Q? What is your technique?
A. The philosophy and influences of the school is focused on Character development and Script Analysis: introducing Stanislavsky, Meisner, and Stella Adler techniques, and modern teachers methods such as Larry Moss and Ivana Chubbuck, with Theatre & Performance studies.
Music and Voice, and the business of being an Actor are an important part of BBFATS.
I am also privileged to have excellent teachers attend BBFATS, experts in their fields, with good industry experience.
Q? Who assigns the scenes?
A. In my class, I assign the scenes and your scene partners, as do each of my teachers in their respective classes. But I also think it important you also search for suitable characters and scenes yourself.
I have a game plan for each of my students. I analyze and take into account your strengths and weaknesses, your problem areas, and your history, and assign material that will best facilitate your growth and advancement as an individual. I choose the appropriate script material that will quickly fix your specific difficulties, thereby enabling you to expand your abilities in your craft and enhance your capacity to get the job.
3. What material do you use for scenes?
The scenes are from movies, television, and theater.
4. What are the typical class sizes?
Foundation Course Max 12, The Actor Prepares Max 8
5. How often do you get to work in class?
Normally, you put your scene up in class every other week. Sometimes, if you are motivated and work hard, you may have the opportunity to put up work every week. But this studio is not just about putting up your scenes in class, we expect a lot of time spent rehearsing during the two week period. Rehearsal is an important part of the learning experience and time needs to be allotted between the performances.
6. How many times do you put up a scene?
Twice. You rehearse the material I assign you, with your scene partner, the first week. Then you put the scene up in class and I will give you notes. You then rehearse addressing my notes and put the scene up again.
7. What are the expectations for rehearsal and homework time?
We would like at least six to eight hours per week of rehearsal (plus individual preparation time). Many of your revelations will happen in the rehearsal process, and pushing yourself to new levels will pay off.
8. Take advantage of auditing my classes every chance you get (at no additional cost), and work hard on your scenes, and you will progress quickly. It is all up to you. The skills you exhibit through past experience, hard work ethic and generally inundating yourself in the system will advance you quickly.
9. What happens if I get acting work while I am in class?
You will be credited for time missed for acting work when you return to class (if you have already paid). You do not get credit for illness, death in the family, modeling, background work or any other kind of work except for paid acting jobs. The studio is based in support of the working actor.
10. What happens if I have a flakey scene partner?
You can fire your scene partner if you have a problem with them. It is your time and money that is wasted by someone who does not take the craft seriously. The more you put up your scenes in class, the better actor you will become. Do not worry about being nice. If a scene partner is flakey, I do not want you to waste your time and money, fire them. If an actor gets fired enough, they will either change, or leave the studio. In either case, it is best for the studio. Within 24 hours of firing a scene partner, you will get a new scene and scene partner to work with. We only want students that are willing to dedicate themselves to their careers as actors and work hard and passionately at their art. We weed out the lazy and the uncommitted.
11. What is the financial commitment?
The Actor Prepares - 5 Week class - 16 hours - $350
Foundation Course - 10 Weeks - 80 hours - $1800
Youth - 8 weeks - 20 hours - $425
12. What is the duration of the class?
Each scene class normally runs from three to three and a half hours. The Foundation course is 8 hours every Sunday for 10 week. You are expected to arrive at the beginning of each class and stay until the end, unless you get permission from the teacher (this is not applicable to students coming to audit from my other classes).
13. Are you able to audit all the other classes once you join?
Yes, you may audit all the other classes at no additional cost. Come as often as you want, you do not have to call to make an appointment. In classes you are auditing, even if you only have a short time to spend, still come. It is very helpful to see critiques of other scenes from other classes. Inundate yourself with the information. It will help you grow exponentially faster, leading to better skills and better work opportunities. Think of the studio as your home away from home.
14. What is the tone of the class?
The studio is a professional actors environment, and the tone is set up to support that. There is also a sense of camaraderie in the classes. We nurture a sense of people helping each other, as opposed to the typical rabid competition that exists in the real world of show business. It is good to have a safe place to apply one’s craft, as well as to receive the true support from one’s peers. There is a high level of networking that goes on in the studio because my students do not feel that your success means their failure. Conversely, they feel that your success means there is hope.
15. Who makes up the student body?
Directors, writers/producers, and of course, actors.
16. What do you think the formula is for success in this business?
Hard work and taking risks. Making bold choices and being courageous are powerful tools.