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Our Philosophy

A professional standard in work ethics and discipline is required to achieve craft mastery. Students must be highly motivated and be able to maintain The Acting Studio - New York's professional standard of conduct.

Every class is  limited in enrollment to assure each student the opportunity to work in each class. Individual attention is provided in privately conducted classes that allow the student to establish a professional bond with his/her instructors, all of whom are highly trained and experienced professionals. Each student is individually nurtured, supported, and challenged according to his/her needs in the hope that he/she will discover the uniqueness of his/her creative powers and begin to establish a relationship with acting or directing as a form of self-expression.

Our programs draw upon the standards and traditions established by Stanislavsky and the Moscow Art Theatre and then continued in the United States by Harold Clurman, and Sanford Meisner in the Group Theatre. They also incorporate theories and practices of such noted teachers as Stella Adler, Michael Chekhov, and Uta Hagen, as well as the techniques of more progressive theatre artists such as Peter Brook, Joseph Chaikin, Viola Spolin, and Augusto Boal.

 

  • "Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." Sanford Meisner
     
  • "Acting is a demonstration of the self (you) with or without a disguise." Joseph Chaikin
     
  • "From the point of view of playwrights, they want to believe real things are happening to real people." George Bernard Shaw
     
  • "Acting is a lie that makes us realize the truth." James Price
     
  • "Unless you are willing to give your audience bigger and better, do not act!" Jacob Adler
     
  • "Plant your feet and tell the truth." James Cagney

 

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