Acting 1 is the first class in The Second City’s acting school program. The class features a unique methodology and approach to beginning acting lessons. Students learn the foundational skills needed to begin their exploration of scripted work. It is a class for students who wish to broaden their performance skills or begin the study of professional acting. Acting 1 gives students the tools they need to broaden their performance skills and grow as artists. Students can begin an exploration of acting, or dive deeply into the craft on a professional level. Acting 1 focuses on the intellectual side of the craft. Students gain experience in preparing for mock auditions, and also gain insight into auditioning techniques. The first level also introduces students to the overall business side of being an actor, including best industry practices, like preparing the proper headshot and resume. Students learn the four different areas of focus for the modern actor. Those areas are based in physical, emotional, intelligence, and spiritual acting.
Acting 1 meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. No previous acting or performance experience is needed.
Regardless of previous experience, all students are requested to begin in the first level. Students should bring materials to take notes. Students should also wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are conducive to movement.
Tuition for this class includes a copy of the book An Actor’s Guide to Walking the Razor’s Edge by Michael S. Pieper, Head of the Acting Program.