The Best Acting Classes in New York


Terry Knickerbocker Studio offers beginner acting classes, a Two Year Acting Conservatory, extensive and varied workshops, one-on-one coaching, and the best actor training in New York, period.

Online Learning at Terry Knickerbocker Studio

A six-week intensive, students attend acting, voice, and movement classes to begin cultivating core acting skills. Students learn the ability to truthfully respond, and how to freely express themselves under any imaginary circumstances.

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Two Year Professional Acting Conservatory

TK Studio’s flagship program, the two year program is an MFA alternative conservatory approach to actor training. Students train their entire instrument, voice, body, and mind to become the best artist they can be.

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Take Charge of Your Career Program

This post-conservatory program prepares the actor for the demands of being an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry, and includes classes in Film & TV, auditioning, and The Business of Acting.

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Meisner Acting

“Acting is Doing!” The Meisner Technique is an actor’s best kept secret. Why are so many great actors talking about Meisner Technique? Learn the many ways you can start at Terry Knickerbocker Studio.

Movement

The Body is the Actor’s Instrument. Learn how to be the best actor you can be with Movement for Actors.

Voice & Speech Training

The Body is the Actor’s Instrument. Learn how to be the best actor you can be with Voice & Speech for Actors.

Acting Classes for Beginners

Don’t know where to start? That’s what we’re here for.

Theatre History

This class centers on plays that represent particular movements and styles, the playwrights responsible for those plays, and includes behind-the-scenes stories and theatre folk lore.

Workshops

Continue to fine-tune your skills with on-going workshops in special topics.

Emotional Education Group

The group’s focus is on providing support, helping you to process your experience in class and address the issues and challenges that are arising for you in the work.

Advanced On-Camera Class with Katie Flahive

Advanced On-Camera Class is a monthly class that meets once a week for 3 hours. This is by referral, audition or interview only. This is an ongoing class that drives the actor to a functional and organized approach to auditions, callbacks and on-set work.

Intensive Scene Study with Pandora Scooter

Use all your skills from acting, script analysis, movement, and more in this rigorous, intensive Scene Study class. You’ll get to do a deep dive into excellent scripts (Williams, Kushner, Mamet, Vogel, Parks, Wilson) and realize your full potential as an actor under the incisive scrutiny of Pandora Scooter.

Commercial Acting

A 10-week class that will teach a clear, concise and practical perspective to auditioning for commercials.

Script Analysis for Film & TV

This class explores how to apply your acting technique to the needs of the on-camera medium.

Scene Study for Film & TV

This class is a constant, on your feet scene study for Film & TV  by approaching the simplest moments in a close-up to the most extreme of a master shot.

Taking Control of Your Career: The Business of Acting

This class empowers actors with tools and strategies necessary for a successful acting career.

Solo Show Writing

Pandora takes student writers from the first initial brainstorming sessions through writing a draft, developing, and reading of the show.

Solo Show Writing II

Ready to take your solo show work to the next level?  In part two, we finalize your scripts and get them ready for rehearsal.

Emotional Education Group

The group’s focus is on providing support, helping you to process your experience in class and address the issues and challenges that are arising for you in the work.

Chekhov Technique Workshop

The Michael Chekhov Technique is a psychophysical technique that utilizes the body, the imagination, and the knowledge that two are inextricably linked.

Yoga for the Sacred Work of the Actor

Learn how to add specific language within the sequence to help you, the Meisner actor, draw parallels to your acting work in and out of class.

Clown

Clowning is based in the pursuit of the clown in all of us: you as the “little one” who played with abandon and wasn’t yet socialized, the actor with a desire to uncover the beautiful, the violent, the passionate, the mysterious, and the funny with an intense curiosity. There’s no politeness, no worrying, no apologizing.

Intensive Scene Study with Pandora Scooter

Use all your skills from acting, script analysis, movement, and more in this rigorous, intensive Scene Study class. You’ll get to do a deep dive into excellent scripts (Williams, Kushner, Mamet, Vogel, Parks, Wilson) and realize your full potential as an actor under the incisive scrutiny of Pandora Scooter.

Hear the Beat, Dance the Story: Afro-Caribbean Dance and Movement

We will explore traditional movements from the African Diaspora and find our own stories within the movements.

Actors Creating Work

This eight part series will engage actors, interested in creating original material, in a process utilizing tools (exercises and improvisations) that will illicit stories and “characters,” from both truth and imagination.

Creating Physical Character

The aim of this course is to provide actors with a set of vocabulary and a system to design the physicality of a character. Actors acquire creative kinesthetic tools to help them access physical transformation that is supported by a text, their own observations, or their imagination of a person.

Master Class with Terry Knickerbocker

On-going advanced scene study, with Master Teacher Terry Knickerbocker. Offered 3 times a year.

Voice-Over Class

This class will cover the basics of auditioning for voice over, commercial copy, partner reading, and the world of animation.

Physical Comedy Workshop

Play with the make-believe with solo and group improvisations. How do we play with logic and freedom in our writing and performance? Preparation to Bouffons. Dig deeper into your comedic presence and live creativity.

Mask Workshop

Discover immediate accesses to the transformative power of the imagination.

Improv for Actors

Familiarity with improvisation is essential for any aspiring actor. In this course you’ll learn how to put up a fully improvised show. Learn how this skill practically applies to on-camera work and prepares students for semi-scripted scenarios.

Stage Combat

Learn how to be present, aware, and engaged by centering your instruments, engaging fluidly with your fellow classmates, and applying vocabulary in a performance situation. The goal? To create the illusion of violence and conflict.

Voice-Over Workshop

Learn voice-over techniques to quickly, easily, and successfully assess any copy in any situation.

9-Week Meisner Intensive

Learn the fundamentals of the Meisner technique in this nine-week intensive course.

Advanced Movement Intensive

A “Retreat Atmosphere” workshop for Advanced Movement students.

Los Angeles Master Class with Terry Knickerbocker

Terry spends 1 week in LA every year to offer his Master Class on the West Coast

Solo Show Writing

Pandora takes student writers from the first initial brainstorming sessions through writing a draft, developing, and reading of the show.

Solo Show Writing II

Ready to take your solo show work to the next level?  In part two, we finalize your scripts and get them ready for rehearsal.

Shakespeare

Learn how to identify the tools needed to demystify and inhabit the meaning, imagery, rhythm and rhyme of Shakespeare in a way that is honestly human, spontaneously active, and fully immersed in the power of Shakespeare’s poetry.

Script Analysis I

Required for all 2nd Year Students,  learn the practical and applicable step-by-step methodology to finding your way through a script. Students learn how to bring the text to life with precision, accuracy, and artistry.

Advanced Script Analysis: Modern American Masters

Advanced Script Analysis will explore the works of four renowned U.S. playwrights: Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, and Suzan Lori-Parks. This seminar-style course will involve a collective close read of one play per writer.

Emotional Education Group

The group’s focus is on providing support, helping you to process your experience in class and address the issues and challenges that are arising for you in the work.

Alexander Technique

Understand how your physicality and your psychology are unified, by exploring the essentials of the Alexander Technique work.

One-on-One

Have an audition or role you’re working on? Book an appointment with one of our master teachers.

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