This class is designed to introduce the actor to Lee Strasberg’s systematic acting technique known throughout the world as the Method. Students train in this technique to develop the actor’s ability to respond with real behavior to imaginary stimuli. This New York City-based four-hour class consists of two parts: work on one’s self and work on the character.
The first part of each acting class begins with Lee Strasberg’s relaxation technique and moves to his sequence of sensory exercises which train the actor’s concentration, ability to respond to imaginary objects, and organic expression. The relaxation exercise is done each week to ensure that the physical and mental tension within the body, which inhibits the actor, diminishes throughout the duration of the course. The sensory exercise starts with the actor’s ability to recreate objects which s/he encounters every day. The exercises become more complicated when additional objects of concentration are added and when the frequency with which the actor encounters the objects of concentration diminishes.
The second part of each class is devoted to improvisation, scene work, and monologues where students apply what they have learned in the exercise work to fulfill the demands of a play and the creation of a role.