Acting on Stage: Scene Study

Learn how to make words on a page come to life! This class is ideal for up-and-coming actors who want to hone their craft. Using acting exercises, games, and scene work, this mini class cycle will give you the tools needed to tackle a piece of text, and be a good scene partner. Acting techniques such as active listening, using observation, channeling imagination, and finding objectives are skills that will be studied, as well as memorization tips and techniques. Each student will be assigned a scene with a partner, and be actively coached throughout the process!

Ages: 10 - 18
Dates & Times: October 27, November 3, and November 10 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Tuition: $250
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Comedy Tonight! Short Form Improv

Get out of your head and into the moment! Learn the fundamentals of improvisation through games and exercises in a fun, supportive environment. We will develop the important skills of active listening, thinking on your feet, making connections, and open collaboration. This class will culminate in a final Improv presentation for friends and family.

Ages: 10 - 18
Dates & Times: November 17, December 1, and December 8 - 1:30 - 4:30
Tuition: $250
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ACT - Acting in Children's Theatre

Taught by Tamara Salkin of South Fork Performing Arts, for more info

Learn acting skills and techniques, have fun playing theatre and drama games, and get creative!
This special class just for young actors is the perfect foundation course for children interested in being on stage and performing.

Ages:  6-10
Dates & Times: Saturdays, September 29 through November 10, no class October 27. 10:00 - 10:55

Monologue Workshop

Taught by Tamara Salkin of South Fork Performing Arts, for more info

An actor can never have too many monologues in their repertoire. Come with a chosen monologue (does not have to be memorized though should be familiar) and leave with a fine tuned piece ready to take to any audition. The instructor will provide some pre-workshop questionnaires to be completed to ensure you get the most from the session.

This is a one day workshop offered on three separate dates.

Ages:  10-18
Dates & Times: Sunday, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 2. 12:00 - 3:00

Private Acting Coaching with Tamara Salkin

Available by appointment
All ages and abilities
$75 per hour


Michael Disher

SCC's Center Stage Director, Michael Disher, offers advanced scene study and monologue acting classes for all ages at SCC.


Tamara Salkin

Tamara grew up in Southampton and performed on stage for the first time when she was 3 years old. She quickly caught the performing bug and participated in theatre, musical, and dance productions throughout the South Fork until she went to college. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University in English Literature with a focus on American Plays and a Masters of Science in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York. She has worked as a teaching artist and assistant director with Stages: A Children's Theatre Workshop Inc, and created educational theatre programming for Playful Learning Studio in East Hampton. She has performed in productions with Stages, Our Fabulous Variety Show, and Center Stage at The Southampton Cultural Arts Center. She has taught theatre skills and theatre integration at the Brooklyn High School for the Performing Arts, the Magnet School for Media and Communications, and PS 161.

Teaching theatre allows Tamara to teach in any kind of space, no desks needed!, teach all subjects through theatre, and teach all ages of children. Tamara encourages creativity, imagination, and collaboration in her students while helping them build artistic skill and often their academic skills as well.

She spends most of her free time chasing her precocious toddler, cooking with her husband of 5 years, swimming, and traveling to Broadway.

Bethany Dellapolla

Bethany is an actress, teacher, director, and choreographer based in NYC and Long Island. She received her BA in Theatre Performance from SUNY New Paltz, where she was named one of the Outstanding Graduates of her class. She also graduated (with honors), from LIU with her Masters Degree in Childhood Education, and holds teaching certifications in Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Theatre Education. Teaching and coaching credits include: Broadway Dance Center, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Gateway Playhouse, Pierson Middle-High School, Bay Street Theater, and TADA! Youth Theatre. She has been fortunate to direct and/or choreograph many shows for children and adults as well, such as The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone, 101 Dalmatians, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast Jr., Godspell, The Boyfriend, Really Rosie, Willy Wonka Jr., Aladdin Jr., Shrek, 13, Fame!, Anything Goes, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan Jr., Cinderella Kids, and The World Goes 'Round. As an actress, Bethany has performed in everything from independent film, to radio and theatre. Most recently, Bethany was seen in Eco: The Musical at the New York Musical Festival, in Andromeda with the Neo-Political Cowgirls, as Mrs. Potts/Villager in Beauty and the Beast, and appeared as a specialty tap performer in a musical review featuring Kathryn Crosby and Sarah Rice. Favorite regional credits include: Love, Loss, and What I Wore ( nomination – Best Actress in a Play), The Graduate (Elaine Robinson), Cabaret (Frenchie), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky), Ruthless! The Musical (Lita Encore), Company (Jenny), and The Tempest (Iris/Boatswain). She is also a pro-am competitive ballroom dancer. Twitter/Instagram: @bdellapolla

Magnus Tonning Riise

Magnus Tonning Riise is a Norwegian/American performer and performing arts teacher, born and bred in Norway where he attended a High School of Performing Arts focusing on voice and piano. After high school he moved to London where he studied at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Performance Musical Theatre. During his time at Mountview he was hired as the school's Young Peoples Musical Director, making him the youngest person to hold this position at Mountview's Saturday School. He booked his first professional theater job at only 8 years old, working alongside some of the top theater professionals in Norway. After that job he continued to work as a freelance performer on stage and screen, both as a child and an adult. Some of his favorite theatrical performances were in shows like Peter Pan, Annie, Back to the 80's, The Producers, Spring Awakening, and playing the lead in the original musical Yusupov in London. As well, he has been a Teaching Artist for many years in Norway, the UK, and more recently the US working at companies like TADA! Youth Theatre, Wingspan Arts, and Broadway Bound Kids. His recent credits include BBC's Rocket's Island in the UK, Emmy winner and Oscar nominated Jim: The James Foley Story on HBO, and most recently he is starring in current television pilot Truth Slash Fiction, which won Best Comedy at SeriesFest in Denver, at itvfest in Vermont, and became the top trending topic on Twitter worldwide after the release of the trailer. You can regularly see Magnus perform in cabarets around the city alongside some of the Broadway greats and work-shopping new material from the next generation of Broadway writers.