In this class, taught by Rachel Jones, a directing and acting member of Axial Theatre, we lay the foundation of the actor's craft with a range of exercises developed by master teachers Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg. The exercises help develop the actor's use of his/her senses and imagination and are practiced individually and in groups. Monologues and scenes are integrated as new exercises continue to be introduced.
Classes begin with a relaxation practice designed to invite a sensitive awareness of the body and the promptings of the imagination. From this open and prepared place, character is extensively analyzed and explored through acts of courageous risk-taking. Prior study will be enriched through an examination of technique as applied to scenes and monologues.
The goal of this class is to help you build on acting fundamentals already established through study or prior experience. When introducing new exercises, we place great emphasis on experimenting with the tools of acting to find an effective, personalized approach to the craft. Within this context we integrate an intensive examination of the physical life of the actor. Individual exercises are encouraged along with monologues and scenes.
Basic Technique for Young Actors (Ages 10 to 12) with Jess Erick
In this 12-week session beginning Wednesday, September 18th, we will look at all aspects of acting for the stage, with special focus on improvisation, monologues and discovering and using your voice! You will learn how to project your voice with clarity and build confidence, skill and trust through fun improvisational exercises and pre-scripted and original monologues.
Basic Technique for Teenagers (For ages 13 to 17) with Jess Erick
We believe that the right way to start acting is to focus on learning the techniques and principles of the craft. In this 12-week session beginning Wednesday, September 18th, we will focus on exercises which cultivate the imagination, the use of the senses, and expression of voice and body. Each student is encouraged to access their own uniqueness and point-of-view. Jess Erick fosters a creative and safe environment for these explorations.
Learn how to develop a play scene by scene. Students will bring in writing each week and hear their work read out loud. With the aid of in-class writing exercises and guidance for the work brought in each week, one-act plays and full lengths will develop for each playwright. Come discover your voice in a safe environment and watch what develops.
Admission is rolling, payment is due in full on the first class of the month or of the session. To secure your place in a class, you may register in advance by calling (914) 962-8828. We will then mail you a registration form, which you may return, accompanied by a 50% deposit.
We do not offer refunds for classes you may miss due to illness or other personal reasons. However, if you miss a class, we encourage you to make it up according to the following schedule: Mr. Meyer's students may make up in Ms. Jones' Basic or Intermediate Technique class; Ms. Jones' adult students may make up in her class or Mr. Meyer's class; Ms. Erick's teenagers may make up in Ms. Jone's Basic Technique class (parents please note the Basic Technique class sometimes deals with adult issues); and Ms. Erick's Young Actors may make up in her Basic Technique For Teenager's class.
Refund/Cancellation Policy for 6 and 12-week Classes and Workshops:
If you cancel your enrollment in a class in advance of 15 days from the start date, you will receive a full refund. Beyond this point we will retain a 10% administrative fee in addition to the charges for any classes attended as follows: For 12 week enrollments, up to the fourth class. For 6 week enrollments, up to the 2nd class. Beyond these parameters, the entire course fee is non-refundable.
Refund/Cancellation Policy for On-going Classes:
Payment is made month-to-month, and is non-refundable if you cancel your enrollment within the month.
Please try to do make-ups within 8 weeks from the missed regular class. You must be a currently enrolled student to be eligible to redeem a make-up.
Our goal is to have a classroom environment in which all of our students feel comfortable and get the most benefit from our program. If we feel any student's behavior is not in the best interest of their, or the the group's learning experience, we reserve the right to discontinue their participation at our discretion.