$29 for an Introductory Essentials Acting Class at Acting School for Film and Television ($150 Value)

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Acting guru Mark Stolzenberg imparts decades of experience in subjects such as eye lines, close-up work, and emotions on camera

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Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Reservation required; subject to availability. 72hr cancellation notice required. Must be 12 or older. Classes must be used by same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$29 for a Two-Hour Introductory Essentials Acting Class ($150 value)

During two-hour Essentials classes, silver-screen beginners tackle skills such as using eye-line levels, honing audition technique, controlling vocal projection, and demanding bigger trailers. Full terms last nine weeks, though each class functions as an independent unit, ensuring students can pick up new skills at any session. Classes take place Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 5 p.m.

New York Acting School for Film and Television

Drawing on big- and small-screen success, such as appearances in Tom Selleck's Her Alibi and on Late Show with David Letterman, as well as more than 25 national commercials, acting guru Mark Stolzenberg transforms amateurs into screen-savvy performers at the New York Acting School for Film and Television. Thespians hone their acting chops through monologues, improvisations, and cold readings in Mark's classes, preparing for time spent on the stage or the big screen. Essentials classes introduce neophyte film actors to the intricacies of playing to the camera, whereas advanced pupils refine their techniques by co-starring in a two-person short film directed by Stolzenberg, learning to handle more difficult scene work and larger crowds of crazed fans. For more targeted practice, Mark hosts one-on-one, on-camera coaching sessions to prep audition material or monologues for upcoming performances.

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