RESIDENT ENSEMBLE PROJECT

Andy Urschel and Katie Abel in "The Cripple of Inishmaan"Resident Ensemble Project

Adult Workshops & Master Classes 

In order to accommodate the needs of our Adult Membersʼ creative skills and active schedules, we have designed a series of Workshops for those interested in brushing up on the basics, and Master Classes, designed to challenge the working actor. Active Members receive a considerable discount and are also eligible to "bank” their volunteer hours towards tuition dollars. For each hour of volunteer time, Members receive ½ hour of ʻfreeʼ tuition. If a Member works three documented volunteer hours, they earn credit toward one ʻfreeʼ Workshop! The rotating schedule of offerings makes it possible for you to pick and choose your own curriculum.  Anyone is welcome to enroll.  Come out to the free lecture, "Demystifying Method," to sign up and receive a discount!

The tuition for each Workshop or Master Class is $25 for Members/$50 for Non-Members. You may also become a Member at the time of registration and take advantage of the discount. There is a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants for each session. 

REGISTER ONLINE.  If you prefer, you may print out these Workshop & Master Class Descriptions and Registration Form. All are taught by our Director of Education, Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano.


Opening Discussion & FREE Lecture!

Demystifying Method - The Origins, Legends and Truth behind one of the most famous acting techniques in history. 

Monday, February 26 - 8-10 pm

“Acting then, is learning to be private in public.”  - Lee Strasberg

"Heath Ledger died from method acting.”  Time and time again when people label what some actor has done to prepare for a role, they call it method. Unfortunately, this is not accurate. Too many people think method is all about wallowing in emotion: pain, self-pity, self-indulgence, being out of control, and selfishness. It is the most misunderstood, misrepresented and mis-taught of all acting techniques.  Come out and discover the truths and expose the myths with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano — a Life Member of the Actors Studio.

If you attend this free Lecture and explore our Resident Ensemble Project offerings, you will receive an additional tuition discount.


The Animal Exercise: Thursday, March 8 - 8-9:30 pm

"An actor is never so great as when they remind you of an animal." - Francois Truffaut

When Midnight Cowboy was released, the New York Times review of the film singled out Dustin Hoffman’s performance as Ratso Rizzo saying, “Hoffman looks like a sly, defeated rat.”  Ten years later the same critic made a similar observation about DeNiro’s, Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull“There’s not one sequence in the film,” according to the Times, “where he hasn’t behaved like an animal.”  Both actors meticulously prepared their roles with animals specifically in mind, along with Brando as Vito Corleone in The Godfather.  Animal Work creates a tangible physical reality underneath the character’s words and movements that, though clearly present, remains almost indefinable.  It frees you from the narrow limits of your own ordinary behavior and movement.  It gives you a way to create new behavior with which to define and individualize your character.  This challenging Master Class will teach the foundation of Strasberg’s notorious exercise.


Audition Techniques: Saturday, March 31, 12:30-2:30 pm

If you're interested in learning a world-renown technique, come out and experience Michael Shurtleff's, 12 Guideposts.  The famed Broadway and Hollywood casting director launched the careers of Streisand, Redford, Vereen, Tomlin, Midler and Hoffman.  His 'tips' were transformed into a system and are taught at all the top theatre training programs.  Don't miss this opportunity to not only learn how to stand out at an audition, but how to be dynamic in the role once cast.  His Guideposts apply to ANY and ALL material.  Participants should come prepared with a short monologue that does not have to be memorized.


Uncovering Subtext: Thursday, April 19 - 8-10 pm

"Talking is something that's nothing more than ink -- you have to transform it into behavior." - Robert Duvall

The beauty of text is truly the meaning of the words.  When an actor is challenged to say one thing but mean something entirely different, how do you play both, at the same time, in a believable way?  This exciting Master Class will emphasize the techniques of unspoken behavior -- communicating the meaning "underneath" the text. If you think you're already playing subtext, come out and refine your skills.


Being Alive on Stage - Making Exceptional Choices: Wednesday, May 16 - 7-9 pm

"Your talent lies in your choices." - Stella Adler

People do not talk because they feel; they talk because they want.  These 'wants' are what an actor translates into an objective.  Accomplishing the objective of any large task is chaotic if approached from its entirety rather than taken step by step.  These process "steps" in a script are commonly referred to as, "beats."  Beats within a scene are composed of the actions which, step by step, strive to accomplish that objective.  In this enlightening Master Class, participants will discover "three elements to a formula," (objective, obstacle, action) and the "six ingredients and two spices," that contribute to unique, interesting choices and, most importantly, how to PLAY these choices in a performance, creating an exceptionally unique and believable character.


Building a Character from the 'Outside-In': Monday, March 19 - 8-9:30 pm

"The actor is at one and the same time both the artist and the tool of the art." - Vera Mowry Roberts

The primary tools actors use to create characters are their body and voice.  In this Workshop, participants will discover what their ‘points of origination’ are and explore ‘altering’ these in order to move and sound more like the character and less like yourself.  If you feel as though every character you’ve ever played is just ‘you’ saying different words, this Workshop will provide the opportunity to go beyond the ordinary and begin creating extraordinary characters with their own unique sound and movement.