FIRST STEPS IN ACTING 11th Edition Introductory course

September 30 – November 14, 2019

acting course in English for beginners
“First steps in acting” course

Instant Theatre‘s introductory acting class is starting again – 11th Edition! Discover and work on the basics of acting and present a final performance on stage with the group. Everyone can act! We all have it in us. This workshop will explore the basic concepts of acting, reacting and interacting authentically on stage.

We’ll focus on spontaneity, creativity and using our imagination on stage to create and play scenes and situations inspired by our personalities and by the group. The final part of the project will see us on stage, presenting a final show in front of an audience! We’ll focus on scripts and scenes from the very beginning, in order to start playing different roles right away! The activities covered by this course include: group and movement awareness exercises, exercises focused on self-expression and feelings, basics of stage language and stage movement, voice training, scene creation, exercises on spontaneity and interactions, basic character building.

This course is ideal for people who:

  • Want to explore acting to discover more about themselves

  • Want to learn to act, speak and react authentically on stage

  • Want to refine the basics of acting in an inspiring atmosphere

  • Want to perform on stage in English and be part of an international group from all over the world

Learn the basics of acting and discover MUCH MORE about yourself


Alex Casadio @instanttheatreberlin

Alex Casadio, acting trainer and founder of Instant Theatre Berlin. He’s authored the acting manual …And Acting for all and he’s constantly refining his own acting teaching method based on natural behaviour. Alex founded Instant Theatre Berlin in 2013 and he’s active as an acting trainer, theatre director, improvisation coach and performer in the Berlin scene.

This class is suitable for all levels. No previous experience needed! In English

8 Weekly meetings (Mondays, 4-6 PM) + Final performance
Project duration: sessions from Monday September 30 to Thursday November 14, 2019
Final performance: Thursday November 14 2019. The show will happen at our performance venue 800A in Berlin.
Meetings and rehearsals: Mondays, 4-6 PM at 800A Berlin, Stettiner Strasse 19 13357 Berlin.
Final price: 160€

How to get a discounted rate:
All Students & referrals from Instant Theatre Actors from previous courses have access to the discounted fee. Max 10 participants!! IMPORTANT: This course is very often sold out. Please consider registering early. 

Register here:

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*How to get the reduced price: Early Bird period (until the given date), University students (with Ausweis), returning students. We’ll be in touch with you as soon as we get your registration.
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Aleta Chappelle’s Schönow Castle Film Acting and Shakespeare “on camera” Acting Workshop August 23, 24 & 25

Ms. Aleta Chappelle 
will conduct her 2nd Workshop at the Schönow Castle

(90 minutes from Berlin)

For experienced Shakespeare actors and those NEW to ACTING Shakespeare

Scenes from the previous Castle Workshop in May 2019:

Flim Workshop at the Schonow Castle
“On Camera” Workshop
Plus SHAKESPEARE film screenings each night during the overnight weekend retreat at the Castle 
AUGUST 23rd, 24th & 25th
(Enrollment limited to 8 Actors Only) 
The Weekend includes
8 HOURS of Film Acting technique and Shakespeare Acting technique (leaving time to enjoy the beautiful countryside and relaxing at the Castle)
– All MEALS and ROOMS included
– Plus MONOLOGUES filming (Contemporary or a Shakespearian Monologue) for Acting Reels


About Ms. Chappelle
Ms. Aleta Chappelle
Director & Casting Director Aleta Chappelle

In addition to being an Internationally acclaimed Acting Coach, she is the Director of a new Feature Film that is an American/German Co-Production RED DRESS SOLILOQUY. She also directed the Feature Films GOOSED starring Jennifer Tilly and ROMEO AND JULIET IN HARLEM starring Harry Lennix, and she has directed numerous Shakespeare plays. Ms. Chappelle is also an awarding winning Casting Director who has cast films for both Francis and Sofia COPPOLA, Roland EMMERICH, Wim WENDERS, Martha COOLIDGE.
Ms. Chappelle’s credits:
Ms. Chappelle’s current film projects: HERE
Ms. Chappelle’s Directing Reel: HERE

About the Schönow Castle
Here’s the Castle website (Ms. Chappelle also shot her film “Red Dress Soliloquy” there in May 2018):
Film Acting Workshop 2019
The castle is located ca. 90 minutes travel distance from Berlin.

Film Acting Workshop 2019
(Actors are responsible for paying and arranging their own train or car transportation)

The Workshop Schedule (August 23rd, 24th & 25th)
Friday evening The Welcome diner and a movie. 
Saturday – 4 hours of Acting Study, free time to relax and a movie screening at night. 

Sunday – 4 hours of Acting Study plus the Monologues are filmed.

Flim Workshop Schonow Castle

The Fees:
150€ – The 8 HOUR Workshop plus Monologue filming. 
125€  – MEALS and ROOMS
-The MEALS included: Diner Friday night, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Sunday. 

-A variety of ROOMS are available – 3 private bedrooms (additional 20 per night) and shared rooms for 2 people in separate beds. The Workshop is limited to 8 Actors staying at the Castle.


The Workshop Overview:
18:00 – 23:00 Welcome Dinner Party plus a Movie.
10:00 to 11:00 Breakfast 
11:00 to 14:00 (3 hours)
– warmup exercises (for the body)
– Improvisation exercises (for the mind)
– roundtable discussion regarding “Film Acting vs Stage Acting” and performing Shakespeare.ON or OFF CAMERA.
– Actor rehearse the MONOLOGUE they prepared for the Workshop  (Shakespearian or Contemporary) ON CAMERA, with personalized notes given to help develop the performance.
14:00  to 15:00 Lunch
15:00 to 16:00 (1 hour) each Actors is assigned a Scene Partner and a short SCENES from one of Shakespeare’s Plays to prepare and study overnight and be filmed on Sunday morning.
16:00 to 20:00 Actors have time to relax, hike, swim in the near by lake, enjoy a sauna at the Castle or ride horses (for an additional fees).
20:00 to 23:00 Dinner and a Movie.
10:00 – 11:00 Breakfast
11:00 – 14:00 (3 hours) The Scenes studied overnight are filmed. 
15:00 to 16:00 (1 hour) MONOLOGUES are rehearsed one last time before filming.
16:00 to 20:00 The Monologues are filmed with professional lighting and sound in/or around the Castle. Each 2 to 3 minute monologue takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes to film and this allows for multiple takes (the Actor’s footage is sent to them via Dropbox).

20:00 the Goodbye Diner Party (most Actors leave that night but Actors are also welcome to stay Sunday night for an additional 20€ fee).

Aleta Chappelle Film Workshop

To register:
  • The payment of 100€ is needed to hold a spot in Workshop and to reserve accommodations at the Castle (the EARLY BIRD special is 20% OFF if paid in full by JULY 10)
  • The final 175€ payment deadline is AUGUST 1st.

Previous Participants and photos from around the Castle:


I hope you will join me for this unique weekend of WORK and PLAY – surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the wonderful and magical Schönow Castle. Best wishes,
Aleta Chappelle
My website for more information:

You can register here on the Instant Theatre Berlin’s website and we’ll pass your application to the organizers of the workshop. Use this form if you have any questions about the workshop: