A Full-Time Acting Conservatory Program

Acting Conservatory

Are you a highly motivated, passionate actor?
Ready to commit to professional training, designed to prepare you for a thriving career in theatre, film, and television?

The Online Acting Conservatory Program is a full-time acting program tailored to serve your individuality and talent to develop you into a fully rounded actor in whom body, voice, and instinct are integrated.

"Online acting classes, which allow the actor to inhabit their at-home environment, using their own real stuff while fleshing out the text, are a goldmine: revealing relaxed, truthful behavior at its best."

Peter Jensen, Artistic Director of T. Schreiber Studio

“Many well-known actors have “made it” in the business without a theater degree, but what they did get is proper training.
The industry is looking for smart, well-rounded actors. Where you learn that is up to you.”

Denise Simon, NYC-based Acting Coach & T. Schreiber Studio Faculty Member

“This is really the best acting school.
Every time someone asks where to go… I always say T. Schreiber.”

Julia Garner, 2019 & 2020 Emmy Award Winner

“I've done some of my best work in our Zoom Sessions and have brought that skill to the self tapes that casting directors are eagerly requesting from my representatives”

Elise F. ~ Student
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SPRING CONSERVATORY: January 11 – May 21, 2021

MEETS ONLINE 10:00am-1:00pm Mondays through Fridays in Eastern Standard Time
TUITION: $7245 (plus $75 registration fee for new students – Price includes a $1000 Financial Award for all accepted students)

The Spring Conservatory will broaden and hone the actor’s technique, and includes additional classes tailored to the current demands of the industry.

In concert with Terry Schreiber’s Script Analysis class, this semester focuses on fulfilling the demands of the playwright. Scenes are rehearsed with emphasis on the physical and psychological elements of characterization, deepened emotional involvement, and pursuit of objectives through concrete actions.

This workshop integrates the vital acting tools of truthful talking and listening, character creation, and moment-to-moment involvement with the technical demands of the camera. The course explores how to adapt acting technique to on-camera work and introduces the use of stillness, shooting out of sequence, resisting the temptation to do too much, and maintaining spontaneity while matching action. Exercises, improvisation, and scene work are used to help actors grow in confidence and skill.

Commercial Acting
This class provides each actor with a set of skills that takes the guesswork out of the commercial audition process by turning the audition into a series of simple acting exercises. Actors learn how to initiate a truthful relationship with the camera, analyze copy, create a ‘moment before,’ establish an environment, handle the ‘dreaded interview,’ and tag the spot.

Script Analysis with Terry Schreiber
In conjunction with Acting III, the class offers rigorous, insightful study of the text, designed to break down vital structural elements and components of the script that help the actor explore the use of given circumstances, character through-lines, beats, actions/intentions, and biography.

Shakespeare Workshop
The class breaks down walls of self-consciousness in the handling of Shakespeare’s language. The heightened demands of executing Shakespeare’s text will lead the actor to the full use of language in all writing styles. Tools are used to research Shakespeare’s plays, scan iambic pentameter, find emotional clues, unlock the text, and guide the voice, body, and emotional life to their full potential. Group physical and vocal exercises are followed by individual work in either monologues, sonnets, or scenes.

Business Workshop
The Business Workshop provides each actor with the nuts and bolts of working professionally, including the current demands of virtual auditions and self-tapes. Headshots and resumes, business strategies, and representation options are thoroughly explored. The goal is to help each actor identify and market his/her talent.

Audition Workshop
Introduction to audition process for stage and film, both online and in person. Includes study of the text; making clear, informed, specific choices; working with the reader; taking adjustments; and focusing and relaxing before the audition. Designed to give the actor practical tools to confidently give a solid audition that will book the job.

Performance Workshop
A six-week cycle in which students are cast in a play, follow a rehearsal process, and present the work virtually or in-person for an invited audience of family, friends, and industry. The focus is to apply the training to the demands of bringing the work to performance. The work will also be filmed and edited for graduates to have footage for their casting reel.

Following the completion of the Conservatory programs, graduates are eligible and invited to continue their training in T. Schreiber Studio’s on-going classes and workshops. The Studio enjoys a full complement of advanced masterclasses, as well as industry and business workshops and seminars that are available to graduates. Graduates are also eligible to audition for readings and productions presented throughout the year.

The 2020-2021 Conservatory will be held online, but may move to in-person classes in 2021, dependent on NYC safety guidelines and best practices befitting our industry.

Housing costs are not included in the tuition price. If the Conservatory moves to in-person instruction in Spring 2021, T. Schreiber Studio can suggest independent housing providers throughout the New York City area, and websites such as newyork.craigslist.org, 92nd Street Y or studenthousing.org are a good resource. Although every effort has been made to ensure the quality and safety of these providers, T. Schreiber Studio does not endorse or support these providers, and all housing arrangements and financial responsibilities are the sole responsibility of the student.

The T. Schreiber Studio is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, creed, handicap, color, ethnic origin, or national origin (as defined in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) in selecting qualified matriculates, administering its educational and admissions policies, its scholarship and financial programs, or any other school-administered programs.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
Feel free to contact us for details by emailing studio@tschreiber.org.

Admission is by audition. Applicants must be 18 years old or older. (Some exceptions may apply.) Applicants will submit the following:

  • One picture and resume (description of applicant’s acting experience)
  • Video Audition consisting of a contemporary monologue (no more than 3 minutes). Please email a link.
  • Students must demonstrate sufficient competence with spoken and written English.

T. Schreiber offers a limited number of partial scholarships for select incoming students of the Conservatory. After being accepted into the Conservatory, students can request consideration for a partial scholarship, which will be awarded based upon financial need, merit, and talent.

The awards currently available are:
Roxi Sorina Scholarship Fund: $200-$500
The Peter Miner Memorial Scholarship Fund: $1000-$2000

Each student enrolled in the Conservatory is continuously evaluated by the faculty and given guidance regarding their progress and growth. Following the completion of the program, students will individually meet with Peter Jensen, the Director of the Conservatory, to review their work and progress with guidance and suggestions for further growth.

The Conservatory is a professional training program and professional commitment and behavior are expected of all Conservatory members. Students may be dismissed due to inappropriate behavior, absences, repeated tardiness, or, in the opinion of the faculty, non-participation. There are no tuition refunds under these circumstances.

Why an Acting Conservatory?

What is an acting conservatory?

An acting conservatory sets actors up for success by training them in the various disciplines they need to be well-rounded, skilled artists.  Actors will learn a variety of acting methods and techniques, become fully in command of their voice and body, and get the knowledge they need to navigate the business at the conclusion of their training.

How is that different from getting a theatre degree in college?

The distinction is training versus education. A theatre degree from a 4-year college program will give you an education; an academic experience, depth of knowledge in your field or study, and a degree. A conservatory program gives you hands-on training; the technique, skill, and industry knowledge to thrive in your acting career.

Conservatory Actors Receive:

  • Focused, comprehensive, hands-on professional training
  • Small class size with time for personal attention and direct feedback
  • Mastery of your craft and self-discovery
  • Outstanding professional faculty with industry insight and experience
  • Opportunities to collaborate with like-minded artists in your cohort whose dedication and commitment matches your own

Actors Attending College Get:

  • An education and a Bachelor’s degree
  • A pathway to other, non-acting careers
  • A multifaceted, multidisciplinary experience
  • The flexibility to change your mind and adjust your major as needed