Current Schedule

Summer 2018 term, June 25-August 17

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 ~ 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 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 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.

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 ~ TH 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.

Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Scene Study Beginning, Scene Study Intermediate

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.

Improvisation to Scene ~ M/W 12:45p-3:00p
Instructor: Che Walker
Location: Studio F

A dynamic class that will liberate the actor from self-consciousness and self-doubt. The structure improvisations will explore the paramount importance of the objective and nurture an instinctive, highly personal and original approach to the art of acting.

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

Improvisation to Scene II ~ M/W 3:30p-5:45p
Instructor: Che Walker
Location: Studio F

This class looks at characters from play texts and explores their backstories and given circumstance with structured improvisation to deepen the actor’s understanding and personal connection to their work. Strengthens listening, encourages a more instinctive, spontaneous approach to working, and liberates the actor from inhibition.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I & II, Improvisation to Scene

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 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 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

Musical Voice ~ W/F 10:00a-12:15p
Instructor: Robert Sprayberry
Location: Studio D

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 Craft ~ F 1:00p-5:00p
Instructor: Tim Craig
Location: Studio C

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 Acting

Play Production II ~ M/T/W/TH 10:00a-1:00p
Instructor: Rick Peters
Location: Studio C

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

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 (Sec A) ~ M/T/W/TH 7:00p-10:00p
Instructor: Che Walker
Location: Larsen

Group Warm-up: M/T/W/TH 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: Christopher 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 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-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

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 9:30a-12:30p
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.

Shakespeare II ~ T/TH 9:00a-12:00p
Instructor: Bruce Katzman
Location: Studio B

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 $750. 8 Weeks. Class Format: Two 2 hour classes per week.
Prerequisite: Shakespeare I

Speech I ~ M/W 10:00a-12:15p
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. Class Format: Two 2 hour 15 minute classes per week.

Speech II ~ M/W 12:45p-3:00p
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 $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Speech I

Theatre History ~ M/W 10:00a-1:30p
Instructor: Jade Gordon
Location: Studio A

Ends July 30

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 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.

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