The Russian Arts Theater and Studio offers on-going workshops open to both professional actors and serious students looking to expand their artistry and craft. What differentiates our studio from others is our firm commitment to illuminating the teachings of Konstantin Stanislavsky and other Russian theater artists in the most accurate and authentic way possible. Instructors are graduates of Russia's most prestigious theater conservatories, where they have studied rigorously under direct descendants of Stanislavsky's studio. Additionally, as part of our efforts to make theater education accessible to students of all backgrounds, our tuition costs are among the most affordable in New York City. Here, we believe that the only shortcut to mastering the art of acting is through devoted study and practice. To be a good actor is to be a complete artist. We invite you to join us on our journey.
Our teaching philosophy is anchored in the principles of Konstantin Stanislavsky, whose work produced practical tools that allow for a truthful, spontaneous and complex performance. Sadly, as Stanislavsky’s most useful findings were developed at the end of his life, his most progressive discoveries never made their way to America. The Stanislavsky “System” as taught in most American drama schools is often out-of-date and misunderstood, at times leading to harmful approaches that ultimately destroy the mental health of the actor. In actuality, Stanislavsky’s approaches to script analysis, character work, and rehearsals are constantly shifting and improving, thanks to the developments and research of Michael Chekhov, Jerzy Growtoski, Anatoly Vassiliev and many others. Therefore, it is the goal of our studio to train a contemporary, virtuosic and ethical actor—an artist in full command of his or her craft, capable of re-creating life, free from cliched imitations, performance after performance.
As part of our mission of training a new generation of artists, exemplary students from the studio will be invited to perform in The Russian Arts Theater and Studio’s various productions taking place each season. While TRATS regularly auditions actors for upcoming roles, preferences are given to current students who show professionalism, commitment and promise. At the core of our casting preference is the ethical actor--a performer who understands that the creative environment is difficult to build yet easy to destroy, that openness, courtesy and respect are the crucial elements that glue together a successful collaboration.
TRATS offers a limited amount of internship opportunities in exchange for free study at the studio. Interns will be assisting various stages of the company's productions taking place throughout the year. Upon successful completion of one production, interns will be offered take any workshop available free of charge. For inquires, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter, headshot and resume.
RUSSIAN THEATER LAB: WORKSHOP FOR ACTORS
May 23rd to July 11th
Location: The Alchemical Theater Lab (104 West 14th Street)
With Artistic Director Aleksey Burago
In acting, being spontaneous and reacting to our partner is only the beginning of our work. The actor as artist should develop a strong inner discipline. This includes acquiring a heightened concentration, a versatile voice, an expressive body, and a powerful imagination. Your job on stage is to re-create the life of the human spirit, but to do so, you should first have mastery over your own. In these weekly sessions, we will examine the ideas and acting methods by some of Russia's most prominent theater artists. Students will warm-up with selected theater games, exercises and creative group work. In the second part of class, we will look at the method of physical action, script analysis, and theater ethics based on the methods of Konstantin Stanislavsky and traditional Russian theater schools. Assignments will include acting and directing exercises, monologues and scene work specifically geared to each student’s needs, interests and level of experience. To register, please fill out the form at the bottom of the screen and make a payment via PayPal.