WHO IS IT FOR?
A select number of very promising actors who desire a defined and reliable technique that will serve and sustain them for a long career.
Because the work is prescriptive, class size is limited to 12 actors to ensure maximum personal attention.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
The studio was founded for trained actors, which is why, until now, the studio has not offered classes that address core technique. However, many actors with obvious talent, who have not yet developed a defined way of working, often apply to the studio. The actors we have met in this category have so inspired us that we were motivated to create this new opportunity.
WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT?
Scott Freeman’s Ten Points, which are derived from fundamental Stanislavskian principles, provide the basic foundation for the Core Training. Each unit of study is dedicated to one of the points. While every actor must be a thinking artist, the emphasis is on making theory active. Therefore, basic concepts such as objective, obstacle, action, etc. will be taught so the actor understands them not just intellectually but more importantly, viscerally.
The class will consist of a series of exercises, leading to scene work, where all of the lessons will be applied.
Core Training’s goal is to give actors ownership of a describable, reliable personal technique that will serve and sustain them for a long career.
WHO IS TEACHING?
Studio Head, SCOTT FREEMAN, has taught his foundation technique at major institutions across the country. These include the MFA acting programs at The American Conservatory Theater and Rutgers University, and the BFA programs at the Guthrie Theater/University of Minnesota (founding head and master acting teacher), NYU Tisch, SUNY Purchase and The Stella Adler School of Acting. Additionally, he was a founding faculty member and master acting teacher at The Actors Center in New York for the eleven years of its existence, alongside fellow teachers Ron Van Lieu, Earle Gister, Lloyd Richards and Olympia Dukakis. In 2007, he founded The Freeman Studio and uses those same techniques with actors at advanced stages of their careers. See here for his full bio.
TARA GIORDANO has taught and directed actors at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Boston University, American University and various studios in NYC. She holds a BA in Theatre and English from Middlebury College and an MFA from The Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Her acting credits include The Arena Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and many Off-Broadway productions, including New York Theater Workshop and Primary Stages. Read her full bio here.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Acceptance is by interview and audition only.
A maximum of 12 actors will be selected for each class. As we are investing in actors’ careers, a strong peer level is paramount.
To inquire and/or apply, please contact us.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Once an actor has completed the first Core Training class, they will be eligible to enroll in Core 2. This class will be a further application of the techniques learned in Core 1 and will focus strictly on scene study. After the completion of Core 2, actors are eligible to continue studying in the on-going classes at the studio.
Total cost for the five-week experience:
Core 1: $795 (Five weeks: ten classes)
Core 2: $295 (Four weeks: four classes)
Payment plans are available.
The Freeman Studio is located in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. The space is warm, inviting, spacious and quiet. It is conveniently near most subway lines.
Core Training programs will be offered continuously throughout the year. Classes meet for five weeks and the next sessions will be:
Core 1: Nov. 6th to Dec. 14th [Skips Nov. 27th & 30th]
Core 2: Nov. 1st to 22nd
Tara Giordano 10:00am-1:30pm
Core 1 pre-requisite