Acting 1 – Commercials and Scene Work
Acting I is designed to develop a solid foundation on which an actor can draw throughout his or her career. Our classes will start with an exploration of some great teachers of the past, such as Stanislavski, Strasberg, Adler, Meisner and Michael Chekhov. This overview will help inspire the student to find their type and what works best for them. The student will learn to develop his/her own voice through a variation of exercises. First and foremost, we focus on getting our actors to react instead of thinking while performing. This goal is achieved by making our actors work through several exercises that focus on the concepts of “projection of energy” and “cue and impulse.” These exercises will also help the actor perform naturally and comfortably when on stage or in front of a camera. Next, we work on developing the young actor’s vocal energy.
In this course, we concentrate on a series of exercises that will increase the actor’s ability to breathe, project, and enunciate. We also develop our students’ abilities to physically portray characters through a variation of public solitude exercises. These exercises will focus on how to portray a character’s physical tendencies, disabilities, and/or habits. Finally, we move into improvisational scene work, where actors can begin to test everything they have learned in their exercises.
The course is sub-specialized for various age groups, too, so students of all ages can benefit without regard to prior experience.
- (Ages 4-7) We are excited to now offer monthly acting classes for young children. This is a great way to help children cultivate their acting talents.
- (Ages 8-12) Some topics include: Commercial Activity introduction, Improvisational Acting, working with other actors, the parents’ role, how to be a pro–even at a young age, be memorable, film technique vs. stage technique, and auditioning for your first roles. (8 weeks)
- (Ages 12-20) Some topics include: Commercial Activity, Intro to Improv, the “Moment Before,” how to memorize, how to stand out, how to talk with casting directors, what is expected of you in show biz, interviews and auditions. (8 weeks)
- (Adult) Commercial Activity, One and Two Lines, Short Scenes, How to book the part, How to lose the part, Headshots/Resumes, the Business of Show Business, and Mock Agent Interviews. (8 weeks)
Acting II – Exploring the Meisner Technique
Our goal in Acting II is to further develop the concepts taught in Acting I by applying them to scene work. As a class we go through several scenes and break them down together and individually. Step by step, we go through the work that is expected of actors once they are handed a script. This process includes finding the 5 points to every scene, (Surface level story, Character Development, Theme, Value change, and an Action or object that underlines previous four) and how that applies to each character in the scene. Once we set the expectations of what is expected of every actor during the pre-production stage,we start to explore the concept of “cue and impulse” and how it builds in every scene. From there we will move onto the character’s psychological intent and how an actor uses that to make BIG choices. By the end of the class each student will fully understand a scene’s structure and how it applies to every character in the scene.
Acting II is also sub-specialized for different age groups.
- (Ages 8-12) Some topics include: Breaking down the script, “Not too Big,” ‘Not too Small”…keep it simple, the art of listening, how to conduct yourself on set, professionalism, stand out from the crowd, confidence and control. (8 weeks)
- (Ages 12-20) Building momentum, finding the “beats,” how to develop a character, photos and resumes, curing yourself of excuse-itis, building your credits, networking, and making the parts yours. (8 weeks)
- ( Adult) Memorization, working with other actors, scene study, finding your “type,” keeping it positive, dealing with difficult people, building your resume and “(stop, look, listen).” (8 weeks)
Acting III – On Camera Acting
In this course, the class begins working in front of the camera. We will have several classes where the recordings are played back so the students can see which areas they are doing well, and which areas they need to improve. Our goal in Acting III is to further build on the concepts of scene work that were developed in Acting II. We start by introducing preparation into our scene work. We work through various exercises that help actors explore different emotional states. Our goal is for our actors to be able to quickly arrive at the emotional state that is needed for the scene to play out correctly. Next, students work in groups of two and write their own 3- to 5-page scene. Upon the completion of their scene they are paired with another group of students who will perform the scene under the writing group’s direction. For the second half of the class we work on developing the skills needed for monologues. Each student selects one monologue to perform and in class we will go through all steps required to perform that monologue. Students will be required to read the play/script that the monologue is from, develop a character, understand what that character’s objective is during the monologue, and how to make the correct choices during the monologue. By the end of the class all students should have one monologue that they can perform at auditions.
Sub-specialized into age groups, Acting III has benefit for performers of all ages.
- (Ages 8-12) Some topics to include: How to stay on track, focus and concentration, finding the funny, making the script your own, never complain/never explain, getting past rejection, working with your agent, and what do casting directors want? (8 weeks)
- (Ages 12-20) Topics include: What is this scene really about?, Preparation, when in doubt—work it out, subtext, building your resume, when to say “no,” knowing your “type,” and don’t let this happen to you. (8 weeks)
- (Adult) Topics include: Commit to your choices, never guess wrong again, finding the inner meaning in a scene, how to deal with rejection, maintaining “consistency,” how to be a pro, working with difficult actors, and building a career. (8 weeks)
Acting IV – Demo Reel (8 weeks)
This is an advanced acting class working in conjunction with a Professional Film Crew. During the first class, students audition for various parts of a screenplay. Once the students have their parts, they will work on scene study, character development, blocking, rehearsals, improv, making characters real, etc. Two of the classes will be devoted to the actual shooting of the screenplay. Often times acting reels are requested by talent agencies and casting directors during an audition or interview. All students will receive a copy of their acting reel that they can then use to provide to talent agencies and casting directors upon request.
***Note: Must take Acting I – III or have approved audition prior to signing up for this class.