These short intensives are designed for a concentrated burst of intensive training. Perfect for a student who wants to dive deep to sharpen their skills.
TWO WEEK Professional Acting Intensive
with Seth Barrish & Lee Brock
The intensive is taught by co-artistic directors, Seth Barrish and Lee Brock and introduces students are introduced to The Barrow Group approach and tools via script analysis, scene study, and film/tv on camera work.
The intensive runs 10am – 1pm, lunch break from 1pm -2pm, and 2pm – 5pm each day.
Students must either audition or submit a video audition of a 1 to 2 minute contemporary monologue to email@example.com to be considered for this professional level intensive.
TWO WEEK Beginner Acting Intensive
with Sidse Plough
Two Weeks, 4 hours per day,
Jan 8th – 19th, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, $895
In this beginner intensive, students will learn explore the fundamentals of the craft and introduction to the Barrow Group approach. This class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous. No experience necessary. Students will work on ensemble building games, script analysis, monologues, and scene study.
TWO WEEK Voice for the Actor
with Robert Serrell
“Working with Robert Serrell on my voice has been an extremely inspiring process. He has helped me to discover a voice in me I’d always hoped was there and always longed to find, a voice of strength and authenticity. He guided me to let go in moments I wanted to hold on and those were the moments I found the most growth. I found Robert to be a very supportive and specific teacher. If you are looking to connect more to your power and truth and learn how to effortlessly communicate that into the world then Robert Serrell would be a coach I’d highly recommend looking into.” –Brittany Daniel, actress
In this class, students explore physical/vocal exercises designed to loosen and free the voice/body so that they can communicate with more clarity, spontaneity and power. The ultimate goal of this class is for students to have a clear understanding of a vocal warm-up that they can do on their own.
Sample Curriculum Overview
Session 1: Physical Awareness, Relaxation & Balance
Explore exercises that encourage proper spinal alignment to increase physical presence and optimize vocal use
Session 2: Breath Awareness & Support
Explore exercises that help student breath from the diaphragm rather than up in their chest, resulting in stronger, clearer sound
Session 3: Vibration Awareness
Explore exercises that bring awareness to the physical sensation of vibration in one’s body
Session 4: Vibration Building
Explore exercises that help move the voice forward, thereby making the voice more intelligible
Session 5: Freeing Inhibitory Vocal Patterns 1
Explore exercises that help open the jaw and throat
Session 6: Freeing Inhibitory Vocal Patterns 2
Explore exercises that help relax the tongue and energize the soft palette
Session 7: Resonance
Explore exercises that bring awareness to different resonating chambers in the body to increase the overall tonality of the voice
Session 8: Breath Power
Explore exercises that increase breath capacity to thereby increase volume for when communicating in large spaces
Session 9: Range
Explore exercises that increase the range of the voice, which leads to more tonal movement and musicality in the voice
Session 10: Articulation
Explore exercises to improve muscularity of lips and tongue to strengthen articulation when speaking
Voice for the Actor: Level 2
Voice 2 picks up where Voice 1 left off. In Voice 2 students work on developing their own 20-minute voice warm-up, which they present for feedback in class. Students will also explore the connection between sound, movement and impulse.
Personal Narrative for the Actor
with Martin Moran
As actors, our calling is to inhabit the lives and stories of others. In this two-week workshop we will investigate the power of our own urgent lives and personal lore. Exploring our human urge to stand up and tell, create a funny podcast or write an intimate essay or monologue, we will generate the seeds and begin to craft the material of our own narratives. “Know Thyself,” Socrates counseled. For the performer, this is a wise imperative. The attempt to discover and convey our own stories skillfully and to bare our souls bravely; is a way to become a better actor and, perhaps, our greatest chance to mend the world.
Join Broadway Veteran and OBIE and Lortel Award-Winning Solo performer, Martin Moran, in this two-week intensive exploring the power of personal narrative for the actor.
Martin Moran grew up in Denver, attended Stanford University and lives in New York City where he makes his living as an actor and writer. Most recently he completed the Off Broadway run of his one-man play, All The Rage, which received the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Solo Show. He received an OBIE and two Drama Desk Nominations for his 2004 solo play, The Tricky Part, based upon his memoir of the same title. The Tricky Part memoir won the 2005 Lambda Non-Fiction Prize and Barnes and Noble Discover Award. As an actor, Martin’s Broadway and Off-Broadway performances include: Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, How To Succeed…, Big River; Fun Home, (Public Theater) Floyd Collins, (Playwrights Horizons) A Man of No Importance, (Lincoln Center Theater) and Cider House Rules and John Guare’s Three Kinds of Exile at The Atlantic Theater Company. He has performed in many regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse (Puck), Long Wharf, Williamstown Theater Festival, Trinity Repertory Company and The Intiman Theater. He has also presented his solo work internationally in Poland, South Africa and Canada.
His film and television work includes guest appearances on The Newsroom; The Big C; Possible Side Affects; Private Parts; Law &Order; Law & Order Criminal Intent; Dellaventura and Mary and Rhoda. He wrote the Book and Lyrics for the 2012 “Inner Voices” solo musical, Borrowed Dust, with composer Joseph Thalken. His writing has appeared in Ploughshares and Pushcart Prize. He was awarded a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony and is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Creative Non-fiction. He is at work on his next book, Analphabet.
ONE WEEK Theatrical Clown
with Jean E. Taylor
January 8th thru 12th, Monday thru Friday, 6pm – 8:30pm, $345
Theatrical clown teaches us many things about ourselves as performers: how to begin from a place of simple yet energized presence, how to sustain the pleasure of playing in the moment, how to mine the power of doing one thing at a time, and above all, clown helps us accept our own unique ridiculousness, which in turn may transform our habits of restriction into skills of open expression.
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Jean E. Taylor is a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education, working extensively in their local programs and international consultancies. She received Lincoln Center’s Directors Emeriti Award in 2012. Jean teaches Theatrical Clown for The New School for Drama’s BFA and MFA programs and most recently taught Clown for the World Economic Forum Global Leadership program at Columbia University. She presented at the International Teaching Artist Conferences in Oslo, Norway in 2012 and Brisbane, Australia in 2014.
Her most recent performance work with director Eric Nightengale, True Hazards of Childhood, premiered at The Barrow Group in 2013. A trilogy of her theatre work is scheduled for January 2016. Additional performing work includes The Reclamation with Hilary Easton + Company and Snatches, a play begun at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London’s New End Theatre, and presented on BBC Radio 4.
Jean studied clown/movement with Philippe Gaulier, Ronlin Foreman, David Shiner and Merry Conway, among others. Her approach to theatrical clown has been published in Movement for Actors, Allworth Press. She is a member of The Teaching Artist Journal’s editorial board and a board member of The Maxine Greene Center for Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination.