Introduction to Performance Skills

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Introduction to Performance Skills

May 4 - June 1 2015, 00:00 am - 23:59 pm

Course Description & Schedule

This new, intensive, four-week course focuses on the needs of every lawyer who must deliver a polished, expert, compelling and authentic “performance” under pressure, whether your audience is a jury, a judge, or a client. You will learn techniques for developing your voice, unleashing your energy, and moving through a space with authority, using our sure-fire strategies for winning over your audience, and the skills you need to make your case clear.

  • Week 1: Individual Presentations
    Each student will make an initial presentation (a client pitch or abbreviated opening statement) and receive in-depth evaluation and assessment of individual goals for the course.
  • Week 2: Physical & Vocal Awareness
    Participate in group-exercises that lay out the fundamentals of acting and how they apply to personal presentation skills.
  • Week 3: Tactics
    Learn how to activate your speech through organization, strategy, and physicalizing your connection with the audience.
  • Week 4: Rehearsal & Performance
    Each student will rehearse their newly constructed Performance Outline and create a more dynamic presentation with on the spot feedback.
  • Tuesday Night Individual Session
    Each student is offered a 1.5-hour videotaped session, one-on-one with Ms. Drake for in-depth work on any of the techniques or critiques from the class, including voice, physical awareness, audience connection, tactics, or another issue you would like to address.


  • 4 Monday classes, May 4 – June 1 (May 25 OFF); Individual sessions will be scheduled on Tuesday evenings, May 12 – 26
  • Time: 6:45 – 9:15 PM
  • Location: Mt Vernon Square United Methodist Church: Ballet Studio. Located at the intersection of 9th Street, K Street, and Massachusetts Ave NW
  • Instructor: Gillian Drake
  • Course Fee: $500

Please send an email to with your name and contact information.
Space is limited, so act quickly to reserve your space in this dynamic course!


Monday, May 4, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
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Gillian Drake


Mt Vernon Square United Methodist Church (Ballet Studio)
900 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, 20001
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