Part-time Acting Training Program
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced actor, you're going to be challenged and impressed by the level of professionalism you'll receive and the standards you'll be required to meet while working in our program. One thing that Wendy is known for is teaching a class that levels the playing field for everyone involved.
If you've had Meisner training before, you're likely to be astonished at how much more there is to the Meisner technique than what you previously experienced. We guarantee you'll have no doubt that you're studying with a master.
If you're a newcomer, you'll be surprised by how far Wendy can take you in just a few months of training. What all of our students agree on is that Wendy's mastery is in knowing exactly where she can strengthen your specific skills and bring out parts of your talent that you didn't know existed.
Students move progressively through six levels of actor training. You'll begin in Tech I, train for six weeks, have a two-week break and then continue into your next six-week term. We find that this six weeks on, two weeks off format is a much more effective way of training actors, and our students get further in the training at a much faster pace.
You'll begin training in a class that meets three times a week. That may sound like a lot, but by front-loading our training we establish strong skills that will last a lifetime. After you've made it through your Tech I training, classes typically meet twice a week throughout the rest of the training.
We divide the Meisner training into three levels and then follow up the final level with a comprehensive Audition course that takes everything you've learned and teaches you how to use it under the pressures of various audition situations.
Tech I - Two, six-week terms, three times a week. Actors learn the basics of the Meisner Approach through a series of improvisational exercises and then test those skills in scenework at the end of each term.
Tech II - Two, six-week terms, two times a week. Actors learn "emotional preparation," a process of developing emotionally open, vulnerable and truthful acting without using sense memory and without becoming self-indulgent.
Tech III - Two, six-week terms, two times a week. Actors work on text skillsmainly through solo assignments where they are assigned a variety of text and script work. They learn a process for preparing monologues and deepening their connection with the text that prevents the work from sounding "acted." Actors also work on physical adjustments (sometimes referred to as "impediments") such as accents and other physical changes that are appropriate for a given role.
Audition/Interview Technique - One, six-week term. Twice a week. Actors participate in a series of mock auditions addressing everything that they will be faced with in the industry from prepared monologues, cold monologues, scenes, interviews, self-tapes, etc.