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Playwrights

"The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention." - Flannery O'Connor

The Playwriting Workshop Class sessions are conducted by two well-established NY playwrights: published Broadway playwright Jeremy Kareken who teaches writing at NYU and who is also an actor as well as a writer, and  Edward Einhorn, playwright, director, translator, librettist, theater journalist, and novelist. In addition to their teaching the Playwriting workshop classes both Mr. Kareken and Mr. Einhorn, also monitor their respective monthly sessions of Chelsea Rep's Playwriting LAB under the auspices of Chelsea Repertory Company. The Playwriting LAB is held the second Saturday of each month where both current and former playwriting students are able to submit and hear their selected work read in directed readings featuring actors and directors from the Studio alumni.

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  • Intro to Meisner - Acting Technique

    Term: 10 weeks   Fee: $690
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    Class Overview

    This class is a concentrated introduction to Sanford Meisner's approach to developing basic acting skills following a step-by-step progression of exercises that develop the actor's ability to live organically moment by moment under imaginary circumstances. 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. It is a pre-requisite for admission to The Acting Program. Requires outside practice with a partner twice a week.

    (For schedule click DATES & PRICES above.)

  • Meisner Summer Intensive

    Term: 6 weeks   Fee: $690
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    This six week Meisner Summer Intensive acting class is a "summer-only," intensive that meets three times per week. It is exactly the same curriculum and instruction as our "Introduction to Meisner-Acting Technique" class (10-weeks). Meisner Summer Intensive 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.

    (For schedule click DATES & PRICES above.)

  • On Set Intensive

    Term: 3 hour intensive   Fee: $100. in-person; $40. on-zoom.
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    Class Overview

    Actor Lawrence Gilliard Jr (The Wire, The Walking Dead, The Deuce, Gangs of New York, Army Wives, etc.) brings his thirty-plus years acting experience to teaching new actors what to expect and how to navigate their way around that first-day experience of working on a film or television set. Participants in this intensive will learn the behind-the-scene fundamentals and gain invaluable insights into the acting industry in preparation to be ready for their first day on-set experience. "The readiness is all."

  • Playwriting Workshop Class

    Term: 8 weeks   Fee: $400/ $240* (*40% off for class repeaters)
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    Class Overview

    This class is an exploration of playwriting and its basic funamentals.  You may write a monologue or a short work, or you may write a longer one.  You can hone an existing play or you may choose to start a new one.  In the class our work is read aloud as a group, followed by discussion, and inspiring new writing of each other.  When writing for actors, one needs to understand the methods actors use to bring a playwright's words to life. In this class the student will learn the subtle techniques characters use to influence each other - and how to make situations exciting and filled with tension. This class is offered in both A: IN-PERSON and B: ONLINE sessions. Please indicate your preference A or B when applying.

    (For schedule click DATES & PRICES above.)

  • Private Coaching

    Term: t/b/d   Fee: $95/hr, 5-Session Package: $425 ($85/hr), 10-session package:$800 (80/hr)
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    Class Overview

    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. Please note: All people who work at the studio will be required to fill out an application. We do not teach acting via private, one on one sessions.

    (For schedule click DATES & PRICES above.)

  • Scene Study - Rehearsal Technique

    Term: 8 weeks minimum   Fee: $450
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    Class Overview

    Scene Study - Rehearsal Technique offers the actor on-going practice on his/her craft through a hybrid Meisner-based approach to scene study, rehearsal techniques and the occasional monologue work. The class meets once a week and focuses on the analysis of the text and on how to apply the actor’s technique to the rehearsal process in building a performance.

    (For schedule click DATES & PRICES above.)

  • Script Analysis

    Term: 5 wks - Online Only   Fee: $300
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    Class Overview

    Very few actors know what to do with their script beyond just memorizing their lines. While knowing your lines is important, it is only about 5% of the work an actor needs to do. This class focuses on the other 95% of the actors work in regard to understanding how to analyze the text, and make acting choices which become the foundation of their performance.

    (For schedule click DATES & PRICES above.)

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