“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 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.”
“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.”
Have you wondered what are the secrets of great performing artists, and how you could work toward becoming one yourself?
In our Technique I, II, and III classes, you will experience the foundation of what Stanislavsky considered his ‘greatest discovery’ after 40 years of research: Psychophysical Action. (The "secret" deemed by all great actors to produce organic behavior & spontaneity in performance). Master Teacher, Philip G. Bennett, will share with you what he has found to be the most successful acting techniques from his 50 years of teaching the System. You will learn: Focus & Concentration through Yoga based Meditation; Psychophysical Conditioning Exercises that unite the mind and body and release spontaneous emotions; all 89 Elements of the Stanislavsky System based on Action; Short and Long-Form Dramatic Improvisation tools used with ‘Active Analysis through Physical Actions,’ and applied to the interpretation of a text; Monologue & Scene Study...just to name a few. Students who show proficiency take part in public Showcases of selected Scenes and Full-Length Plays.
Foundational Technique (Levels I & II)
Saturday Afternoons: 12:00pm-3:00pm
Rehearsal Performance Technique (Levels II & III)
Monday Evenings: 6:30pm-9:30pm
If you’ve been intimidated by, struggled with, or lacked the tools to master Shakespeare--we have a solution for you!
In Shakespeare Meets Stanislavsky, Master Teacher, Philip G. Bennett will show you how to fall in love with the language and brilliance of Shakespeare, by simply getting on your feet & learning how the embodiment of words are physical as much as they are psychological. Through the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Voice and Speech techniques, and Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis combined with our Psychophysical Conditioning Exercises; you will gain tools toward developing an expressive vocal and physical instrument; discovering the logic of a character’s thought and speech patterns; and learning how to color your words in order to affect others emotionally. Classical acting skills will give you an edge in auditions and ease to the portrayal of contemporary roles. At the TheatreLab, you will soon be on the road to mastery: having the ability to build a living-character, express nuance, and fully utilize your natural voice and expressive speech, while simultaneously up-lifting and moving an audience!
Shakespeare Meets Stanislavsky (All Levels)
Sunday Evenings: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Winter: January 5 - February 16, 2019
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
Fall: September 1 - October 15, 2018
Late Fall: November 3 - December 17, 2018
*Dates are subject to change please see our calendar for the most up to date scheduling
A term is 7-8 weeks in length. Classes are three hours in length and include the subjects below:
Voice and Speech
Elements of an Action
Dramatic Improvisation: Long and Short forms based on Actions
Psychophysical Conditioning Exercises: The Key to Spontaneous Emotions
Active Text Analysis through Physical Actions
Monologue and Scene Study
Shakespeare and the Classics
Public Showcase Performances
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
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.
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.
"Your success is my sole concern."
Philip G. Bennett
19th Century Drama
American Drama & Comedy
Modern World Drama
Audition Selection & Preparation
Voice and Speech Exercises
Ancient Greek Tragedy & Comedy
Sliding scale payments for an hour and fifteen minute session!