By invitation or audition only.
This class offers a select group of actors an even more rigorous curriculum than our regular Scene Study class. Over ten weeks, you will work in pairs on contemporary material, challenging yourself as an artist and as a scene partner. Through this, you’ll identify your strengths and weaknesses as a performer, and leave this class with a deeper insight into your craft.
Led by Sara Holdren, this class will be grounded in “Activated Analysis”, a concept developed by Stanislavsky during the last five years of his life which is now being introduced into US theater study solely through David Chambers at the Yale School of Drama and Cotter Smith at The New School for Drama. You will explore the dynamic physical and emotional life of the text without using predetermined objectives, initially emphasizing what you are doing in a scene rather than what you are saying, and focusing on the body and the emotions rather than the mind as the starting points for approaching the scene. Beginning with silent improvisations around the given circumstances of the scene, you will slowly work your way toward the exact words of the author, making language the final physical action rather than the first.
Students should expect to be on their feet participating in active scene work each week, and will be given assignments to focus on for the following week. Over the course of the class, you will work on two different scenes, with five weeks spent per scene. You should come to the first class with two scenes that you are interested in working on, and through cold readings and discussion will choose your material with Sara. You will be required to commit a minimum of 1-2 hours of rehearsal time outside of class each week. Your final class will be attended by a prominent NYC director or casting agent, who will provide invaluable insight and feedback. Previous guests for Acting classes have included Darragh Garvey (Casting Department, MTC), Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Tony-nominated Director and Choreographer, Ragtime on Broadway), Ken Rus Schmoll (Director, Iowa at Playwrights Horizons), and Ken Melamed (Agent/Partner, Bret Adams Agency).
Advanced Scene Study 1 students may have special opportunities to connect and collaborate with our Advanced Playwriting students on in-class exercises and readings.
Please note that final class guests are subject to change.
REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULE
Instructor: Sara Holdren (Director, Orlando and The Master & Margarita at Yale)
Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Students who have taken Scene Study at ESPA are invited to this class by instructor recommendation. New students and students who have yet to take a Scene Study class at ESPA must audition for our Scene Study sequence to be placed at the most appropriate level.
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Mondays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
All classes take place at Primary Stages Studios at 307 West 38th Street in New York City. Get directions here.
Returning Students: $540
New Students: $580
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