I AM AN ACTING TEACHER AND COACH. I HAVE BEEN TEACHING FOR 25 YEARS AND HAVE WORKED WITH SOME OF HOLLYWOODS TOP ACTORS AND ACTRESSES IN TV, FILM AND THEATRE. I DIRECTED A FEATURE FILM AND MY CLASSES RUN FROM TECHNIQUE TO MASTER SCENE CLASS.
I LOVE WHAT I DO. I TEACH ACTING AS A HEALING PATH. IN MY CLASS AND PRIVATE STUDY WE DO EXCERCISES THAT HELP YOU DISCOVER YOURSELF THROUGH THE OTHER PERSON, MOMENT TO MOMENT TRAINING. I HELP THE ACTOR TO TAKE THE FOCUS OFF THEMSELVES AND CONNECT WITH THEIR PARTNER. ACTING IS REACTING, LISTENING, RECEIVING AND TRANSMITTING.
My wife and I learned much about acting from Iris Klein. I appreciate that she demonstrates what she is teaching, something not often seen. At least i can see how much intimacy is scary when i see her work with others and when others work, although it isn't easy for me to be open with other actors. Still all the training one can get is useful when to get a job in the industry means that lots of well trained people are counting on you to know how to act. She has a lot of real world teaching to impart.
Well worth the money! If your considering an acting class for the first time, take Iris's class, you will be a much better actor for it! Shes blunt and straight to the point. Iris uses class time wisely to get as much in as possible. I will attend more of her classes in the future.
Today in class, I commented to Iris that she was the most perceptive woman I had ever met, and that she doesn't miss a thing. She tilted her head, smiled and said that she knows. And you know what? She does. She knows all. These past two weeks in Iris Klein's two week Meisner intensive has rocked my world. I love the craft of acting. I've read loads of books on the subject and always tried to apply what I've read into whatever class I happened to be taking at the time. Unfortunately, without proper guidance to temper my enthusiasm, I had picked up a lot of bad habits that ultimately lead to a lot of bad "acting." With this realization I felt over whelmed. However, working with Iris I also realized that I merely had a few bad tools mixed into my acting kit. Through Iris's training, I took each tool out of my kit one by one, looked them over for rust, polished them or, if necessary, discarded them if they were broken or revealed to be silly toys masquerading as tools. I'm going to be sad when this class concludes. With Iris's approach to the Sanford Meisner method, she endowed me with a work ethic that I will always carry with me. I truly believe I can use it to develop what little acting talent I may have into a formidable skill I can use to crack into this crazy business of show business if I work hard at it. I finally feel as though I've truly grown a little as an actor.
This is my first review because I think more people should be aware of this incredible teacher. I wanted to get back into acting after a three year hiatus. Through word of mouth I came across Iris who intimidated me because of her credentials. She works privately with many Emmy and Oscar winners and sometimes that means they're more into talking about their accomplishments rather then teaching, but I went anyway. She teaches the Miesner technique but in the most magical way. You can sit in on Fridays for $15.00 to do repetition or there are other classes available which you can check out on her website. There is nothing pretentious about this environment. She really wants you to be your best. I know Yelp is kind of a weird place to look but hey...I thought the information should be available. I could go on and on but everyone's experience with her is different and I hate reading long reviews. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't at least contact her for more information!
the foundation of the way of working is Meisner based.
we start with a moment to moment exercise then learn how to make specific relationships, circumstances, objectives doing improvisation.
we then learn to break down material into moments, beats and actions which we then bring to scene work.
I studied with Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler and my mother, Janet Alhanti.
I have worked as an actress with John Cassavetes, Walter Hill, James Burrows to name a few.
I have co written and directed an award winning feature film.
Eight week technique class is $350 per month It meets twice a week and is a two year course I teach in 8 weeks.
Ongoing scene study, once technique is completed is $230 per month.
The drop in human connection class on Fridays is $10
Private coaching is $100 for the hour
I grew up in the business. My mother was studying with Philip Burton and Sanford Meisner when I was a little girl. I started acting after I watched Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor do readings of poetry, rhetoric and verse in a very intimate theatre space in Manhattan. I moved to Hollywood and worked in theatre and TV and film. At the request of an actress who was auditioning for a role in Dallas, I coached her and she won the role. I have been coaching and teaching ever since.
I have worked with up and coming actors, children and film and television celebrities. I give the studen the tools to be the best they can be, I teach them how to work and when they land the job, I help them to be specific in their choices.
See who they are, how they work and if it feels right for you.
Do they teach technique? What is it? Many actors want to jump into a scene class or cold reading class, you must know how to work before you do that. Learn a way of working that works for you.
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