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Professional Acting Conservatory (online)

Conservatory Fall Commencement – September 13, 2021

Our professional program pairs Meisner with our Core Training Courses to create a curriculum that helps our students become the best actors they can be from the comfort of home. Students have access to recorded course archives while enrolled in the program and receive weekly assignments to continue training offline. Take advantage of the best online acting conservatory the industry has to offer from anywhere in the world! Have a day job? Not a problem. With classes that meet no more than 14 hours a week, and select courses available to view through our archives, you can finally get the acting training you’ve always wanted anywhere any time.

Full Professional Program: $2,200/ 12 weeks

The Fall Curriculum

Loyd Williamson Technique I – IV

Using the fundamentals of the Williamson Technique, this class functions as a physical guide guide to help begin to identify your own unique habits of tension and to begin to let go of extraneous physical guide to let go of extraneous physical behavior. To release the constrictions of the actor’s instrument to free the actor’s emotion life. This technique was specifically designed for the actor studying the Meisner Technique, to integrate the philosophies and techniques of Meisner training into the body and voice. In doing so, you will become less physically cluttered, less self-conscious, and more capable of creating specific unapologetic behavior with ease. 

Meisner I – IV

Begin your journey into deep listening and working on the fundamentals of acting in a rock solid way. By studying the Meisner Technique enables you to take a script and know how to bring yourself to it fully, working in service to its needs. By taking this two year training online, you can more quickly wield your craft versus the intermittent on and off of doing workshops and six week classes over the course of many more years. As actual in-the-room contact is essential, pairing with another actor on your end will allow the class to function in ‘pods’. These ‘pods’ will help you make the most of your training experience while giving you an added layer of support during the process

Voice + Speech I – IV

This course will introduce you to a heightened awareness of breath and its role in the performer’s art. Exploring breath and voice in the body will encourage you to find presence, both with yourself and others. We will explore breath and vocal production with increasing freedom, using a foundation of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and Knight-Thompson Speechwork techniques.  This course will provide a space to release habitual tensions that hinder vocal expressiveness; help build an effective, safe, and thorough breath and voice warm-up; and help performers understand the basic anatomy of breath and voice as they advance in their studies. Through awareness, relaxation, and focus, breath and voice become a powerful mode of expression.

Commercial Acting

Commercial Acting at Open City Studio tackles every necessary thing you need to know for your next commercial audition. Can I book a job quickly if I’m just starting out? What things can I do on set to ensure a future job? What’s the one thing I need to do in the callback to book? What are the three different kinds of commercials that create the three different kinds of auditions? How do I find an agent?

There are absolute and practicable rules about commercial acting and script analysis that will help you book a national commercial. You can work fearlessly, and truly enjoy every audition. The commercial class at Open City Studio will show you how.

Commercial Acting is taught by Bill Coelius, a working actor for over 15 years and counting. Bill has booked over 50 national commercials, worked with Ang Lee, and has appeared on many tv shows including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Criminal Minds, Parks and Rec, Modern Family, The Office, Desperate Housewives and many others, including American Horror Story: Hotel, where his throat was slashed by Lady Gaga, a career highlight so far.

THRIVE: The Psychology of Acting

Feeling worn down mentally by the business of acting and want to maximize your booking potential? Enroll and reclaim your artistic power! This is a unique class that NO other acting studio offers – one that will be interactive with Dr. Nick Holton to help guide you on your artistic journey and to unlock your unique potential.

Note: The following courses will be recorded and available to stream for up to one week.