“Take it from a director: if you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, you’ve been blessed.” – Elia Kazan
Legendary American acting instructor, Sanford Meisner and the advent of his system of training actors is considered a watershed in the history of actor training. Studio director James Price, a protege and personal friend to Mr. Meisner for fifteen years, heads the Meisner staff along with associate Bruce Hermann who also trained under Mr. Meisner. The Meisner training at the studio is 'first generation' and adheres to the system of exercises that catapulted the Meisner approach to the world's top rung of actor training.
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.
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 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.
Focuses on developing ensemble and performance skills by working on fully-staged play productions in conjunction with Chelsea Repertory Company. This workshop is taught by Studio associate director John Grabowski and is the third and final level of the Acting Program. It is the culmination of the Meisner Technique, Voice & Speech 1&2, Stage Violence, and Shakespeare class work completed during Levels 1 and 2. Performance Workshop leads to a fully produced graduation project presented in public performances in association with Chelsea Repertory Company.
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.