Adult Classes

At the heart of The Barrow Group’s approach to acting is the desire to promote clear and concise tools of the trade. These tools are outlined and published in “An Actor’s Companion – 99 Bits of Craft” by Seth Barrish, TBG’s founder and co-Artistic Director.

1-Year Acting Programs

These longer courses allow students a deep immersion into the Barrow Group Acting Approach.

6-Week Summer Professional Acting Program

Designed for college students or recent grads, who want top-notch training as well as an introduction to the NYC Off-Broadway theatre world.

2-Week Fall & Winter Professional Acting Intensives

Designed for students who want an intensive experience in TBG’s approach to storytelling, who can only commit to a short burst of training.

Scene Study for Professionals – On-Going, Quarterly

The heart of the Barrow Group Acting School, in these 10-week scene study intensives students learn and practice the Barrow Group Acting Approach. To be clear, these are not beginning acting classes, they are for professionals– and all students begin with Scene Study 1 as that is the start of the progression of training.

Beginner Acting Classes – On-Going, Quarterly

10 week courses (8 weeks during the summer) for beginner actors, designed to teach the fundamentals of acting.

Weekend Acting Workshops

Weekend workshops in NYC at The Barrow Group, as well as off-site around the U.S and world.

Directors learn how to communicate more effectively with actors, and develop tools to sharpen their storytelling.

11-Week Directing Workshops

TBG directors lead the 11-week workshops, which focus on staging, communication, and the Barrow Group Approach.

1-Year Directing Program

TBG co-Artistic Director Seth Barrish teaches the 1-Year Program:

These workshops, taught by TBG award-winning playwrights, are for beginners to professionals.

TBG’s playwriting program encourages simplicity and clarity in story-telling.  We share practical tools that can easily be applied to your writing, ignite the imagination, and demystify the revision process.  Our approach highlights the structural pillars of a well-told narrative and helps writers establish clear contexts, so that their stories will have greater impact.

Weekend Playwriting Workshops
Playwriting Classes: Quarterly, On-Going
The Barrow Group School offers a wide array of specialty classes, from theatrical clowning to Alexander technique to stage combat to filmmaking.

Audition

Sharpen you skills with commercial acting expert Scott Organ.

Improv

8-week workshops that teach improv from a Barrow Group perspective.

Monologue
Movement
Musical Theatre
Shakespeare
Script Analysis
Solo Show
Theatrical Clown
Voice & Speech
We want audiences to feel as if they are watching real people in real situations, rather than actors acting. This approach lends itself wonderfully to film and tv, and many of our students have gone on to have notable success in this medium.

On-Camera Acting for Professionals

6-week workshops designed to teach film/tv acting, including cold readings and continuity

Beginner On-Camera Acting
Screenwriting

Led by award-winning filmmaker Lorrel Manning, learn the basics of screenwriting.

Filmmaking

12-week workshop designed for aspiring filmmaking, these courses are for individuals interested in self-generating their own work.

View the Upcoming Quarterly Schedule of Classes here

At the heart of the Barrow Group Approach is the desire to promote clear and concise tools of the trade.  These tools are outlined and published in “An Actor’s Companion – 99 Bits of Craft” by Seth Barrish, TBG’s founder and co-Artistic Director.

What makes The Barrow Group School different from many other studios in New York City is that all of our acting teachers have gone through an intensive teacher training program with TBG co-Artistic Directors Seth Barrish and Lee Brock.  This faculty training assures that students receive a codified, consistent learning experience from teachers who have been training with The Barrow Group for years.

The Barrow Group School offers techniques designed to do the following:
  • Encourage spontaneity
  • Foster entertaining, human, and compelling behavior
  • Help you become more sensitive, imaginative, responsive, and alive onstage
  • Relax you
  • Change your work effortlessly and invisibly (so the audience won’t detect any effort on your part and therefore will feel like they are watching a real person rather than an actor “working”)
  • Bring more freedom to your work
In a nutshell, these are TBG’s beliefs about acting:
  • Acting is easy.
  • Acting is most exciting when it is spontaneous and moment-to-moment.
  • Unplanned behavior is usually much more interesting than planned behavior.
  • Relaxation is the key to many of the things we strive for.
  • The best technique is invisible.
  • The best technique leaves us free (free to imagine, free to respond, free to feel, free to whatever).
  • We don’t think there is one “way” to approach acting. It’s about finding whatever works.
These longer courses allow students a deep immersion into the Barrow Group Acting Approach.

Designed for students who want an intensive experience in TBG’s approach to storytelling, who can only commit to a short burst of training.

2-Week Acting Intenisives

Designed for college students or recent grads, who want top-notch training as well as an introduction to the NYC Off-Broadway theatre world. 6-week Summer Acting Program
Sharpen you skills with commercial acting expert Scott Organ.

1-Day Commercial Audition Class

10 week courses (8 weeks during the summer) for beginner actors, designed to teach the fundamentals of acting.

TBG directors lead the 11-week workshops, which focus on staging, communication, and the Barrow Group Approach. Seth Barrish teaches the 1 Year Program.

12-week workshop designed for aspiring filmmaking, these courses are for individuals interested in self-generating their own work.

6-week workshops designed to teach film/tv acting, including cold readings and continuity

8-week workshops that teach improv from a Barrow Group perspective.

These classes are all grounded in the Barrow Group Acting Approach, and are designed for both beginning actors and advanced actors looking to enhance their training.

Led by award-winning playwright Arlene Hutton, these workshops are for beginners to professionals.

The heart of the Barrow Group Acting School, in these 10-week scene study intensives students learn and practice the Barrow Group Acting Approach. To be clear, these are not beginning acting classes, they are for professionals– and all students begin with Scene Study 1 as that is the start of the progression of training.

Led by award-winning filmmaker Lorrel Manning, learn the basics of screenwriting.