Studio Luna

Adult Theatre Classes
Spring 2018 Session


Introduction to Musical Theatre

10 Sessions
Monday Evenings, 7-10pm
February 5-May 14*
Instructors: Robin Irwin and Erick Buckley

Have a song in your heart? Ready to let it out on stage?

Come to Luna's Newest Class... Introduction to Musical Theater... for Adults!

  • Explore how to effectively tell the story of your song
  • Gain confidence in your voice
  • Learn how to transition your character from scene into song

This is the perfect class for actors who want to branch into Musical Theatre, and for more experienced singers looking to hone their talents to the particular genre of Musical Theatre. Broadway veterans, Stage Directors and Master Coaches, Robin Irwin and Erick Buckley are ready to guide you on your path from singing show tunes in the shower to singing under the lights!

*Due to space conflicts with our New Moon Reading Series, this class will not be held on consecutive Mondays. The class will meet on the following dates: 2/5, 2/26, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/14.

Space limited to 8 students.

If interested in registering, please call the office (973) 395-5551.

Master Class: The Actor's Workshop

11 Sessions
Tuesday Evenings, 7-9:30
February 27-May 15
(no class 4/3)
Instructor: Ned Coulter

Take your acting skills to the next level with our Master Class. This class is designed for student actors with prior class room experience who wish to further explore the craft of acting through the use of monologues and scenes from contemporary and classic writers. Building on the principles introduced in our "Acting Essentials" class, emphasis is on character development and preparing for production. The goal of the class is that everyone achieves a deeper insight into their own unique knowledge of the acting experience and how they personally relate to it. The class will culminate in a presentation in Luna's Studio Theater with an invited audience. Students who have not taken our "Acting Essentials" Class must receive permission from the Instructor to register for the Master Class. Inquiries may be sent to

Space limited to 12 students.

Acting Essentials

11 Sessions
Wednesday Evenings, 7-9:30
February 28–May 16
(no class 4/4)
Instructor: Ned Coulter

Designed equally for beginning actors as well as actors with experience, this ten-week intensive class provides a nurturing professional atmosphere where participants learn to free the power of their imaginations and gain a better understanding of the actor's journey when creating a role. The class starts with a review of basic acting skills and quickly progresses through improvisations, exercises, cold readings, and script analysis to acting monologues and scenes from theater and film.

Because of the emphasis on the individual, the goal of the class is that everyone achieves a deeper insight into their own unique knowledge of the acting experience and how they personally relate to it. Directors and playwrights who want a better knowledge of the actor's process have found this course valuable for its straightforward approach.

Space limited to 12 students.


10 Sessions
Wednesday Evenings, 7-9:30
February 28–May 16
Instructor: TBA

You've taken playwriting classes, you've got drafts piling up on your desk. But how do you take that next step? PlayGym is a new play development forum for playwrights to hear their work read aloud and to receive feedback from professionals in a safe, nurturing environment. PlayGym playwrights have access to 4-5 professional actors trained in new play development and Luna's Resident Dramaturg. Workshop new material, finally finish that play that's been plaguing you, develop it with the actors in the room, try out different versions - how you use your time is up to you. Each playwright receives over 3 hours of personalized time and becomes a part of a community dedicated to play development. Please note: this class is intended for playwrights with some experience or training.

Space limited to 5 students.


Intro to Directing

11 Sessions
Thursday Mornings, 10-12:30
March 1–May 17
(no class 4/5)
Instructor: Cheryl Katz

Explore all facets of the craft of directing in this introductory course taught by Luna's Artistic Director, Cheryl Katz. Participants will gain an in-depth perspective on how the directorial vision affects casting, design and performance; explore different approaches toward directing and some of the pitfalls that often trip up early career artists; and then put their emerging skills into practice in scene and monologue work with experienced actors. This class is geared toward participants with little or no professional directing experience and may require some rehearsals outside of class time.

Space is limited to 6 students.

Meet Our Teachers

Ned Coulter
Ned Coulter has enjoyed a long and fulfilling career in theater, television, and film. He has played roles on Broadway and Off-Broadway and in many regional theaters across America. He has appeared on Law and Order, on several of the afternoon "Soaps" and had been seen in over thirty commercials. He has taught in many of the major acting studios in New York City and has conducted workshops in theater at several universities.
Kaitlin Stilwell
Kaitlin Stilwell has worked in the literary offices of Urban Stages, The Mint Theater Company, the Hangar Theater, and McCarter Theatre, where she assisted playwrights Marina Carr, Danai Gurira and John Guare on premieres of their new plays. As a freelance dramaturg, she has developed plays with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Southern Writers' Project at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theater's Youth Ink! Festival, and with many individual writers. As an actor, Kaitlin toured North America as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof starring Chaim Topol, Theodore Bikel and Harvey Fierstein, alternatively. Kaitlin has done research for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Company in New York. Her postgraduate work in England culminated in a dissertation on the dramaturgy of climate change plays. Now a resident of Montclair, Kaitlin is so pleased to be working with such talented local playwrights and theater artists at Luna Stage.
Cheryl Katz
Cheryl Katz has been with Luna Stage since 2003. She served as Director of Play Development for eight years before becoming Associate Artistic Director in 2011. She was appointed Artistic Director in 2013. During her time at Luna, she has contributed to the development of over fifty new works for the stage and has directed the world premieres of Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf, The High Water Mark and King of the Mountains by Ben Clawson, Carnaval by Nikkole Salter, Mercy and The Firefly by Amy Hartman, The Fastest Woman Alive by Karen Sunde, the NJ professional premiere of Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff, and all three Luna productions of The Man In Room 306 by Craig Alan Edwards (1995 and 2008 in New Jersey, 2010 in New York). Prior to her position at Luna, Cheryl developed and directed new plays in the New York area and worked as a producer, administrator and special projects manager for LaMama E.T.C., Under One Roof, Electronic Arts Intermix, Arts International and The School of Hard Knocks. She has worked in script development for The Young Playwrights Festival, The O'Neill Theatre Conference and The Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Schedule subject to change.

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