Scene Study: Basic Training

Runs Sep 30Oct 21, 2023
Session:Adult Drama Club
Students:For ages 18+
Dates:Sept 30 – Oct 21 (4 classes)
Day/Time:Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 pm
Location:Onsite at NCTC
Tuition:$280 *See scholarship information below.

Registration is now closed for this class. If you want to join our winter session, please add your information HERE and we’ll let you know when registration is open. Thank you.

Each week, you’ll work with a script and a scene partner on short pieces that will allow you to explore character, motivation, and tactics. Your director will help you find new ways of approaching a scene and discuss how they affect the outcome. In the end, you’ll learn how the individual choices actors make can shape their performances, and get an inside look at this process. All levels of experience are welcome.

Decker Theatre
25 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Decker Theatre
25 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102


NCTC is proud to offer discounted rates and full scholarships to those who qualify. Please complete this scholarship form prior to registering. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively, so be sure to WAIT FOR A SCHOLARSHIP CODE BEFORE REGISTERING AND PAYING FOR A CLASS.


NCTC accepts Visa/Mastercard through our online registration system. There is a registration fee of $1.99. Payment plans are available at the time of registration.


Tuition fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable.

NCTC reserves the right to cancel a class if enrollment is insufficient, at which point any tuition and fees for those classes will be refunded in full. All dates, times, and programming are subject to change.

If you cancel registration prior to 10 days before the first class, you will be issued a tuition refund, minus a processing fee of 6.75% of your original payment.

If you cancel your registration within 10 days of the first class, there will be no refunds unless your spot can be filled by a student on the waiting list.

No refunds will be issued after the first day of class.

Tuition credits must be used for the same student within one year of the date issued and cannot be transferred to another person, including a family member. After one year of their issuance, tuition credits will expire and no longer be available.


Class sizes typically range from 8-16 students.


Don’t worry! There will be other newbies, too. Just breathe and try something new. Our Teaching Artists will meet you where you are.


All of NCTC’s teaching artists are professional educators and artists who participate in regular professional development workshops. Click here to meet our staff.


Acting classes are…active! Students should wear clothes and shoes they are comfortable moving in. Please no hats or open-toed shoes. And don’t forget your water bottle!


Our ADC classes are all about the journey, not the destination. Therefore, we don’t usually invite guests into the classroom. This experience is just for you.


Great, we love ideas! Contact Education Director Stephanie Temple (she/her) at and share your thoughts.


NCTC follows the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, the San Francisco Public Health Department for in-person activities. All students and NCTC staff must show proof of COVID vaccination in order to participate. Students are expected to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they are sick. Masks are optional in our space.

NCTC has upgraded our facilities, installing new air sanitizers, more sanitizing stations, and implementing additional cleaning protocols. Hydroxyl Generators that sanitize air and surfaces will be run throughout the space before and after performances. Our ventilation system exceeds approved ACH (air change per-hour) standards and our air filtering exceeds approved MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) standards.


In order to provide students, staff and guests with a safe and supportive environment, we do not tolerate any form of physical or verbal abuse, nor any form of harassment, vandalism, or the use of illegal substances. No refunds will be issued to students who are removed from the program due to violations of the Code of Conduct.

NCTC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, families, guests and all members of our staff.


“If you’re looking to reconnect with your inner child and regain your sense of play as an actor, NCTC is the place for you!” – Mikee

“I loved my experience in Adult Drama Club at NCTC. It was such a great way to try something outside of my comfort zone. I learned so many great skills during the 4 week series! Plus the staff, NCTC regulars, and fellow students were all so warm and welcoming. It was such a gift to have the space to play around and get to know ourselves and each other better.” – Emily K.

“Great experienced instructors. NCTC allows creative freedom while stressing positivity and developing good listening skills. Love learning here!” – Nancy C.

“This was a great opportunity to have fun and flex some creative muscles. Would do it again in a heartbeat!” – Adrian E.

“They related the skills we were learning to real life situations for theatre & improv. It gave me more confidence in my current abilities and reminded me that I can do this. Makes me want to take more classes and continue to improve myself. NCTC’s staff really made the experience fun, engaging, educational, and welcoming! I would absolutely recommend anyone considering taking a class to follow through. It will be well worth your time and effort!” – Wil W.