With directors, talent agents, and professional performers composing the faculty, it's no wonder the students at Class Act Studios spend much of their class time in front of the camera. With courses geared specifically toward kids, tweens, teens, and adults, the studio covers fields of study ranging from commercial work to film acting. Soap-opera and sitcom classes equip actors with genre-specific skills, such as how to expertly mimic the sound of a live studio audience. Improv and scene-study courses help students inhabit any scenario, with or without a script. Instructors even run private tutoring sessions and birthday parties that thrust invited friends in front of the camera.
Cultural Arts Playhouse has been fostering the development of up-and-coming actors for more than 15 years. At its Musical Theatre and Acting Academy, students from 1st–12th grade hone their on-stage skills by taking classes on singing, acting, and improvisation under the tutelage of an experienced teacher. Kids get to show off these skills in full theatrical productions, with main-stage shows opening up auditions to the entire community so people can see their neighbors' acting chops and dusted-off fake skulls. Cultural Arts Playhouse alumni have found success in New York and throughout the country, appearing in HBO's The Sopranos, and such Broadway productions as Les Miserables and Aladdin.
Melanie Ehrlich's voice can be heard in more than 200 works, ranging from video games and commercials to cartoons and documentaries, produced for clients such as eBay, Samsung, and Japan Airlines. The breadth and depth of her talents--she's also a classically trained mezzo-soprano, an expert kazoo player, and a Korean speaker--give her many lenses through which to help her students reach their individual goals in the voice-over industry.
Signature service: Stage combat and stunt fighting
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Come ready to learn the magic of combat for Hollywood and Broadway fight scenes.
When done right, a theatrical performance can change its audience. It can move them, call them to action, or rally them around a specific cause. With this in mind, OnStage Leadership's instructors use techniques from the world of theater to help non-actors connect with a crowd, including business executives, managers, and freelancers. OnStage Leadership's team keeps most of what happens during their workshops a secret, but participants emerge more confident and with stronger stage presence.
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 television 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.