Eric directing  reasons to be pretty   by Neil LaBute as a Guest Artist at UC San Diego, 2010

Eric directing reasons to be pretty  by Neil LaBute as a Guest Artist at UC San Diego, 2010





Q: What is “scene study” and how is it similar / different to other acting classes:


A: These scene study classes offer actors a place to ‘work out’, to practice, to refine, strengthen, and stretch their craft. While some so-called scene study classes focus on a particular methodology or technique, in Eric’s classes students are paired (or work in larger group scenes) and work with each other, with the teacher acting as coach, director, and fellow actor to help explore and examine the possibilities of the scene. The focus of the class is on text analysis, character building, collaboration and exploration with a scene partner or partners - it's less about a particular type of "homework" and much more focused on bringing authenticity, intellect, emotion, and experimentation to text work.


Q: I’ve never taken an “acting” class. Is this a good fit?


A: Probably not. This class is designed for actors who have previous training. The class is focused on work using scenes where the homework and preparation has been done outside the classroom; it is better suited for actors of intermediate experience and skill level and above. The assumption is that students have trained and bring text analysis, character analysis, and memorization skills to the table.


Q: What technique / methodology is used?


A: No single acting technique, theory, or methodology is prioritized in these classes. Since actors work in very different ways, this class offers a place for individual artists to use their methods, techniques, and tools while being exposed to others’ process. In class, a wide range of exercises, tools, and techniques will be introduced and explored by Eric and through exposure to other actors’ work – no single technique is highlighted and all ways of working are encouraged. The philosophy of the class is that the more tools an actor has, the better she/he can address the challenge of a particular scene or character. By exploring and collecting a wide range of tools, we better our process and learn from each other.


Q: Is an audition required?


A: Sometimes. A current resume / training summary will be required when making a request to register. Based on this, an audition may be waived, however an audition or meeting may be requested.


Q: Why is there a screening process?


A: In order to curate a group of actors with commensurate experience, training, and skill level, this screening is necessary. Because the class focuses on working scenes in repetition, teaching methodology is not a part of the curriculum. For less experienced actors, this is not helpful – a foundation of how to break down scripts, build character, and invest in the writers’ text is assumed – for actors who wish to learn these techniques, a more foundation-level class is suggested.


Q: Are audits allowed?


A: On some occasions, audits are welcome in the class. In order to preserve the safe environment of the class, audits must be requested and approved by Eric in advance.


Q: Do students work a new scene every week?


A: It depends on the length of the scene. Short film/tv scenes may only be used for one class, however longer scenes often are used for multiple class sessions.  More often than not, scenes are worked for 2-3 weeks in order to explore, expand, and challenge the actors.


Q: Will I choose my own scenes and/or partners?

A: Typically, partners will be assigned by the teacher. Partners then choose a scene to bring to class. Occasionally, Eric will recommend a scene and is always available to help scene selection. Actors wishing to work together as partners are accommodated.


Q: Will I work every week, even if my partner is unable to come to class?


A: Yes. Every student / pair works every class. In the event that an actor has to miss the class, her/his partner can work solo – either a cold read, an audition style scene with a reader, or working on a monologue.


Q: Can I keep my spot in class from session to session?


A: Yes. Students who wish to return at the end of a session are given first priority. If a spot becomes available, new students are brought in as space becomes available.


Q: Can I pay in installments?


A: Yes. Split payments are available. Students who wish to split payments are responsible for the full tuition, even if they do not attend all classes or drop out with classes remaining.


If you have additional questions about Eric's Scene Study classes, please Contact Eric