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

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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 and core faculty member Megan Grace Martinez. This class 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.

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.

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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.

 

YOUR INSTRUCTORS
pamela scott

pamela scott

Instructor

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.
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Megan Grace Martinez

Megan Grace Martinez

Instructor

An alumna of Muhlenberg College, T. Schreiber Studio, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Megan has been acting for over 30 years. She has performed in the Philadelphia, New York, and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and has worked as a teaching artist in Allentown and Philadelphia public schools. A SAG-AFTRA member since 2008, Megan is the Executive Producer of Pica Pica Pictures, whose short films have been honored at several film festivals.
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"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

Dates TBA

In-Studio classes require proof of full vaccination before enrolling. 
We will continue to revisit these rules to ensure they are still appropriate for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
We reserve the right to adjust these policies at any time. Click here
 to see our in-studio guidelines.

 

Beginning Acting Technique

Instructor: Megan Grace Martinez

Ready to apply?

  • This is an open level class and no audition is required. You can apply online. 
  • Select the LOG IN/CREATE ACCOUNT button to submit your application. 
  • Questions? Call us at 212-741-0209 or email us at studio@tschreiber.org so we can help.
"Megan Grace is one of the best coaches I’ve worked with. Her knowledge of the camera technically combined with her acting technique makes her a desirable coach to learn from. She’s fun, honest, and can help get you to emotional states your character is in. She’s my go-to coach and my go-to recommendation."
— Yasharwan B.
"Megan has a really gentle, nurturing way... they’ll appreciate that a lot the more they work in this business."
— Luke M.

Beginning Acting Technique

Instructor: Pamela Scott

Ready to apply?

  • This is an open level class and no audition is required. You can apply online. 
  • Select the LOG IN/CREATE ACCOUNT button to submit your application. 
  • Questions? Call us at 212-741-0209 or email us at studio@tschreiber.org so we can help.
"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)
"Pam is a gifted leader. The environment she creates is incredibly nurturing, warm, and inviting."
— Don D
“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.”

Upcoming Dates

Sat November 6 - Sat December 18
11:00am - 2:00pm
MEETS IN-PERSON ONCE A WEEK ON SATURDAYS FOR 6 CLASSES. NO CLASS ON 11/27
Fee: $350/6 classes (plus $75 registration fee for new students)
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In-Studio classes require proof of full vaccination before enrolling. 
We will continue to revisit these rules to ensure they are still appropriate for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
We reserve the right to adjust these policies at any time. Click here
 to see our in-studio guidelines.

 

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, 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?
Contact us at studio@tschreiber.org so we can help!

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