Acting Intensives

Fall/Winter 2013 classes

Master Class for Adults: The Audition Class

Professional Youth Actor Training  (ages 12-18)

About the Instructor


North Carolina Stage Company began offering Acting Intensive classes in September 2010.  Adult Scene StudyDesigned for actors interested in pursuing a serious study of acting, classes run on a semester schedule and provide Asheville actors with conservatory-style workshops and professional training. 

Master Class for Adults: The Audition Class
Mondays 6:30-9:00 PM

November 11- February 17
Ages: Adults
Instructor: Michael MacCauley
Cost: $275

In this 12-week intensive, the class will focus on the art and mechanics of auditioning by working on a contemporary monologue, a Shakespeare monologue, and a song (optional).  Cold readings, auditions for film and television, headshots, and resumes will also be explored.  The class will culminate in a final performance and general audition for NC Stage.

Professional Youth Actor Training 

We are currently offering Semesters II and III of this program, which are open only to students who have completed the previous semesters.

We will offer Semester I in fall 2013.  For more information about joining the program, contact Kelly Walker at 828-239-0263 or

Youth Acting Intensive Rehearal

This 2-year, 4-semester program is designed to train young artists who are interested in a serious study of the craft of acting.  The first semester focuses on the basics of acting: personal investment, listening, telling the story, investigation of physical and emotional life, and actions and objectives.  Over the course of the program, students study a variety of methods of acting, voice and speech, movement, stage combat, Alexander Technique, Linklater, audition skills, and improvisation.  Students also study and prepare scenes from contemporary plays and Shakespeare.  The program culminates in a fully realized production on the stage at North Carolina Stage Company.  The program acts as a bridge to advanced actor training on the college and graduate school levels. 

About the Instructor

Michael MacCauley has been a professional actor, director, writer, and producer for the past twenty years. He has appeared in many NCSC productions including Angels in America: Parts 1 and 2, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  His acting credits include several off-Broadway productions, a national tour with John Houseman’s The Acting Company, over a dozen world premieres, and guest artist at various regional theatres including Florida Stage, Studio Arena, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Flat Rock Playhouse. Michael’s television credits include Law And Order: New York Undercover, Swift Justice, Law And Order: SVU and Law And Order: Criminal Intent. Michael began teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he earned his MFA degree in acting. He worked as assistant to Peggy Loft (one of the founders of The Julliard School), for two years, tutoring undergraduate and graduate actors in voice and speech. Michael also created a highly popular Shakespeare Studio in New York City under the auspices of The Lark Theatre Company. While in New York, Michael taught at New York University at The Stella Adler Studio. Other teaching experience includes The American College Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and The Arden Theatre in Philadelphia.  Michael has written a one-man show, Sure Of This One, which he produced and performed to critical acclaim off-Broadway. He has directed and produced both professionally and at the college level.  Michael has been an NC Stage teaching artist since 2006.


To register for one of our classes, contact Kelly Walker at 828-239-0263 or