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Class Descriptions – LA Campus

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

METHOD ACTING

Method Acting is the core class that all students take throughout their studies.  It is designed to train the actor in Lee Strasberg’s systematic acting technique known throughout the world as The Method™. The technique develops the actor’s ability to respond with real behavior to imaginary stimuli. This four-hour class consists of two parts: work on one’s self and work on the character.

The first part of each Method Acting class begins with Lee Strasberg’s relaxation technique and then moves to his sequence of sensory exercises which train the actor’s concentration, ability to respond to imaginary objects, and organic expression. The relaxation exercise is done each week to ensure that the physical and mental tension within the body, which inhibits the actor, diminishes throughout the duration of the course. The sensory exercise starts with the actor’s ability to recreate objects which s/he encounters every day. The exercises become more complicated when additional objects of concentration are added and when the frequency with which the actor encounters the objects of concentration diminishes.

The second part of each of the acting classes are devoted to improvisation, scene work, and monologues where students apply what they have learned in the exercise work to fulfill the demands of a play and the creation of a role.

The core of every program is enrollment in two Method Acting classes with two different teachers. Elective classes are included in all full-time programs and may be added at an a-la-carte rate to the Part-Time Program.


ELECTIVE CLASSES

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles is constantly evolving just like the city. As we seek to meet the actors’ needs, new acting classes are designed and added to our curriculum. Each class is carefully selected or created in order to expand the training of the Method actor. The following is a guide of elective classes that are frequently offered at the Los Angeles campus. Courses may be offered on rotation or seasonally. Please check the class schedule for our most current class offerings. Please note that some courses below may be program requirements, program specific and/or have pre-requisites.

ACTING TECHNIQUE CLASSES

ACTING FOR FILM/TV

ACTING FOR FILM/TV II

SCENE STUDY

IMPROVISATION

IMPROVISATION II

MAKING IT PERSONAL


VOICE & MOVEMENT CLASSES

ANIMAL EXERCISE

DIALECTS

METHOD MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT I

MOVEMENT II

MOVEMENT III

SINGING

TAI CHI

THEATRE DANCE

VOCAL BASICS

VOICE I

VOICE II

VOICE III

 


HISTORY CLASSES

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

LEE STRASBERG LEGACY

FILM HISTORY

PLAYWRIGHT SPOTLIGHT

PULITZER PRIZE PLAYS

SCENE STUDY FOR TV – COMEDY

SCENE STUDY FOR TV – DRAMA

SCRIPT ANALYSIS

SHAKESPEARE

THEATRE HISTORY I

THEATRE HISTORY II


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CLASSES

AUDITION TECHNIQUE

COLD READ

COMMERCIALS

CRAFT TO CAREER

FILM PRODUCTION I

FILM PRODUCTION II

 

PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT

SELF TAPE

STORYTELLING & MONOLOGUES

THEATRE PRODUCTION I

THEATRE PRODUCTION II

REEL WORLD & AUDITIONING


ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES

STANDARD AMERICAN DIALECT

COMIC IMPROV

FILM FIGHTING I

FILM FIGHTING II

COVID-19

Dear Students and Prospective Students,

As news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, we wanted to take time to reassure our community that The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is monitoring circumstances on a regular basis. We are committed to the well-being and education of our students, faculty and staff. Following in step as other universities and schools, we have transitioned to holding classes remotely in ways that are meaningful.

The Spring 2020 term will begin on April 20th.

These are unique times worthy of serious thought and implementing measures of caution. We trust that our Community will, as always, join together, to find new ways to collaborate, innovate, and continue doing the work we care so deeply about.

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