Beginner Acting Classes
Our beginner acting class in NYC offers a great introduction to 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. At the end of our 8-week course, students will participate in a showcase where they will have the opportunity to share what they have learned in class.
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 Course
Our 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 – 2
LEARN HOW TO APPROACH A 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 3 – 4
THE JOURNEY OF A SCENE.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.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.Students will use original monologues that they’ve created during Weeks 1-4 to explore character development. We will focus on who the characters are, why they do the things that they do and facial features that appear while expressing their needs and wants.
Weeks 6 – 8
REHEARSALS & SHOWCASE.Students will be guided and encouraged to pick original material that features them at their best, during our end of the course showcase. During this presentation, students will present original works that they created in class. In the process, they will learn what it’s like to prepare for a showcase and acquire great habits during the rehearsal process.
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
- Some 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.
Beginner Acting Class
Register today for our Winter 2019 classes:
February 5, 2019 – March 26, 2019
6:00pm – 7:30pm
212 West 29th Street – 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Beginner Winter 2019 Schedule
February 5 – March 26
6pm – 7:30pm (8 weeks)
About the instructor
Victor Cruz has been instructing and coaching actors since October 2011. As a professional actor, some of his TV and Film Credits Include: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, The Other Woman, Annie, and Gotham. Victor teaches because he truly loves actors and their process. Beyond that, he loves people, and loves to see them blossom into the very best within themselves. Whether their journey is to be an actor, an attorney, an accountant, or a small business owner in the local community looking to strengthen their voice and presentation, Victor is available to assist and encourage that individual fulfill their goals.
Victor is currently teaching his acting classes, Tuesday nights, in New York City at the following address : 212 West 29th Street, 3rd floor.