All members of a workshop group start at the same time. No new members are ever admitted to an existing group. Each workshop meets one evening per week, 7 to 11pm. An entire workshop will last between two to three years depending on the unique characteristics of each individual group. Enrolled members pay by the month for as long as they wish to continue. There is no contract or pre-payment to stay beyond the current month. Auditing is never allowed.
There is no set schedule for the commencement of new groups. New groups are announced and formed during the last two months of an existing group. New groups start, on the average, about once a year. Since the Workshop opened in 1985, 39 groups have begun. In 2012, Groups 27, 28, 29 and Larry Drake’s Groups I & J are continuing. Groups 30 and K will start in the late winter of 2013.
Joining A Group (Professional Actors)
If you are interested in joining a group contact us and your name goes on a list. When a new group is announced, we communicate to everyone on the list and invite them to a free seminar with Stephen Book. The seminar is a presentation on the nature and scope of the workshop, a description of what occurs in class, and an opportunity to have your questions answered. The seminar will also include a presentation on the pros and cons of traditional acting classes. The seminar is our substitution for auditing.
After attending the seminar, everyone is given an opportunity to apply to the new group. The primary application is a personal meeting with Stephen Book. After that meeting there may be an additional step such as an audition. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Attending the seminar is a prerequisite for meeting with Stephen and joining the workshop.
Professional actors are eligible for Stephen's groups.
Introductory/Intermediate actors are eligible to join groups led by Stephen's associate, Larry Drake (click for bio) . Larry's groups are formed at the same time as Stephen's groups and interested actors should attend the seminar. The content, participation and logistics for Larry's groups are the same as Stephen's groups.
The experiential curriculum proceeds in a sequential order:
How to Improvise--Basic Technique of Improvisation, including Essential Starters, Physical Doing, Inner Doing, Vocal Doing
Improvisation Applications to Rehearsals for Theater, Film, and TV, including First-Level Improvisations for Scripted Scenes
Improvising Professional Acting Skills, including Character, Emotions, Conflict, Agreement
First-Level Improvisation Applications to Camera and Stage Auditions
Acting the Script with Improvisation Technique including Purpose of Scene, Monologues and Purpose of Scene, Gaining More Finesse with Purpose of Scene
Advanced Emotion Project including Emotion Arcs and Switches, Crying monologues, Crying dialogue scenes
Interview Project for applying Improvisation Technique to creating successful meetings (not auditions) with agents, managers, producers, and casting directors
Advanced Purpose of Scene
Advanced Emotion Project II including Alba Emoting (universal emotion breath patterns)
Deep Character Project including Universal character archetypes, Mask work
Comedy Project including Sitcom, Improv comedy
Final Project , unique for each group