Acting Classes - Beginner
Our beginner acting classes offers a great introduction to the world of acting. Students will learn technique through a process of developing original monologues and performing them in class. This process is not only extremely helpful when it comes to learning how to take clear action, breakdown a scene, create a character, but it is also a great practice when it comes to building confidence and strengthening your voice.
We encourage our students to be fearless. Acting is all about confidence. When the walls of insecurity come down, the students allow room for creativity and the transformation into different characters for the stage, film and TV.
Our Philosophy at the Victor Cruz Acting Studio is to encourage students to be fearless and to be the very best within themselves. Our environments are warm and positive and do not believe in instilling fear to get the best results. Instead, we share the tools necessary to excel in the craft of acting with clarity and confidence.
8 Week Beginner Acting Classes
The curriculum for our 8-week course covers building confidence, writing original monologues and performing them, scene breakdown, and character development. At the end of the 8-week course, students will participate in a showcase where they have the opportunity to share original works from class.
Weeks 1 – 4
LEARN HOW TO APPROACH THE MONOLOGUE. We will kick off this course with an icebreaker that involves improvising stories and acting them out. Students will then be given prompts to create their first original monologue. During the first class, students will get a chance to read them and put the pieces on their feet for the very first time. During our 2nd class, students will have a week with the material and now they will perform them with a lot more familiarity and confidence. Notes will be shared, and a new prompt will be given to students to create a new monologue.
Weeks 5 – 6
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. We will take the 2nd monologue created and explore the moments in a scene. The moment before the character enters, what the character wants and how they will get what they want. Students will be given a new prompt, and a new monologue will be created.
Weeks 7 – 8
INTRODUCTION TO SCENE WORK.
Students will get a good glimpse into what it takes to mount and execute a scene. The scene will be provided by the studio.
Who are these acting lessons for?
Our beginner acting lessons are for students coming from all walks of life, those looking to gain insight into what it takes to break into the industry and looking to work on building confidence, strengthening their voice, and presenting ideas with power and clarity.
Student who have taken our beginner lessons are:
- Aspiring actors
- Business Executives & Leaders
- Adults from ages 18 – 70
- Someone interested in becoming an actor
- Public speakers
Students will have a clear idea as to what it takes to be an actor. They will be more confident with approaching scripts, creating characters, but most importantly, they will be more confident within themselves as people. The tools that you will learn in this course, will bleed into the rest of your life in a major positive way.
All students will have access to online resources during and after completing the course which will serve to help guide them through the acting industry. The student showcase will also be available online for review and to share with their own networks.
Upcoming Acting Classes:
All our beginner acting classes in New York City are consecutive 8 Week Sessions. See below for more details on the price, dates, and times of each session. All classes are held in Manhattan.
Winter Acting Classes
Register today for our Beginner Winter 2020 classes:
January 7, 2020 – February 25, 2020
7:00pm – 9:00pm
325 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
About the instructor
The Victor Cruz Acting Studio opened up its doors for the first time in New York City during the fall of 2011. The studio offers acting classes, workshops, private coaching and high-quality professional self-tape services to students of all levels. Owner Victor Cruz, set out to create a learning space that was warm, positive and supportive for the actor. When Victor is not teaching at VCAS, he works as a faculty member at HB Studio. He graduated with a B.F.A. from the acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase College. Some of his TV & Film Credits include: The Good Cop (Netflix), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Gotham, Blue Bloods, House Of Cards, The Other Woman with Cameron Diaz, Annie (2014), and West Side Story (2020), directed by Steven Spielberg.