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

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

The Barrow Group offers corporate workshops focused on team-building, interpersonal communication, improv, and conflict resolution.Click here for more information.
TBG directors lead the 11-week workshops, which focus on staging, communication, and the Barrow Group Approach. Seth Barrish teaches the 1 Year Program.

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.

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

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.

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Led by TBG co-Artistic Directors (Seth Barrish and Lee Brock) and Executive Director (Robert Serrell), The Barrow Group Performing Arts School, located in New York City, offers professional and emerging artists training in acting, directing, playwriting and screenwriting.  You can view our upcoming class schedule 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.