Current Schedule

Late Spring 2021, May 3-June 25

Admissions Information

Current Schedule

Late Spring 2021, May 3-June 25

All classes will be held online. You MUST have a computer, tablet or phone and reliable high speed internet to participate.

NOTE: In person classes will resume UNDER A HYBRID PLAN for the Summer Term (June 28). Click here to learn more.

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 ~ T/W/TH 9:00a-12:00p

Instructor: Laura Leyva
Location: Online

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 1:00p-4:00p

Instructor: Tim McNeil
Location: Online

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/TH 3:00p-5:15p

Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
Location: Online

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

Audition Skills ~ F 10:00a-2:00p

Instructor: Chris Thornton
Location: Online

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

Greek Theatre ~ M/W 9:00a-11:15a

Instructor: Yorgos Karamihos
Location: Online

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 to Scene ~ M/W 3:45p-6:00p

Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
Location: Online

Utilizing the basic tools learned in Techniques I, II and III, this class will introduce “on-your-feet” ways to approach characters in scene work. Using scripted material (monologues and scenes) as the starting point, emphasis will be placed on improvisational work as it relates specifically to the character’s opening moment, inner dialogue/life, relationship to other characters and the all important “circumstances” of the scene. The student-actor will learn a thorough and freeing “active” process that can be used in all aspects of their acting, both alone and with their scene partner.

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

Intimacy and Violence ~ M/F 3:00p-5:15p

Instructors: Olivia Buntaine & Ariel de Ment
Location: Online

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.
Prerequisite: Technique I, Technique II, Movement I and Movement II​

Movement IV: Application to Scene (Michael Chekov Technique & Rasa Aesthetics) ~ T/TH 9:00a-11:15a

Instructor: Kennedy Brown
Location: Online

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

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

Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
Location: Online

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

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: Online

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-9:15p

Instructor: Chris Thornton
Location: Online

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 6:00p-8:00p

Instructor: Chris Thornton
Location: Online

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 1:00p-3:15p

Instructor: Laura Leyva
Location: Online

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

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

Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Online

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 Intensives ~ Privates scheduled with student

Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Online

Private classes for those needing more extensive work.

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

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

Stella Adler Late Spring 2021 Schedule
Stella Adler Late Spring 2021 Schedule

Term Dates

2021

Late Spring
May 3-June 25

Summer (Hybrid Plan)
June 28-August 20

SCHOOL BREAK: August 24-August 28

Late Summer
August 30-October 22

Fall
October 25-December 17


2022

Winter
January 5-February 25

Spring
February 28-April 22

SCHOOL BREAK: April 25-April 29

Late Spring
May 2-June 24

Summer
June 27-August 19

SCHOOL BREAK: August 22-August 26

Late Summer
August 29-October 21

Fall
October 24-December 16

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