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Do you ever leave an audition or watch yourself on camera and feel like there is a "special spark" missing? Some call it spontaneity, living in the moment, freedom in your work - and it all starts with you.
Make your work authentic. Get practical tools to ensure you bring YOU to your work in an honest, personal, and authentic way.
Saturdays, May 27th, June 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th SOLD OUT
Capacity: 8 students total
Location: AGR, 15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10001
Ages: 16 and up
Week One: Story vs Monologue
Bring in a 1-2 minute story from your life as well as a 1-2 minute prepared monologue. We will workshop each person's monologue until they are sharing it with as much personalization as the story from their own life.
Week Two: Cold Reads
Learn how cold reads can actually awaken the muscle of listening and allow for more spontaneity in your work.
Week Three: Thoughts Out Loud
We will explore how your own thoughts end up serving the story.
Week Four: Analysis vs Authenticity
You will learn how to incorporate specific "choices" about the character without eliminating your authenticity.
Week Five: Memorization
You will learn the most productive way to memorize your lines so that it doesn't get in the way of spontaneity.
Please bring a prepared monologue as well as a 5-7 page scene from TV, film or Theatre. *Do not prepare the scene in advance. Each week we will explore a different tool in how to bring your full self to your work.
You may cancel and receive credit up to 7 days before the start date of the class. However, within 7 days of the start date of the class, no credit will be issued. Due to the nature and structure of this class, you will not receive credit or be able to make up any portion of this class for any reason if you cancel or miss a class after the start date.
Please note: You will not be able to schedule a make up date if you miss one week of a multi week class! Please only register if you can make all of the class dates.
Sarah Baskin is an actor, teacher, & private coach who has worked professionally in NY for close to a decade. She is a Master Teacher at the LA's #1 acting school, Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop, helping build the NY studio into the thriving school it is today. In her classes, she guides her students to the next level of their work and career - everything from booking their first co-star to series regular roles. In the past year alone, her private coaching clients have booked roles on shows including, "Madame Secretary", "New Girl", "Untitled HBO/Rock&Roll Project", "The Following", "Power", "Law&Order: SVU", "The Blacklist" as well as several feature films including Stereotypically You and Price for Freedom.
As an actor, Sarah has worked Off-Broadway (Roundabout, 59E59, Theatre Row), Regionally, and in Independent Film. She is passionate about new work. Favorite original roles include Dorothy Norman in Retrospective, written and directed by the esteemed Joan Tewkesbury. She is an artistic associate with the film production company Subway Token Films (Official selection in Tribeca Film Festival, 2014). Sarah wrote and starred in the company's upcoming film, AMELIA, which is currently in post production. She is a proud member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, where she continues to study with Master Teachers including Olympia Dukakis and Ron Van Lieu. She earned her MFA in Acting from ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University and a BA from Vassar College.
"Class was intense and great and beautiful and emotional for all involved! Sarah has an insane gift for identifying exactly how you are blocking yourself, holding yourself back, getting in your own way, and she is relentless in getting you past/over/under/through and/or around it. We had a remarkable group of people at all levels of acting experience, but all focused and dedicated and equally invested in everyone else’s journey, so we were all able to learn from each other as well as from Sarah’s genius guidance, and were all able to witness and support one another. It was great! I want it not to be over, so that would be nice, but on the other hand I think the concentrated immersion brought different gifts." - Carol Jacobanis
"Sarah's class was amazing! All of us walked out of there changed and wowed. It's the first time I have been 'in the zone', working from my own genuine authentic place that was pure unbridled, unthought-out me since my return to acting (after 19 years) 7 months ago. This is not my first acting class, (I have been committed to driving in from CT weekly for my training) but it's the first time that I had a teacher intuitively work from the inside out and not just shout out guideposts! It was powerful!" - Dana Bruton
"I am gobsmacked! It's been a long time since I felt this good and this authentic in my work. With Sarah's class I was able to get grounded and present in the craft and art of my work like never before. Sarah's class will better prepare me for the intensives I have scheduled in the Fall." - Ramona Floyd
"I wanted to send you a quick note about the 5 week scene study class I just took with Sarah Baskin. Sarah was amazing! I learned so much from her, both from watching her work with others and from the specific guidance and recommendations she gave me regarding my own work. It was incredible! I want to be able to bring my A game when I perform, and I can honestly say that Sarah has helped bring me closer to achieving that goal. I already signed up for her next class at AGR." - Stephanie Weppler
"I walked out of my first class with Sarah today renewed, restored, rejuvenated, and re-invented. I feel absolutely amazing. Words are inadequate right now as I am still processing the time spent with her and the other students in the class, but I will say that this will absolutely, without a shadow a doubt, be THE best acting class that I have taken or will ever take. Talk about transformative. She is incredible. She is endearing. She is one heck of a truly good person." - Rebecca Janisch