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Spring 2020: March 2-April 24

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Spring 2020 term, March 2-April 24

Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles welcomes actors from around the world to grow and foster their talent within our walls. Students need not have any performance background or previous training to apply.

Although we have many working actors in our program, we welcome beginners or the curious. We offer a tour of the facility and a chance to audit a class for all applicants.

Contact the office for more information.

Students can enroll Full-time, Part-time or take Individual classes.

Click on the class names below to read more about the class, schedule and pricing.

Adler Technique Level I (Sec A) ~ T/W/TH 10:00a-1:00p

Instructor: Laura Leyva
Location: Studio E

Stella Adler Academy Technique I: Film, television and theatre are all collaborative efforts, and actors are the “doers” in each of these forms. In this very practical, yet creatively inspiring class, all concepts are made “doable” through the use of the actor’s imagination. Some of the concepts that will be covered and applied are:

  1. Understanding of self through the art form of acting
  2. The actor’s relationship to words and feelings
  3. Physical and mental relaxation within the circumstances
  4. Creative Imagination as a major acting tool
  5. Application of the three levels of justification
  6. Non-verbal expression through character behavior
  7. Relationship with partners
  8. Mental actions and their four specific types

This class is not a beginning acting class, it is an introduction to the very freeing and applicable Stella Adler Technique.

Cost: $950. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: None

Adler Technique Level I (Sec B) ~ T/W/TH 5:30p-8:30p

Instructor: Laura Leyva
Location: Studio E

Stella Adler Academy Technique I: Film, television and theatre are all collaborative efforts, and actors are the “doers” in each of these forms. In this very practical, yet creatively inspiring class, all concepts are made “doable” through the use of the actor’s imagination. Some of the concepts that will be covered and applied are:

  1. Understanding of self through the art form of acting
  2. The actor’s relationship to words and feelings
  3. Physical and mental relaxation within the circumstances
  4. Creative Imagination as a major acting tool
  5. Application of the three levels of justification
  6. Non-verbal expression through character behavior
  7. Relationship with partners
  8. Mental actions and their four specific types

This class is not a beginning acting class, it is an introduction to the very freeing and applicable Stella Adler Technique.

Cost: $950. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: None

Adler Technique Level II (Sec A) ~ M/T/W 2:00p-5:00p

Instructor: Tim McNeil
Location: Studio B

The goal of technique is to enable the actor to create specific characters in specific circumstances and through those characters to communicate the themes of the play. Through Stella Adler’s imagination work we will give the actors the tools to create the background of their characters. This is accomplished through specific exercises designed to strengthen the actors imagination and allowing them to build specific background for whatever character they are given. The technique teaches actors how to be moved by the circumstance and apply that work to their characters. This is the essence of Stella Adler’s work: the communication of the play through specific characters in specific circumstances.

Cost: $950. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I

Adler Technique Level II (Sec B) ~ T/TH 6:00p-10:30p

Instructor: Tim McNeil
Location: Studio B

The goal of technique is to enable the actor to create specific characters in specific circumstances and through those characters to communicate the themes of the play. Through Stella Adler’s imagination work we will give the actors the tools to create the background of their characters. This is accomplished through specific exercises designed to strengthen the actors imagination and allowing them to build specific background for whatever character they are given. The technique teaches actors how to be moved by the circumstance and apply that work to their characters. This is the essence of Stella Adler’s work: the communication of the play through specific characters in specific circumstances.

Cost: $950. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I

Adler Technique Level III (Sec A) ~ T 2:30p-5:30p

Instructor: Tracey Ellis
Location: Studio A

Technique III explores in depth the essentials of the Stella Adler Technique. Building a character, living in the given circumstances of a play, and playing actions and objectives are among the exercises that are covered. Translating the technique into a usable process through monologues and scenes is the central focus of the class. Pre-requisite for the class is completion of Adler Technique I and II.

Cost: $450. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I & II

Adler Technique Level III (Sec B) ~ W 7:00p-10:00p

Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
Location: Studio B

Technique III explores in depth the essentials of the Stella Adler Technique. Building a character, living in the given circumstances of a play, and playing actions and objectives are among the exercises that are covered. Translating the technique into a usable process through monologues and scenes is the central focus of the class. Pre-requisite for the class is completion of Adler Technique I and II.

Cost: $450. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I & II

Alexander Technique ~ T/TH 11:45a-2:00p

Instructor: Celio Silveira
Location: Studio A

An acclaimed method for improving the actor’s sense of mental and physical ease and flexibility. This technique provides a means to change unconscious habits of excessive tension into an integrated, poised use of the whole Self (mind, body, especially concerning breathing and voice). Students will receive hands-on guidance from the teacher in order to identify their own habitual movement patterns. This awareness provides a great sense of openness and ease, optimizing the actor’s potential. The actor learns to use the technique in performance to develop their craft, as well as in daily activities to help prevent injuries.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.

Alexander Technique II ~ T/TH 9:00a-11:15a

Instructor: Celio Silveira
Location: Studio A

The confident actor uses the principles of the Alexander Technique as a tool to be present and stay connected. After having the experience of the first Alexander Technique class (Alexander Technique I), the actor is ready to come to the Advanced, in order to explore more deeply the use of the self, and to carve deeper into the actor’s craft. The understanding of this process can enable the actor learn to choose more wisely. We will explore in depth how the Alexander Technique fits in perfectly when entering the stage: Maintaining a sense of lightness (and light-heartedness) in any audition; speaking without tension and strain. Furthermore, we will apply AT “tools” to monologues, scenes, mock auditions, cold readings, and in front of the camera. You’ll still receive the hands-on guidance from the teacher, as well as practice quieting your nervous system and releasing unnecessary tension with Constructive (Active) Rest. You’ll train yourself to be highly aware of your acting instrument, having the skill to stop unwanted habits and to make clearer and more confident choices. Prerequisites: Alexander Technique I.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Alexander I

Audition Skills (Sec A) ~ F 10:00a-2:00p

Instructor: Chris Thornton
Location: Studio F

The purpose of this class is to prepare actors for the audition environment by giving a realistic idea of what is required in an audition. This is an on-camera class. Students will work a minimum of twice per class and see their work in video. A mix of the experience of “in person” auditions and “self taping.” The actor will do both types of auditions throughout the course, and all
work will be critiqued in class.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Script Analysis, Scene Study Beginning, Scene Study Intermediate, Scene Study Advanced, Rehearsal Technique, Character, & On-Camera

Audition Skills (Sec B) ~ F 2:30p-6:30p

Instructor: Chris Thornton
Location: Studio F

The purpose of this class is to prepare actors for the audition environment by giving a realistic idea of what is required in an audition. This is an on-camera class. Students will work a minimum of twice per class and see their work in video. A mix of the experience of “in person” auditions and “self taping.” The actor will do both types of auditions throughout the course, and all
work will be critiqued in class.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Script Analysis, Scene Study Beginning, Scene Study Intermediate, Scene Study Advanced, Rehearsal Technique, Character, & On-Camera

Improvisation ~ M/T 7:00p-9:15p

Instructor: Shaunnie Smith
Location: Studio F

Through the use of theatre games, improvisational exercises, and scene work, the actor learns to leap past boundaries and move forward into strong choices in role playing, characterization, and interrelating. It is a class to explore freedom of imagination and experience acting.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.

Intimacy and Violence ~ M/W 10:00a-12:15p

Instructor: Olivia Buntaine & Caitlyn Grace
Location: Studio D

An introductory course in the design, practice, and performance of theatrical intimacy and violence. Students will navigate power dynamics, consent, and emotional fitness, explore techniques used to create physical intimacy and the illusion of danger, and apply these principles to scenes of heightened physicality, for more evocative storytelling. The course will cover basic unarmed stage combat, along with emerging practices in intimacy direction for the stage. Emphasis will be placed on safety, partnering, acting, and physical specificity. The course will culminate in a performance of scenes with violence, intimacy, or both.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.

Movement I: Foundation Technique (Lucid Body Introduction) ~ T/TH 2:30p-4:45p

Instructor: Kennedy Brown
Location: Studio D

An intensive psycho-physical approach to movement training. In this class, actors develop a detailed technique for how the thoughts and feeling of their characters are expressed through physical movement and behavior. During this introductory term, a large emphasis is placed on self-awareness. Actors develop an understanding of their own physical habits and learn techniques for moving beyond those habits. This gives actors the freedom to engage their bodies in new ways in their acting and to make choices that serve the truth of their characters. This is a valuable class for students of all levels.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.

Movement II: Foundation Technique (Lucid Body Advanced) ~ T/TH 5:45p-8:00p

Instructor: Caitlin Apparcel
Location: Studio D

In this class, in addition to exploring the more advanced exercises of the Lucid Body technique, students have an opportunity to deepen their experience of the work and to explore the connection between their movement foundation and their acting process.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Movement I

Movement III: Embodying Imagination (Release Technique & LeCoq Technique) ~ T/TH 9:00a-11:15a

Instructor: Kennedy Brown
Location: Studio D

In this course actors explore techniques for developing ‘Presence’ in acting and they develop skills for connecting, or relating, the body to the many relationships and circumstances of a play.

Cost: $750. 6 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Movement I & II

Movement V: Character Process ~ T/TH 11:45a-2:00p

Instructor: Kennedy Brown
Location: Studio D

In this class students explore physical acting techniques that can be applied directly to monologues and scenes. Throughout the class students develop a process for making ‘physical choices’ in their performance work.

Cost $750. 6 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Movement I, II, III & IV

Musical Voice ~ T/F 10:00a-12:15p

Instructor: Robert Sprayberry
Location: Studio G

A program designed to help the actor find and explore the use of their voice in a musical theater context. “Give me a great actor that can sing a little over a great singer that can’t act!” -Stephen Sondheim. Learning vocal techniques to strengthen your voice and build confidence. Breathing, phrasing, lyric interpretation and delivery. Choosing songs. Understanding your instrument.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.

On-Camera ~ M/W 3:00p-5:15p

Instructor: Rick Peters
Location: Studio E

A step by step process for the advanced actor, covering the preparatory work that is done before the final callback audition and the acting breakdown of the full script before the actor arrives on set to shoot. Only film scripts are used and all work is done on camera. Adjusting the actor’s instrument from Stage to film is emphasized.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown & Scene Study Beginning

On-Camera II ~ T/TH 3:00p-5:15p

Instructor: Rick Peters
Location: Studio F

A continuation of the Adler On-Camera Technique for the advanced actor covering the technical work that is done after the actor arrives on set to shoot and the camera begins rolling. Scenes which are already at performance level are taped with specific practice in the differences in scale, eyeline and pacing that occur from changes in camera angles. Comfort with continuity, and keeping the performance alive through multiple takes will be examined in playback.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Scene Study Beginning, On-Camera

Play Production II ~ M/T/TH/F 7:00p-10:00p

Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
Location: Larsen

Group Warm-up: M/T/TH/F 6:00p-7:00p, Trang Le, Studio B/F

Mandatory one hour vocal and body workout prior to rehearsal.

The student-actor is now ready to take on more independence and responsibility for character development in his/her second full play production. More independent script and Technique work will be expected of the student/actor as the director/teacher guides him/her and the whole production to performance level.

Cost: $2250. 16 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Script Analysis, Scene Study Beginning, Scene Study Intermediate, Scene Study Advanced, Rehearsal Technique, Character & Play Production I

Play Production III ~ M/T/W/TH 10:00a-1:00p

Instructor: Chris Thornton
Location: Larsen

Group Warm-up: M/T/W/TH 9:00a-10:00a, Tim Kopacz, Larsen

Mandatory one hour vocal and body workout prior to rehearsal.

This is the final production of the Full Program. By this point, the student-actor is expected to work independently on all script analysis and character work so that his/her individual work contributes to the play and the ensemble in each progressive rehearsal. This reinforces the purpose of the Two Year Program: to train actors to be self motivated to work on all aspects of his/her character on their own, so that he/she can come into ALL acting roles armed with interesting, creative choices that lead to fully realized characters. The student-actor learns not to need the director (or anyone else) to hold their hand, yet that same student-actor learns to be able to take direction and make it doable.

Cost: $3500. 16 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Script Analysis, Scene Study Beginning, Scene Study Intermediate, Scene Study Advanced, Intimacy & Violence, Character, Play Production I & II, Voice I & II, Movement I- IV, Shakespeare I & II, Greek Theatre, Theatre History, Musical Voice, On-Camera, On-Camera Craft, Alexander Technique I & II, Improvisation, Improv to Scene, Speech I, II & III

Scene Study Advanced ~ M/W 7:00p-10:00p

Instructor: Tim McNeil
Location: Studio C

A progression and advancement of the work established in Scene Study, delving more deeply into the discussion of text and character.

Cost: $850. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Scene Study Beginning & Scene Study Intermediate

Scene Study Beginning/Intermediate ~ T/TH 6:00p-10:30p

Instructor: Chris Thornton
Location: Studio C

Having completed Technique I & II and Script Breakdown, the actor will present scenes where they will receive analysis and criticism that will provide insight into the playwright and his meaning. The actor will acquire a new heightened understanding, which will lead to an interpretation of the playwright in light of the actor’s own talent and creativity.

Cost: $850. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown

Script Analysis ~ M/W 6:30p-8:30p

Instructor: Chris Thornton
Location: Studio A

This class explores the very first steps of creating a role. It can be described as the “table work” that the serious actor must do. From the title to the closing scene, the script is analyzed
for the writer’s intent, theme and genre. At the same time, research into the time-period, place, socio-economic background of the character, etc. is discussed. This information is then used to begin building a character that serves the script and brings the character to life in a creative, truthful way. The work learned in this class sets the actor on the right course, and is a big step toward the student-actor becoming a creative, independent actor who can handle any type of script with confidence.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I

Script Breakdown Application ~ T/TH 3:00p-5:15p

Instructor: Laura Leyva
Location: Studio E

This class is the practical application of the principles and technique’s that have been taught in the first year. We pick up at the “table work“ from Script Analysis with a step-by-step process for breaking down the material, building a character, applying a practical, do-able understanding of sequence, playing of actions and rehearsal technique. Using a full published play by a major playwrite the actors work on their feet, on the platform.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.

Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III

Shakespeare II ~ M/W 12:45p-3:45p

Instructor: Peter Wittrock
Location: Studio C

A continuation of the work from Shakespeare I, students produce scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. There is further emphasis on script analysis and deep character development based on the embedded clues provided by Shakespeare.

Cost: $850. 8 Weeks.

Speech I ~ M/W 1:00p-3:15p

Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Studio G

Building on the awareness gained in Speech I, students learn to use words and sounds more effectively to create a deeper emotional/personal connection to the text. Students also continue to work on speech habits as they relate to General American Speech and elements of Good Classical Speech are introduced. Students leave with the ability to speak classical and modern texts with physical and emotional clarity. Required text: Speak With Distinction, by Edith Skinner. Pre-requisite: Speech One.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Speech I

Speech II ~ M/W 10:00a-12:15p

Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Studio G

Building on the awareness gained in Speech I, students learn to use words and sounds more effectively to create a deeper emotional/personal connection to the text. Students also continue to work on speech habits as they relate to General American Speech and elements of Good Classical Speech are introduced. Students leave with the ability to speak classical and modern texts with physical and emotional clarity. Required text: Speak With Distinction, by Edith Skinner. Pre-requisite: Speech One.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Speech I

Speech Intensives ~ Privates scheduled with student

Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Library

Private classes for those needing more extensive work.

Cost: $700. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Speech I

Theatre History ~ M/W 1:00p-3:15p

Instructor: Yorgos Karamihos
Location: Studio A

Throughout human history, Theatre Acting, and all performing arts, have been a necessity for the human psyche, and have become spiritual and educational vehicles that have helped individuals and societies move forward. In this on your feet, active class (not lecture only), the most important Theatre/Acting movements through history are identified and explored. Ancient Greek Theatre, Roman, Sanskrit, Noh, Kabuki, Intermezzi, Comedia del’ Arte and Elizabethan Theatre are just some of the stops on our journey though time and human exploration. This knowledge of our Theatrical and Acting Heritage can become a powerful tool in the hands of an actor.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.

Voice I ~ M/W 4:15p-6:30p

Instructor: Peter Wittrock
Location: Studio D

This class trains the actor to free the natural speaking voice by learning and exploring the classic progression of the Linklater voice work. The actor will learn a series of physical and vocal exercises that will free the voice from tensions and negative habits while developing, strengthening and expanding vocal range, power, resonance and clarity. The actor will explore a piece of modern text in this class.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.

Voice II ~ M/W 10:00a-12:15p

Instructor: Peter Wittrock
Location: Studio B

This class continues the Linklater voice progression with a strong focus on development of the speaking range, articulation, and emotional-vocal connections for the actor. They develop the tools of pitch, rate and volume to structure the work, and learn to allow their voice to respond to their imagination and interpretation of the material. The actor will explore a piece of classical text in this class.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.

Writing Workshop ~ TH 1:00p-4:00p

Instructor: Tim McNeil
Location: Studio B

*This class is 6-weeks

The Writing Class focuses on foundational aspects of writing for film, television, and theater. The class gives the students an in depth look at story, character, structure, conflict and much more. What makes a great script? How do you construct a story? How do you tell stories that matter to both actors and audiences? How do you develop the habits of a writer? These questions will be answered and many more! Learn how to write! Have fun!

Cost: $500. 6 Weeks.

M=Monday, T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, TH=Thursday, F=Friday

Term Dates

2020

Winter
Jan. 6-Feb. 28

Spring
March 2-April 24

SCHOOL BREAK: April 27-May 1

Late Spring
May 4-June 26

Summer
June 29-August 21

SCHOOL BREAK: Aug. 24-Aug. 28

Late Summer
August 31-Oct. 23

Fall
Oct. 26-Dec. 18


2021

Winter
Jan. 4-Feb. 26

Spring
March 1-April 23

SCHOOL BREAK: Aug. 24-Aug. 28

Late Summer
Aug. 30-Oct. 22

Fall
Oct. 25-Dec. 17

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