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The Joy of Acting

Do you have a budding actor who wants to learn more about the art form?


If so, sign them up for:


The Joy of Acting: Liberating Expression in Young Actors, for beginners or experienced


When acting is taught from the inside out, with a focus on being present and playful, students learn to trust their impulses, their emotional expression and their voices. The skills developed by an actor are the skills we need in life!


Authentic acting happens when the student shows up as the unique person he or she is, which happens in an environment of play, caring and acceptance. This class is a safe place for shy students.


This is a 5-week course and each class includes processes/games that focus on:

  1. Presence and senses/ feeling safe and at home in the body

  2. Play and connection/ awareness of the ensemble

  3. Breath and vocal techniques/ trusting the voice

  4. Movement and improvisation/ trusting impulses

  5. True emotional expression/ allowing feelings

  6. Communication skills/ falling in love with words

  7. Acting techniques/ knowing what it means to be an actor


At the end of the course students will have a memorized and polished commercial and mini-monologue.


Dates: Mondays, July 20-August 17, 2020

Time: 2 pm ET

Cost: $140


Class size: 8 students max


Age range: 7-9 years old


Class duration: 1 hour


Instructor: Jacqueline Grace Hayward, MA


Jacqueline did her early drama training in her native England before receiving a full scholarship to study with ACT in San Francisco. She has a Masters degree in Drama Therapy and has taught drama in numerous settings, with students of all ages, for 35 years. She was the founder/director of Horse & Hummingbird Children’s Theatre, a theatre school for home-schooled children, and of an improvisational theatre company, Rising Moon Playback, which “played back” personal stories in many social service settings. Readers theaters she co-wrote and directed as a coach on the Santa Rosa Junior College speech team won the gold medal at both state and national tournaments. She has been the Director of Acting at Julie Nation Academy for 20 years, preparing students for a career in TV and film. Her focus is on having acting be, first and foremost, a joyful and empowering experience for her students.