THE ACTING CORPS CLASSES
by Eugene Buica
According to The Acting Corps’ founder and Artistic Director, Eugene Buica, “The
Acting Corps has created a program encompassing the best of the Sanford Meisner
and Michael Chekhov techniques. We've also added our own proven techniques,
developed through many years of acting, directing, and teaching.”
At the heart of the Acting Corp program of courses is the daily course of study,
The Actors’ Boot Camp, wherein, at the end of four weeks, the student will have
a reasonable idea whether or not he or she may be well suited to the art and
craft of acting.
Boot Camp I include three different kinds of classes in which students new to
the Acting Corps philosophy begin to lay the foundation of their art.
ACTING CORPS TECHNIQUE meets twice a week, and builds upon the Meisner approach
to living truthfully and listening moment to moment under imaginary
circumstances. Students capable of deep commitment will find the pace of this
class challenging; what often takes any number of months gets continuously
drilled over four weeks, with each class building upon its predecessor. The
Meisner approach informs the work of many established actors, from Robert Duvall
to William H. Macy, from Kathy Bates to John Malkovich.
SCENE STUDY/COLD READING, the second course of the Actors’ Boot Camp, provides
opportunity to apply the Meisner work as students get a variety of scenes up on
its feet. Here you move through the process of reading scenes cold; the
rehearsal process; on through to getting “off book” (having the lines committed
to memory). Most importantly is the chance to witness the Meisner approach in
action, applying the ability to listen and behave truthfully while performing
the given scene. Serious actors are many times shocked at the speed with which
their skills accelerate using the Meisner work directly on they move to get
scenes up and running.
THE ACTOR’S INSTRUMENT rounds out the third required class, and provides
exploration into movement, voice and speech, awareness, relaxation and
imagination, in order to get the actor’s body and mind harmonious and malleable
(DAILY ACTING WORKOUT, not a required class during the Actors’ Boot Camp, but
After four weeks of the Actors’ Boot Camp, come the additional eight weeks of
Actors’ Boot Camp II, open by invitation only, to those students who have
demonstrated their seriousness and commitment in Actors’ Boot Camp I.
Actors’ Boot Camp II offers the chance to go deeper into the classes of Actors’
Boot Camp I, but with additional classes in ON-CAMERA TECHNIQUE. Concepts
ranging from matching action and blocking to performance consistency and
coverage warrant classroom exploration here.
Actors’ Boot Camp II additionally offers a class called THE BUSINESS OF THE
BUSINESS, which serves to bring knowledge of the workaday world of the acting
industry. The Acting Corps strongly assumes its students intend to earn their
livings as actors; as a result, this course enables its students to approach the
business of their chosen industry with eyes wide open.
Beyond the Actors’ Boot Camps I and II, which may be thought of as core
strengthening for students of The Acting Corps, there are numerous other courses
that round out the studio’s curriculum, which include additional classes, and
industry business seminars.
THE ADVANCED PROGRAM contains classes that expose actors to the myriad of acting
styles and genres found in the business, from sitcoms to commercials, features
to episodic television.
THE AUDITION WORKSHOP (plus an additional CASTING DIRECTOR WORKSHOP) arm actors
with all the required tools for doing your best throughout the audition process.
Students will learn what protocols to expect and how best to conduct themselves
during the process, which, ultimately helps to book work.
THE MASTER CLASS, designed for seasoned actors who have achieved some level of
success but do not want to atrophy. We are all students, all the time. None of
us can afford to plateau, creatively or financially.
THE DAILY ACTING WORKOUT provides the forum to keep the acting chops tight. An
hour a day, every day, of Meisner exercises, Michael Chekhov work, Grotowski
work, Spolin, and whatever else will get your body, mind, and voice connected.
If you truly want to attain the highest level of training, or if you just need a
place to warm up and prepare for that day's audition, you are cordially invited.
Further detailed information on these Acting Corps classes may be obtained on
its website, www.theactingcorps.com
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