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Acting for Adults

Unleash your creative potential and develop your acting skills with our comprehensive curriculum at The Actors Circle. From scene study to character development, our classes for adults offer a dynamic and supportive environment where you can explore various techniques and build a strong foundation in acting. Join us and discover your unique way to shine on stage and screen.

  • Level All levels
  • Age 17 and older
  • Price $54
  • Location 11282 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA
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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this cold reading class:

There are five areas of concentration in our on-going curriculum:

  • Scene Study
  • Cold Reading
  • Interview Technique
  • Improvisation
  • Character Development
Students are not allowed to critique other students, but are instead encouraged to comment positively on specifics within any actor's performance. Direction is given through choices, emotional development, focusing on strengths, & strong technique. We do not give "line readings".

It is our job here at The Actors Circle to expose the actor to many different ways to get to the same place within their emotional subtext. Actors must learn to make independent choices in order to effectively deal with the independence that is expected of them when on a film set. We encourage actors to develop a bag of tricks that they can take with them throughout their career, in essence developing their own individual way that works best for them.

Our classes develop and foster confidence, focus, self awareness, creativity, sensory awareness, choice making, memory and sequencing skills, preparation, investigative skills, reading and comprehension skills, building the necessary tools for a competent actor who is capable of taking direction and has the stamina necessary while filming or taping.

We will often communicate in film terms in order to develop the on set vocabulary with the actor, so they will understand directions given to them when filming.

Discussing characters, story line, emotional transitions, backstory and motivation encourages the actor to look beyond the words to find the emotional subtext within the scene where the truth lies and an honest performance will follow. How we approach these concepts varies with each age group. It is most important to develop the instinct of the young actor, because often the young actor must simply get out of their head.

Cold Reading and Interview Technique

Every class deals with some form of cold reading exercise, using scenes and monologues from television and film scripts. We approach this in many different ways in order to keep it interesting for those students who have been in our program for a long period of time. We are always updating our script library with currently casting projects so that material we use in class is current with the trends of the industry. We discuss ways of dealing with many situations within the casting environment including nervousness, eye contact, the general interviews, use of space, choice making, full use of the body, creating the environment, relationships, script handling, easy memorization of dialogue through sequencing thoughts and the art of being yourself with the adults the young actor meets... bringing the uniqueness of the actor's own personality and energy into the room.

Character Development

It is not enough to be a good actor, you have to be the one they remember. How do you become the one they remember…by creating memorable and believable characters…whether they be characters close to the actors own self or a departure from self. We delve deep into every character, whether they be seemingly simple or obviously complicated. Every character an actor portrays matters and should be treated with equal attention to detail.

Improvisation

This is the key to the actor learning the art of active listening and character point of view. Approximately fifty percent of our curriculum is improvisational oriented. Improvisation strengthens the actor's ability to stay in character and make choices that will be useful when developing back-stories, character traits and emotional spontaneity. In addition, often times, improvisation is a big part of the audition process as well the directorial process.

Philosophy

The "art of coaching" involves knowing how to approach these areas while considering the individual personality of the person with whom you are working. It also involves assisting the actor in keeping the performance fresh and natural even within a point of view that is different from the natural personality of the person involved.

Important Note: Proof of vaccination is required for our in person classes.


Refund Policy

There are no refunds on packages purchased once classes have been paid for we do not ever issue refunds. This is non negotiable.

In case of work or schedule conflicts we will be happy to put a package on hold or schedule privates to make up the time.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.


Reviews of Classes at The Actors Circle (33)

(4.8-star rating across 33 reviews)
  • Acting for Adults

    Reviewed by Laurie F. on 3/9/2021
    I was so nervous going into this class as a complete novice. Within minutes, I felt at home. Both the instructor (especially the instructor) and the other classmates were warm, non-judgmental, and open. I felt energized as a person and informed as a performer. Needless to say, I have already signed up for the same class next week! 10 stars if I could! Thank you!
  • Acting for Adults

    Reviewed by Glenn J. on 6/4/2019
    I really enjoyed it I got a lot out of it. It was a great experience plus it was fun.
  • Acting for Adults

    Anonymous review on 3/15/2018
    Very solid and unique experience. I would recommend this course for others!
  • Acting for Adults

    Reviewed by Pavlina R. on 7/13/2017
    I was happy with the class. I think I need to improve my listening skills. Thank you.
  • Acting for Adults

    Reviewed by Rudy S. on 3/4/2015
    The class was a lot of fun and you will get started right away doing scenes and working with partners.
  • Acting for Adults

    Anonymous review on 11/7/2023
  • Acting for Adults

    Reviewed by Haziq A. on 10/19/2023
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    Reviewed by Jimmy B. on 9/20/2023
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    Reviewed by Jimmy B. on 9/20/2023
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    Reviewed by Samantha W. on 1/28/2021
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    Reviewed by Joel A. on 1/16/2020
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    Reviewed by Raylene J. on 10/9/2019
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    Reviewed by David S. on 6/12/2019
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    Reviewed by Jeannie D. on 1/22/2019
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    Reviewed by Roni-Sue K. on 11/21/2018
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students have an overwhelmingly positive view of classes at Acting for Adults. They describe the environment as welcoming and non-judgmental and setting a comfortable space for beginners. A strong emphasis is placed on practical experience, with learners getting hands-on partner work from the outset. Many students found the classes enjoyable and fun, while also richly educational. They spoke highly of the personalized teaching, which helped them gain valuable insights into their own performances. Quotes: 1. "I felt at home... I felt energized as a person and informed as a performer." 2. "It was a great experience plus it was fun." 3. "The class was a lot of fun and you will get started right away doing scenes and working with partners."

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Do you tape or film your classes?
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We do tape but not on a regular basis. It depends on what we are covering in the session
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Can this class be for beginners who have no experience in acting?
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Yes it is for all levels
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Hello, I am a foreigner and my English is not so good, it is possible to go? How many classes are?
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Hi this is marcie from The Actors Circle. Of course it is possible for you to go. If your English is not that good it can get better in acting class. Sometimes that’s a good reason to take an acting class
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The Actors Circle

The Actors Circle offers film and television workshops to actors of all ages. Located in Culver City we are proud to post many current and future stars as members of our Actors Circle community.

The Actors Circle also offers film acting workshops to actors of all ages. We cover scene study, cold reading,...

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