Actor's Theatre Los Angeles
*Most of these questions/answers are in regard to my Adult acting classes – if you’re
interested in Kid’s Classes or coaching and have specific questions – please
feel free to email me.
What acting technique do you subscribe to?
I think it’s important for an actor to be exposed to a wide range of different acting techniques and styles. Every role you take on is going to present different types of challenges and if you don’t have a plethora of tools to choose from you’re doing yourself a great disservice. My technique has been formulated by all of the various teachers I’ve studied with over the past 20 years. It’s highly eclectic but based primarily in the principles of Stanislavski & his concept of “Living truthfully under the imaginary circumstances," this would include all of the teachers that came out of the Original Group theater including Meisner, Strasberg, Adler and Bobby Lewis. (*I was fortunate to have studied with Bobby Lewis in NYC.) Additionally I will reference teachers I have a great deal of respect for such as Uta Hagen etc.
What makes your classes different from all of the other studios in LA?
My philosophy is that actors need to work their muscles every day like going to the gym. We live in the entertainment capital of the world and a lot of young actors get offered opportunities before they’re capable and ready to handle the challenges. I think it’s important to be practicing the skills of camera acting & cold reading while simultaneously studying great plays, playwrights, and acting in theatre scenes. My adult acting classes are unique in their format of alternating week to week. One week will be scene study/technique and the next will be film acting/cold reading/ audition and business skills. I want to train my actors for longevity in this business. I want to help nurture the talents of the next Daniel Day Lewis or Meryl Streep and in order to be a great actor of that caliber it takes a lot of discipline, passion and hard work.
What’s a typical class size?
ZOOM Classes -- Adults 10 MAX; Kids and Teens -- 8 MAX
Inperson Classes -- 12-14 students (Adult Classes); 10-12 students (Kids Classes)
How often do actors work in class?
Every actor works every class - period. There is a difference between ‘observation’ and ‘participation.'
I think it’s incredibly important for actors to be actively participating in every class. There are a lot of classes in this town with 30-50 students and the actors are only allowed to participate every other
class. I keep my class size low in order to insure that every student will be working every class.
Who assigns the scene work?
Typically I will assign scene work. However, if there is a specific role, genre etc. that a student wants to work on I will definitely take that into consideration.
What is the duration of the class?
ZOOM Classes -- Adults 3 hours; Kids/Teens -- 2 hours
In person classes --
The class will run 3-4 hours. Doors will be open 30 minutes prior in which students can come and prepare for class – ie. on cold reading nights they will have access to material before class if
desired. On scene night they can meet with their partner, get into costumes if required etc. Students are expected to stay for the entire class unless there is an emergency and it has been cleared with the
instructor before hand.
What if a student books a paid acting gig and can’t come to classes?
Each situation will be dealt with on an individual basis. Credit for future classes will be applied if the absence is related to ‘paid acting work.’ All other reasons for absences will not be taken into consideration for refunds or credits. It is a student’s choice to attend or not attend class.
Are actors required to rehearse their scenes outside of class?
ZOOM Classes -- Adults are encouraged to schedule a zoom rehearsal with their partners. Kids aren't required.
In person classes --
Absolutely. Adult actors are expected to rehearse their scenes with their scene partner a minimum of 2-3 times prior to putting up a scene. Each rehearsal should be at least 2 hours long. This is
in addition to the table work and homework that each actor should be doing on their own. I will give you specific exercises and assignments that you can apply to your work. Scenes go up every other week and therefore students have plenty of time to schedule rehearsals outside of class.
What if my scene partner isn’t as dedicated to the rehearsal process as I am?
You can request a new scene partner if there is a problem. However, the instructor must be
informed early on in the process so that a new partner can be arranged in an adequate amount of time. Each actor must take responsibility. If an actor consistently shows a lack of dedication he or she will be asked to leave the studio.
Are the classes "on going" or is there a specific number of weeks or months for each class?
ZOOM Classes are scheduled for 4 week sessions.
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