Current Schedule

Fall, October 25-December 17
Admissions Information

Current Schedule

Fall 2021, October 25-December 17

All students must submit a picture of their Covid-19 Vaccination Card to attend.

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, read our Admissions Policy, or APPLY NOW!

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 ~ 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 ~ M/W 6:00p-8:15p

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

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

Instructor: Shaunnie Smith
Location: Larsen Theatre

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 2:30p-4:45p

Instructor: Elias Wygodny
Location: Adler Theatre

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.

Movement I: Foundation Technique (Lucid Body Introduction) (Sec B) ~ M/W 2:00p-4:15p

Instructor: Elias Wygodny
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 5:15p-7:30p

Instructor: Elias Wygodny
Location: Adler Theatre

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

Musical Voice ~ T/TH 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 ~ W 2:30p-7:00p

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 I ~ M/T/W/TH 10:30a-1:30p

Instructor: Rick Peters
Location: Studio C

Group Warm-up: M/T/W/TH 9:15a-10:15a, Tim Kopacz, Larsen Theatre

Mandatory one hour vocal and body workout prior to rehearsal.

After completing the first year classes, which are the building blocks that a serious actor uses to confidently approach and create great characters, the student-actor is now ready to go into
the excitement and work of the full production of a play. The energy and demands of a full production differ from individual scene work. Also, more will be expected of the student-actor, as he/she carries his/her part of the responsibility of bringing a full play to life. Under the guidance of the teacher/director, student-actors will be responsible for working on the script and their character. They will be expected to bring that work into rehearsals. The teacher/director will provide feedback, while adding to – and shaping – the student-actor’s work.

Cost: $2250. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Script Analysis, Scene Study Beginning & Intermediate Scene Study

Play Production II ~ M/T/W/TH 10:15a-1:15p

Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
Location: Larsen Theatre

Group Warm-up: M/T/W/TH 9:15a-10:15a, Tim Kopacz, Larsen Theatre

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. 8 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

Scene Study Beginning/Intermediate ~ T/TH 6:00p-9:15p

Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
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 6:00p-8:15p

Instructor: Tim McNeil
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

Shakespeare ~ M/W 4:15p-7:15p

Instructor: Peter Wittrock
Location: Adler Theatre

This course is an introduction and a step-by-step approach to the authentic speaking of Shakespeare’s text. The course will explore one Shakespeare play in depth, focusing on developing an approach to understanding the language as well as developing a method of speaking the language with truth, clarity and a range of vocal expression. Students will learn 1 Shakespearean sonnet and 2 monologues.

Students will develop an understanding of, and practice the verbal expression of structure of the verse, including iambic pentameter, line endings, verse and prose alteration, and rhyme.

The course will also examine the Elizabethan world view and explore the historical, religions, and social issues of the day.

Cost: $850. 8 Weeks.

Speech III ~ M/W 11:00a-1:15p

Instructor: Tim Kopacz
Location: Studio A

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: Studio G

Private classes for those needing more extensive work.

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

Voice I ~ M/W 1:30p-3:45p

Instructor: Peter Wittrock
Location: Adler Theatre

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 10:30a-12:45p

Instructor: Peter Wittrock
Location: Adler Theatre

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.
Prerequisite: Voice I

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

Stella Adler Fall 2021 Registration
Stella Adler Fall 2021 Registration

Term Dates

2021

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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