The Classical Studio began its 24th year September 2nd, 2014 when seventeen young actors in their third or fourth year of studies in the Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts gathered at 1:30 in the afternoon to commence a year of rigorous training in voice, speech, stage combat, Alexander Technique, and acting.

Enrolled for 8 undergraduate credits, they will also take at least 12 other credits in academic subjects such as Theatre Studies, Foreign Languages, and/or courses to fulfill minors or double majors.

The first month has flown by and we now find ourselves in the midst of auditions for our upcoming productions of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Henry V.” We will produce “Romeo and Juliet” the weekend before Thanksgiving and “Henry V” the week before spring break. The two productions will be performed again in rotating repertory in early April. The culmination of the year will be our “Word Orgy,” a contemporary celebration of spoken word, dance, poetry, and song.

Indeed, while we are termed The ‘Classical’ Studio, our work embraces that which is modern and contemporary as well. In the fall, we collaborate with the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing on readings of ten-minute contemporary plays; in the spring, Darci Picoult, will lead the class in their preparation of contemporary monologues. Nancy Piccione, the Director of Casting for the Manhattan Theatre Club, will conduct three sessions at MTC on auditions for both classical and contemporary work.

After a night off for the start of the New Year, we return tonight to callbacks for our two upcoming Shakespeare Productions with final callbacks scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Rehearsals for “Romeo and Juliet” begin Sunday! Can’t wait!