CLASSES OFFERED

The Scene Study Experience:
Discovering what is behind the words is a collaborative effort that starts with you and the author. Deborah Aquila is offering three Scene Study classes on an on-going basis. These classes will help discover and identify the themes at work in the scripts and plays, enabling the actor to operate from that foundation as they develop, fully, their character. In class, students will work individually with Deborah Aquila and Troy Ruptash as they investigate the world of the character in intensive sessions. Strict attention will be paid to specificity in all areas of preparation, performance, and creating a fully realized character.

*All Core Classes are on a rolling 6 week cycle for the year.  Please see the next available session below. 

FOUNDATIONS OF TECHNIQUE: SCRIPT ANALYSIS AND BACKSTORY with Deborah Aquila and Troy Ruptash
Whether you are new to The Adler technique or just want to deepen your work, this class is designed to push you creatively and intellectually. Our goal is to give you a foundation for your craft that will serve you professionally for the rest of your career.  You will be led through a process that begins with the author’s intent and will take you through the collaborative effort that is building backstory and a fully realized, emotionally truthful character.
The first class of this series is a three-hour lecture on the principles of script analysis, so bring your journals!  There will be a short scene presented to highlight some of the concepts introduced.
Deborah Aquila will be presenting this lecture, with Troy Ruptash, during the first class.  Troy Ruptash will be the primary instructor for the rest of the session. Deborah will join as scheduling permits.

Section 1: You will do intensive work on a play using Adler-based script analysis and create truthful, layered characters based on the text and intent of the author. In depth analysis is the key to unlocking your character. Through the use of backstory and imagination you will learn how to apply these concepts directly to the text and explore the themes of the play from your character’s point of view.

Section 2: The tools you have learned will be applied to scene work with a partner. The focus will be on specificity in all areas of preparation, performance, and the creation of a fully realized character. You will investigate the world of the character in sessions that will challenge you to do your best work. This will create a mindset and a process that you can rely upon throughout your career; the true definition of “craft.” It is highly recommended that you read “Stella Adler on American Master Playwrights” before beginning class.
Our courses/intensives are a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the course/intensive is over, the instructor teaching this course/intensive will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials. As we are an educational institution, the use of the studio and faculty’s names and likenesses for any professional or personal purposes without our permission is strictly prohibited.