What We Teach
"At The Studio, working with principles of Viola Spolin and Sanford Meisner, we approach acting emphasizing the idea that “acting is doing”"
“Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances”
"Our actors learn to think spontaneously, read body behavior, listen intently and answer directly with moment-by-moment skill. In addition to learning great acting technique, we put on plays with actors often required to play multiple parts in the same play"
"We make something out of nothing, the very essence of great theatre"
At The Studio, working with principles of Viola Spolin and Sanford Meisner, we approach acting emphasizing the idea that “acting is doing”. Improvisational exercises, silence, dialogue and activity all require the actor to have a “purpose in doing” for performing an action. The idea is to move one’s attention away from oneself and onto the other person onstage and thus into the moment. Students work “within the moment” to achieve spontaneity, emotional responsiveness, sensitivity to others, good listening and truthful reacting skills.
To be a good actor, one must cultivate a lot of skills including good vocal projection, clarity of speech, physical expressiveness, a good sense of perspective, emotional vulnerability, a well-developed imagination, the ability to analyze and understand text, the ability to create emotional and physical conditions and the ability to be spontaneous and focused “in the moment”. All these skills are continuously developing during acting classes.
As with any life skill, acting skills help with public speaking, debates, the ability to Improvise “on your feet” in any given situation, and to empathize with others.
Classes We Offer
Acting Ages 12-18
Wednesdays: 5:15 -6:15 pm
Teen/Tween Acting emphasizes improvisational work, theatre games, beginning Meisner technique with listening/answering, the pinch and the ouch, repetition with activity, the knock at the door, etc. as well as sensory exercises, scene study, and audition technique. A year long commitment is required as students work on technique in conjunction with one act plays, scene nights and other performances throughout the year. This class is excellent for public speaking, thinking on one’s feet, and being able to improvise in any given situation.
$520 / 4-equal payments of $130
by appointment only
to help you do your best — for professional theatre, community theatre, school theatre, preparation for collegiate auditions, professional conservatories and more. We can help with any goals you have!
Please Contact The Studio for further information on times and pricing for private coaching.
Musical Theatre Ages 9-12 years
Thursdays: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Musical Theatre for ages 9-12 is an introduction into the three performing arts that make up Musical Theatre (dance, voice and acting). Focus is on improvisational acting to be able to free up the actor onstage in spontaneous situations for both comedy and drama, using experiences within the student’s life and imagination as well as specific techniques for creating the who, the where and the what. Students will play multiple parts and be required to change characters quickly and within the same play. Singing/voice is also taught in a group setting with opportunities for solo lines within each song and choreography is used when putting together song and dance numbers. Although dance is not taught in this class, students are strongly encouraged to take a separate ballet dance class (preferably at The Studio!) to be able to understand and implement basic musical theatre choreography.
$640 / 4-equal payments of $160
Adult Acting: The Art of Improvisation
Mondays: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Come and play for a fun-filled hour and a half. Working in an ensemble, tap into a creativity you never knew you had! Create scenarios with others on the spot and free up your playful inner child you never knew you had!
$800 / 4-equal payments of $200
Adult Acting: Acting Technique
Wednesdays: 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Offers an in-depth study of the art of acting, creating characters, and the study of human intentions & motivations. This class will concentrate on improvisational exercises, theatre games, beginning Meisner technique with listening/answering, the pinch and the ouch, repetition with activity, the knock at the door, etc. as well as sensory exercises, and possibly scene study, depending upon the interests of the students. This class develops “thinking on your feet”, improvising in any situation, public speaking, listening to others better, as well as understanding the behavior & unspoken intentions of people.
$520 / 4-equal payments of $130