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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Acting Classes, The Final Frontier

This will be the last blog post talking about the acting classes that I'm offering. The website should be finished soon, and I'll post that link for everyone to follow.

In the meantime, here are the descriptions, schedules and tuition costs for my classes! Please feel free to email me regarding interest in the classes or questions about how they will work.


Classes

All classes are taught with the Acting without the Drama philosophy, which is that we don’t have to allow the conflict and drama we seek in performance into our personal lives. 

It is a practical approach that helps actors grow from where they are right now without “breaking them down”.  Learning to let go of our defenses and self-destructive patterns helps us become stable, grounded performers that can connect with an audience in a powerful, magical way.

Online acting classes:
Don’t come in expecting the tired old model of teaching acting here! Acting without the Drama approaches the craft from a practical, holistic view of each student developing as a working actor.

This innovative course embraces elements of technique training, scene study, on-camera work and cold-reading practice to create a well-rounded actor that is capable of stepping into the industry with confidence and knowledge.  The approach is a holistic one, seeking to develop all aspects of an actor’s knowledge and skill. 

In addition to the acting work done, we will use breathing, relaxation and vocal exercises to increase each student’s vocal range and resonance.

We will use the on-camera aspect of the online classes to learn film set terminology, as well as learning to connect in less-than-ideal circumstances (exactly like being on a film set).

Finally, we will discuss some of the best ways to navigate the business of acting by learning how to “brand” ourselves, best utilize our native talents, and develop contacts in the industry.

Tuition: $199/month for once-a-week classes, $349/month for once-a-week classes plus an additional once-a-week ½ hr. private session. Classes run 2 hours each, and enrollment is limited to 10 students per class. A $100 deposit secures your place in the class.






L.A. Acting classes:
This is anything but your typical scene study class. Acting without the Drama approaches the craft from a practical, holistic view of each student developing as a working actor.

This course will focus on technique training, scene study, on-camera technique, cold reading practice, as well as movement exercises designed to get our performances into our bodies.

We will use breathing, relaxation and vocal exercises to increase each student’s vocal range and resonance.

We will use Alexander technique and improv exercises to ground our performances in truth and impulses.

We will study film terminology and practice real-world applications of how to connect in less-than-perfect (non-classroom) circumstances.
Finally, we will develop plans for each student to effectively “brand” and market themselves in the industry, helping everyone to navigate the business of acting.  We will discuss each actor’s strengths and how to magnify those strengths in their marketing approach.

The goal of this class is to develop an actor who can go out into the industry and immediately make an impact.  We train actors to think for themselves, create their own work and learn to collaborate effectively with other artists.

Tuition: $225/month for once-a-week classes. $399/month for twice-a-week classes.  Classes run 2 hrs. and enrollment is limited to 10 students per class. A $100 deposit secures your place in the class.


Class Schedule
Online classes: Mon. 10 am-12 pm
 Wed. 4 pm-6 pm

Tuition: $199/month for once-a-week classes, $349/month for once-a-week classes plus an additional once-a-week ½ hr. private session. Classes run 2 hours each, and enrollment is limited to 10 students per class. A $100 deposit secures your place in the class.

LA classes: Tues. & Thurs. 7 pm-9 pm (2 classes per week)
Wed. 12 pm-2 pm (one class per week)

Tuition: $225/month for once-a-week classes. $399/month for twice-a-week classes.  Classes run 2 hrs. and enrollment is limited to 10 students per class. A $100 deposit secures your place in the class.

Classes start at the beginning of each month.
Private or semi-private classes by appointment. Private class tuition: $125/hr.  Semi-private class tuition (up to 4 students): $60/hr. per student.

*Please note: if you don’t find a class here that fits your schedule, please contact us at actingwithoutthedrama (at) gmail (dot) com.  We are constantly forming new classes, and will notify you as one begins that meets your needs


Finally, please leave your comments for me! From out of those that comment on this post as well as the previous two, I will be selecting someone to receive a free 1/2 hour private online class.

5 comments:

  1. Need clarification. Your post says LA Acting classes are 1xWk but the dates show 2xWk. Please clarify. Thanks!

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  2. Jason, thanks for your question. The post actually says that you have the option of 1/wk or 2/wk class. The 1/wk class meets Wednesdays. The 2/wk class meets Tues.-Thurs. Hope that clears it up! :)

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  3. Love the idea of these online classes!!

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  4. Great stuff here, Ben. Any ideas for a Message or at least feedback board from the students on the coming site once things are rolling?

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  5. The last winner is... Ash! Send me an email at actingwithoutthedrama (at) gmail (dot) com. :)

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