Click on each class link below to view details and requirements for each class
This NEW Scene Study / Technique Class at the Elephant Theatre is designed to help the gifted actor / performer and the singer / dancer / comedian, who is transitioning into acting, to develop their technique.
We will build a foundation through observation and exploration of historical and traditional methods of acting, as a means of discovering the unique and individual point of view and a method that will be personally crafted by the actors themselves. We will be performing contemporary scenes, monologues, improvisation, and original works of new writers.
The objective will be to work on material that is both relatively new (for contemporary stage and cinema) and reflective of the kind of work that is of a high standard and exemplary of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Elephant Theatre Company.
(with Patrick Pankhurst)
Preparation and Performance Mondays. Learn how to translate all your stage training into camera technique. Each week the actors will be given appropriate material from Film and TV. You'll prepare the scenes and put them up in class, and learn a film style of acting by watching your own work. Classes are small and everyone works on camera at least twice a night.
Level II On Camera Workout/The Art of Auditioning....Tuesdays
Challenging scenes from TV and Film scripts will be distributed on line and actors are expected to come to class prepared to audition. You'll learn a preparation process that will help you to memorize and discover material quickly. Our focus will be on making your auditions an arena where you can express yourself as an actor/artist. People who have upcoming auditions can bring material to class and work on it on camera. This is a class for working actors and is not a cold reading class. This class is guaranteed to challenge your approach to auditions.... and maybe show you why you're not booking as much as you think you should.
(with Patrick Pankhurst) A more hands on approach for hard working advanced actors. Each class you will come prepared to audition and film scenes from current productions. Actors will act, direct, and shoot material every week. We will also work on location as much as possible.
(with Dave Fofi) Page2Stage/Contemporary Scene Study. This class focuses exclusively on contemporary plays and those up and coming playwrights writing the most talked about plays for the American stage. David Fofi, who is known for his no-nonsense approach and incredibly detailed and nuanced direction, brings his unique style to the classroom. Warning: There will be no walking on eggshells in this class.
This class is ideal for actors who want to work in an atmosphere geared towards live performance and refining the relationship and communication between director and actor. Class will culminate into a live presentation of the work created on the Elephant Stage. Sessions will include guest artists including industry professionals
Rick Pagano and Michael Arabian.
(with Michael Arabian) A reality based approach where the actors work “moment to moment” from themselves, living truthfully in any given situation. Emphasis is on text work, breaking down the script and uncovering the subtext. Michael will also direct the scenes so the actor gets practice taking direction and being challenged to have the courage to express ones self fully.
(with Chris Game) Learn on camera skills and commercial audition technique with casting director Chris Game of Chris and Jed casting. Chris has over ten yearsexperience casting national commercials such as Toyota, Pepsi, Taco Bell and Gatorade.
(with Michael Arabian) Tools will be given that the actor can actually use in developing their craft. These tools will be discovered through exercise work using techniques by Uta Hagen, Meisner and Strasberg. For example: repetition, moment to moment, given circumstances, etc. We will then utilize the tools learned from the exercises, in scene work later in the sessions. The goal is to empower the actor to create truth based, inspired work that is uniquely them in any acting situation whether it is theatre, TV, or film.
View Larger Map
6322 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90038
Tel: (323) 962-0046
Dave Fofi: General Partner/ Producing Artistic Director
Don Cesario: General Partner/ Managing Artistic Director