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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...

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 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 I & II for Film and Stage
This course is for 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. Warm-ups and improvisation will be used to unleash imagination and creative impulses, accessing emotional life. Scene study is from film and stage scripts.

Acting II 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...

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...

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...

Dialects for Film & Stage
In the fall we’re offering Scottish and Texan. Spring will be British and Brooklynese. The Summer offers French and Southern (great for films shot in and around Texas). 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...

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...

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...

Balance, Breath, and the Performer's Instrument
In this 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 theatre.

Rolling! Acting for the Camera
This ongoing intermediate to advanced class is for actors who are serious about acting and their training. More advanced students may already be auditioning and working. In this course, actors will have the opportunity to refine the necessary skills for success by improving their film acting technique, cold reading skills, and gaining greater ease in the audition environment. Through in-depth...

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 you to a...

Taping Your Audition
Professional actor, teacher, producer, director, Nick Stevenson brings to this workshop his ongoing experience of working in the industry on both coasts. In this one evening 4-hour workshop, the focus is on Self-taped Auditions for the working actor. Getting in front of a casting director is happening less and less and taped auditions are becoming the norm–being submitted all over the...

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....

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 learn to make specific choices. Students will hone their auditioning skills through cold readings, become more comfortable with the audition environment, gain knowledge of on-set etiquette, and learn how to successfully incorporate direction. The last class will consist of a...

The Physical Actor
This movement-oriented course is a playground for both actors and non-actors to feel more comfortable, strong and creative in their body. Class begins with students’ Spotify playlist with a warm-up that energizes, aligns, stretches, and strengthens followed by exercises to reduce physical tension and increase body awareness. The bulk of the work investigates different techniques of how to...


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