Beginning Acting Classes

Beginning Acting Technique

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Beginning Acting – Building the Foundation with Hank Schob

5 Weeks  Thursdays  6:30 – 9pm

Next Class:  Thursdays – October 23rd ( only 2 places left)

Last Class  of 2014  See 2015 Schedule below

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 BEGINNING CLASS HOMEWORK   [password protected]

2014 Class Schedule

  • October 23 – November 20

2014 Class Schedule

  • January 22 – February 26

  • March 19 – April 16

  • May 21 – June 18

  • July 23 – August 20

  • September 17 – October 22

  • November 5 – December 10

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, and Harold Clurman, and refined and brought into the 21st century by Penny Templeton.   This 5 week course will be broken into two  blocks*.

*(The blocks over lap in week 3)

 Block 1 (3 weeks):  THE FUNDAMENTALS – STRUCTURE : Core, Happiness, Driving Question Actions and Tactics

What are these tools and how do we use them?

Example of a Structured Scene

This video illustrates the 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 effect the performance of the actor (Jim Lynch) playing the judge.

 Block 2 (3weeks):  ADDING THE EMOTIONAL TRUTH – Using Substitutions

How to bring the emotional truth to the scene

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.

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 8 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.

As the actors 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 5 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.

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.  

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 Beginners Acting Class in New York City






  • No Refunds
  • Balance Due ($295) must be paid before the first class.
  • Two equal payments of $155 may be made on week 1 and week 5   (Includes a $15 fee for accounting costs)