Frequently Asked Questions
Having strangers come in and out of the classroom on a regular basis is disruptive and therefore auditing is rarely permitted. However, it may be permissible in a certain class at a certain point prior to enrolling but only after an applicant has been properly interviewed and admitted to the class by the studio director. Although the concept of "shopping around" for the right class or teacher may be touted in the trade papers as a good idea it is a lousy one for the actors in training. The very nature of acting is highly personal and students must feel safe in their environment as they are encouraged to live outside their comfort zone. Please inquire of the studio director at the time of your interview if this would be possible.
Yes, in some cases. Many students in the past have received college credit for their participation in certain classes in the acting program upon submitting a letter of proof from the studio director attesting to their satisfactory participation and/or completion. However, it does depend on the college or university. Please check with your college or university as to their requirements.
Yes, we do. Several methods of financial aid are available at the Studio for those students who qualify. Special payment arrangements with zero-interest funding, reduced tuition for a limited number of key-students and work/study positions, and partial to full scholarships are sometimes available to qualified students beyond the entry level of the Studio. In order to be considered for the work/study program, a student must be known to the studio for a minimum of 2 months, be currently enrolled in class, and be a student in good standing. Even though you may not satisfy any of these requirements, it still never hurts to ask. PLEASE NOTE: The Studio manages to maintain lower rates than many other institutions and studios due to the following: 1) The Studio does not maintain a huge advertising budget, nor do we 2) incur costs associated with maintaining a major site of NY real estate. Given this, we manage to keep our fees as low as possible without compromising the quality of the training.
In instances where professional paid work is offered to an actor while enrolled at the Studio, we are happy to attempt to work out a special schedule to enable the student to do the job and continue with their training. In cases where this is not possible, then the point in the work at which you leave the program is frozen and you may resume at a future date at that re-entry point in an future session. Where money has been paid, your payments remain on your account for use at a future date. However, these funds are not transferable to another student.
Yes, we do. The studio offers a good variety of classes outside the Acting Program curriculum. These classes and even some program classes are offered to non-program students. Most of these classes are offered by seasonal sessions every spring, summer, fall and winter terms.
Yes, of course. The Studio is dedicated to providing a home for those people who are serious about learning the craft. The Studio is equally dedicated to maintaining a level of professionalism which is expected from everyone involved at the studio. We are here to help you achieve mastery in acting, directing, and play writing and to provide you with a forum to gain practical experience through performance. Having stated such, we still do not subscribe to any elitist attitude to discriminate against others whose life circumstances may necessitate suspending their studies for a time. An uninterrupted period of study and development is a more effective approach to training, but not feasible in all cases. The length of your commitment is up to you and the seriousness of your commitment.
Make a good first impression. It speaks well for those prospective students who become better acquainted with the studio and what we do by reading this website before scheduling an interview. The professionalism of your approach speaks volumes to us. Be sure to schedule your acting class interview appointment at a time you are sure you can make. If you are an experienced actor with a headshot, bring it along with your acting resume attached. Beginners need not present a resume or headshot. Be prepared to articulate your goals and how studying at the studio may help you attain them. And please be sure you have the class time(s) free and the means to participate prior to scheduling an appointment.
Prospective students seeking admission may contact the studio via email or telephone. Applicants undergo a pre-screening with a studio administrator via telephone and, if successful, are given an appointment with the Studio Director. For a complete list of admissions requirements, please see our Admissions page.
Most classes have a new session beginning every term. Terms are seasonal; spring, summer, fall and winter. There are exceptions with two of the acting program classes which are presently only offered once per year;Technique 1 and Technique 2 which begin in the fall only.
No, not at all. Supplemental classes in the other disciplines outside of acting are available to anyone who wishes to participate. However, studio actors who are currently enrolled and graduates of the Studio will be given first preference.
Applicants who are new to the Studio are in most cases required to make full tuition payment or installment in advance of attending their first class at the studio. Tuition fees are used for securing a space in the class and are not pro-rated or adjusted for classes missed except in special unique cases. Tuition payments may be made by personal check, money order, cash or by credit card online only and through PayPal. A special payment arrangement with zero-interest funding may be possible in some cases if discussed with the studio manager at time of registration. Non-compliance to a special payment schedule will result in studio dismissal.
Yes. The studio offers a highly respected, 10-week class in the Principles of Acting - Introduction To Meisner class. For beginners this class also serves as an audition for admission to the studio's acting program. Day and evening sessions in this class is offered every season.
Yes. Anyone may request coaching with a faculty member for a particular audition or role and the studio will do their best to accommodate them on an hourly basis at the studio. Some of our teachers also do extensive coaching with working professionals. The Studio also provides private one-on-one acting training in technique, monologue and scene work to those who cannot commit to a classroom structure. However, we feel that acting is best learned when taught and practiced in a classroom group setting.
Yes, this may be possible in some cases but is not a certainty in all cases. Unfortunately, the term Meisner technique is often used by many schools and teachers who in actuality are teaching their own approach and using other exercises and approaches instead of adhering to Meisner's original curriculum of developmental exercises. During the interview an assessment will be made by the director as to whether it would be proper to attempt incorporating that student into the studio's Meisner program. The Meisner teachers in our studio are carefully chosen and trained by Mr. Price in accordance to adhering to Sanford Meisner’s own approach to training actors. In many cases, we have been able to successfully incorporate others who received legitimate Meisner training elsewhere into our program. There are a few rare exceptions where this was unsuccessful because the student's prior teacher or Meisner training strayed away from the original core of Meisner's work by following a different vision. The Studio director, James Price, was a personal friend and protege of Sanford Meisner and was privy to where Mr. Meisner's work had taken him during the last 15 years of his life.
We have both options. Acting classes in the Meisner technique are taught in evening or day sessions. The Full-Time Program* at The Acting Studio, Inc. will require you to attend classes in the daytime only. * coming in 2013
Yes. Students who graduate from the Acting program receive a certificate of completion in the disciplines of theatre arts.