Welcome to our Adult Class! Don't be shy! Come and find the joy of acting and meet new friends along the way!
This eight-week class for all levels of acting will provide students with practical experience, beginning with some oral interpretation exercises, then in portraying excerpts from published plays in all genres. As the best way to learn about acting is to perform dramatic literature, participants will be assigned texts from classical, commercial and contemporary scripts and asked to memorize the lines and perform them for their peers. In so doing, students will gain insight into dramatic form and context, various styles of playwrighting, script analysis and role-creation. The over-arching goal will be to serve the writers’ objectives by portraying their intentions, revealing the themes of each scenario and mining the emotional and intellectual depths of the characters. Basic stagecraft and directorial insights will naturally flow from such “hands-on” experience, and instant feedback from the instructor and fellow classmates will provide the responses of a true audience, which is of course the culmination and purpose of any acting performance.
WALKER JOYCE grew up in New Providence and now lives in Chatham. He earned a B.A. in English, then began a 40-year career in Show Business. As a New York-based actor he performed in the city and across the country, most notably in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical BIG RIVER, Roger Miller’s take on HUCKLEBERRY FINN, playing the villainous “King.” During the national tour, Time magazine’s Pulitzer Prize winning critic William Henry wrote an essay entitled “How Does Broadway Play in Peoria?,” and praised his performance thusly: “ As a scalawag conman, Walker Joyce malevolently out-performs his antecedents.”
Another signature role is Benjamin Franklin in several productions of 1776, a part he can’t out-grow and he hopes to play again! After a spell in Los Angeles pursuing movies and television, Walker moved home to New Jersey and founded The Bickford Theatre, an Equity company now in its 23rd season. As the first Artistic Director, he produced 28 shows in 6 years, directing 10 and appearing in 5. They won numerous awards, including 3 consecutive Best Play of the Year citations in the Star Ledger’s annual survey. In recent years, Walker served in executive positions for the Opera at Florham and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He continued to appear on other local stages, including NJ Rep, Luna and 12 Miles West. Nowadays, he’s a freelance director, writer and consultant. As the Showcase’s Arts columnist, he continues to keep a sharp eye on performances and trends here and around the country.
Walker is also a life-long history buff, with a particular interest in the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers. He’s forever chagrined at how New Jersey’s rich legacy has never been properly taught or even preserved by the state, as his “Milestones” column in the Showcase has shown.