ABOUT THE PROGRAM

For over 40 years, NYU and Strasberg have partnered to train new generations of talented young actors and performers. Since the start of the studio system in 1974, Strasberg has been an integral part of the NYU Drama community with a vibrant history of collaboration and a long list of celebrated alumni. Located just minutes away from the NYU campus, and surrounded by a thriving off-Broadway theatre scene, Strasberg is the opportune place to pursue your artistic and professional goals.

 

The structure of the NYU program is unique to the Institute, and allows us to provide a more personalized training model to each individual student. The goal is for each student to study with as many teachers as possible to take advantage of their individual strengths, their personal experiences, and their intuition in solving the problem of the actor. Our objective is to use Lee Strasberg’s work to train the talent of each individual and to confront their habits, limitations and preconceptions about acting with exercises that spark their imagination, creativity and fuel an understanding of human behavior. This NYU curriculum, designed by Lee, reflects our dedication to Lee Strasberg’s work and his standard for actor training. It emphasizes the development of a versatile physical instrument, a grounded and supported voice, and a relaxed and concentrated mind, while stressing the importance of imagination and individual creativity.

THE 1ST YEAR
NYU PROGRAM

The first year NYU acting program is about introducing you to the Method acting process and Lee Strasberg’s work. You will gain a basic understanding of the exercises, a comfortability with the foundations of relaxation and concentration, and an idea of how the work relates to scenes. You will become aware of habits of in-expression, areas of physical tension, and feel a strengthened imagination through sensory and improvisation. In addition, you will develop a neutral and supported voice and a strong understanding of your bodies through vocal production, speech, dance and Tai-chi.

CLASSES:

1st Semester 2nd Semester
Method Acting (4 Hrs) Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Method Acting (4 Hrs) Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Ballet (2 Hrs) Jazz (2 Hrs)
Vocal Production (2 Hrs) Vocal Production (2 Hrs)
Speech (2 Hrs) Speech (2 Hrs)
Tai Chi (2 Hrs) Tai Chi (2 Hrs)
Improvisation I (2 Hrs) Improvisation II (2 Hrs)

THE 2ND YEAR
NYU PROGRAM

The second year NYU acting program is about integrating the basics developed in the freshman year into more advanced scene work. You will gain an understanding of how a scene functions within the context of a play, how to dissect a scene, how to identify objectives/needs and then how to use that information to fuel the imagination and fulfill those demands using the sensory work. The addition of singing challenges the actor to apply basic vocal production skills to a more rigorous technical form putting increased demand on maintaining relaxation and technique while performing. Dialects integrate basic vocal production and speech skills into a more specific function testing their command of previous skills. Movement classes emphasize the further understanding of the body and the reduction of habits to free expression and connect to the work.

CLASSES:

1st Semester 2nd Semester
Method Acting (4 Hrs) Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Method Acting (4 Hrs) Method Acting (4 Hrs)
Jazz (2 Hrs) Tap (2 Hrs)
Movement (2 Hrs) Movement (2 Hrs)
Singing (2 Hrs) Singing (2 Hrs)
Dialects (2 Hrs) Dialects (2 Hrs)
Script Analysis (2 Hrs) Script Analysis (2 Hrs)

THE ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL TRAINING / TRANSFER TRACK
NYU PROGRAM

The program emphasizes the application of the technique to more complex scenes and new forms. You will develop a greater understanding of how to apply the sensory work to film and television as well as the development of characters. You will also learn to cater your process to audition scenarios and leave with an understanding of those increased demands. Vocal electives include singing and dialects II which continues with the development of integrating foundational techniques to more advanced work, accents and the development of repertoire.

CLASSES:

CORE CLASSES:
Method Acting, Method Acting, Film and TV

 

MOVEMENT ELECTIVES*:
Advanced Dance, Stage Combat, Movement

 

ACTING ELECTIVES*:
Audition, Building a Character (APT)
Sensory, Building a Character (Transfers)

 

VOCAL ELECTIVES*:
Singing, Dialects II

 

* SUBJECT TO CHANGE

THE PRACTICUM PROGRAM

The Practicum program focuses on the professional demands of the actor and industry. You will graduate with in-depth knowledge about specific playwrights, genres and styles while having worked with at least four professional directors. You will be confronted with different ways of working and coached in how to manipulate and translate the method technique to fulfill the demands of each individual director as well as the demands of very advanced scene work and plays. You will gain a strong idea of industry expectations and a framework on how to move forward upon graduation. This semester is about fusing the artistic and technical aspects of the previous years of training and applying the breadth of that training to a full scale production. Students in this program form a company which produces a new work through The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, a collaboration between the Clifford Odets Estate and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. The company is interviewed by an emerging playwright who then crafts a new play for that specific ensemble. Together with a professional director, the company builds that new work towards the final production.

CLASSES:

CORE CLASSES:
Method Acting, Method Acting, Working with the Director, Developing your Career

 

MOVEMENT ELECTIVES*:
Stage Combat, Movement

 

VOCAL ELECTIVES*:
Singing, Dialects II

 

* SUBJECT TO CHANGE

ADMISSIONS

NYU at Strasberg admissions are handled solely by NYU.
Please contact the Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Drama Department for more information.

NYU Admissions