Advanced Dramatic Arts Classes
By Audition or Invite Only! Limited to 12 Students, Ages 12-18
Accepting Video Auditions Now Through September 6! Students Are Being Accepted On A Rolling Admissions Basis!
In this advanced-placement, college-level course, actors will learn the basics of two of the most influential, widely-used acting techniques that renowned stage and screen actors employ to get realistic, emotional, natural performances: Stanislavski’s Method and the Sanford Meisner Approach.
Students will work individually and in pairs on a number of exercises used in the top acting conservatory programs. These exercises are specifically designed to teach the principles of Stanislavski’s Method and the Sanford Meisner Approach.
This is a challenging acting intensive that will include work done outside of class, including a “self-concert” performance that will be due at the first class meeting. This course is for serious young actors who are prepared to work hard and learn a lot!
Stanislavski’s Method allows actors to get into their character’s emotional mindset by “substituting” the character’s situation with a memory of a time when they felt the same way. This is “internal” acting; the work is done in the actor’s own head. Thinking of that sinking feeling when you see a bad grade on a test, or the nerves before the first day of school, or the bubbly joy when talking to a crush on the phone can connect the actor to their character and result in a compelling, naturalistic performance.
The Sanford Meisner Approach focuses on the chemistry between two actors in a scene. Actors in this class will learn “external” acting; to be a present, generous scene partner, actors will get out of their own heads and focus totally on their partner. When actors aren’t worried about remembering lines or blocking, when they are un-self-conscious, and when they stop focusing on their own emotional state, they can be totally present in the moment and focus on their scene partner. This results in an exciting, emotional performance for the audience.
Focus of Class:
• Learn Stanislavski’s “Method” for using personal experience to portray a character
• Learn Meisner Technique for being a present, generous scene partner
• Use techniques of both “internal” Method acting and “external” Meisner acting in a final performance
• Create and perform your own devised pieces in a safe space
• Learn what makes a performance compelling for an audience
Deadline For Video Audition Submissions Is September 6!
Students Are Being Accepted On A Rolling Admissions Basis!
Ages: 12 – 18
When: Sundays, Sept. 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22** Final Performance
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Pearl Studios – 500 8th Ave.
Video Audition Instructions:
Please perform a 1 minute monologue that is age appropriate. Click here for self-tape guidelines and video submission instructions.