Ensemble Training Intensive (ETI)
Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive (ETI) is the only independent 10-month certificate program for dedicated adult actors in the Pacific Northwest. Our central aim is the development of core acting skills that are as delicate as they are vital, and too often overlooked.
The Ensemble Training Intensive was created for the serious student who is ready to commit to the next level artistically and professionally. With curriculum focused on developing skills necessary to meet the technical demands of classical text and extraordinary contemporary material, students are led by a celebrated and uniquely qualified faculty. ETI empowers emerging professionals with a dependable inner and outer process, so that they can make a meaningful contribution to the community at large. We work with actors to integrate their core truthful connection to the given circumstances, and playing of action with extraordinary physical and vocal expression.
The ETI faculty includes some of Seattle’s most treasured performing artists, many of whom are working professionals with many years of experience in their field in addition to their teaching qualifications. We have experienced that the integration of skills, encountered by the ensemble growing together, results in exponential growth.
Each ETI participant is guaranteed substantial performance opportunities that include public Solo Performances, Shakespeare Scenes, and a Professional Showcase for invited industry professionals. The 10-month intensive culminates in the development and performance of a Classical play that will perform in Seattle, and tour to the non-traditional sites of Freehold’s Engaged Theater Program. The Engaged Tour is an important part of the intensive, as performing for people in extraordinary circumstances challenges the artist to be more honest and generous in their playing. Tour sites may include prisons, military bases, hospitals, and homeless shelters.
To empower the dedicated artist determined to advance their skills and career with a uniquely accomplished faculty, we emphasize small class size (16 students) and individual attention. The curriculum comprises both group and tutorial sessions. The course work is focused on:
- Opening up the artist’s access to natural inspiration, and availability to the life of the moment.
- Expanding their imaginative and transformational powers.
- Honing their physical and vocal instruments by detailed anatomical discovery, development, practice, and conscious expression.
- Preparing the artist for many paths such as working as a professional, further study, or preparing as a teacher. It is a solid launching pad for the next step.
Actors will need to be ready to take on the rigor and discipline of this ten-month technical curriculum, which includes up to 24 hours a week in class and will require an estimated 5-10 hours per week for individual rehearsal and preparation time.
Students who completed the program have found professional work in New York and Los Angeles, as well as in local theatres such as The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, ACT Theatre, and in regional theatres beyond Seattle.
Lee Ann Hittenberger
Sara Rucker Thiessen
Robert Dale Walker
Luisa de Paula Collova