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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 10- or 12-week term, 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.

Each four-hour Method Acting class is divided into two parts: work on one’s self and work on the character.

The work on 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.

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 practiced 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 slowly progresses towards more complex, emotional stimuli. This part of class focuses on training an actor’s talent.

The second part of class focuses on applying the exercises to scene work 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 learn the way in which improvisation can be used to explore a character’s motivation and deepen one’s understanding 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 choose courses and create a schedule that reflect their individual needs and goals. 

ACTING ELECTIVES

CONSERVATORY PERFORMANCE

CHARACTER WORK

BUILDING A CHARACTER

LIFE OF THE CHARACTER

IMPROVISATION

CREATING YOUR OWN MATERIAL

SCENE STUDY

SENSORY / SCENE STUDY

SCRIPT ANALYSIS

WORKING WITH THE DIRECTOR

STAGES OF REHEARSAL

LEE STRASBERG’S DIRECTING


FILM & TV ELECTIVES

INTRO TO ACTING FOR FILM & TV

ACTING FOR FILM & TV

ACTING ON CAMERA

ADVANCED FILM


MOVEMENT ELECTIVES

BALLET

DANCE I

DANCE II

INTRO TO JAZZ

INTERMEDIATE JAZZ

HIP HOP FOR THE ACTOR

BOLLYWOOD DANCE

TAP DANCE

MUSICAL THEATRE SCENE CLASS

PHYSICAL TECHNIQUE

MOVEMENT OF THE ACTOR

STAGE COMBAT I

STAGE COMBAT II

TAI CHI I/II

STRETCH


VOCAL ELECTIVES

SPEECH I (ACCENT REDUCTION)

SPEECH II

VOCAL PRODUCTION I

VOCAL PRODUCTION II

DIALECTS

SINGING FOR THE ACTOR

SINGING II

SINGING FOR THE ACTOR WITH LAINIE KAZAN


THEATRE HISTORY ELECTIVES

ACTING CHEKOV

ACTING ODETS

ACTING SAM SHEPARD

ACTING SHAKESPEARE

SHAKESPEARE AT THE GLOBE

COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE: HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE

 

WORLD CINEMA

HISTORY OF METHOD ACTING IN FILM

THEATRE HISTORY FOR THE ACTOR

STANISLAVSKY TO STRASBERG

STRASBERG AND SCENE ANALYSIS

PLAYWRIGHTS AND THEIR PLAYS IN CONTEXT: A GUIDE TO BROADER ANALYSIS


WRITING ELECTIVES

INTRO TO DRAMATIC WRITING

ADVANCED DRAMATIC WRITING

PLAYWRITING FOR THE ACTOR

SCREENWRITING

SKETCH COMEDY WRITING


INDUSTRY CLASSES

AUDITION

MONOLOGUE

MASTERING SELF-TAPE

VOICEOVER

THE BUSINESS OF ACTING