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Class Descriptions – NYC

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

METHOD ACTING

At the core of the Strasberg curriculum are the Method Acting classes. Students are required to take two Method Acting classes per semester, each with a different teacher.  These classes are designed to train the actor in Lee Strasberg’s systematic approach to acting known throughout the world as The Method. The  technique develops the actor’s ability to respond with real behavior to imaginary stimuli and trains the actor to use their personal experience to fire their imagination.

 These four-hour classes are divided into two parts: work on one’s self and work on the character.

The work one’s self employs Lee Strasberg’s relaxation and sensory exercises to train the actor’s concentration, and eliminate the actor’s individual habits of mental and physical tension, which limit their ability to express.

The relaxation is repeated in every class, building over the course of study a keen awareness of one’s body and the ability to relax at will. Sensory exercises are also done each class, but become more complicated throughout the course of study. Sensory work begins with recreating ordinary objects and sensations using the five senses and moves towards more emotional stimuli. This part of class focuses on training an actor’s talent.

The second part of class focuses on applying the exercises to scenework and learning how the sensory can help fulfill the demands placed upon the actor by a particular script. Students use the exercises to create organic behavior, make truthful choices, and also learn the way in which improvisation can be used to explore a character’s motivation and deepen one’s understand of the character and scene. 


ELECTIVE CLASSES

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute strives to provide a diverse selection of course offerings to support the development of a well rounded actor. Courses are added in a variety of areas to support the evolving demands of the industry and the needs of actors. The benefit of the Strasberg acting curriculum is that it allows students to pick courses and create a schedule that reflect their individual needs and goals. 

ACTING ELECTIVES

ACTING COMEDY

BUILDING A CHARACTER

CHARACTER WORK

CONSERVATORY PERFORMANCE

CREATING YOUR OWN WORK

IMPROVISATION

LIFE OF THE CHARACTER

SCENE STUDY

SENSORY / SCENE STUDY

SCRIPT ANALYSIS

WORKING WITH THE DIRECTOR


FILM AND TV ELECTIVES

ACTING ON CAMERA

ACTING FOR FILM & TV

ADVANCED FILM

INTRO TO ACTING FOR FILM & TV


MOVEMENT ELECTIVES

BALLET

DANCE I

DANCE II

INTRO TO JAZZ

INTERMEDIATE JAZZ

MOVEMENT OF THE ACTOR

PHYSICAL TECHNIQUE

BOLLYWOOD DANCE

MUSICAL THEATRE SCENE CLASS

STAGE COMBAT I

STAGE COMBAT II

STRETCH

TAI CHI I/II

TAP DANCE


VOCAL ELECTIVES

DIALECTS

SINGING FOR THE ACTOR

SINGING II

SPEECH I (ACCENT REDUCTION)

SPEECH II

VOCAL PRODUCTION I

VOCAL PRODUCTION II


THEATRE HISTORY ELECTIVES

ACTING CHEKOV

ACTING ODETS

ACTING SHAKESPEARE

COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE: HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE

ACTING SHEPARD

 

HISTORY OF METHOD ACTING IN FILM

SHAKESPEARE AT THE GLOBE

STANISLAVSKY TO STRASBERG

STRASBERG AND SCENE ANALYSIS

THE WORLD THROUGH CINEMA

THEATRE HISTORY FOR THE ACTOR


WRITING ELECTIVES

ADVANCED DRAMATIC WRITING

PLAYWRITING FOR THE ACTOR

SCREENWRITING

SKETCH COMEDY WRITING


INDUSTRY CLASSES

AUDITION

THE BUSINESS OF ACTING

MONOLOGUE