Acting Classes Ages 16 - Adults

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'.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TUESDAY'S ADVANCED CLASS W/ DANIEL COSGROVE : 
* Referral by agent/ manager, or
*By audition.

STARTS THE WEEK OF JANUARY 18TH 2021, ENDS WEEK OF MAY 17TH, 2021

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 JANUARY 18TH 2021. 

SEMESTER INDIVIDUAL CLASS PRICES:

MONDAY 7:30PM - 10:00PM: MEISNER: $1,800

TUESDAY: 7:30PM - 9:30PM PROGRESSION CLASS: $1,200

WEDNESDAY 12:00PM - 3:00PM: MANHATTAN ADVANCED SCENE STUDY (4 SESSIONS): $480

WEDNESDAY: 7:00PM - 9:00PM:  IMPROV: $1,200

THURSDAY: 6:00PM - 9:00PM: ON-CAMERA "SCREEN ACTING" MODULE: $1,800

SUNDAY 5:00PM 7:00PM: "SCENE TO SCREEN": $1,200

WINTER/SPRING SEMESTER SCHEDULE AGES 16 - ADULTS:

MONDAYS: MEISNER

7:30PM - 10PM 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: PROGRESSION CLASS -  (Class will cover script interpretation, scene study, on-camera)

7:30PM - 9:30PM 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

​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

MANHATTAN CLASS WEDNESDAY'S: ADVANCED SCENE STUDY

12PM - 3PM INSTRUCTOR: JOSEPH MELENDEZ

This scene study classes is for students that are  committed to working on your craft and deepening their scene work skills. Learn keys to timing, focus and taking direction.  Be able to develop characters at a much deeper level. Break down a script into playable actions. Learn to ask the right questions and make bolder choices in order to tackle the demands of text in scenes.

WEDNESDAY: IMPROV

7PM - 9PM INSTRUCTOR; DANIEL COSGROVE

Improvisation that focuses on narrative is an art form that provides the opportunity for a person to develop themselves on many different levels.

It sets up a safe and fun environment for a person to undergo experiential self-directed learning. Through the interactive exercises and activities, a person is able to experience learning on an intellectual, physical and emotional level. With regular practice a person is able to self-reflect on their learning's and make better choices. This personal growth results in not only being a better improviser but a person is able to transfer this learning to every area of their life.

Improvisation is the wonderful vehicle for leadership development, whether it’s self-leadership or leadership of others, as it imparts crucial life skills that every person needs.   

 

COURSE GOALS:

The objectives of this course are to discover the fundamentals of improvisational comedy, improve your storytelling skills, become a better listener, get out of your comfort zone, learn techniques to think quickly on your feet and to be more creative.  This course is designed for the actor or comedian who wants to learn the essentials of good scenic improvisation as well as anyone that wants to improve their communication and teamwork skills.  Through coaching, exercises, games, short-form scene-work and The Harold, you will learn how to be more spontaneous, trusting and how to listen in a fun, creative atmosphere.  This class is open to new and continuing students.

THURSDAYS: ON-CAMERA "SCREEN ACTING"

6PM - 9PM INSTRUCTOR: JOSEPH MELENDEZ

 

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

SUNDAYS: "SCENE ON SET"

5PM - 7PM INSTRUCTOR: RICHARD LEMAY

You got the job! Now what? Most film and television classes focus on auditioning so you can get the job, but what happens when you do book it and you show up on set? How do you need to be prepared? What’s first team blocking and how do you work with a director?

 

Director Richard LeMay will take you through the ins and outs of on set scene work. Students will learn multiple scenes and then perform them in on set situations from learning how to play to the camera to asking the right questions as part of a professional work environment. Learning where you are in the frame, what angle you’re being shot from and making bold choices are just a few of the things that professional actors need to know as their career takes off.