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Conservatory Quality Training In An Intimate Setting

Stanislavsky Teaching Artist, Author, & 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. 

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

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Basic Curriculum Includes: Psychophysical Conditioning Exercises, Voice and Speech, Improvisation, Audition Coaching, Contemporary & Classical Scene Study, and Public Performances.

Advanced Rehearsal/Performance Classes Include: Character Transformation, Theme, Dual Perspectives, Neuro-Linguistic based Voice & Speech work, Advanced Movement Exercises, and Participation in One-Act and Full-Length Plays Produced for Public Performances and Presented in Repertory.




The Mission & Vision of the Bennett TheatreLab

“The Bennett TheatreLab strives to provide professional acting conservatory training that offers an alternative to the expensive academic approach of a University. We work to provide a training ground that will give the talented amateur the tools, skills, and confidence to successfully approach a professional career in theatre and film. A local conservatory with emphasis on community development will attract young talents that will in time raise the level of artistic accomplishment as our community theatre and city grows.” 

The Goal of the TheatreLab

“The TheatreLab is a place for mutual growth of body mind and soul.  Our goal is to contribute to the cultural life of our community.  We provide the most affordable and innovative advanced actor-training techniques in a safe and nurturing environment.”

My Teaching Philosophy

“Every actor with talent has a spark of genius. The goal of our System of training is to identify that spark, bring it to the fore, and develop the actor’s technical skill and confidence to do so independently.”

Philip G. Bennett
Artistic Director





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

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  • 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

Required Class Materials

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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Schedule of Available Classes

  • 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

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Term Dates

Fall:  September 1 - October 13, 2018
Late Fall:  November 1 - December 17, 2018

Winter: January 6 - February 19, 2018
Spring:  March 3 - April 22, 2018  

Late Spring:  May 1 - June 9, 2018
Summer:  June 23 - August 12, 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

Specializing in Audition Selection and Preparation

Every actor with talent has a spark of genius. The goal of our System of training is to identify that spark, bring it to the fore, and develop the actor’s technical skill and confidence to do so independently.

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

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"Your success is my sole concern."

Philip G. Bennett

Coaching Specialties

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!

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