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Fall 2022, October 24-December 16

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 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.

Improvisation ~ T 7:00p-9:15p, 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.

Intimacy and Violence ~ M/W 10:00a-12:15p

Instructors: Zachariah Payne
Location: Studio B

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​

Masks ~ T/TH 2:00p-4:15p

Instructors: Jade Gordon
Location: Studio D

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) ~ M/W 2:00p-4:15p

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 II ~ M/W 2:30p-4:45p

Instructor: Rick Peters
Location: Studio E

A continuation and expansion of the foundation camera work from Adler On-Camera Technique I. The demands of shot size, angles and coverage will be emphasized, while learning how to keep multiple “takes” consistent, yet spontaneous, will be practiced. Some scenes will be “shot” quickly and with little rehearsal, so the actor becomes familiar with the pressures of episodic television work. Again, actual screenplays will be used for all in-class work. An additional emphasis will be added to burnish the students self-tape skills, and all work will be viewed and evaluated in class.

Cost: $750. 8 Weeks.
Prerequisite: Technique I, II & III, Script Breakdown, Scene Study Beginning & On-Camera Adler Technique I

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, 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 III ~ M/W 10:00a-1:00p, T/TH 5:00p-8:00p

Instructor: Caitlin Aparcel
Location: Larsen

Group Warm-up: M/W 9:00a-10:00a, T/TH 4:00p-5:00p; Tim Kopacz/Elias Wygodny, Studio C

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: 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-9:00p

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

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

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 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

Theatre History ~ T/TH 11:00a-1:15p

Instructor: Jade Gordon
Location: Studio B

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 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 2022
Stella Adler Fall 2022

Term Dates

2022

Late Summer
August 29 - October 21

Fall
October 24 - December 16

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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