A Full-Time Comprehensive Acting Program

The T. Schreiber Acting Conservatory for Theatre and Film is seeking highly motivated passionate actors committed to becoming vital artists for our Fall Conservatory Program. The program offers comprehensive professional training designed to prepare you for a thriving career in theatre, film, and television. This full-time acting program is tailored to serve your individuality and talent, while developing you into a fully rounded actor in whom body, voice, and instinct are integrated.

For the safety of our faculty and students, the Fall Conservatory will be held online with the possibility of moving to in-person classes for the Spring Conservatory, dependent on NYC safety guidelines and best practices befitting our industry.

Applications are now open for the FALL CONSERVATORY.  (Applications for the Spring Conservatory will be accepted in October 2020.)

FALL CONSERVATORY: September 28 – December 16, 2020

Upcoming Dates

Mon September 28 - Wed December 16
10:00am - 1:30pm
Fee: $7250 (plus $75 registration fee for new students)
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(Price includes a $1000 Financial Award for all accepted students.)

The FALL CONSERVATORY is comprised of fundamental technique courses tailored to the individual and designed to build a solid acting foundation. Various acting and writing techniques are explored as a means of developing the actor as a fully expressive instrument. A virtual performance is presented for family and friends at the conclusion of the semester.

Acting I & II
Concentration is on developing the actor’s free, spontaneous, truthful use of the self. Training is based on the three-step philosophy that relaxation enables concentration and thereby unleashes imagination. Techniques include relaxation and visualization exercises; development and implementation of moment-to-moment, concentrated involvement and working off partners; as well as introduction to and application of emotional preparation for scenes. Two sets of dramatic scenes are assigned as vehicles to apply the technique work and rehearsal process. Overall focus of the semester is to teach the actor how to access their unique talent through technique.

Voice and Speech
The Vocal Production class introduces the actor to a range of physical exercises to discover their true voice and develop a fully expressive instrument. These exercises strengthen breath control and develop articulation, vocal tone, and resonance. The work shows actors how to stay on the breath to release tension and how connect to themselves and to the emotions and language of any character. Actors learn the proper use of warm-ups and how to structure them to fit rehearsals, performances, and auditions.

Alexander Technique
Alexander Technique is a method for managing tension and remaining present on a moment-to-moment basis. Through simple exercises, you will learn to recognize habits of tension and to keep those habits from interfering with your performance.

The Writing Actor
The Writing Actor will teach actors how to use the storytelling skills they already possess to write monologues, sketches, scripts, and screenplays for themselves and others. Exploring your experience on the page and having an opportunity to respond as an artist can lead to deep personal and professional expression for yourself as well as others. Instructor will provide footage of each actor’s original work.


SPRING CONSERVATORY: January 11 – May 21, 2021

TUITION: $8245 Applications for Spring Semester will be accepted as of October 2020

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

Acting III & IV
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.

Looking to study for both the Fall and Spring?

Upcoming Dates

Mon September 28 - Fri May 21
10:00am - 1:30pm
Fee: $14495 (plus $75 registration fee for new students)
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(Price includes a $2000 Financial Award for all accepted students)

Call or email our office staff at 212-741-0209 or studio@tschreiber.org for more information about enrollment, our admissions procedure, or to schedule an online audition appointment.

Ready to apply?

  • Admission is by application, interview, and audition. See “Application Instructions” tab below for more info.
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Admission is by interview and audition. Applicants must be 18 years old or older. (Some exceptions may apply.) Applicants must submit the following which my be emailed directly or uploaded to your account:

  • A one (1) page essay explaining why you want to study acting. (Essay should be in 12-point font and double spaced.)
  • One (1) letter of recommendation(Must include addresses and telephone numbers of the referring party. The letter should be from an instructor, industry professional, or person who can recommend the applicant’s character, potential and commitment.)
  • One (1) picture and resume (description of applicant’s acting experience)
  • Interview/Audition consisting of a contemporary monologue (totaling no more than 3 minutes). Please email a link.
  • Students must demonstrate sufficient competence with spoken and written English. This is a necessary step to prevent problems with faculty and student verbal communications from impeding a student’s learning and development. Proficiency is determined through the application and audition process.

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

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

Housing costs are not included in the tuition price. 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.

Each student enrolled in the Conservatory is continuously evaluated by the faculty and given guidance regarding their progress and growth. Following 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.

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