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 The Stanislavsky “System” as taught in most American drama schools is often out-of-date and misunderstood, at times leading to harmful approaches that ultimately destroy the mental health of the actor.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 given a stipend as well as a semester of workshop free of charge. Preferences are given to previously and currently enrolled students. For inquires, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter, headshot and resume.
RUSSIAN THEATER LAB WITH ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ALEKSEY BURAGO
8-WEEK WORKSHOP FOR ACTORS
Award-winning Russian director Aleksey Burago leads this weekly workshop aimed at expanding the actor's imagination, creative concentration, ethics and a sense of play on stage through the acting principles devised by Konstantin Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, as well as contemporary theater directors working in Russia today. Presence on stage begins with a courageous and joyful spirit. An actor must learn the difference between a cliched imitation cloaked as "naturalism" and a bold, human response. Through discussions, group exercises, theater games, improvisations and scene-work, students are guided towards acquiring the tools for an living, expressive and truthful performance.
Dates: Sep 9- Oct 28 (SOLD OUT)
Times: Mondays 6PM-9PM
Fall semester has sold out. Students interested in joining the studio may pre-register for winter semester below. Please note, we will only be able to hold your spot after we have received payment for tuition via PayPal below.
Upcoming Workshop At The Studio:
Oedipus Rex: A Primordial Mirror
By Invitation Only
An intensive workshop over three weekends with visiting actor Ivan Alovisio from the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, Italy, and Riccardo Ripani, a graduate of the Piccolo Teatro and current member of the Russian Arts Theater and Studio. Participants will promote their expression and creativity through a multi-dimensional approach, focusing on excerpts from Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex as well as physical and vocal training.
Participants must study the entire play before the workshop begins. In addition, each participating actor will be asked to prepare a scene, an extract or even a verse before the classes. That will be the starting point for working with each individual participant and for the class as a whole. Actors will be encouraged to work together during the week on other scenes. Auditors’ contributions will be integrated in the development of each session as well.
“Oedipus Rex is above all the story of a son struggling with self-awareness. But it’s also the unraveling of a mind - the story of one who, while trying to untangle himself from a web of enigmas, plunges into Mystery and gets burned. Theater becomes real when it follows these two narrative arcs, ceasing, for a moment, to be simple performance. I chose to work on Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex because it seems opportune at this juncture in history to suggest that while we actors have a duty to address contemporary issues (exploring them and, when we are lucky, revealing them in advance), we also have a duty to be profoundly archaic, in the sense that we must explore that which has been lost, but to which we are inexorably bound. For these reasons, an actor’s work must passionately scrutinize archetypes - those primordial images on which all of our psyches rely - pushing us to extreme consequences. Isn’t that what the Greeks were talking about?”
– Ivan Alovisio
Days & Times: TBD
Location: Pushkin Hall