– Johnny Carson
Scene Study is that weekly workout for actors to make sure they are ready when the opportunity arrives. You’ve already trained – now you need to harness those skills to your performance – to every performance!
In the film and television industry, even working actors rarely get to live through an entire scene. Until an actor is at the top of their profession, acting opportunities consist of small vignettes. We all want the opportunity to sink our teeth into a meaty character or a dynamic conflict. After all, that’s why we’re actors.
Scene Study is simply your best opportunity to flex your acting muscles and refine your craft on a consistent basis. Scene Study is the acting class where students take all of their technique and harness it for performance. It is a weekly workout where actors test their performance abilities in a safe and playful environment. Through working on scenes of various genres, the actors discover their strengths and weaknesses with the help of a trained director’s eye. Because class size is restricted to 10 actors, each actor works in every class.
We stress how to:
- Work specifically, work emotionally and in Los Angeles, work quickly!
- Every moment must be justified – be smart when breaking down even the simplest script.
- Know who you are, know how you are unique, and know how to use that in performance.
SCENE STUDY WITH ELIZABETH MESTNIK
Elizabeth offers this 15-week class for trained actors every Fall.
If you have not studied at EMAS previously an audition is required. Submit your headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. For the audition, please prepare a 1 – 2 minute contemporary monologue. Prepare something that shows off your abilities. At the audition Elizabeth will coach and direct you to see if you are a good fit for the class and the class is a good fit for you.
SCENE STUDY & SCRIPT ANALYSIS – CLASS EXPECTATIONS:
This is not a beginning acting class. It requires that the student already have a number of tools in their acting belt. We require that a student applying for this class have prior training or performance experience. It is a mixed levels class of intermediate to advanced students.
Scene Study meets once a week and students are expected to be prepared for each and every class with a minimum of 3 hours of outside rehearsal. You will always have an acting partner, so your obligation goes beyond yourself to your classmates. The success of the class depends upon the commitment of each student. Class size is limited to 12 to ensure personalized attention and plenty of stage time.
Submit your headshot and resume