In March 2020 the profession of acting was turned completely upside down. Overnight theaters and movie houses were closed. Production stopped for film and television and classes moved slowly from the live in the studio experience to online classes.
Penny and I have found the past 18 months to be an invigorating time of new doors opening as our industry changes, seemingly overnight. In our case it immediately expanded our studio to being International in scope as well as allowing actors from all 50 states to study “in New York”.
We were better prepared than most because of Penny’s insistence on using the internet to coach our actors wherever they were in the world. Penny has been coaching actors on set, online for almost 20 years, everywhere in the world. The Pandemic, brought us actors from all over the world, reaching out for coaching and classes. We are now regularly teaching & coaching actors in Ireland, Great Britain, Poland, Australia, India, and more. We used to post about our “Acting Lions” doing shows on Broadway, in Hollywood films and US TV Series. Now we have actors regularly performing the equivalent venues in their home countries & continents around the world.
It has also affected our classes in a very positive way. When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast and closed New York City, in 2012, we took that knowledge and adapted our classes so that actors living within walking distance of the studio could attend class in person, while actors outside of midtown Manhattan could join the class online. We have continued allowing actors to attend class online when they were sick, or stuck out of town, or in some cases doing a show in another state but still didn’t want to miss class.
Thus, when we were forced to switch all our classes online on March 14th, 2020, both Penny and I our actors were already familiar with the process. Our actors who had moved to La, Atlanta, Chicago, etc. have begun finding their way back into class. We were even requested to create a class for actors in Australia. We taught from 7Pm -11PM Sunday evenings in NY, while the actors took class from 9am -1pm Monday morning in Melbourne.
So, no matter where you live first class Private Coaching & Classes are available to you here at Penny Templeton Studio.