Fall 2018 Schedule

Current Schedule

Fall 2018 term, October 22-December 14

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.

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 ~ T 2:30p-5:30p
Instructor: Guest Teacher
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

Alexander Technique ~ T/TH 9:00a-11:15a
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 Advanced ~ T/TH 11:45a-2:00p
Instructor: Celio Silveira
Location: Studio F

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.

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.

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

Character ~ F 1:30p-5:30p
Instructor: Tim McNeil
Location: Studio B

In this class, we deeply investigate character and the process of deepening an actor’s character work, through a series of exercises and work on actual scripts. The work in this class will be applicable to film and theater and will leave the actor with certain techniques that bring the actor closer to his or her character and give him or her a deeper sense of belief in themselves in the circumstance.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks. Class Format: One 4 hour class per week
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Scene Study Beginning, Scene Study Intermediate

Comprehensive Technique ~ M/W 2:15p-4:30p
Instructor: Joanne Linville
Location: Studio C

An intense exploration and refinement of the work and techniques established in Technique I and II.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.

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.

Movement I: Foundation Technique (Lucid Body Introduction) (Sec A) ~ T/TH 3:15p-5:30p
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 I: Foundation Technique (Lucid Body Introduction) (Sec B) ~ F 10:00a-3:00p
Instructor: Kennedy Brown
Location: Studio E

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 9:30a-11:45a
Instructor: Kennedy Brown
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 IV: Application to Scene (Michael Chekov Technique & Rasa Aesthetics) ~ T/TH 12:00p-2:15p
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. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Movement I, II & III

On-Camera Adler Technique ~ 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

Play Production II ~ M/T/W/TH 7:00p-10:00p
Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
Location: See book

Group Warm-up: M/T/TH/F 6:00p-7:00p, Peter Wittrock, Larsen

This class is the actor’s second full production of a play. More independent technique work will be expected of the actor as the director/teacher guides the production to performance level.

Mandatory one hour vocal and body workout prior to rehearsal.

16 Weeks. Class Format: Four 3 hour classes per week.
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 (Sec A) ~ M/T/W/TH 7:00p-10:00p
Instructor: Bruce Katzman
Location: Larsen

Group Warm-up: M/T/TH/F 6:00p-7:00p, Peter Wittrock, Larsen

Mandatory one hour vocal and body workout prior to rehearsal.

This class is the actor’s final production in the full program. The actor is expected to work independently on all script analysis and character breakdown so that his/her individual work contributes to the ensemble in each progressive rehearsal. The director will help shape the performance through the rehearsal process.

Mandatory one hour vocal and body workout prior to rehearsal.

Cost: $3500. 16 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Script Analysis, Scene Study Beginning, Scene Study Intermediate, Scene Study Advanced, Rehearsal Technique, Character and Play Production I & II

Play Production III (Sec B) ~ M/T/W/TH 10:00a-1:00p
Instructor: Bradley Wayne James
Location: See Book

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

Mandatory one hour vocal and body workout prior to rehearsal.

This class is the actor’s final production in the full program. The actor is expected to work independently on all script analysis and character breakdown so that his/her individual work contributes to the ensemble in each progressive rehearsal. The director will help shape the performance through the rehearsal process.

Mandatory one hour vocal and body workout prior to rehearsal.

Cost: $3500. 16 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Script Analysis, Scene Study Beginning, Scene Study Intermediate, Scene Study Advanced, Rehearsal Technique, Character and Play Production I & II

Scene Study Beginning ~ T/TH 6:30p-10:30p
Instructor: Christopher 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 & Scene Study Beginning

Scene Study Intermediate ~ T/TH 2:30p-6:00p
Instructor: Christopher 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. Class Format: Two 3 hour classes per week.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown & Scene Study Beginning

Scene Study Advanced ~ M/W 7:00p-11:00p
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

Script Analysis ~ M/W 6:30p-8:30p
Instructor: Christopher Thornton
Location: Studio A

This class teaches the process of breaking scenes into playable beats and actions, character analysis, specific playwriting styles and periods, by presenting various scenes from classic to contemporary texts.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.

Prerequisite: Technique I

Script Breakdown Application ~ T/TH 3:00p-5:15p
Instructor: Laura Leyva
Location: Studio E

This class teaches the process of breaking scenes into playable beats and actions, character analysis, specific playwriting styles and periods, by presenting various scenes from classic to contemporary texts.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.

Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III

Shakespeare ~ M/W 9:00a-12:00p
Instructor: Bruce Katzman
Location: Studio B

An introduction and step by step approach to the English language’s greatest playwright. Through monologue work, students become knowledgeable and practiced with the fundamentals of Iambic Pentameter (blank verse). Students learn to understand the principles and structures of Rhetoric and how to identify Operative Words and how to personalize imagery. Language springs from a deep experience, and the expression of complex thoughts becomes easy and familiar. By course’s end, students have two monologues which will serve them in auditioning for professional companies.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks. Class Format: Two 3 hour classes per week.

Speech I ~ M/W 3:30p-5:45p
Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Studio G

In this course, students are introduced to the sounds inherent in General American Speech and learn to identify the sounds they are making in comparison with this standard. Sounds are taught using the International Phonetic Alphabet, a notation system which allows students to visualize sounds and apply the correct sounds to their text work. Students leave with an awareness of their own speech patterns and tools with which to make changes. Required text: Speak With Distinction, by Edith Skinner.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.

Speech III (Sec A) ~ M/W 10:00a-12:15p
Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Studio G

Having concluded work in the General American dialect in the first two levels of Speech training, students will now branch into accents and dialects from around the world. The application of the lessons learned in Speech 1, assessing dialects phonetically, meet the lessons of application in Speech 2 to give students the ability and confidence to teach themselves dialects and accents in the professional world, as well as deepen their understanding and ability to make choices with speech in performance. Pre-requisite: Speech I and II.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.

Prerequisite: Speech I & II

Speech III (Sec B) ~ M/W 1:00p-3:15p
Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Studio G

Having concluded work in the General American dialect in the first two levels of Speech training, students will now branch into accents and dialects from around the world. The application of the lessons learned in Speech 1, assessing dialects phonetically, meet the lessons of application in Speech 2 to give students the ability and confidence to teach themselves dialects and accents in the professional world, as well as deepen their understanding and ability to make choices with speech in performance. Pre-requisite: Speech I and II.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.

Prerequisite: Speech I & II

Speech Intensives ~ Privates scheduled with student
Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Library

Private classes for those needing more extensive work.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Speech I

Voice I ~ M/W 3:15p-5:30p
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 ~ T/TH 6:00p-8:15p
Instructor: Peter Wittrock
Location: Studio D

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.

Voice III ~ M/W 6:00p-9:00p
Instructor: Peter Wittrock
Location: Studio D

This is an advanced voice class for actors who have finished Voice I and II. The actor will continue to reinforce the voice progression they have learned, and will have more opportunity to practically apply their voice technique in monologue and scene work every week. The actor will explore both modern and classical texts in this class.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks. Class Format: Two 2 hour 15 minute classes per week.

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

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