Acting Class Los Angeles: Andrew Wood Acting Studio


Acting Technique & Scene Study

Acting Class

Acting Technique & Scene Study

“I can’t recommend this class highly enough. I wish I had encountered him before I had to scrub through other more mediocre classes around town.”
Actor, producer, director of BBC Worldwide Unscripted

The Essentials Workshop Experience

The Essentials In-Person Workshop is a ten-week course in acting technique and scene study.  In the course, master teacher Andrew Wood presents a powerful, revolutionary acting technique taught at the Yale School of Drama and the Julliard School.  The technique is presented through exercises, lectures, and most importantly, through scene study.  Students have the opportunity to work on a single scene for the duration of the course, which affords them the time to dive deeply into the role and craft a performance they can be proud of.

The above video provides a thorough overview of the class.

The Approach

The approach is presented through exercises, discussion, and scene work.  This occurs in small in-person classes in which every student is a priority. The exercises are carefully crafted, purposeful, exciting explorations that are designed to give students an experiential grasp of the elements of the technique. Discussions elaborate on the principles presented scene in class in the exercises. Also, the technique portion of the in-person class includes a weekly body-work component, designed to help students build awareness of habitual physical tensions and learn how to let these tensions go.

However, the exercises in the technique portion of the in-person class are merely a preliminary. The heart of the class, on which roughly two-thirds of the class time is spent, is the scene work. In the context of the scene work, Andrew Wood makes it clear how the tools and principles of the technique sharpen and deepen an actor’s work.

Students work on one scene from a contemporary script for the duration of the course. When a pair presents a scene in class, Andrew spends the better part of an hour with the pair on the scene. He helps the students to identify and fulfill the next aspect of the scene that confronts them. Pairs rehearse every week outside of class, and each week in class powerful new tools are made available that can then be deployed in rehearsals.

At the end of ten weeks of in-person instruction, students have come a long way towards making a character come alive and illuminating his or her experience. Students present the scenes at Session 10, “Friends and Family Night”, an informal open house where a supportive group of well-wishers gather to show an interest in students’ work. Students leave the course confident in the knowledge that they have acquired a strong foundation for work on a role, or that they have further fortified a foundation that was already strong.

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