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the bennett theatreLab

Conservatory quality training in an intimate setting

The Training Program


The TheatreLab is dedicated to the training of both novice and professional actors for a
career in theatre and film based on the Stanislavsky System's Psychophysical Actions.

Actors are trained in a safe and creative environment where the system can be
absorbedexperienced, and practiced in any acting arena.

Stanislavsky Teaching Artist and Artistic Director, Philip G. Bennett, will introduce you to Stanislavsky’s inspired technique about the actor's creative process and how Psychophysical training improves your acting skills. You will be introduced to the tools of the System while working on yourself as an actor and working on a character from a play. 

A Place for Growth of Body, Mind and Soul.

The Bennett TheatreLab offers an in-depth training, and begins with a Two Year basic curriculum in Active Analysis through Physical Actions Acting Technique.

Classes include: Psychophysical Conditioning Exercises, Voice and Speech, Improvisation, Audition Coaching, Contemporary and Classical Scene study and Public Performances.

Advanced Rehearsal/Performance Class introduces advanced techniques: Character Transformation, Theme, Dual Perspectives, neuro-linguistic based voice and speech work. Advanced movement exercises and participation in one-act and full-length plays produced for public performances and presented in repertory.





A term is 7-8 weeks in length. Classes are three hours in length and include the subjects below:

  • Yoga Meditation
  • Voice and Speech
  • Elements of an Action
  • Dramatic short and long-form Improvisation on Actions
  • Movement
  • Psychophysical Conditioning Exercises
  • Active Text Analysis through Physical Actions
  • Monologue and Scene Study
  • Shakespeare and the Classics
  • Public Showcase Performances



Recommended Reading Materials:

An Actor's Work by Konstantin Stanislavski | An Actor's Work on a Role by Konstantin Stanislavski | The Stanislavski System by Sonia Moore | My life in Art by Konstantin Stanislavski | Stanislavski Revealed by Sonia Moore | Stanislavski in Focus by Sharon M. Carnicke | Stanislavski for Beginners by David Allen | Stanislavski and the Actor by Jean Benedetti | Towards a Poor Theatre by Jerzy Grotowski | The Profession of the Stage Director by Gorgi Tovstonogov | The Emotional Brain by P.V. Simonov | Active Analysis by Maria Knebel | Shakespeare Alive! by Joseph Pap | Actions: The Actor's Thesaurus 

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  • Saturday, 12:00 to 3:00pm
    Acting I-II: Introduction to the System
  • Sunday, 5:30 to 8:30pm
    All Levels: Classical Acting - Shakespeare, Greeks, Moilère and Restoration Comedy
  • Monday, 6:30 to 9:30pm
    Acting II-III: Rehearsal Performance Class


Spring:  March 3 - April 22, 2018  

Late Spring:  May 1 - June 9, 2018

Summer:  June 23 - August 12, 2018

Fall:  September 1 - October 13, 2018

Late Fall:  November 1 - December 17, 2018

Winter: January 6-February 19, 2018


*Dates are subject to change please see our calendar for the most up to date scheduling

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Includes 8 weeks worth of classes

FULL-TIME: Saturday, Sunday and Monday Classes - $350.00 per term; 6 terms per year
PART-TIME: Saturday or Sunday Class ONLY - $175.00 per term; 6 terms per year

Tuition is due in full by the first day of the first class, excluding your free audit. Payment arrangements can be made by need and mutual agreement. 
As fees are subject to change, please "Contact Us" for further information.

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Personal Coaching

Personal Coaching

Personal Coach

Specializing in Audition Selection and Preparation....

We are committed to bringing the most up-to-date acting techniques and decades of professional coaching experience to you.

"Your success is my sole concern."
Phil Bennett


Contemporary Texts: 

19th Century Drama
American Drama & Comedy
Modern World Drama


Audition Selection and Preparation
Voice and Speech Exercises

Classical Texts:

Ancient Greek Tragedy & Comedy
Restoration Comedy

Sliding scale payments for an hour and fifteen minute session!