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Some Acting Schools In NY

You will read here some of my personal experience with a couple of acting schools in NY. There's one school that I talk about in more of a positive light and you will see why. That's the Ward Studio. It was and still is a great experience. It is a small studio, but the teacher is great and will make you learn. Wendy Ward is the teacher's name and she is featured in a book called Acting Teachers Of America. Meisner technique. On that page you will also find information about how to choose the best school for you.

I decided to comment a little about the information about schools that I give you on thisp page, because NY is my beat, so to speak. At least this way there's a little bit of a personal touch. At any rate, if you don't find what you are looking for among the acting schools I talk about, there is another link at the bottom of the page that will take you to an even bigger list of schools.

I have either had experience with or investigated the following list of schools. I’ll tell you what I know and you can take it from there.

In addition, one of the best acting schools in NY is the William Esper Studio. He has won several awards over the last couple of years at least and has a great reputation. Meisner technique.
If you want to contact them, you must do it through the website. There is a telephone number to call, but it doesn’t make sense to call until you have seen the site.

Some others are:

TVI Actors Studio: they have a lot of specialty classes. I took an on-camera audition class there three years ago, which was very good as well as some all-day seminars with some noted casting directors, such as Rob Decina who casts for The Guiding Light and others. In my opinion TVI is a little expensive for what they offer, but the quality was good that I received. The teach a mixture of methods.

TVI Actors Studio - New York
165 West 46th Street, Suite 509
New York City, NY 10036
Phone: 212-302-1900

One of the many acting schools in NY with a rich and deep heritage is HB Studios which also has a very good reputation as well. The method they teach is based on that of Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen and it was founded in 1945.

HB Studio
120 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014

One of the most well-known film acting schools in NY is the New York Film Academy. A lot of young people. They have one and two year programs in acting as well as directing. One advantage is that since it is a film school, there are always students looking for actors to shoot their homework projects, so you could get a lot of experience with amateur directors and camera people. They teach a mixture of methods.

NY Film Academy
100 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 1-800-611-FILM
Fax: 212-477-1414

There's also the Atlantic Acting School. Don't know much about it except that I believe William H. Macey is behind it. Very reputable. They have a great monologue teacher there as well named Karen Kohlhaus. She's a wonderful teacher!

Atlantic Acting School
76 Ninth Avenue, Suite 537
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-691-5919

Actors Connection, which is a place, first and foremost to meet casting directors and agents. I have used it for that purpose and have benefited. They also have specialty seminars and classes for hosting, on-camera commercial, commercial print, day-time, prime-time and business seminars. They also have a great program called the conservatory, which helps you actually get auditions as well as gives you some great classes.

Actors Connection
630 Ninth Avenue, Suite 1410
New York, NY 10036
Office : 212-977-6666
Fax: 212-765-4274

Another one of the acting schools in NY with a slightly more individualized touch to introducing you to casting directors and other industry professionals is The Network NYC.

The Network NYC
312 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018
(212) 239-3198

Also see an interview I did with Paul Michael, executive director of The Network NYC.

Stella Adler's school I believe is a two year program. Very good and she has an interesting approach to acting. I like it personally.

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting
31 West 27th Street
Third Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 689 0087
Toll Free: 800 112 1111

There is also ACTeen, a school that specializes in training young people. The school is run by an actress by the name of Rita Litton. I don’t really know much about it, but I had stumbled across her site in my research and I was positively touched by what I saw. I contacted her and had a brief conversation with her. At any rate, it is another school to investigate if you are looking for an acting school in NY.

35 W. 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

About three years ago one of the acting schools in NY in which I studied was really a small studio and the teacher was a delightful woman named Sheila Gray. She taught sensory work (very close to method-based acting) and advanced scene study classes. And they are advanced, so if you contact her, you need to have some experience already, otherwise you won’t get as much out of the training as you could. I also took her improvisation class as well, which met once per week. She teaches in mid-town Manhattan on 39th street. If you are interested in going to see her contact me and I can direct you to her. She also lets people audit classes for a fee. That means that you can sit and watch the class, but you can’t participate.

More Acting Schools In NY

Have a look at this page link. Do a search for acting schools in NY and you will get a list of about twenty schools. Good luck!

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