Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00pm, June 18 - August 6, 2013
Advanced scene study digs deeper into creating more believable, focused and truthful onstage relationships. By now students should feel comfortable with the language of the basic tools and may find more and more consistency in the ability to apply these tools. In this advanced class students get the chance to apply them in three dramatic genres: contemporary drama/comedy, classical, and one other of their choosing. Among the skills we concentrate on are: relaxation, commitment, listening, truthful response, characterization and speaking heightened language. Because of limited class size, there will also be time to address any individual blocks actors might be struggling with. By working on three scenes in 8 weeks, students learn how to make committed choices in a relatively short period of time, which is one of the hallmarks of the professional actor. Prerequisite: completion of two semesters of actor training.
Instructor: Matthew Arkin
Matthew Arkin has appeared on Broadway in The Sunshine Boys, with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, Losing Louis and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (also national tour). Off-Broadway he received a Drama Desk Nomination when he originated the role of Gabe in Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner with Friends, for which he was also a Drama League Honoree. Other Off-Broadway credits include originating roles in Moonlight and Magnolias at Manhattan Theatre Club, Rounding Third, A.R. Gurney's Indian Blood at Primary Stages, You Should be so Lucky with Charles Busch, and Barbara Dana's War in Paramus, directed by Austin Pendleton. He has worked extensively in regional theatre appearing this spring at SCR in The Whale, as well as in SCR's world premieres of Steven Drukman's The Prince of Atlantis and Richard Greenberg's Our Mother's Brief Affair, and Surf Report at The La Jolla Playhouse. Films include indies Second Best, Raising Flagg, The Curse, and Bittersweet Place as well as Death to Smoochy, Liar, Liar, North and An Unmarried Woman. Television appearances include recurring roles on "Rescue Me", "100 Centre Street", "Third Watch" and "All My Children", and appearances on "Switched at Birth", "Medium", "Law and Order", the PBS pilot "Copshop", "Law and Order:SVU", "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", "Hack", "The Education of Max Bickford", "Ed", "The Street", "Simple Justice" for PBS, "Kojak", and "The Defection of Simas Kudirka".
Matthew has taught Technique and Scene Study at New York's world renowned HB Studio, and now teaches privately in Los Angeles. He studied technique, scene study and Shakespeare with Uta Hagen, and studied as well with Austin Pendleton and Sheldon Patinkin. He also teaches voiceover technique, and has performed hundreds of radio spots and television commercial voiceovers.
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