We’ve taken the liberty of answering some questions we frequently receive. If you have a question that we haven’t answered, please send us a message in the form at the bottom of the page. We would love to hear from you!
How much or little experience a student has is less important than their sincere desire to become the best actors they can be.
We are an alternative to other 3-4 year conservatory training and MFA programs. It takes, at least, two years to learn the craft of acting, and another 10-20 years to master the craft. Consider our studio training as an investment in your talent for the rest of your life as an actor. The time goes by very quickly!
“Meisner Training” is very popular these days. Very few teachers are masters at it, and many misteach it. Terry spent over 30 years training and teaching with William Esper, one of the most respected protegés of Sanford Meisner at the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse. Terry is part of a direct lineage of Sandy Meisner and his brilliant approach to actor training.
Terry Knickerbocker Studio is devoted to building a tribe of committed artists. We are selective about our admissions process. Many Studios follow the mantra, “If you have a heartbeat and a credit card, you can study here” – Terry Knickerbocker Studio does not. We would rather have one class of 8 dedicated artists, than five classes filled with non-committed students.
The Meisner technique is an approach to acting developed by the American practitioner Sanford Meisner, based on the idea that “The foundation to acting is the reality of doing.” Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to read Sanford Meisner’s book, On Acting. All applicants of the Terry Knickerbocker Studio are required to read On Acting prior to being interviewed for any and all programs.
Because we don’t know where each student’s blocks are, everyone starts our training at the beginning.
Like most acting studios, Terry Knickerbocker Studio is not an accredited degree-granting program. However, we are happy to give graduates a Certificate of Completion.
We do not currently offer any scholarships, but do have an active work-study program, utilized by many students in order to subsidize their tuition. Work-studies are selected based on proven financial need and positions are granted to students who demonstrate a positive role in our creative community, and have consistently proven a commitment to their studies at Terry Knickerbocker Studio. Any students interested in being considered for a work-study position may contact our Administration.
While we are not yet authorized to issue student visas, we can refer you to other visa-granting programs (such as language or dance schools) that would allow you to train with us. We expect to be able to grant visas in the Fall of 2018.
We have many international students currently studying with us and would be pleased to speak with you about your options! Contact our Administration for more information.
We are always happy to have visitors! Please contact the studio at least 24 hours in advance and we’ll be happy to arrange a tour.
Due to the deeply personal nature and sensitivity of our work, we do not allow auditors for any of our classes. However, we do offer Open classes a few times a year, when students may partake in a free class to sample various aspects of the curriculum. Be sure to sign up for our Newsletter so you don’t miss any Open Class announcements!
No audition is required for the Terry Knickerbocker Studio. For more information on the application process, please see below, or contact the Administration.
To be considered for any courses or workshops at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, you must submit an official application through the website. Depending on the course of interest, once your application has been received, the Administration will contact you with enrollment details or arrange an interview at the Studio.
All applicants are required to read Sanford Meisner’s book On Acting prior to their interview. All Master Class, Intro to Meisner, and Summer Intensive applicants will interview with the Studio Manager. Students will be made aware of their acceptance at the time of the interview.
All Conservatory applicants will interview first with the Studio Manager, and should they prove to be an eligible candidate, will then interview with Terry Knickerbocker. Conservatory applicants will be made aware of their acceptance at the time of their meeting with Terry.
All Third Year applicants will interview first with the Studio Manager, and should they prove to be an eligible candidate, will then interview with Alberto Bonilla.
Once an acceptance has been granted, the student will have up to one week to make a deposit and secure their space in said program. After one week, if a deposit hasn’t been made, that spot in class will be open to other applicants and the student runs the risk of losing their spot.
Terry Knickerbocker has a very busy schedule. Meetings will only be scheduled with Terry once you have spoken with the Studio Manager, and if time permits.
We have multiple studio spaces available to rent. Studio spaces are open to both students and the public. See our Studio Rentals page for more details.
All deposits and administration fees are non-transferrable and non-refundable.
We take attendance very seriously.
Regular class attendance is the only way for the Student to achieve satisfactory progress in their artistic and academic pursuits. The Studio operates in accordance with the standards set by the professional industry and strives to treat the Students as professionals. In agreeing to attend the Studio, the Student acknowledges that consistent attendance in all enrolled classes is mandatory. The work we do at the Studio is a group effort; to not show up to class is unprofessional and unfair to your scene partners, classmates and instructors.
The Studio shall take into account each Student’s record of attendance as well as participation in classes when deliberating upon the admittance of the Student in any additional or future classes.
Consistent absences, excused or unexcused, may be cause for dismissal from the Studio.
We urge students to use this special time to dedicate themselves to training, not trying to advance their careers.
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