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Second City Hollywood

Acting & Scene Study

The first level of the acting program examines fundamental acting skills focusing on tools from the intellectual side of the human condition. These tools include play analysis, beat work and monologue work. The stage/theater audition process will also be examined which will include resumes, headshots and audition etiquette.

All improvisers should have acting classes as a part of their tool set. Add this class to your improv training or just learn the basics of acting on its own—no improv training is required to take this class.

$395/$365 early registration per level, 3.5 hours, 7 weeks

Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Acting 1 TERM 3 2014

    Beginning Acting - The first level examines fundamental acting skills focusing on tools from the intellectual side of the human condition. These tools include play analysis, beat work and monologue work. The audition process will also be examined which will include resumes, headshots and audition etiquette.

Acting 2 TERM 3 2014

    Scene study - Level 2 focuses on partner work and skills taken from the emotional part of the human condition. Each student will be assigned a dramatic scene and partner while learning various tools like sense memory, emotional memory and personalization. Self esteem and building your confidence are vital parts to the emotional work as well.

Acting 3 TBA
This workshop is not offered every term. If you would like to be informed when it becomes available, please click here.

    Advanced scene study - Level 3 focuses on skills taken from the physical side of the human condition. Each student will be assigned a comic sketch and will be part of a ensemble piece with the whole class. Tempo, repetition, body placement and nonverbal communication are just a few of the tools examined.

About the instructor: Erica Elam recently moved to Los Angeles from Chicago where she performed at Tony Award-winning theatres including Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, and Victory Gardens. She has taught improvisation and acting all over Chicago including The Second City Training Center, iO, Peninsula Players, and The School at Steppenwolf. She also teaches corporate-types how to think outside the box on a regular basis. She has toured the world with the critically-acclaimed musical improv group Baby Wants Candy, performed all over Hawaii, Alaska and The Caribbean with The Second City on Norwegian Cruise Lines, and writes satire for The Best Church of God. Erica was named one of the “Top 5 Actors to Watch” by The Chicago Tribune and is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and The School at Steppenwolf.