Stella Adler LA Winter 2019

Current Schedule

Winter 2019 term, January 7- March 1

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 ~ TH 2:30p-5:30p
Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
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.

Audition Skills ~ 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

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.

Greek Theatre ~ M/W 3:30p-5:45p
Instructor: Yorgos Karahimos
Location: Studio A

Greek Drama – tragedy and comedy – is where acting derives from. Drama in ancient Greek means action; action involves thought and thought requires presence. The class explores the essential elements of the theatre – plot, character, poetry, aesthetics – and attempts to fathom the world of the heroes through exercises based on animal archetypes, primordial movement patterns and oriental healing techniques. Strong characters demand strong choices. Greek theatre is all about poetry and size, two ideas that are at the core of the Stella Adler Technique.

Cost $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Movement I & II, Technique I & II and preferably Shakespeare and Theatre History.

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 III: Embodying Imagination (Release Technique & LeCoq Technique) ~ T/TH 12:00p-2:15p
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. 8 Weeks. Class Format: Two 2 hour 15 minute classes per week.
Prerequisite: Movement I & II

Musical Voice ~ T/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.

Play Production I ~ 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, See book

This class is the actor’s first introduction to the full production of a play. The teacher/ director will review everything the actor learned in the first year so it can be applied to the performance.

Mandatory one hour vocal and body workout prior to rehearsal.

16 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Script Analysis, Scene Study Beginning & Rehearsal Technique

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

Group Warm-up: M 5:30p-6:30p, 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 ~ M/T/W/TH 10:30a-1:30p
Instructor: Bradley Wayne James
Location: Larsen

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 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

Scene Study Beginning/Intermediate ~ 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

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 II ~ M/W 10:00a-1:00p
Instructor: Peter Wittrock
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.
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.

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 III ~ M/W 3:30p-5:45p
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

Theatre History (Sec A) ~ M/W 10:00a-12:15p
Instructor: Yorgos Karahimos
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. Class Format: Two 2 hour classes per week.

Theatre History (Sec B) ~ M/W 12:45p-3:00p
Instructor: Yorgos Karahimos
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. Class Format: Two 2 hour classes per week.

Voice I ~ M/W 1:30p-3:45p
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 7:00p-9:15p
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.

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

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