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Accent Reduction
Is your accent limiting effective communication in your professional and personal relationships And for the actor, is your regional dialect keeping you from working In our Accent Reduction Class, led by Certified Lessac Voice and Speech Trainer Mj Vandivier, you will learn a simple, proven methodology to modify accent usage, reduce unwanted regionalisms, and strengthen overall speech. Limited...

Accents for Film & Stage
In the spring we’re offering Brooklynese and Russian. The Summer offers Southern and Irish. 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...

Acting 2 for Film & Stage
This pre-intermediate course is for students who have taken previous beginning acting classes and would like to build upon the foundation they have received. 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...

Acting and the Biz: An Introduction
In this one-day, 5-hour course, the focus will be on what it means to be a working actor. We will cover what makes a good headshot, review resumes, and go over the “7” simple steps to a great agent interview.’ Students will practice audition etiquette and technique from entering the room to slating, to working with copy and improvising. Part of the day will focus on self taped...

Acting for Film
This is a beginning to advanced beginning acting class focusing on work for the camera. The emphasis is on developing a naturalistic acting style through connection, honesty and vulnerability, and following intuitive impulse. The students’ work will be explored through improvisation, games, exercises and scene study from film and television scripts. Some videotaping and playback will be...

Acting for Film 2
The Camera’s Perspective First session led by Craig Nigh, 2nd session by Nick Stevenson This class is for students with previous film acting training. The instructor focuses on achieving a naturalistic acting style, using the camera as the main tool of the class to enhance the student actor’s understanding of “what the camera sees” and how to best serve character and the...

Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive
This musical theatre intensive will provide a rigorous 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. The focus of the class is musical theatre-specific vocal technique and methods for acting...

Advanced Scene Study for Film & Stage
This class will delve into intense text and character analysis from realistic scripts which will help the actor intuitively respond to the truth of the moment in the imaginary circumstances of a story. Authentic creativity is often best expressed within the boundaries of given circumstances and helps focus the realm of creative choices the actor can make at any given moment. Employing creative...

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...

Foundations of Singing
This course provides an introduction to vocal technique for the beginning to advanced-beginning singer. 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 that most interest them, with...

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...

Intro to Voiceover
This course is for actors and curious individuals wanting to learn more about the world of voiceover. We will cover acting for voiceover, home studio setup, mic technique, and recording and editing. Through analyzing, performing, and critiquing voiceover copy, we will focus on commercial and narration copy.

Musical Theatre History Tour
This class is for singer-actors seeking new material for auditions, as well as Broadway fans looking for an entertaining tour through the history of musical theatre! We’ll take a journey deep into the chronicles of musicals as we delve into shows from the well-known to the obscure, with plenty of emphasis on composers, lyricists, book writers, and their work. From Rodgers and Hammerstein to...

Page to Performance
This class is a must for film and television actors, particularly for auditions! Craig Nigh offers a step by step process for examining scripts quickly and thoroughly. Having a clear perception of the writer's intentions will help inform the choices an actor makes and gives ultimate creative freedom inside the context of the story. The class also focuses on connection (with another actor or...

Balance, Breath, and the Performer's Instrument
This class is for film and stage actors who primarily work outside of the musical theatre. Musical theatre performers should consider Adam’s Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive or Foundations of Singing classes.

Private Coaching for Singers
Private coaching sessions with Adam Roberts are offered in musical theatre and contemporary vocal styles such as pop, folk, rock, etc. Coaching packages are tailored to each student’s unique goals and may include work toward preparing upcoming auditions, building a rep book, bolstering technique, expanding range, and strengthening a variety of performance skills. Coachings are available for...

Shakespeare's Verse
This class is for the actor interested in unveiling the mysteries of Shakespeare’s verse by understanding the meter, poetic forms and rhetoric Shakespeare so deftly employed. Using monologues and scene work, the students will have an opportunity to shape their character’s intentions, passions and thoughts through understanding the structure of the verse line. This class is for...

Speaking Voice With Radio Theatre
The voice is the most important tool for effective communication. Discover how you can make a great first impression with your voice or talk for hours without losing steam. Mj Vandivier, a Certified Lessac Voice and Body Trainer, leads and grounds students in the process of voice dynamics. From body-voice warm-ups to the most effective ways to master your “instrument,” Mj will guide...

Beginning Stage Combat
This class will cover unarmed combat and basic knife work for stage and/or screen. Stage combat focuses on physical storytelling. Included are techniques for various actions including punches, kicks, throws, rolls and falls, and safe, close-quarter, unarmed physicality (grappling, hair pulls, choking, etc). Knife handling (slashes, cuts, stabs and wounds etc.) will be addressed in this session....

Teen Acting for Film and Stage
This class focuses on acting for both the camera and the stage. Students will learn how to develop characters and create relationships explored through improvisation, imagination work, and monologue/scene study. Most scripts used will be from television, film and stage. There will be some videotaping and playback with instructor feedback. Please bring a snack that does not require refrigeration....


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