Beginning Acting Technique

Beginning Acting Technique Class

Start building your acting foundation

Explore the Self Under Imaginary Circumstances

Uncover a Character's Stakes & Needs

Learn to Use Exercises from Proven Techniques


There are so many acting techniques to choose from! How do you get into your character’s head? Do you need to spend time in your character’s shoes off-set like Daniel Day-Lewis? If you’re new to acting, our Beginning Acting Technique class is the perfect place to start!

The Beginning Acting Technique class gives new actors the basic tools of technique through Hagen, Strasberg, Meisner, and Guskin. Actors explore the self -- a necessary first step in preparation for building a character -- through sensory work, physical and vocal warm-ups, relaxation and concentration exercises, and improvisation. Taught by Pamela Scott, acting coach to Emmy-Winner Julia Garner. Pam creates a non-competitive and nurturing environment, emphasizing moment-to-moment truthfulness with the objective to prepare the actor for scene study. This course meets once a week for 3 hours. Rehearsal time outside of class is required.

"Pam has been my private acting coach since I started acting. I wouldn’t dream of doing an audition or film without first coaching with Pam."

Julia Garner (Ozark, Waco, The Associate, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For)

Beginning Acting Technique is for you if  you...

Want to build a strong acting foundation but don’t know where to begin.
Don’t know the significance of the question “What do I need & what’s in my way?”
Learn best in a supportive environment free from competition.


After this course, you will…

Avoid extreme choices in acting, opting for specific, subtler ones.
Know how to operate from your character’s needs.
Incorporate moment-to-moment thinking from your own life into your acting.


"You must learn your lines in your brain, your body, your emotional life and then learn them in front of the audience or camera. Learn your lines well enough to forget them. Then trust that they're there and go on the journey."

Pamela Scott

Upcoming Dates

Sat September 11 - Sat November 6
11:00am - 2:00pm
Fee: $475/8 classes (plus $75 registration fee for new students)
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Sun September 19 - Sun November 7
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Fee: $475/8 classes (plus $75 registration fee for new students)
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Beginning Acting Technique

Instructor: Pamela Scott

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  • This is an open level class and no audition is required. You can apply online. 
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I am a beginner but I’m ready for scene work.
This weekend class does not incorporate scene work. If you’re looking to start working with text, check out the Beginning Meisner Technique with Robert Verlaque, which meets online twice a week.

I want something more advanced!
Looking for more advanced classes? Upon completion of Beginning Technique for Actors (or equivalent), you may advance to On-Going Scene Study.

Unsure if this class is right for you?
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Pamela Scott is very proud to be a member of the T. Schreiber School of Theatre and Film teaching faculty.  She has taught and directed there since 2003. Pamela was previously a full time guest director and teacher at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for 12 years and a teacher of on camera acting classes and film genre classes at The N.Y. Conservatory for Dramatic Arts for 5 years.

"Pam is a gifted leader. I've had a tremendous experience in her class. The environment she creates is incredibly nurturing, warm, and inviting."
— Don D
"Pam really opened my eyes to the world of acting. Learning the craft. She analyzed our work and taught us how to make it better. Her passion for teaching us was enjoyable.”
“As a novice actor I went through the typical anxiety of choosing the right school/teacher/class to begin my acting training and I honestly think Pam's class was the perfect place for me to get my feet wet and learn about my "instrument" as well as begin to envision my life as an artist.”


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