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Spring 2023, February 27-April 21

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Registration Open

Spring 2023, February 27-April 21

All students must submit a picture of their Covid-19 Vaccination Card when registering or email to alex@stellaadler-la.com.

Full-time students have been automatically enrolled into classes. Please log into Orbund to check your schedules and then confirm with Alex, via email, that you are planning to continue (if you have not done so already): alex@stellaadler-la.com.

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 or Part-time.

Click on the class names below to read more about the class, schedule and pricing.

Adler Technique Level I ~ T/W/TH 9:00a-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 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/TH 2:00p-4:15p

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

Alexander Technique ~ T/TH 9:15a-11:30a

Instructor: Celio Da Silveira
Location: Studio D

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 ~ TH 2:30p-6:30p

Instructor: Rick Peters
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. 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

Improvisation ~ T 6:30p-8:45p, TH 5:00p-7:15p

Instructor: Diego Parada
Location: Adler

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 2:00p-4:15p

Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
Location: Studio C

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

Masks ~ M/W 10:30a-12:45p

Instructors: Jade Gordon
Location: Studio B

The presence of the Mask is a universal cultural phenomenon. Used in rituals, ceremonies, and theatrical performances, it possesses the minds of the wearer and the observer. The mask is the permission giver. In the mask, an actor can do anything, be anyone. In this course, students will learn performance techniques that draw from Commedia dell’Arte, archetype, experimental movement, presentational performance and improvisational comedy. Students will develop characters, participate in games and exercises, and create original work.

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

Movement I: Foundation Technique (Lucid Body Introduction) ~ T/TH 2:00p-4:15p

Instructor: Caitlin Apparcel
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 II: Foundation Technique (Lucid Body Advanced) ~ T/TH 11:00a-1:15p

Instructor: Caitlin Apparcel
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

Movement III: Embodying Imagination (Release Technique & LeCoq Technique) ~ T/TH 5:00p-7:15p

Instructor: Caitlin Apparcel
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. 6 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Movement I & II

On-Camera Adler Technique ~ M/W 2:30p-4:45p

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

Instructor: Rick Peters
Location: Studio C

Group Warm-up: M/T/W/TH 9:00a-10:00a, Tim Kopacz/Elias Wygodny, Studio C

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: $2300. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Script Analysis, Scene Study Beginning & Intermediate Scene Study

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

Instructor: Bonnie McNeil
Location: Studio C

Group Warm-up: M/T/W/TH 9:00a-10:00a, Tim Kopacz/Elias Wygodny, Studio C

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: $2300. 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 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

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 & Scene Study Beginning

Script Analysis ~ M/W 6:00p-8:00p

Instructor: Rick Peters
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

Script Breakdown Application ~ T/TH 2:00p-4:15p

Instructor: Laura Leyva
Location: Studio E

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

Shakespeare II ~ M/W 5:00p-8:00p

Instructor: Peter Wittrock
Location: Adler Theatre

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: $850. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Shakespeare I​

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

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 II ~ M/W 10:00a-12:15p

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: 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 Spring 2023 Registration
Stella Adler Spring 2023 Registration

Term Dates

2023

Winter
January 9 – February 24

Spring
February 27– April 21

SCHOOL BREAK; April 24 – April 28

Late Spring
May 1 – June 23

Summer
June 26– August 18

SCHOOL BREAK: August 21 – August 25

Late Summer
August 28 – October 20

Fall
October 23– December 15

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