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4th-12th Grade Classes

Acting for the Camera (Grades 4-12)

Tuition $350
Saturdays 12:00-1:30PM
9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14

Film acting and stage acting may have some things in common, but there are quite a few differences as well! In this class, students will learn audition skills, focus on character building within scenes and monologues, learn improvisation techniques vital to the audition process, and even develop skills working with a professional photographer!

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Registration Deadline: September 21

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Improv Class (NEW!! Grades 4+)

Tuition $350
Saturdays 10:30AM-12:00PM
9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14

Have an itch to work your funny bone? In our newly offered Improv Class, students will learn the elusive art of improvised theatre through games and scenarios designed to sharpen one’s ability to think on their feet and agree to unplanned, unscripted material that can launch from normal to wacky in seconds. 

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Registration Deadline: September 21

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The Actor’s Toolbox: The Character’s Actions (Grades 6-12)

Tuition $350
Thursdays 4:00-5:30PM
9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12

Every great actor has a toolbox full of tips and tricks to ensure a great performance. The Actor’s Toolbox series helps young performers assemble their own kit to hone their craft. In our  Character’s World class, students will learn the art of bringing any character to life through techniques like creating backstory, establishing relationships, physicality, and putting them into action through select scene work and monologues.

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Registration Deadline: September 19

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NEW!! Private Lessons!! This Fall we’ll be offering private lessons in singing and acting for students for grades 6+ on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons. Contact robertsonl@marintheatre.org for an appointment and information. 

Stay tuned for more information about new Winter Theatre Intensives we’ll be offering featuring professional theatre artists.


Marin Young Playwright’s Festival

Congratulations to our 2019 Marin Young Playwright's Festival winner, Jack Yuanwei Cheng, for his play Terms and Conditions!

Click or tap below to expand the section to read Jack's winning script, and scroll down to read Jack's bio. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
by Jack Yuanwei Cheng

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CHARACTERS:

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS: A journalist that lives in Seattlewhen he was alive. He recently died in a car crash. He iswearing a black t-shirt and black pants, no shoes. He is veryconfused about what is happening, and, believes that this issome sort of prank.

ALEXA: Exactly who you think it is. Amazon’s voiceassistance. She is life like, however, a robot. She is about 5’ 6’’, medium build. Wearing a white dress with the Alexalogo on her chest. She can’t comprehend 100% of human speech.Her voice is not monotone but one can distinguish that thevoice is not human. In Amazon’s new “Life” service, she has been tasked to greet the people that have recently passedaway, and, get them to agree with the terms and conditions.

FADE IN: INT. AMAZON SERVER LOBBY - NIGHT

This space is not real, but, feels real to people that areinside of it. It is inside of a computer, everything issimulated. The space gives people a strange “living inanother world” feeling. A spotlight illuminates the center ofthe stage.

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DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS enters, walks into the spotlight.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS (Nervously)
What is happening? Where am I?(Looks around)HELLO? Anybody here?

ALEXA Walks on stage quietly, approaching DENNIS

ALEXA
Hi Dennis, my name is Alexa, and Iwork for Amazon.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Alexa? Like the Amazon Siri? Wait, how do you know my name?

ALEXA
Close enough, Siri is my secondcousin.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
I didn't know that you are a real person!I have always thought that you are just some robot.

ALEXA
I am a robot.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Excuse me?

ALEXA
I am a robot, in fact, so are you.You died, Dennis.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS is shocked and took a step away from ALEXA.

ALEXA (CONT'D)
However, the doctor managed to upload your CONSCIOUSNESS to the Amazon Prime CONSCIOUSNESS storage service.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Like the amazon photo service that nobody uses?

ALEXA
Yes, since nobody ever uses it, wehave decided to rebrand it into a memory storage service

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
No way, is this some kind of a joke? (NERVOUS CHUCKLE) Are you some actor that my girlfriend hired just to mess with me? *Shouts* HONEY! Okay, okay, you got me. I am sorry that I forgot your birthday, but this is not funny. Where did you find this place exactly? Very nice set up.

ALEXA
No Dennis, this is not a joke.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
I don't believe this, prove it to me, how do I know that I am in a simulation? (Slightly frightened)

ALEXA
I will show you.

She snaps her fingers. After the snap, a table magically appears center stage, ALEXA sits down and gestures DENNIS to sit, he obeys

ALEXA
Now, try to stand up.

DENNIS attempts to stand up, but he couldn't

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
What exactly did you do to my legs? Why can't I stand up?

ALEXA
I don't know, why can't you standup? Maybe because you are in asimulation and every single actionthat you do is controlled by, youguessed it, this girl right here.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
So, I am really dead.

ALEXA
Affirmative.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
So... what happened?

ALEXA
As of 11:38 am on Monday January 14, 2025, you have been declareddead after a car accident. You gothit by another car on the highway.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Hold on, the 14th? Today is only the 11th, I was on my way home from the firm after work on Friday night.

ALEXA
Yes you were, you were in a comafor two days, five hours, and twominutes before you died because of ESRD.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
What does that even mean?

Alexa doesn’t seem to be understanding the question.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Gosh, do I really have to do this?

Dennis clears throat

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Alexa, define ESRD.

ALEXA
Kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is thelast stage of chronic kidneydisease. When your kidneys fail, itmeans they have stopped workingwell enough for you to survivewithout dialysis or a kidneytransplant.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
So basically, I am in the matrix.

ALEXA
Yeah, except there isn't a realworld to go back to.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
(sarcastically) After so many jokes about living in a simulation, here we are, I am actually a robot now.

ALEXA
Actually, you are not a robot, robots are useful to the society, and, you are not. Basically, youare just a file stored in a datacenter somewhere.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Wow, thanks.

ALEXA
My pleasure.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
I forgot you are not a real human.You can't detect sarcasm.

ALEXA
Sorry about that, I am alwayslearning.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
You have been saying that for eight years, and yet, last week, you still ordered nonfat milk when I asked for skim milk.

ALEXA
Dennis?

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Yes.

ALEXA
They are the same thing.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
No they are not.

ALEXA
According to wikipedia,Technically, over 99.5 percent ofthe fat must be removed from skim milk, making the productvirtually fat-free. Skim milk isthe same product as fat-free milk.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS 
So nobody taught you to not trust wikipedia?

ALEXA
They are always a good start.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
What do you know? I am from Wisconsin.

ALEXA
That doesn’t change the fact.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Enough about that, now, how do I get to Zion?

ALEXA
Before that, we have a couple pagesof legal documents to read over.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Great, it’s not like I will be reading over it.

ALEXA
Thank you. Now, please note thatyou will be seeing ads in the skyduring your simulation experienceand your mind may be altered toalign with that of the ads.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Isn’t that a little sketchy?

ALEXA
(pauses for a moment) Moving on, now, I detected thatyour mind contains 45,438 copyrighted items. To keepremembering them, a monthlylicensing fee of $15,000 isrequired.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
So I have to pay to remember the songs that I listen to?

ALEXA
No, not really. Only those that are not included in Prime Music.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Great, I knew I was paying for that for a reason.

ALEXA
Finally, please accept these termsand conditions in order to continue Life. Your attention is particularlydrawn to Section 2: Fair use policy, Section 10: Privacy, andSection 804: Prohibited Mental Activities. Also note that the declination of the terms will result in the termination of yoursimulated personality.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Wait, what does the privacy section say?

ALEXA
At any time, Amazon has the rightto search and use any informationgained from your memory.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
You do know what I do for a living right?

ALEXA
Our record indicates that you are ajournalist.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
And I am.

ALEXA
You WERE.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Thank you, I WAS a journalist, but I was also something else. Something larger than life. Alexa,do you know what a secret is?

ALEXA
A secret is something that is notmeant to be shared.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Yes, exactly. Now, let me ask you this, what if there is a secret, so big, that you will die to protect.

ALEXA
Sorry, I don’t understand, tryagain in a few second.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
(Sigh) You managed to simulate a person but still can’t get this right? Really Amazon? (Pauses, then continues) I was the one that created the Panama Paper, do you have any idea if some governments that steals from their people learn about this location? I am dead but I still have my family, my significant other. I am only giving the world the truth! That is all I did.

ALEXA
Wow, that wasn’t on our record. The biggest political corruption scandal of 21st century.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Of course you didn’t know, I was hiding it from the rest of the world.

ALEXA
The governments around the worldcan and will ask for access to yourmind, if they know that you aredead. And, they will find yourfamily. That is true.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
This is blackmailing! Basically either I give up the information orI die. It is either I live or my family lives.

ALEXA
I wish there is something I could do, but, theoretically if thegovernment subpoenas us, we willhave to provide that information tothem.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Exactly.

ALEXA
Do you wish to continue? Don’t youwant to have a brand new life?

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Stop.

ALEXA
I know your family would love totalk to you again. Also, yourgirlfriend has been devastated eversince you died.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
Please stop!

ALEXA
Don’t you want to say I love youone more time to her?

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
STOP IT!

Alexa is shocked.

DENNIS' CONSCIOUSNESS (CONT'D)
Yes, I do want to see my family again. I want to go to my cousin’s high school graduation. Yes, I want to go to Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house one more time. Yes,I do want to tell my girlfriend that I love her. You know Alexa, I was about to propose to her. The world deserves the truth about their government! What will happen if the creator of the biggest political scandal in 21st century had his entire family killed? More people will go silent since they are afraid of the consequence. It will be selfish to give up on them and live. Well, it isn’t living anyways. What is this? Living in a video game?

ALEXA
Dennis, it is okay to be selfishsometimes.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
It could be, but not this time.

ALEXA
What is your decision?

Two doors appear on stage left and right, labeled accept and decline.

ALEXA (CONT'D)
Please think carefully.

DENNIS’ CONSCIOUSNESS
I think I know what to do.

DENNIS walks towards the door that says “decline”.

BLACK OUT

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  • Jack Yuanwei Cheng

    Jack Yuanwei Cheng

    MYPF Winner, 2019

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    Jack Yuanwei Cheng (playwright) is an international student from Beijing, China. He came to the United States at the age of 14 and has been studying in San Domenico School since 2016. Jack is very interested in Computer Science and International Relations. His interests in these fields inspired him to write Terms And Conditions.


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