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Part-Time classes offer students the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and refine their skills in a professionally rigorous and supportive environment. Nothing is more important to us than the health & safety of our community. While we must stay home in the wake of COVID-19, it doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected and keep honing our craft! Thanks to a team of endlessly innovative and resourceful individuals, we’ve transitioned all of our part-time programs to the virtual platform Zoom, as well as created new part-time virtual classes for beginners and professional actors!
NEW! Virtual Classes:
How Chekhov Can Change Your Life
An Introduction to Working on the Plays of Anton Chekhov with Anya Saffir
JUN 2 – 11 | Tues & thur | 3PM – 5PM EST | SOLD OUT!
JUN 15 – 24 | MON & WED | 6PM – 8PM EST | SOLD OUT!
What must an actor know about this writer? How do we approach his plays in preparation for performance? What is there to be learned- about acting, art, and life- from this master of modern realism? This class will demystify Chekhov and provide a rehearsal blueprint process for investigating sophisticated text that is the foundation for creating compelling characters. Discover how to read between the lines and make strong choices as we delve into the layered, humane, tragicomic world of Chekhov’s plays. Taught by noted Director and Master faculty member Anya Saffir, participants will glean how the Atlantic Technique, Practical Aesthetics, can support and intersect the discovery process. Participants will engage in lecture, table readings of scenes, and Socratic seminar style conversations as they build an approach to interpreting the material for performance. All script techniques that are introduced are applicable to any modern psychological realism that an actor may encounter (i.e. film, Annie Baker, Dominique Morisseau, etc). Great emphasis is placed on the openness of the material on an interpretive level: there is no right or wrong in Chekhov.
No previous knowledge of Chekhov required.
A reading assignment will be given in advance of the first class.
TV/Film Master Class with Atlantic Ensemble Member & Director Maggie Kiley
JUN 15 – 24 | MON & WED | 6PM – 8:30PM EST | SOLD OUT!
In this advanced scene study class, emphasis will be on preparation and performance. This class is geared towards the trained actor who is ready to challenge themselves. Using scenes drawn from popular contemporary TV series and Films, participants will focus on elements of scene analysis and performance technique. This lab offers an exploration of the creative process, technique and the business of working on television and film scripts as they work with Atlantic Company member and noted TV and Film director Maggie Kiley. Maggie’s film credits include some boys don’t leave, Brightest Star, Caught; TV includes “Katy Keene,” “American Horror Story: Cult,” and “Riverdale.”
Self-Scripting for the Actor with Writer & Director Tatiana Pandiani
JUN 16 – 25 | Tues & Thurs | 6:30PM – 8:30PM EST |SOLD OUT!
In the field, actors traditionally wait for others to call them into a room. Waiting for the phone to ring, for the email to land, for writers, directors, agents to string the project together. However, once outside training and academic institutions, actors learn very quickly that they must also be generators of work. What are your stories? How can you create from these impulses? How can you use and re-purpose extensive acting training and see yourself as a writer and creator? How does one create with integrity, artistry, craft, and vision? This four session workshop with director Tatiana Pandiani will offer tools and methods to get started on a new project. Participants may come with something new, something worked on previously, or just with a gut instinct. We will venture into traditional and non-traditional methods, those beginning with text, and those that do not. Each session will involve prep work, reading & discussion, and practical creation exercises. This workshop’s main goal is to empower actors to create, continue, or expand a project of their own.
Master Class: Practical Aesthetics with Atlantic Founding Ensemble Member & Director Karen Kohlhaas
JUN 10 – jul 1 | WED | 5PM – 7:30PM EST| SOLD OUT!
This Master Class is an introduction to the Atlantic Technique, Practical Aesthetics, as described in A Practical Handbook for the Actor. This acting technique was originally developed by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy and taught to the students who went on to found the multi-award-winning Atlantic Theater Company. Taught by Founding Ensemble member Karen Kohlhaas, this class will focus on fundamentals of Practical Aesthetics script analysis and performance techniques through exploration of scenes in class. Actors will learn to make focused, actable choices that will empower them in a rehearsal process, and will learn to play those choices with truth and connection to their partner.
Some outside preparation/memorization necessary.
Active participation level open to actors with previous acting training.
14 active participants will work on a variety of short scenes, which will be assigned in the first class.
Teachers, directors, beginning actors, and those interested in learning the foundation and fine points of the technique are also welcome to attend as auditors.
Theater Master Class with Atlantic Theater Company Artistic Director Neil Pepe
JUN 15 – 25 | Mon & Thurs | 6pm – 9pm EST | Sold Out!
This Lab Intensive is for the serious working actor with prior training and performance experience who is ready to bring their work to the director’s eye. The first week will focus on individual craft and the one-on-one intensity of being directed in a monologue. The second week will center around artistic collaboration during a short-format working rehearsal workshopping a scene that has been cast by their director. The lab offers an exploration of the creative process, technique and the business of working on plays with Artistic Director Neil Pepe.
The Audition Self-Tape with Jessica Frey & Casting Director Todd Thaler
JUN 16 – 26 | Tues, Thurs & Fri | 3PM – 5PM EST | Sold Out!
Work on crafting your best audition for self-tape. This class will give you an excellent basic understanding of the philosophy and approach taught at Atlantic Studios and is perfect for the actor interested in broadening their tool kit for auditions. The fundamentals of Moment Lab and Script Analysis will be introduced through the exploration of a 6 line scene developed in class. Actors will bring in audition material to work on. Using their audition material actors will build the elements necessary to develop a great self-tape. From lighting, camera shot, sound quality, to the nuances of crafting a performance on the small screen. Culminates in 2 audition workshops with Casting Director Todd Thaler.
Want to save on tuition?
Receive a 10% discount when you enroll in two or more NEW Virtual Classes! You may also qualify for a reduced tuition rate if you’re an alumni of our Conservatory programs. If interested in redeeming these savings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019|2020 Seasonal Part-Time Programs:
Beginners Acting Lab
This comprehensive lab is an excellent start or refresher for the beginner adult actor. Explore acting exercises and techniques to develop your basic understanding of how to deliver a compelling and truthful performance. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of the Atlantic Technique through the exploration of scenes or monologues. Improve your communication, public speaking, and presentation skills. No prior experience is necessary. Open Registration. Now remote via the zoom platform.
Fall 2020 dates TBA
Technique Lab I
An 8 week introduction to the Atlantic Technique. Learn how to analyze a scene, play the action truthfully, and maintain an emotional connection to your scene partner. Together this results in strong and compelling performance choices. Exercises will be drawn from Script Analysis and Moment Lab, two fundamental classes in the Atlantic training. Outside rehearsal time is required between the weekly classes. Application and interview required. Now remote via the zoom platform.
JUL 20 – aug 13
Mondays/THURSDAYS | 7pm – 9pm
Tuition: $395 | Register ASAP
Technique Lab II
Advanced Scene Study in 8 weeks building upon the skills developed in Technique Lab I (LVL I). Actors in this advanced technique class will expand their understanding and implementation of the Atlantic Technique by taking a deep dive into longer scene work and play analysis. Actors will work to strengthen their relationship to a play through extensive analytic work designed to bring greater specificity to their choices. Focus will be on integrating analytic skills with an emphasis on moment-to-moment stamina, and working with the teachers as a director. Outside rehearsal time is required between the weekly classes.
Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of LVL I, Summer Intensive, or Spring Comprehensive, and a teacher recommendation required.
Technique Lab III
This summer, this six-week class will focus on polishing skills gained in Technique Lab I and Technique Lab II by expanding their application to monologues and film/tv material.
During the first 7 meetings actors work on monologue material with faculty member Karen Kohlhaas – choosing pieces that suit them for auditions. They apply the analytical skills they’ve gained in previous Atlantic technique classes and fully block the material, making it audience-ready. This portion culminates in a workshop performance open to guests of the class.
The next 5 meetings look at the technique and its application to film and television material led by faculty member Jen Rau. Actors work on scenes written for the screen to develop skills that prepare them to audition and work in the film/tv industry.
Outside rehearsal time is required between the weekly classes. The class is kept to an intimate size to maximize individual attention. Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of LVL II and teacher recommendation required. Now remote via the zoom platform.
Spring 2021 dates TBA
Graduates who have successfully completed all 3 levels of Technique Labs and have a strong teacher recommendation are eligible for an exclusive audition opportunity for a panel of Atlantic Theater Company Artistic staff.
This workshop is perfect for all actors looking to make the most out of every on-camera audition, self-tape and pilot season by immediately applying these tips and techniques. This is an exclusive opportunity for the serious actor to experience casting sessions with a professional feature film and television casting director, Todd Thaler. Todd’s class sharpens and improves an actor’s on-camera acting skills, starting with demystifying the audition process. Receive coaching on the skills necessary to quickly and easily gather information needed to give your best performance and prevent self-sabotage. This workshop includes: audition sides, cold reads, general auditions and interviews, scene coaching, and video playback. And, in addition to live, real-time auditioning, actors will self-tape between class meetings and review their tapes in class. Now remote via the zoom platform.