On-Camera I

On-Camera Technique 1

Focuses on training the actor to fulfill on-camera blocking and direction while incorporating truthful moment-to-moment involvement and spontaneity. The exercises provide the foundation for improvisations that develop an understanding of character and relationship. Scenes are assigned, rehearsed, then filmed, with director adjustments, allowing students to see how their work translates on screen and how vital specific work is to the film medium.

Admittance is by interview.

Tuesdays 6:30-10:30pm with Helen Abell

July 18 – August 22, 2017    (6 sessions)  

Fee: $425-6 weeks ($395 when taken concurrently with scene study)


INSTRUCTOR:  Helen Abell

helenabellAn alumnus of T. Schreiber, Helen Abell has been acting, singing and dancing for over 21 years in Regional theatre, Off-Off Broadway, and in Film & Television all over the East Coast. She can be seen most recently in her recurring role as Debbie Doggett (Pennsatucky’s Mama) on Season 3 of Orange Is The New Black.  She can also be seen in the film Are You Here, directed by Matthew Weiner & starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler.  In the Fall of 2017 she will be appearing in two major films and a hit TV series, all of which are still hush hush. Helen also has been working with actors for more than 5 years to provide professional audition taping and coaching. www.theactorslight.com



INSTRUCTOR:  Robert Verlaque

Robert has been a professional actor, director, teacher and writer for over 30 years and teaches in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. He stars in the Disney release “The Games Maker” opposite Joseph Fiennes, Ed Asner, David Mazouz; has guest starred on “Jessica Jones”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Saving Hope”, “Warehouse 13″, “Cracked”, “Reign”. Recurring ‘Judge Gus Benjamin’ on “Suits”. He performed in New York in the critically acclaimed world premiere of The Road to Damascus. Robert is also co-starring in the film “Indignation” with Tracy Letts, Logan Lerman, written and directed by James Schamus.

Extensive directing credits in New York, Toronto, and regional theatre. New York directing credits include Labyrinth Theatre Co., Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Acorn Theatre Co., Circle Rep East, The Shooting Gallery, and The Actors Studio, among others.

Robert is a produced playwright and screenwriter, with plays produced in NY, San Diego and Toronto. His full-length play ‘Icarus Sings’ was work shopped in NY last season for a Toronto production. Among the many talents he has been fortunate to work with are Christopher Plummer, Mike Nichols, William H. Macy, William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepard, Mary Louise Parker, Christopher Walken, Stanley Tucci, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, among others.


For more information or to apply, give us a call, 212-741-0209, or send us an email info@tschreiber.org. Please write “On-Camera-Beginning” in the subject line. 


All students are required to read and agree to the Studio Policies.