Volunteer Workshops

Have you ever felt the itch to explore acting 

but found yourself held back by nerves or uncertainty? 

DATE: June 1, 2024

TIME: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

LOCATION: Grand Opera House, 109 S Pierre St, Pierre, SD 57501

FEES: $25 

 Led by J.D. Ackman*, Professor and Director of Theatre Emeritus - SDSU, this workshop offers a safe and supportive environment where you can dip your toes into the world of acting without the pressure of auditions or commitments. Our aim is to provide you with low-pressure activities and immersive experiences that will help build your confidence and introduce you to the basics of acting.

Throughout the workshop, you'll engage in a variety of exercises and games designed to unlock your creativity, develop your stage presence, and sharpen your communication skills. Whether you're a complete novice or have some previous experience, there's something for everyone in this workshop.

Curious about how auditions typically work? We'll provide insights into the audition process, drawing from the practices of the Pierre Players and other theater groups. While audition processes may vary from one director to another, we'll offer general guidance to help demystify the experience and ease any apprehensions you may have.

Most importantly, "Acting Without Anxiety" is a low-pressure, no-commitment event. You're free to explore, experiment, and discover the joy of acting at your own pace, without any expectation of long-term commitment. Whether you're looking to overcome stage fright, boost your self-confidence, or simply try something new, this workshop is your chance to take the first step towards unleashing your inner performer.

Don't let fear hold you back any longer. Join us for "Acting Without Anxiety" and embark on an exciting journey of self-expression and discovery!

*J.D. Ackman, is Professor and Director of Theatre at South Dakota State University. He has been on the faculty since 1993. J.D. holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Montana (1984). He currently oversees SDSU’s State University Theatre program and serves as Managing/Artistic Director for SDSU’s Prairie Repertory Theatre. J.D. has performed in or directed over 150 theatre productions. He has taught more than a dozen different courses during his tenure at State. While he enjoys his administrative duties, he most enjoys working with his students in rehearsals and in the classroom/studio and interacting with theatre patrons. J.D. lives in Brookings with his wife and son.