Rigorous Professional Training

Begins SEPTEMBER 2020
Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm

The world-renowned conservatory program is a two-and-a-half year full-time course empowering aspiring acting professionals with technical, creative, personal rigor, and a life-long community that fuels success beyond our doors. The curriculum includes instruction in a disciplined approach to script analysis, working truthfully moment-to-moment, and bringing these competencies together in performance of the material.

Practical Aesthetics Scholarships Available

Deadline extended! Must apply by December 1

Been thinking about applying? Now’s your chance to take the leap! Full and partial scholarships are currently available for our Full-Time and Evening Conservatory programs.


Student production image: two male students in period costume

The First Year

The Atlantic Technique, also known as Practical Aesthetics, provides a solid foundation of training that balances development of analytical, physical and collaborative skills. The curriculum includes instruction in a disciplined approach to script analysis, working truthfully moment-to-moment and bringing these competencies together in performance of the material. Training of the physical instrument in classes complementary to scene study consists of work in voice, speech and movement. Working as an ensemble actors gain collaborative skills which foster interdependence and afford the greatest growth for the group as well as the individuals who compose it. First year students are introduced to the broader Atlantic community and gain technical experience by serving as crew for their productions.

Core courses: Script Analysis, Moment Lab, Performance Technique, Voice, Speech, Movement, Alexander Technique and Improvisation.

The Second Year

The second year broadens the application of the Atlantic Technique to a more expansive repertoire of genre, style and media-specific work, strengthens integration of the physical skills honed in voice, speech and movement classes and cultivates individual imaginative expression. Second year actors engage advanced questions about the technique’s employment and begin to appreciate the way it can best serve their unique creative needs as artists. Through an extensively rehearsed, semester-long scene study project in the spring term, individual aesthetic is recognized, nurtured and expressed and technical facility is tested and strengthened. Second year students rehearse and perform an evening of one-act plays as an exercise to synthesize their training. In the spring term, students begin the process of organizing the ensemble more formally into a theater company in which members begin to define, articulate and celebrate their collective creative vision.

Core courses: Advanced Acting, Advanced Performance Technique, Advanced Script Analysis, Film Technique, Shakespeare, Advanced Voice, Advanced Speech, Suzuki/View Points and Company. Additional classes may include: Theater History, Chekhov, Improv, and TV Genres.

The Final Semester

The final semester or third year focuses on polishing skills, applying them in performance and transitioning into the professional community. The combination of classes, sophisticated full-length productions and mounting of the student company show challenges actors to refine their performance skills while preparing them to begin their careers. Master classes introduce actors to working professionals and form a bridge to the professional world while continuing to provide critical support in advanced skill-building. Studying with professional casting directors and working with up-and-coming directors on curricular productions has resulted in many actors being cast in professional roles in theater, film and television upon graduation. Individualized coaching in voice and speech support the rehearsal of the productions, advanced scene study, movement and audition classes continue to enhance the technique. Business classes help identify achievable artistic goals and realistic professional opportunities. Film classes add valuable experiences for students to act in front of a camera, practice audition skils, and develop tool kits such as reels. The student company is introduced to the professional community with the performance of its first show and supported in planning future work. Productions mounted in this year, including the company show, are performed in the Atlantic Theater Company’s professional Off-Broadway house, Stage 2.

Courses may include: Advanced Acting, Advanced Suzuki/View Points, Business, Casting, Chekhov, Webisodes, Mask, Monologues/Equity Principle Auditions, Dialects, Production Rehearsal and Vocal Coaching.

full Course Descriptions


First Year: $17,000
Second Year: $17,000
Fifth Semester: $8,750