“The Barrow Group was really the acting institution that taught me how to act. I worked with the best teachers…Lee Brock and Seth Barrish, who taught me why less is really more.”
— Anne Hathaway, Academy Award Winner
Note: If you are a more experienced actor and would like to learn about our Scene Study Classes for Professionals, please click here. The Beginners acting class is for ages 18 and up. If you are interested in our Teen or Kids Acting Classes, please click here.
Beginners Acting Class I: The Basics
View: Beginner I Course Outline
This 10-week (fall, winter, spring)/ 8-week (summer) class is designed for the beginning / amateur adult actor. This class is a great introduction to the Barrow Group approach and foundation for the craft. The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous. Students will work with ensemble building games, script analysis, and scene study. No experience is necessary. A great start for the beginning actor!
ESL Beginners Acting Class I: The Basics
The English as a Second Language (ESL) class combines The Barrow Group approach to acting alongside diction work. Vocal exercises strengthen skills in pronunciation, intonation, stress and an emphasis is placed on American Standard dialect. The acting work is adapted so that it also engages the vocal work. For example, during script analysis students explore American stress and intonation patterns so that the logic and speech patterns becomes clear to the students. This class is ideal for students in which English is not their first language, or those who would also like to work on pronunciation and diction.
Beginners Acting Class II: Getting Specific
View: Beginner II Course Outline
Prerequisites: Beginner I
This 10-week (fall, winter, spring)/ 8-week (summer) class is a follow-up to Beginners Acting Class I. In this class, students will delve deeper into the Barrow Group approach and tools, while working on ensemble building games, script analysis/story structure, monologues, and scene study.
Beginners Acting Class III: On-Going Scene Study
View: Beginner III: On-Going Scene Study Course Outline
Prerequisites: Beginner I and II
This 10-week (fall, winter, spring)/ 8-week (summer) class is for students who have completed Beginner I and II at the Barrow Group. In this class students will work much more in depth on scenes and with The Barrow Group tools. This class helps prepare students for professional level Scene Study I: The Tools.
Beginner Acting Class III: Film/TV
View: Beginner: Film/TV Acting Course Outline film
Prerequisites: Beginner I and II
This 6-week class is for students who have completed Beginner I and II at the Barrow Group to want to apply what they’ve learned to on-camera work. Students will work with The Barrow Group tools on monologues and scenes in front of the camera and watch playback each session. This class helps prepare students for professional level Film/TV Acting Class I: The Tools.
Weekend Beginners Acting Workshop
This 2 day workshop is designed for beginning actors, or actors who have been away from the craft for a while. The workshop focuses on the fundamentals of the craft. After taking the workshop, students can continue to Beginners Acting Class I, and in some cases, Beginners Acting class II.
Summer Beginners Acting Intensive
View:Summer Beginners Acting Intensive
In this 8 week summer 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.
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