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Breaking Down the Text to Get to Action

with Paul Michael Thomson

Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00p

April 7th, 2020

$150 | 5 weeks

10 Student Limit


Ever wish there were a really good book you could read to help you understand your scene work, make strong decisions about your characters, and act with intention? Well, there is! And it's called your script! In Breaking Down the Text (To Get To Action), instructor Paul Michael Thomson demonstrates how to masterfully map out a text in ways that lead to believable, playable action. Each week, the class will explore different audition material (monologues, cold reads, scenes) to discover how to implement text-based, action-driven analysis. Let's use the brain to access the heart!

"This is a class for folx ready to work and take their acting to the next level. A fundamental understanding of dramatic structure empowers us as actors to make the strongest, most supported choices, and that's what you'll gain from this class." -Paul Michael Thomson

About Paul


Paul Michael Thomson is a professional actor, playwright, and a really good friend. As an actor, he has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, The House Theatre of Chicago, Teatro Vista, Porchlight Music Theatre, and Greenhouse Theatre, among others. His on-camera work includes Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, and Kissing Walls. As a playwright, his work has been produced by Other Theatre Company, Arc Theatre, North Central College, and The Story Theatre, of which he is a founding member. As a really good friend, he has validated many, many feelings. Paul Michael graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at The University of Arizona with a BFA in Acting, a BA in Africana Studies, and minors in Spanish & Art History. He is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group.