2020 Fall Online Workshops

Jack Straw's professional audio workshops are the perfect opportunity to improve your studio skills or get that first hands on introduction to the world of audio recording and editing. Our vocal workshops are perfect for writers, actors, and anyone wanting to hone their vocal technique for studio recording or performance.

All classes take place online via Zoom - class invitation will be sent one day prior.

To sign up or for more information, email workshops@jackstraw.org.

Vocal Training for Writers Saturday, October 17, 11am-12:30pm
  Wednesday, October 21, 7-8:30pm
Zoom Hosting Thursday, October 15, 7-9pm

Intro to Digital Audio Editing

Tuesday, October 20, 6-9pm
Basic Field Recording Thursday, October 22, 10am-1pm
Intro to ProTools Tuesday, October 27, 2-6pm
   
Instructor Bios

Vocal Training for Writers
Saturday, October 17, 11am-12:30pm
Wednesday, October 21, 7-8:30pm
Fee: $25 member, $45 non-member (limit 6 per class)

Instructor: Alyssa Keene

Help your words come off the page clearly, dynamically, and authentically. Working with a vocal coach, students will first get comfortable using a microphone for studio recordings and live readings. Next, they'll practice reading material and learn tips for scoring their text and using their voices in a way that helps their stories come to life. This ninety minute session will be audio and video recorded for students' use.

 

Zoom Hosting
Thursday, October 15, 7-9pm

Fee: $50 member; $75 non-member (Limit 6)
Instructor: Tom Stiles

The Zoom video conferencing platform has become an important tool for staying connected in real time, for online collaboration and planning, and for bridging the gap when live performances and gatherings are not happening.  Learn how to use this technology to reach more people and enhance interactivity, how to get the best audio and video quality, and how to effectively host a meeting.

Intro to Digital Audio Editing
Tuesday, October 20, 6-9pm
Fee: $60 member; $85 non-member (Limit 6)

Instructor: Tom Stiles


Learn the basic skills of recording and editing sound with audio editing software. We'll learn two different programs, both free or affordable, and see the advantages and disadvantages of each. Audacity is open-source free-download software used for audio and video production; GarageBand is a very affordable recording and music production program from Apple. Learn to record, edit, and process sounds in each environment, for interview, story, video, and music applications. Followup intensive instruction available also.

Basic Field Recording
Thursday, October 22, 10am-1pm

Fee: $60 member; $85 non-member (Limit 6)
Instructor: Tom Stiles

Learn techniques for high quality field recording of music, ambience, sound effects, and voice with portable equipment. Useful for radio and TV producers, as well as sound artists and engineers.

Intro to Pro Tools
Tuesday, October 27, 2-6pm
Fee: $70 member; $95 non-member (Limit 6)

Instructor: Tom Stiles


Introduction to the recording studio industry's most popular digital audio production system. Students will learn basic commands and procedures for recording, editing, and outputting finished audio with Pro Tools, and can work on a project of their own as a class exercise. Students need access to a computer with ProTools installed for the hands-on exercise.  Instructor demonstrates on a Mac, but PC users welcome. 

 

 

Instructor Bios

Tom Stiles specializes in live performance sound and recording, and he has worked with hundreds of performers from around the world in concert, festival, and studio settings. He has used the Pro Tools digital audio system for recording, editing, and sound design since 1993, and taught classes in Pro Tools since 1996. Tom is a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

Alyssa Keene is an actor, voice and dialect coach, and teaching artist who has been working with Jack Straw Cultural Center for over a decade. She has coached and acted with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, ACT, 5th Avenue Theater, Sound Theatre Co., Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Shakespeare Co., Village Theatre, Book-It Repertory, and many of Seattle's fringe theaters. Alyssa is a Mazen Award winner with the 14/48 Projects and has been featured in Encore Magazine and ArtZone. She is also an affiliate artist at Seattle Children's Theatre and a member of the faculty at Seattle Film Institute and Freehold Theatre Lab.

 




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