Beginning Acting Technique Class

Sarah Wynter recommends the PTS for Beginning Acting

“I credit Penny with every role I get.” Sarah Wynter now on DAMAGES, Star of 24, and THE 6th DAY

Building the Foundation

Next 7 Week Class Starts September 10th

with Hank Schob

  [Limited space Available]

 7 Weeks  Thursdays  7 – 9:30pm    –     $395

For those unable to attend a weekday class we have added a new Saturday Adult Beginning Acting Class taught by Ryan Kessler

Next 7 Week Adult Beginning Acting Class  starts September 19th

with Ryan Kessler

 7 Weeks  Saturdays  2pm- 4:30pm    –     $395

  See Full 2015 Schedule below

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This class is ideal for the new actor who wants to explore the possibilities of a career in acting as well as the intermediate actor who wants to strengthen their grasp of the fundamental acting techniques necessary to succeed.
This class is designed to build the actor’s understanding of the craft and the techniques used by great actors for over 100 years. These techniques are constantly evolving to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands placed on today’s actor. The good news is: Acting and the techniques that make it possible is very learnable.  This technique oriented class is for the beginning and intermediate actor, but is open to actors of all levels who want to learn and improve their understanding of the craft and techniques necessary to be successful as an actor.  This approach to the craft is grounded in the teachings of Stanislavsky and further developed by the great master teachers  Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Harold Clurman, and refined and brought into the 21st century by Penny Templeton.  This 7 week course will be broken into three “blocks* .
There are methods and techniques for everything an actor has to be able to do, to bring a character to life.  They are both teachable and learnable.  Over this 7 week course we will cover all of the basic skills and techniques an actor has to master to succeed. Each class will build on the work of the previous week’s class.  Each week the actors will be given homework scenes to develop and structure. The following week, those homework scenes  will be worked on by the whole class as we learn how each element of the structure works and how it fits and works together with all of the other elements to create a dynamic, interesting, and truthful scene.
Week 1:  An Overview of Acting
We talk about the different parts of the craft and the fundamental techniques necessary to master the craft of acting.   We will learn these techniques in 3 blocks beginning with the Structure in week 2.  The week 1 class runs an extra hour (10pm) to cover all the material.
Block 1 ( 2 weeks):  THE FUNDAMENTALS – STRUCTURE : Core, Happiness, Driving Question Actions and Tactics
The first 3 weeks are devoted to gaining an understanding of what acting is and what it is not.  The tools and techniques of the professional actor with be explained and put to use using short scenes to allow the new actors to begin using them as the first step to becoming an actor.  This first block is specifically designed to allow the new actors to learn the techniques without the fear or pressure. Fear is the enemy of creativity and knowledge is its best friend
Block 2 (2 weeks)  How to bring the emotional truth to the scene
As the actor’s grasp and learn to use the elements of the structure we will add in short monologues to develop the concepts used to bring emotional truth to the character and the scene.  By the end of the 5 weeks the actors will have an understanding of all of the elements of the craft and how they are put together to create a vibrant character and a complete scene.  Over the 7 weeks the actors will be exposed to many valuable exercises developed by Penny Templeton, to grow in their understanding and ability to use their technique.
Block 3 (2 weeks): Structure  Memorization
The class will learn how memorization techniques.  The Penny Templeton  process of Learning the scenes with the structure and emotional connection rather than memorizing the lines by the traditional “rote” process.  This valuable  and necessary tool is the skill professional actors are expected to have.  When you have a process for learning the lines it eliminates the fear.
The class size is limited to allow every actor in class a chance to get up on stage for exercises and scenes at least 2 times in every class. This is an Acting class not a watching class.
 BEGINNING CLASS HOMEWORK   [password protected]
2015 Class Schedule
  • January 15 – February 26  sold out
  • March 12 – April 23
  • May 7 – June 18 SOLD OUT
  • July 9 – August 20 SOLD OUT
  • September 10- October 22  [6 places left]
  • October 29 – December 17

Example of a Structured Scene

This video illustrates the structure applied to the scene found on pages 97 and 98 in the book ACTING LIONS.   The scene is performed twice. On take one the actor Ryan Kessler, playing the Lawyer bases all of his choices (Driving Question, Actions and Tactics)  on the core of Respect found on page 97.   In take two  his choices are based on the core of Power found on page 98.  Watch how all of his choices affect the way the scene plays out and how the two different sets of choices affect the performance of the actor (Jim Lynch) playing the judge.
In the Beginning Acting Class,  class size is limited to allow every actor in class a chance to get up on stage for exercises and scenes at least 2 times in every class. This is an Acting class not a watching class.
* Most actors move on to either the Scene Study Class or The Advanced on Camera Class for continued study after completion of the Beginning Acting Class
ACTING LIONS will be used as the text-book for this class.  
View videos of Hank Schob talking about acting 

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If you are new to acting and would like to know more about the business
or available acting classes call Hank at  (212) 643.2614.  or email me at
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 Beginners Acting Class in New York City






  • No Refunds
  • (Balance Due $295 ) must be paid before the first class.
  • The class may be paid  in full or with two equal payments of $210   made on week 1 and week 4
  • (Split payment includes a $15 fee for accounting costs) 

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