This is not the scene study class you took in college. Each week, you'll work with a partner on cutting-edge, contemporary texts that will give you an inside look at the work on Off-Broadway stages today. Learn to make bold choices and ask the right questions to tackle the challenging demands of the form, structure, and language of today's hottest playwrights. The small class size ensures that you will be on your feet each week, receiving individualized attention from industry professionals who are currently working in the field. Possible material includes the work of Annie Baker, Jon Robin Baitz, Will Eno, Gina Gionfriddo, Leslye Headland, Amy Herzog, Lynn Nottage, Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, Martyna Majok, and Tracy Letts. 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).
Please note that final class guests are subject to change.
REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULE
Lisa Rothe (SDC Award-nominated Director, Hold These Truths at Epic Theatre Ensemble)
Thursdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
February 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4
As a director, Lisa will focus on identifying and personalizing a character's driving intention and need, and help you as the actor connect your body, voice, mind, and spirit through a series of playful explorations and practical methodologies. Depending on the work accomplished outside of class, everyone can expect to work on 2-3 scenes each. In order to work each scene in-depth, you will not necessarily work every class, as there is so much to learn from watching one's peers work in this way. Generally, you will present a scene and then be given a game or an exercise to try in class, as well as notes to work on outside of class. You may select their own material and partners or you can receive material selected by Lisa. In this class, you will develop a toolbox to help navigate the work in a playful but rigorous way.
Denis Butkus (Actor, The Coast of Utopia on Broadway)
Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 12
Denis approaches his class from an actor's perspective, creating a rigorous environment to allow you to find the authenticity and humanity in the work. Expect this class to be explosive, dramatic, scary, joyous, exhilarating, inspiring, and LOUD. Each class session will focus on three scenes, with each scene getting an hour of intense work. To accomplish this, all scenes must be fully memorized and physicalized, allowing you to take risks and push outside of your comfort zone. At the end of this work, you can decide to continue with this scene or move on to the next. You should come to class with a few plays you would like to work on, and will choose scenes together with your partners. By the end of ten weeks, you will have tackled challenging material that terrifies and rattles the very core of your artistry.
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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For returning students who have taken a Scene Study class at ESPA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to request registration.
All classes take place at Primary Stages Studios at 307 West 38th Street in New York City. Get directions here.
Returning Students: $500
New Students: $560
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