Morning: 4 weeks / 5 days a week
Evening: 6 weeks / 3 nights a week
Acting training begins with the following question (and there is no learning anything about acting before you answer it):
"Is this acting thing just a passing fancy or is it truly my life's work?"
Whatever the answer to this question, you must know it. Because acting in LA isn't easy, and acting classes in Los Angeles should prepare you for that reality.
Enter The Actors’ Boot Camp® – Basic Training. By the end of the truly intensive original acting boot camp, you will not only know the answer to the former question, but you will have the cornerstone of a strong foundation in acting technique as well as its application to scene work and cold readings.
Our courses utilize only the useful components of the Meisner Technique and Michael Chekhov technique, learning to live truthfully in the moment, bringing authenticity to your work as you explore the frightening intimacy and immeasurable joy of actually being present to your acting partner and finding the courage to let go and play.
Listening and reacting truthfully to another actor from moment to uninterrupted moment is the basic foundation of all acting. The "repetition" exercise is the only approach that actually teaches this foundation. What is typically taught in every Meisner Program over three to six months, we cover and drill in the four weeks of our original acting boot camp. In this condensed amount of time, the work challenges you to face your deepest fears and either go home or become an actor.
Some Meisner practitioners who are certainly no strangers to film acting include Robert Duvall, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, John Malkovich, and Kathy Bates among many others.
Beginning to work with text, slowly bringing in the deep connection to your partner found in The Acting Corps Technique class, and gaining an understanding of the basic mechanics of playing a scene truthfully and freely. Getting a scene "cold", making powerful acting choices, listening and answering in the moment as you fully commit to your acting partner and your objective in the scene.
Like no other school offering scene study in Los Angeles, The Actors' Boot Camp actually applies our own proven technique to Cold Reading and Scene Study from the very start. Here you don't just learn the rudiments of reading a script cold, rehearsing, and getting off book. You learn how to actually apply listening and answering in the moment right away.
Actors who want to build technique and have it at their fingertips in auditions and performances are always shocked by the efficiency and success of our original acting boot camp.
In this portion of our boot camp, we open up your physical instrument through voice and movement work, so you can fully live in your body, experience the moment, and embrace your right to create.
Augusto Boal, actor, writer, director, and acting teacher, said : "…how can expression freely manifest itself throughout an actor's body, if that very instrument (the body and mind) is mechanized, automated in its muscle structures and insensible to 90% of its possibilities?"
The Actor's Instrument class will help you develop heightened physical and vocal awareness by exploring the connection between body, breath, thought and impulse, and their relationship to your pure, unfettered expression.
Through exercises in movement, voice and speech, observation, imagination, relaxation, and spontaneity, you will examine and free your instrument, both internally and externally.
Morning Boot Camp: Monday - Friday, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Evening Boot Camp: Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday, 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Daily Acting Workout: Monday - Friday, 9am to 10am & Sunday - Thursday, 6pm-7pm
Schedule subject to change. Call to find out about availability: 818.753.2800
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The Acting Corps allowed me to find a greater confidence within myself as an actor.
– Megan M., Ontario, CANADA
The teachers are awesome. The facility is great and the technique is amazing.
– Chez' Ney, Kansas City, MO
Intense but rewarding.
– Phillip G., FL
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