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Accent Reduction
Is your accent limiting your effective communication in your professional and personal relationships In our Accent Reduction Class, led by Certified Lessac Voice & Speech Trainer Mj Vandivier, you will learn a simple, proven methodology to modify accent usage and strengthen your ability to communicate more powerfully.

Acting and the Biz: An Introduction
Veteran actor, director, producer Tony Sears brings to this Intensive his experiences from years of working in the industry in Los Angeles. In this one-day, 5-hour course, we will focus on what it means to be a professional actor. We will talk about what makes a good headshot, review resumes and discuss how to handle an audition or interview. We will focus on cold reads for Television and Film....

Acting for Film
This beginning to advanced beginning acting for film class is the most popular class in our Film series. The instructor focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty and vulnerability. The emphasis is on energy, personal power, personality and enjoyment. The students work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some...

Acting for Film II
This class is for students with previous film acting training. The instructor focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty and vulnerability. The emphasis is on energy, personal power, personality and enjoyment. The students' work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique....

Acting for Improvisers
This class is for improvisers who are interested in acting, and actors who are looking to approach their work from a different vantage. Using techniques from Brestoff and Meisner, students will learn how to move from improvisation into scripted work, as well as teaching actors how to utilize the tools of improv. Students will work on character development, connection, and being in the moment...

Acting I and II for Film & Stage
This course is for both students with previous acting training, as well as students new to acting. Students will learn how to establish meaningful and honest relationships through the art of active listening and responding. ames and improvisation will be used to unleash imagination and creative impulses, accessing emotional life. Scene study from film & stage scripts.

Acting II
This pre-intermediate course is great for students who have had some previous experience or who have been away from acting for awhile. Students will practice scene study and/or monologue work. Focus will be on strengthening scene breakdown, listening and responding to one's scene partner and following one's inner impulses. Additionally, students will explore their imaginative responses...

Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive
This musical theatre intensive will provide a rigorous, eighteen-hour workshop experience for advanced participants. The work will center primarily on each student's existing rep and be conducted in master class format; additional topics covered will be determined by the needs and desires of the class as a whole. Focus will be on musical theatre-specific vocal technique and methods for...

Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive
This musical theatre intensive will provide a rigorous, eighteen-hour workshop experience for advanced participants. Our work will center primarily on each student's existing rep and be conducted in master class format; additional topics covered will be determined by the needs and desires of the class as a whole. We'll focus on musical theatre-specific vocal technique and methods for...

Balance, Breath, and the Performer's Instrument
In this six-hour workshop, Actor's School faculty member Adam Roberts leads performers through myriad experiences focused on grounding and centering, efficient movement, connection to breath, and physical awareness. Though some singing work will be an aspect of both sessions, this workshop provides tools and techniques applicable to film and stage actors in addition to those in the musical...

Beginning Acting for Film & Stage
Our most popular class series! A gentle approach conducive to the beginner, this class will focus predominantly on scene study for film and stage. Learn how to establish meaningful and honest relationships through the art of active listening and responding. Learn the tools necessary to be believable. Develop your imaginative capacities, unleash your creative impulses, deepen your intuition, and...

Dialect for Film & Stage
pring will be German and Irish. The Summer offers British and Brooklynese. Instructor Mj Vandivier, practicing certified Lessac teacher, encourages actors to not only speak well, but also have the ability to step into a variety of accents whenever they are asked to do so. The Lessac approach to dialects is one of the easiest to understand, yet most comprehensive methods to learn. The need for...

Dialect Training for Film & Stage
In the fall were offering Southern, (great for films shot in and around Texas), and Irish. Spring will be British and German. The Summer offers Brooklynese and Australian. Instructor Mj Vandivier, practicing certified Lessac teacher, encourages actors to not only speak well, but also have the ability to step into a variety of accents whenever they are asked to do so. The Lessac approach to...

Dialects for Film & Stage
In the fall we're offering Southern, (great for films shot in and around Texas), and Irish. Spring will be British and German. The Summer offers Brooklynese and Australian. Instructor Mj Vandivier, practicing certified Lessac teacher, encourages actors to not only speak well, but also have the ability to step into a variety of accents whenever they are asked to do so. The Lessac approach to...

Film Acting for the Professional Actor
This pros only class is for actors who are actively auditioning. Being a professional actor means that you are committed to doing your best and are ready to go! In this class actors will have the opportunity to refine the necessary skills for success by improving their film acting technique and cold reading skills, gaining greater ease in the audition environment, becoming more familiar with...

Foundations of Singing
This course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning to advanced-beginning singer. Throughout our six class meetings, students will have the opportunity to sing both individually and as part of a group. This class is ideal for anyone who desires to gain a foundational knowledge of singing, including stage and film actors. Students are encouraged to focus on the musical styles...

Fundamentals of Music Theory and Sight Reading
In this nine-hour workshop, participants will gain an introductory knowledge of the elements of music notation necessary for becoming more fluent at sight-reading. Topics covered will include clefs, keys, meter, melodic contour, and tricks of the trade for sight-reading music from the printed page. Suited to vocalists and instrumentalists alike, students will gain invaluable skills to equip...

Improvisation
Great for the actor and non-actor alike, this class is appropriate for complete beginners as well as those with previous acting or improv experience. Learn to play! To connect! To heighten your awareness and get outside of your comfort zone allowing you to be more spontaneous and flexible. Learn improvisation exercises to think on the spot, manipulate your physicality, and create characters in...

Intermediate Film
This class focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style through honesty and vulnerability. The emphasis is on energy, personal power, personality and enjoyment. The students' work will be explored through improvisation and scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Prerequisite: Must have previous training or experience.

Private Coaching for Advanced Musical Theatre Performers
Offered as an add-on option to our Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive, each student receives three one-hour private coachings in a timeframe concurrent with the Intensive. Private coachings will be geared to each student's needs and goals as determined by the student and instructor. Students must be enrolled in the concurrent session of the Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive in order to...

Speaking Voice 101 and Radio Theater Experience
We have expanded our Voice 101 Class to incorporate the artistry of creating the Radio Theatre Experience. The last 2 classes of the session will focus on recreating a broadcast studio. We will cast, rehearse & record the performances of voice students in a drama or comedy radio show from the archives of Classic Radio Theatre. An actors voice is one of their most important tools discover how you...

Teen Acting for Film
he emphasis of this two-day teen workshop is acting for film/ commercials. Learn how to develop characters and create relationships. The students will explore their work through improvisation, imagination work, and monologue/scene study from film and television scripts with some videotaping and playback for critique. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration. Ages 11-16.

Teen Film Camp
This full-day camp gives students an opportunity to work in front of and behind the camera- by creating their own scripts and putting them on the screen! Students will develop acting skills, specifically for the camera, using scripted scenes which they will perform the last day of the camp for friends and family. They will also write their own film scenes, shoot them, be introduced to editing,...

Teen on Camera Intensive and the Film Audition
This intensive will give actors the opportunity to improve their film acting technique through extended on camera work and learning to make specific choices. Student s will hone their auditioning skills through cold readings, becoming more comfortable with the audition environment, gaining knowledge of on-set etiquette, and learning how to successfully incorporate direction. The last class will...


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