FAQ

-Frequently Asked Questions-

If this is your first acting class, congratulations! The I.A.S. welcomes you. This is a wonderful and exciting journey. If you are a seasoned performer with training who is returning to their studies, we welcome you as well.

You may have some questions that are not covered in the FAQ section. In that case,  please don’t hesitate to call us and we will answer any questions you may have.

You may call Alex Polinsky at:

(818) 395-2462

Please call between 10am and 8pm, Monday thru Saturday.

What should I expect when I come to class?

  • We warm up our bodies and our voices at the beginning of class. Sometimes we stretch, dance, or do movement exercises.

  • We take time to acknowledge people’s weekly accomplishments such as bookings, auditions, callbacks, and wins.  We also set goals regarding actions to take, and uphold each other to get those things done.
  • In the process of unfolding an actor’s dreams, goals and possible past failures we may get into some personal stuff. We strive to create a safe and supportive atmosphere in class. Please respect your fellow artists and keep what you hear in class…..in class.
  • Scene study and critique is the main focus of the class. Even if you are a beginner, you will start working immediately as there is no other way to achieve mastery in the craft other than to just get to it. You will be expected to put up scenes regularly, and you may be asked to do those scenes several times to get them right. The more scenes or projects you present,  the better. You will be assigned specific exercises and scenes as well. It is up to you to find the time to rehearse outside of class.

  • Scene lengths should be 5 minutes or less. Shorter scenes present more opportunities for all to perform.

  • Critiques are 10-30 minutes in length.

  • You may be asked to articulate what you are working on in the scene or exercise and how you thought it went.

  • Individuals in class are often invited to give their opinion of your performance. This encourages critical thinking and student critiques are kept brief and positive.

  • We regularly bring in video cameras and practice “on camera” techniques.
  • Rehabilitating bad habits and finding the root cause of setbacks is one of our specialties at the I.A.S.
  • Sometimes the issue is with the attitude of the actor and not with the acting. We have found that you cannot work on improving talent without improving the whole person; they seem to go hand in hand. The I.A.S. is committed to fostering impeccable ethics and excellence in our students.
  • Parking is free on the street after 6pm and there is valet available next door if you prefer.
  • There are short breaks throughout the evening so you may work on scripts, go to the bathroom, take a breath of fresh air or have a snack.

What should you bring to class?

A pen, water, snacks, and your sense of adventure.

Bring any scripts, scenes, monologues, props or costumes you may need.

When in class, be accepting of others and, above all, come to discover your talents and to create great work!

 

 

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