theatres throughout the Rocky Mountain West and Wisconsin since 1978.  She earned a BA in Theatre Arts, English & Speech Communications from Montana State University, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Pamela’s professional careers include professor emeritus of theatre, arts administration, and arts advocacy, as well as producer, playwright, lighting and costume designer.  Educational specialties include acting, directing, playwriting, costume design, theatre production, creative writing and theatre history.  Currently, Pamela serves as the President of the Montana Playwrights Network, and Executive Director of the Helena Avenue Theatre in Helena, MT.  

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