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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 Acting Workshop 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...

Advanced Acting for Teens
This class is for teen actors (both film and stage, as well as musical theatre performers) who want to dive deeper into scene study with focus on authenticity in the moment, connection with scene partners, and creating more realistic characters while expanding stage presence. Students will explore this through extended scene study, incorporating techniques from Meisner and exercises from...

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...

Creativity of Acting for Film and Stage
This is a beginning to advanced beginning class that focuses on delineating the function of left and right hemispheres of the brain for the purpose of strengthening one's ability to send and receive information in the "moment" of acting. Imagination exercises, improvisation and cold reading from stage and film scripts will be used to access creative and intuitive responses. The...

Dialects for Film & Stage
In the fall we’re offering Scottish and Southern. Spring will be British and Brooklynese. The Summer offers French and Russian. 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...

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...


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...


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 on-camera acting technique, cold reading skills, and gaining greater ease in the audition environment. Through...

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...

Teen Acting for Film
The emphasis of this teen class is acting for film and 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. There will be some videotaping and playback for critique. Please bring a snack that does not require refrigeration. Ages 13-17. (Under...

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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