3-Year Conservatory

Audition Required
Start Date: September 2, 2020
Class Hours: 30 Hours per Week, Mondays-Thursdays
Tuition: $8,200 per semester
Scholarships Available

Early Bird Application Deadline: February 15, 2020
General Application Deadline: April 1, 2020 

The 3-Year Conservatory is the apex of all training programs at the Stella Adler Studio, with training that is equivalent to the top MFA programs in the nation. In this exclusive program students learn tools and techniques to better engage their imagination, to analyze text deeply and accurately, to create rich, specific characters, to engage the body and voice fully and to work professionally and creatively on both stage and screen. The goal of this program is to fully prepare students for both the craft and business of acting. The conservatory, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, facilitates continued growth not only as a creative artist but also as a human being. The academic year spans from September through May. The studio takes in a new class in September of every year.

The First Year

The first year of the program focuses on providing students a foundation from which to grow through a firm acting technique, voice and speech work, movement and physical exploration, as well as contemporary and classical scene work. Students will develop a facile and responsive body, a strong and clear voice, and clear understanding of the studio’s technique.
Classes: Acting Technique, Contemporary Scene Study, Improvisation, Alignment/Sourcework, Script Interpretation, Character, Shakespeare, Voice and Speech, Neutral Mask, Classical Scene Study

The Second Year

The second year concentrates on applying the tools learned in the first year through intense contemporary and classical scene work, with continued voice and speech work and an exploration of physical acting. Students begin performance through a language project, finally culminating in a performance presentation of a classical play in rehearsal format. Also throughout this year students begin preparing for the profession through auditions, working with industry professionals, and learning how to produce self-generated work.
Classes: Classical Scene Study, Voice and Speech, Contemporary Scene Study, Physical Acting, On-Camera Master Class, Movement for Actors, Script Interpretation, Audition Preparation, Acting Technique, Self Generated Theatre

The Final Year

The final year consists of the creation of an original movement- oriented piece followed by three performances of plays—one classical and two contemporary. Additionally, students will perform a 60-minute version of a classical play that will tour NYC schools. Students will also have master classes in stage combat, taught by renowned fight director J. Steven White, and on preparing for the acting profession with Emmy Nominated Casting Director Todd Thaler. This is followed by industry meetings, assistance in creating a website & reel, and an opportunity to audition for the showcase.
Classes: Business of Acting, Classical Workshop, Voice Language & Text, Physical Acting, Stage Combat, Special Guest Master Class, Acting Technique for Film


Admission Information

Admission is by interview and audition. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and must submit the following:

  1. A completed Online Application Form.
  2. Headshot and Resume
  3. Two letters of recommendation, including the referee’s address and telephone number. The letters should be from teacher or persons who can supply a recommendation as to the applicant’s character and potential. Referees may be contacted directly.
  4. A $65 non-refundable application fee (payable to Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Inc).

The Audition

The audition should consist of two monologues: one classical and one contemporary/realism, no longer than 90 seconds each. Phone Interviews and Video Auditions are acceptable, if necessary. Audition videos can be uploaded to a streaming service such as Youtube or Vimeo and then the link submitted through the Video Auditions Form.  After the interview and audition have taken place, applicants will be formally notified by phone regarding their acceptance in the program.

*prices, curriculum, and faculty subject to change