NYC Beginners Acting Classes
Saturday Beginning/Intermediate Technique Class
Building the Foundation
With Ryan Kessler
Next Class July 9thth – August 20th
Saturday Afternoons 2PM – 4:30PM
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.
Actors must get a Copy of ACTING LIONS prior to beginning the class.
The Saturday Beginning Class is taught by Ryan Kessler
Ryan Kessler is a graduate of Marist College and has been studying with Penny Templeton for the past four years. Ryan has been teaching both the Teenage Acting Class and the Advanced Teen Acting Class since the spring of 2012. He began his acting career in the theater, appearing in Sideman (Meetinghouse Rep.); A Few Good Men and A Comedy of Errors (River Rep.), A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story (Hartford Stage Company), and Sixteen Wounded (Long Wharf Theatre). His film and TV credits include the starring role in Pinkville (nominated for Best Drama at the Hollywood Film Festival), Fox TV Studios’ SubterraNYa,Practice (Golden Starfish Award, Hamptons International Film Festival), and As the World Turns. Later this year he will be playing a supporting role in the Charles Feature film, Manson Rising, directed by Andrew Jones.
If you are new to acting and would like to know more about the business or for all available acting classes call Hank at (212) 643.2614. or email Classes@pennytempletonstudio.com
Our door is always open for free advice to actors.
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)