Advanced Scene Study Technique

In this class, we focus on a deeper understanding of text, and how to create a character from the building blocks of self. Using a dialectic approach, we examine various points of view through questions and dialogue. This leads to increased flexibility in approach, and greater depth in performance.

Material will be recommended to students based upon Matthew’s assessment of their need to grow and explore in order to increase skill and range. Students are also free to select their own material, and students who are writer/performers are encouraged to bring in any work that they are developing on their own, to work on solo or with the group. Students are expected to be fully off-book when they are presenting work in class. Scene partners should have their scene fully prepared to the absolute best of their ability prior to bringing in to class.

Matthew’s technique draws heavily on his study with Uta Hagen, and the techniques and exercises described in her book, A Challenge for the Actor. Like Uta, he believe that the development of the character we are playing is achieved through the exploration of aspects of our own character. He also incorporates the lessons learned in forty-plus years experience in film, television and on stage, with an emphasis on script analysis, the identification of the desires and goals of the character, and the shifting tactics and actions needed to fulfill and secure them.

This class is by referral, audition or invitation only.

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Ongoing Scene Study

We have a very popular ongoing classic scene study class taught by a Casting Director with years of experience casting network TV. She is currently working on independent films. She gives her heart to the class and challenges her actors to bring their best work to class every week. Actors are encouraged to bring scenes from tv, film, plays (contemporary or classic). Each actor works every week and is encouraged to bring their authentic self to the work. She leans on method and Stanislavski in her teachings.
More than just an acting class, she invites special guests (including Agents, Managers, Writers, Directors, Producers and other Casting Directors) to drop in to her classes to give actors the chance to learn from other industry professionals. Give us a call or drop us an email for more information.

Interested in joining a class?

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Instructor: Matthew Arkin

Current Ongoing Scene Study Offerings

Thursdays 7:30pm (Master Class)

Sundays 12:00pm

Sundays 2:00pm