Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 1 decade ago

Acting Workshops in New York?

Does anyone know of an affordable acting school/class/workshop that might be coming up spring or summer NYC? I am not really interested in theatre, i am more geared towards film and t.v. and am pretty much looking for websites, schools, or if there is a place that you have been to that u can recommend that would be great !! Thanks! p.s.- i am pretty much a beginner

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Some of the best schools in NYC:

    -Margie Haber Studios (based in LA but teaches in NY. Best cold reading class)

    -William Esper Studios

    -HB Studios

    -TVI Studios

    -Second City


    -Stella Adler

    -Weist Barron Hill

    Avoid John Robert Powers, John Casablancas, and Barbizon!

    John Robert Powers, John Casablancas, and Barbizon are all SCAMS! They are NOT agencies! They MISLEAD people into thinking that they are, but are NOT. LEGIT Agencies only make money when you do (10% for film/tv and commercials, 20% for commercial print). REAL AGENTS DON'T take $2000 upfront and DON'T make you take their subpar classes.

    A school for modeling is the biggest scam, period! When you get picked up by a LEGIT agency like Ford or Elite, they will teach you or hire coaches. They're not going to reject your resume because "oh, you don't have any modeling classes."

    If you don't think they're scams, then go waste thousands of dollars that could go towards good headshots and training from the BEST schools (JRP, JC, and Barb. are NOT the best!) Also, go to a major market like L.A. or N.Y. with those schools on your resume. You'll get LAUGHED out!

    Schools like Barbizon, JRP, and JC still exist because there are a lot of suckers trying to get into acting and for the money. They think that going to one school will be the answer and it's not. It's these schools that give them and feed off of those false promises. For every 100 people that go through these scammy schools and lose their money, there will always be that naturally talented kid that gets work and that these scammy schools take credit for.

    JRP-Banks on the name of a very famous and DEAD agent. They say that Lucille Ball, John Wayne, Barbara Walters, Heather Locklear, Peter Fonda, Jane Fonda, and many other famous actors went to the school, when NONE of them did! Some of those celebs even threatened legal action for using their names. So you see, they use bait and switch tactics.

    John Casablancas-The franchises have been known for unethical business practices and really have nothing to do with the founder's original intentions.

    Barbizon-It was legit back in the 70s and 80s. Now these franchises have been known for unethical business practices and false promises.

    These schools are OVERPRICED and DON'T provide the caliber training that more affordable and REPUTABLE schools like Howard Fine Studios, Ivanna Chubbuck, TVI Studios, Groundlings, Second City, Beverly Hills Playhouse, Stella Adler, William Esper Studios, Tom Todoroff, Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown, Margie Haber, etc. do.

    Go look those schools up! They are all respected by the industry and LEGIT!

  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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