The Studio offers actors a range of acting classes at all levels, from the beginners' entry level through the advanced, seasoned professional actor. Acting classes are offered under headings of acting, on-camera acting and auditioning, voice-over workshop, voice/speech development, foreign-accent reduction, movement and physical acting technique, as well as private coaching in all areas of acting, auditioning, playwriting, directing and public speaking. Acting class applicant's placement is determined by interview with the Studio director who has each students best interest at heart.
An introduction to Sanford Meisner's approach to developing acting technique. This acting class is a step-by-step progression of acting exercises that develop the actor's ability to work organically, creating truthful, expressive behavior in acting. This acting class covers the beginning Meisner techniques from word repetition through their first application to a scene and serves as a studio audition for people new to acting. It is by far the best beginner acting class in New York City.
This class focuses on helping the stage-trained actor to become comfortable and confident working on a film set. Students work to acquire the artistic and technical tools which they can apply to their professional film and television acting work and audtions. Among the subjects covered in this class are auditioning on-camera, rehearsing with your film director, acting in a master shot, medium shot and close-up shot, eye-line and emotions.
The class is designed for the student whose first language is not English and/or the student who is bilingual but has a strong foreign native language accent. This class will enable the student to isolate and identify English sounds not in their native language and practice producing these sounds in a natural, fluid manner so as to minimize their native accents.
This acting class is a "summer-only," 6-week intensive session (3 times per week) and covers the same curriculum and instruction as our "Introduction to Meisner-Acting Technique" class (10-weeks). It covers the beginning Meisner techniques from word repetition through the first application of the techniques to a scene. It is an excellent starting point for beginner actors.
This on-going workshop class is structured to combine serious training in a playful and creative environment. It is a great place for young people to enter the world of acting by acquiring developmental craft skills through learning and playing theatre games, Meisner technique acting exercises and spontaneous social interaction.
This class continues from the end of the work in Principles of Acting - Introduction to Meisner and follows to completion Sanford Meisner’s step-by-step approach to acting technique and conditioning of the actor.
This class focuses on the practical application of the Meisner techniques to the rehearsal process, and an in-depth analysis of the character and the play. The aim is to broaden the actor’s overall understanding of the relationship between technique and acting in regard to achieving specific artistic goals. Through scene work, the actor gains an in-depth look at the organic and analytical aspects of the rehearsal process.
The Monologue Workshop is designed solely for the preparation of audition material. This class is for actors who are actively auditioning and in need of audition material to show agents, casting directors, and/or theatre companies.
This audition class focuses on learning the many ins and outs of on-camera auditioning for film and television. The actor works on developing particular acting skills geared for auditioning and working in front of the camera, which will allow him/her to demonstrate personality and craftsmenship in a manner that will set him/her apart from others to their best advantage. Actors are assigned film and television sides a few days before each class as it is in real life to be presented on camera in a variety of mock audition scenarios.This class is for auditioning actors, requires a headshot/resume, and is not for beginners.
In all areas of acting, auditioning, public speaking, directing and playwriting, the Studio offers private coaching for actors working on theatre/film/TV roles, or those needing audition preparation. Also for people seeking monologue, scene study classwork, voice & speech, accent reduction and/or MFA graduate program preparation.
Scene Study offers the beginning and/or intermediate level actor on-going practice on his/her craft through scene study and occasional monologue work. The class meets once a week and focuses on the analysis of the text and on how the actor’s technique is used to build the scene.
This class provides the fundamentals of practical stage and screen violence for the modern actor. The curriculum is extremely physically oriented, covering a variety of techniques that reflect the wide range of demands that are placed on actors in contemporary film and theater work.
Voice-over 1 introduces students to the fundamentals of voice-over work - from using the breath effectively to creating an interesting and fun range of characters. The primary focus of the class will involve a hands-on workshop approach to training the student to work with commercial copy, narration, dramatic and comedic scripts.
The class focuses on voice for the first 45-60 minutes and focuses on speech for another hour. The voice training helps the actor to eliminate existing throat tensions and covers relaxation, breath support, sound connection, and sound release and then continues with the development of mask resonance, vocal ring, resonance blending, range enhancement, and articulation.