The Studio is an ongoing weekly forum for the working professional actor. A combination of traditional scene work along with original work generated by Studio members, it’s an incubator for continuous professional and personal development - all leading the way to creative indelibility.
We honor and practice time-tested traditional scene work in class, while we also fully embrace the new paradigm of the actor as creator. Original projects born in The Studio have resulted in fully produced plays and original award-winning films.
Participants: This is an acting class, but we also enthusiastically invite writers and directors to participate as another way to inform their core skills, and lend their talents to work done in class
Commitment: You have our personal commitment to bring 100% of ourselves to class. The same is expected from our students. This is not a casual career – and to that end I expect you to be on time, prepared, and ready to bring your very best.
Wednesdays | 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Taught by: Michael Laskin
Admission to class is only by interview with Michael Laskin
Size: Limit 20 students
Price: $300 for 6 classes.
Space: Class is held at The Pico
Both The Studio and The Class emphasize techniques featured in Michael’s book, “THE AUTHENTIC ACTOR, the Art and Business of Being Yourself”. His is a non-dogmatic approach stressing solid technique combined with emerging self knowledge - allowing the artist to illuminate the text and make it their own. Everyone’s “personal fingerprint” should be embedded in the display of their work. We don’t focus on a singular method. While the work in both classes is often derived from theatre-based material, there is always an eye toward the creative pivot that exists between stage and screen.
Michael Laskin has been a working professional actor for over 40 years in film and television – from SEINFELD to BIG LITTLE LIES and a great deal in between. He has worked extensively off-Broadway, and at some of America’s leading regional theatres, including The Guthrie Theatre, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Geffen Playhouse, The Seattle Repertory Theatre, and The Mixed Blood Theatre Company.
Additionally, he was awarded a Fringe First Award at The Edinburgh Festival for playing “Richard Nixon” in TEA WITH DICK AND GERRY, which went on to a successful run at London’s Roundhouse Theatre.
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