Ruskin School of Acting starting new semester of acting classes.


Acting classes beginning in Santa Monica, California in March of 2014. Classes include the Meisner Technique and Scene Study with Master Teachers.

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Feb 21, 2014 /prREACH/ -- The Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica, California will be starting a new semester of acting classes in March of 2014. The courses that will be beginning are the Meisner Technique Classes and Scene Study with Master Teachers.

John Ruskin, Founder of the Ruskin School of Acting and the Ruskin Group Theatre Company was Sanford Meisner's apprentice and worked for Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse teaching his technique of acting. The Ruskin School of Acting is the west coast representative of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Ruskin brings his first-hand experience with Meisner to the technique acting class.

The course is divided into a two year program.  The first year of work is the foundation of Sanford Meisner's entire technique. Exercises in repetition, independent activities, emotional preparation, and scene work. The class meets twice a week.

The second year includes training in advanced Meisner technique exercises including work in characterization, relationship, improvisation, and Spoon River Anthologies: applied scenes performed from plays of both modern and classic text. The class meets twice a week.

The Scene Study with Master Teachers provides a training ground for actors to refine their craft. Each week the students work a different teacher. Past and present acting teachers include Dylan McDermott, Anthony Hopkins, Ed O'Neill, Tony Bill, Bruce Davison, David Mamet, Rob Morrow, and many more.

John Ruskin has said, "The Ruskin School of Acting is particularly mindful of fostering a safe and nurturing environment in which actors can explore themselves deeply. We know that one's ability to reveal directly relates to the amount of safety they feel. All the exercises that we do in our program help the actor to experience new parts of themselves. This ownership is key to gaining confidence as an artist. If you have been able to experience your deepest pains, sorrows, joys, fears, and then reveal them to another you are then free to utilize them in your work as an artist. This is the goal of all of artists; to help their audience experience the human condition. To do this, actors must be willing to experience themselves and their feelings in ways other people are not willing. And by doing so, they give their audience permission to do the same. "

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