THE ACTING CORPS: AN OVERVIEW
THE ACTING CORPS, long considered the preeminent acting school of Los Angeles,
resides in the famous Noho district, literally minutes away from the lots of
Universal Studios and Warner Bros., and close to the Ventura (101) freeway.
The Acting Corps operates out of its own, self-contained, newly designed
structure, which includes three theater spaces. There is ample street parking
The Acting Corps organically evolved out of a desire of its Founder and Artistic
Director, Mr., Eugene Buica, to teach. Mr. Buica, a former student of Sanford
Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, recruited an initial
group of willing participants, and began to teach them free of charge in the
public spaces of Burbank, CA.
It is a testament to that first group of students and Mr. Buica alike that the
Acting Corps evolved into the State of the Art program it is today, soon
approaching its 10th anniversary.
At the heart of the Acting Corps philosophy resides the art of learning by
doing. The Acting Corps’ roster of classes build on a philosophy designed to
allow each student to practice the craft of acting in every class he or she
The Acting Corps’ faculty of first-rate professional teachers delivers theory as
well, of course -- but theory without practice, theory that does not provide
each student the opportunity to practice his craft, remains without value.
Application of acting principles is the key.
The Acting Corps study begins with a program titled the Actors’ Boot Camp. It is
here beginning students get exposure to and implement the rudiments of the
craft. Classes take place both morning and evening to serve the schedule demands
of its students.
The Actors’ Boot Camp comprises a series of daily classes over the course of
four weeks, where the student starts to lay the foundation of his or her craft.
The Actors’ Boot Camp is comprised of three types of classes, ACTING CORPS
TECHNIQUE; SCENE STUDY/COLD READING; and THE ACTOR’S INSTRUMENT. These classes
serve to expose the student to the Acting Corps philosophy of acting, and builds
upon the Meisner approach.
After four weeks of Actors’ Boot Camp, some students embark upon an additional
eight weeks of Actors’ Boot Camp II, a path open by invitation only to those
students who have demonstrated their seriousness and commitment to acting in
Boot Camp I. Boot Camp II offers the chance to go deeper into those courses of
Boot Camp I, as well as an ON-CAMERA TECHNIIQUE class, and a class called the
BUSINESS OF THE BUSINESS, which serves to bring knowledge concerning the
workaday world of the industry to its students, as well as a springboard into
the world of professional acting.
Beyond the BOOT CAMP program, there are a myriad of other programs available at
the Acting Corps. THE ADVANCED PROGRAM, the AUDITION WORKSHOP, the MASTER CLASS,
the DAILY ACTING WORKSHOP (DAW), as well as THE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM, all
provide opportunity for the advanced and seasoned actor to continue to grow.
The Acting Corps’ talented, first-rate faculty is comprised of professional,
highly successful working actors and filmmakers in their field, and include
alumni of such institutions as Yale, and Rutgers. The website --
www.theactingcorps.com -- includes their resumes and C.V.s.
Perhaps most significantly, the Acting Corps prides itself not only on its
ability to foster and nurture a studio environment, wherein each student gets to
act in each class, but also in the record of achievement by its students.
To date, over 1200 Acting Corps students have booked acting registered on the
IMBD, the industry’s online tracker of film and television production. True to
form, the Acting Corps invites every one of its students to go out and get a
Although the school insists that its students seek work at the professional
level as they advance through its courses, many students are new to the craft of
acting. All that is required from beginners is the effort and dedication of the
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