Youth Acting Classes 

The Creative House programs were designed by our acting coaches, who are professional working actors. Along with talent agents, managers and casting directors we put programs based on what they learned throughout their years in the industry. What they learned and what they wished they learned when starting their careers. The courses are intensive and focuses on equipping each student with the means to encompass the challenges of a demanding industry. By developing professional practices and incorporating it within a project driven approach of ‘learning by doing'.

STARTS THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14TH 2020

This is the only program on Long Island solely offering Meisner training and an exclusive introductory to industry professionals. 

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CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14TH. 

1st SEMESTER INDIVIDUAL CLASS PRICES:

MONDAY: MEISNER(AGES 11 - 14): $960

TUESDAY: PROGRESSION CLASS (AGES 11 - 14): $960

THURSDAY: ON-CAMERA "HOW TO AUDITION" (AGES 11 - 14): $960

THURSDAY: ON-CAMERA & SCRIPT INTERPRETATION (AGES 7 - 10): $960

SATURDAY: SCENE STUDY/ IMPROV/COLD READS (AGES 8 - 13): $960

FALL SEMESTER SCHEDULE:

MONDAYS: MEISNER AGES 11 - 14

5PM - 7PM INSTRUCTOR: ALAN GORDON

Sanford Meisner’s impact on the craft of acting has been, and continues to be immense. His altogether unique approach to the craft has impacted generations of actors. “The seed of acting,” said Meisner, “is rooted in the “reality of doing”. Rather than focus on emotion, Meisner focused on behavior. To accomplish his goal of removing the thought process from the actor’s work he invented the “repetition” exercises. In doing so he opened the door to the instinctive/impulsive way of behaving. “Thinking”, for the Mesiner trained actor is the enemy of instinct, ergo, with this revolutionary approach to the craft we learn to think with our gut. As I remind my students in every class I teach, the body speaks and the brain thinks. Emotion therefore is the product of the “pinch” for the “ouch”. Through this process the student learns what it means to “Live truthfully in the imaginary circumstances.” Or as Meisner said in one of his most famous quotes, “An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.”

 

The traditional Meisner program is 2 years. The following is Alan's comprehensive program that includes all the stages of the Meisner Technique

 

  1. The First Thing

  2. Putting it into language

  3. Point Of View (In the chair, with cue)

  4. Point Of View (in the chair, sans cue)

  5. Point Of View (standing)

  6. The Knock At The Door - no prep

  7. The Independent Physical Activity

  8. The IPA with a reason.

  9. The 3 Knocks: the partner in the room has an activity with the simple and specific reason for doing it.

  10. The Knock At The Door: partner knocking has a simple and specific reason that brings them to the door. Partner w/activity has a simple and specific reason for doing the activity

  11. Partner knocking has simple and specific reason. Partner in the room has the activity with an emotional prep that’s a little more important

  12. Partner knocking does emotional prep that’s a little more important. Partner with activity does emotional prep that’s a little more important

  13. The partner coming to the door has an emotional prep that’s a little more important. The partner in the room has the activity with “an emotional prep in the extreme

  14. The person coming to the door has a prep in the extreme. The person with the IPA has a prep in the extreme.

  15. In Relationship: The person coming to the door has an emotional prep in the extreme which has nothing to do with the person in the room. The partner in the room has the activity with an emotional prep in the extreme

  16. In relationship: The partner coming to the door has an emotional prep in the extreme that has something to do with the person in the room. The partner with the activity has an emotional prep in the extreme.

  17. The time limit, in relationship. Everything is the same as stage 16 except this time the person with the activity has to estimate how long the activity would normally take and cut the time in half.

 

Alan will explain all stages of the technique in detail as students progress through the stages

TUESDAY'S PROGRESSION CLASS ((Class will cover script interpretation, improv, scene study, on-camera and blocking) AGES 11 -14

5:00PM -  7:00PM  INSTRUCTOR: DANIEL COSGROVE 

THIS CLASS WILL COVER THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • THE REALITY OF DOING "ACING IS DOING. NOT THINKING. MEANINGFUL ACTING IS DOING UNDER THE EMOTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

  • ELIMINATING THOUGHT TO STIMULATE THE ACTOR'S INSTINCTS.

  • LISTENING AND REACTING FROM YOUR TRUTHFUL SELF.

  • CONSTRUCTING THE FIRST MOMENT INCLUDING THE PROCEEDING EMOTIONAL HISTORY AND THE EVENT THAT IMPACTS THE FIRST MOMENT

  • WHAT IT MEANS TO GO "FULLY" IN YOUR WORK. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PLAYING A RESULT OR "OVERDOING"

  • "BEAT CHANGES" AND WHY THEY CHANGE. TWO REASONS THAT ALAN WILL COVER IN THE CLASS.

  • IDENTIFYING OBJECTIVES AND MOTIVES AND THEIR IMPACT ON YOUR WORK

  • EMOTIONAL PREPARATION USING THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION

  • EMOTIONAL PARALLELS 

  • CREATING URGENCY BY  RAISING THE STAKES

  • BRINGING YOURSELF TO THE WORK

  • RELATIONSHIPS TO PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS AND EVENTS. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE "ELEMENT OF TRUTH."

  • THE USING OF THE MAGIC "AS IF"

  • ELIMINATING INDICATING

  • STILLNESS - ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY MOVEMENT. THE CAMERA PICKS UP EVERY FALSE MOVEMENT YOU MAKE, ESPECIALLY IN CLOSE-UPS

Improvisation is a key skill for actors at any level. Improvisation helps you develop listening skills, allows you to be more impulsive and free, as well as think on your feet. Our class offers a clear progression route for improvisation. Designed for those who want to take their careers to the next level.Classes are fun, energetic and will fire up your imagination and creativity. Improvisation demands a heightened level of communication and can improve skills in all areas of your life. Our course is designed to take you through the building blocks of improvisation including spontaneity, listening, building ideas, imagination and communication:

  • Accessing spontaneity and instinct

  • Listening and responding

  • Offering and accepting

  • Confidence and clarity

  • Use of Voice and Body language

  • Energy and showmanship

  • Confidence to follow instincts

  • Responding without hesitation

  • Storytelling

  • Engaging with audiences

  • Explore status

  • Stage craft and voice projection

​Designed  for professional practice in the fundamental acting techniques for the camera. Participate in the progression of classes. The course was carefully formulated to develop a variety of creative skills for screen acting. Students work with sides from television and film scripts. In addition to strengthening script analysis skills, acting technique, and flexibility, students will learn what to expect upon entering an audition room and how to use the camera to their advantage in order to book the job! This course will allow actors to learn not only from their own work, but by engaging in the work of others.

The course content includes:

  • A variety of filmed exercises in acting for camera technique

  • Creativity and Improvisation 

  • Character development

  • Text analysis

  • Subtext in acting

  • Vocal technique 

  • Movement for camera

THURSDAY' ON-CAMERA "HOW TO AUDITION" AGES 11 - 14

IPM - 3PM INSTRUCTOR: RICHARD LEMAY

Screen Acting classes is designed to prepare students for professional practice in the fundamental acting techniques for the camera. Participate in the progression of classes. The course was carefully formulated to develop a variety of creative skills for screen acting. Students work with sides from television and film scripts. In addition to strengthening script analysis skills, acting technique, and flexibility, students will learn what to expect upon entering an audition room and how to use the camera to their advantage in order to book the job! This course will allow actors to learn not only from their own work, but by engaging in the work of others.

The course content includes:

  • A variety of filmed exercises in acting for camera technique

  • Creativity and Improvisation 

  • Character development

  • Text analysis

  • Subtext in acting

  • Vocal technique 

  • Movement for camera

THURSDAY'S ON-CAMERA & SCRIPT INTERPRETATION AGES 7 - 10

5PM-7PM INSTRUCTOR: VALERIE SATURNO

Screen Acting classes is designed to prepare students for professional practice in the fundamental acting techniques for the camera. Participate in the progression of classes. The course was carefully formulated to develop a variety of creative skills for screen acting. Students work with sides from television and film scripts. In addition to strengthening script analysis skills, acting technique, and flexibility, students will learn what to expect upon entering an audition room and how to use the camera to their advantage in order to book the job! This course will allow actors to learn not only from their own work, but by engaging in the work of others.

The course content includes:

  • A variety of filmed exercises in acting for camera technique

  • Creativity and Improvisation 

  • Character development

  • Text analysis

  • Subtext in acting

  • Vocal technique 

  • Movement for camera

  • THE TABLE READ. STUDENTS WILL BE TAUGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING OFF THE PAGE AND "WORKING OFF" THE PERSON. 

  • THE REALITY OF DOING "ACING IS DOING. NOT THINKING. MEANINGFUL ACTING IS DOING UNDER THE EMOTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

  • ELIMINATING THOUGHT TO STIMULATE THE ACTOR'S INSTINCTS.

  • LISTENING AND REACTING FROM YOUR TRUTHFUL SELF.

  • CONSTRUCTING THE FIRST MOMENT INCLUDING THE PROCEEDING EMOTIONAL HISTORY AND THE EVENT THAT IMPACTS THE FIRST MOMENT

  • WHAT IT MEANS TO GO "FULLY" IN YOUR WORK. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PLAYING A RESULT OR "OVERDOING"

  • "BEAT CHANGES" AND WHY THEY CHANGE. TWO REASONS THAT ALAN WILL COVER IN THE CLASS.

  • IDENTIFYING OBJECTIVES AND MOTIVES AND THEIR IMPACT ON YOUR WORK

  • EMOTIONAL PREPARATION USING THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION

  • EMOTIONAL PARALLELS 

  • CREATING URGENCY BY  RAISING THE STAKES

  • BRINGING YOURSELF TO THE WORK

  • RELATIONSHIPS TO PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS AND EVENTS. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE "ELEMENT OF TRUTH."

  • THE USING OF THE MAGIC "AS IF"

  • ELIMINATING INDICATING

  • STILLNESS - ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY MOVEMENT. THE CAMERA PICKS UP EVERY FALSE MOVEMENT YOU MAKE, ESPECIALLY IN CLOSE-UPS

SATURDAYS: SCENE STUDY/ IMPROV AGES 8 - 13

11AM - 1PM INSTRUCTOR: JENEVIEVE BREWER

 

This class is an enrichment opportunity highly recommended for any child actor serious breaking into the business, or just wanting to learn all the secrets and magic of television and film. Each class give the student the opportunity to have real television or film scripts assigned to them! Not only do they learn how to dissect and properly "action" each script, but at the end of every class they get their own mini audition mastered. The students will also be learning Script Interpretation/Acting Technique. This will teach each student the basic understanding of how to breakdown and learn the construction of a script, to better engage their imagination, to analyze text deeply and accurately, and to create rich, specific characters to harness into their own “actor’s toolbelt”. It is critical to learn of every technique, just as it is critical to be well read, and to know how to interpret what you are reading. Deconstruction is imperative for birth of character. Sensory, Physiological, and emotional realms are explored. Actors will create characters by drawing on their own emotions and memories, aided by a set of exercises and practices including sense memory and effective memory. Students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop an ability to first improvise, then to access an emotional life, and finally to bring the spontaneity of improvisation and the richness of personal response to textual work. A can't miss opportunity for anyone looking to break into the film and television industry.

Improvisation is a key skill for actors at any level. Improvisation helps you develop listening skills, allows you to be more impulsive and free, as well as think on your feet. Our class offers a clear progression route for improvisation. Designed for those who want to take their careers to the next level.Classes are fun, energetic and will fire up your imagination and creativity. Improvisation demands a heightened level of communication and can improve skills in all areas of your life. Our course is designed to take you through the building blocks of improvisation including spontaneity, listening, building ideas, imagination and communication:

  • Accessing spontaneity and instinct

  • Listening and responding

  • Offering and accepting

  • Confidence and clarity

  • Use of Voice and Body language

  • Energy and showmanship

  • Confidence to follow instincts

  • Responding without hesitation

  • Storytelling

  • Engaging with audiences

  • Explore status

  • Stage craft and voice projection