Acting Classes

 

 

Core Classes

Acting for the Camera
This class is available for new students to try as a free class.

This class will teach the student how to perform in front of the camera. The student will learn the following skills:

1. Understanding the camera and its

     relationship to the actor.

2. Learn to "play to the camera" without

     being over conscious of it being there.

3. Scene Blocking.

Students will be filmed performing and will be able to watch themselves at the end of class.

 

Course Days/Times: 

Saturdays: 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm 

(Kids and Adults)

Mondays:  4pm-6pm  

(Kids and Adults)

 

Wednesdays 3:30pm-5:30pm 

(Kids and Adults)

Character Development​

This class is designed to teach the student how to understand their character. Without a good character a story has no meaning.

 

The student will learn to develop the following skills:

 

1. Deeper understanding of their character

     in relation to the story and other

     characters.

 

2. Understand and develop the ability to

     emotionally connect to your character. 

3. Perform scenes with a richer and more

     meaningful purpose.

Course Days/Times:

Tuesdays 6pm-8pm 

Thursdays 6pm-8pm

Saturdays 3:30pm-5:30pm

Elective Classes

Acting for Commercials 

In Commercial auditions, the format and the tempo are different than film or TV auditions. In fact, there are varying types of commercial auditions and each one is unique. Some of the different types include humorous, slice of life, spokesperson, etc.

To get good at commercial auditions and to stay good at commercial auditions, you must do them and practice them regularly. 

Course Days/Time

Please see Calendar for Dates 

Wednesdays 6pm-8pm 

 

Acting for Green Screen

This class will help the actor become familiar with and more comfortable Acting in a Green Screen environment.  

 

Someone grab the popcorn!

Please check the calendar for the set of dates and times, this class is available.

Please see Calendar for dates and times

 

Breaking Down a Scene

 

One of the most important things an actor can learn is how to properly breakdown a scene.

The course covers such items as:

1. Locating the meaning of the scene.

2. Breaking into a beginning, Middle and end.

3. Finding and understanding transitions in scenes. Such as:

  • Changes in the literal situations

  • Events that affect your character

  • Emotional reactions, subtle and obvious.

  • Finding and understanding beats.

4. Learning to perform a stronger cold read.

Course Days/Times:

Please see Calendar for dates and times

Improv for the Actor

Improv is the great way for an actor to learn to be more spontaneous and creative in their performances. Through a set of fun exercises and games the actor will learn to listen and react more quickly without worrying about a script. A must for any aspiring actor.

 

Course Days/Times:

Please see Calendar for Dates 

 

Wednesdays 6pm-8pm 

Taught by Tim Colceri

The Business of Acting

In this class the student will learn all about the business side of acting. The following subjects will be covered:

1. Understand the Film Industry.

2. Setting up IMDb,  Actors Access and LA

     Casting Accounts.

3. How to create a resume. 

4. Learning to self-submit for roles.

5. Understand how the Union Works.

Please see Calendar for dates and times

Acting for Television
by William McNamara

 

This class teach people how to take it off the page, so that even if you get your sides 10 minutes prior to the audition you will be able to kick butt.

 

GUSKIN

 

A) Guskin's taking it off the page for auditions

1. for memorization 

2. for making it new every time

3. for finding your truth in the text

4. for creating personal excitement and surprise in the text

 

B) Guskin's technique of reading the classics out loud as practice-daily

 

STANLEY

 

A) We will use Kim's "need exercise" which identifies basic, simple, clear, primal needs, an actor will have in every scene:

 

The Needs: To Charm, To Celebrate, To Seduce, To Entice, To Plead, To Accuse, To Destroy 

 

B) Kim's improv technique using the needs and NOT using words, challenging at first but really makes actor's dig deep and go beyond the words and explore behavior and emotion. Sometimes when we use words we are relying on the brain. Kim wanted us to stop thinking and just "be".

 

C) Applying Kim's techniques to both a role and the audition process.

 

Between Guskin's techniques and Kim's it really includes something for every actor, the thinking actor and the being actor. And the combination of the prep and techniques as an overall approach builds confidence and craft quickly. The prep and techniques work for the audition process and working on the role.

 

This class will use a lot of audio visual stuff to demonstrate these concepts.

Course Days/Time

Please see Calendar for Dates 

Fridays 6pm-8pm 

Advanced Classes

Advanced Character Development

Think you've got your acting chops down? Ask about this Character Development class. Actors will be challenged at a whole new level to think out their scenes, their characters purpose, meaning and motivation. The student will learn to find and perform the emotional transitions in the scene at a more professional level. 

Course Days/Times:

 

Mondays 6pm-8pm 

Thursdays 6pm-8pm

Saturdays 3:30pm-5:30pm

Taught by Frank Parrillo

 

Advanced Acting for the Camera

Okay, so you have the technique, but can you finish the scene?

1. How to begin and end a scene on camera.

2. Staying focused in character within the Scene.

3. Understanding quick judgment of what “camera, rolling and action” means.

4. Entering and exiting a scene with style and timing.

Course Days/Times: 

Mondays:  4pm-6pm  

Thursdays: 4pm-6pm

Saturdays 3:30pm-5:30pm 

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