Everyone has to start somewhere. If you are a beginner new to acting then this is a great place to start. The classes listed in this section are considered by the studio director to be suitable for those people who are just starting out in actor training. Prior experience would not be needed to enroll in these classes. However, some of the participants will have had limited prior experience.
Next Deadline: January 23, 2017
6-Week Acting Conservatory (30 hours per week) is a 6-week, acting-for-film & stage, professional Meisner training program which focuses on instrument development, and is designed to train actors in the beginning techniques of Meisner Acting Technique, Improvisation, Emotional preparation, Text Analysis/Cold Reading, Scene Study, Contemporary Movement, Voice/Speech, Singing, Stage Violence, Acting for Film, and On-Camera Audition. It is a rigorous, intensive program for students seeking to commit to 6-weeks of the highest level of training offered in New York designed to begin their development into well-grounded, professional artists capable of acting in film, TV and theatre.
The 6-Week Acting Conservatory offers a progressive, 30-hour per week curriculum of classes taught Monday through Friday for six weeks.
Acting For Beginners - Meisner Technique is an introduction to Sanford Meisner's approach to developing a foundational 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.
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.
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 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.