Adult Acting Class

This class meets on Saturday afternoons at 2:30 and on Wednesday nights at 6:00pm.  You may attend one or both at your discretion.

The class explores acting techniques that help an actor adapt to, and exploit, the unique technical demands of working on camera(s).  This class uses scene-study, with a variety of texts to focus on creating real, in-depth emotions on-demand while keeping it conversational and spontaneous for every take. 

For RETURNING students ONLY
1 Month, 2x per Week

$210 + HI sales tax

For NEW & RETURNING students
2 Months, 2x per Week

$400 + HI sales tax

(save $20!)

 

In this curriculum students will also experience interviews, cold readings, on-camera auditions for various genres, and call-backs through filmed mock auditions. With directorial adjustment, students gain a specific and effective approach to auditioning for television and film. Actors will learn the varied demands of working in different size shots. Students work on spontaneity, active listening, making and committing to choices, and reliably triggering real emotions.  


This curriculum is designed to teach you how to prepare independently so that you show up on the set as a collaborator and not as a blank page for the director to write on. The class teaches advanced script analysis based in action and in doing, preparation techniques, relaxation techniques, on-set performance skills, imagination work, and concentration/focus work. Once acting foundations are developed, students will then apply these skills to more complicated material. Students focus on more advanced character development, script analysis and active listening skills throughout the course. As the course progresses, the scripts become more sophisticated, as does the actor's ability to recognize clues to characterization and style.

  • Approach: How Theatre, Sitcoms, Commercials, Soaps, & Film differ for actors?
  • Understanding "The Business": Unions, Resumes & Industry Publications, Contracts, Agents & Managers
  • Improvisation: Objectives and Obstacles, Making Active Choices
  • Text Analysis 1: Breaking down a script, clues to look for
  • Text Analysis 2: Reading for information, What makes it a comedy or drama, Hidden clues in text
  • Text Analysis 3 — Line learning, Making choices, Timing, laughs, emotions, moment before
  • Text 4: In-depth text analysis
  • Improvisation: Various
  • Exercises: To strengthen Imagination, concentration, and focus.
  • On-Camera Acting Techniques: Advanced techniques, how to stand, move
  • Working On-Set: What to do & What not to do when you walk on the set, What’s expected- speed, vocabulary, crew
  • Understanding Editing: Impact on the actor, Continuity, Eye-line
  • Rehearsal/Camera Blocking: Taking Direction, dealing with last minute revisions
  • Audition Technique - Tips for Getting the Call Back: What works, What doesn’t & Why
  • Obstacles - The Key to Great Acting: Making Good Acting Great
  • Mock Auditions
  • Active Listening — The Key to being spontaneous and connected.
  • Technique: From Method to Meisner...and beyond.
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