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Acting: Building a Character

8 Week/1-Hour per Week Course

Instructor: Melissa Ordaz 

Creating a dynamic character onstage can be intimidating! Where do you start? This class is for you! In this acting class, students will walk through the process of building a character. Through games and exercises, they will be given the tools to investigate a script and bring characters to life in an engaging, truthful, and multi-dimensional way! Using the play, You Are Special, adapted from the book “You Are Special” by Max Lucado, students will get hands-on experience in play reading and research as well as practice in exploring the who, when, and where of their assigned character from the play. To build a dynamic character you must be one part detective and one part alchemist; gain the confidence to tackle both in this class!

Taught from a Christian Perspective:

Who are you? At your very core? This central question along with several others that surround it will be our jumping off points as we look at identity. As we seek to discover the identity of characters in plays, we will take time to notice how the questions that we ask about our characters are the same ones that people ask about themselves. So let’s examine our own hearts, open the Bible, and ask “Who am I?”


Regular Price


Limited Time Offer!


 Grades 6-12​

Levels: Beginner-Intermediate





4:00pm - 5:00pm

The 2021 Fall Session of this Course will take place Oct.-Nov. 2021, with dates/times below:

Tuesday, October 5

Tuesday, October 12

Tuesday,October 19

Tuesday, October 26

Tuesday, November 2

Tuesday, November 9

Tuesday, November 16

Tuesday,November 23


Classes will be held at a private home studio in La Mirada, CA.

Address to be provided upon registration.


Week 1: Character Play & Exploration

Week 2: Reading a Play

Week 3: Research

Week 4: Who, Pt. 1

Week 5: Who, Pt. 2

Week 6: When

Week 7: Where

Week 8: Character Showcase


Will there be a performance at the end of the 8-week course?

No. While the students will be going through the process of creating a character, this class focuses on letting them explore the process rather than working to present a fully produced piece. 

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