A New Acting Class

We interviewed Director of Curriculum, Joy Zinoman on the NEW acting class: Beckett, Pinter, Albee and Mamet. This class will be introduced this fall and is open to Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory students who have completed Comedy, as well as professionals who are members of AEA. Space is limited and in high demand.


This is the first new class to be added to the core curriculum in some time.  What prompted you to develop this new class?

Working with wonderful actors on these playwrights in the last few years and seeing that their plays took special acting skills, exceptional imagination, and a new relationship to text than we already have in our beginning and advanced classes in realism and the classics. I was excited by working more deeply on the material.


The exploration of these playwrights’ work is sure to be fascinating—but, how did you decide to group these four together and why? 

Samuel Beckett who won the Novel Prize for his writing in 1969 is a Titan of modern literature. Arguably, Pinter, Albee, Caryl Churchill (who will also be included) and Mamet would not exist without the minimalism, precedent- shattering nature of his work. And they all acknowledge his influence and thus can be looked at both individually and as a style.


What challenges in particular will the acting students face in exploring the works of these playwrights? 

The text will get easier as the semester progresses but getting familiar with the particular demands of these writers will be challenge enough.


What excites you the most about embarking on this new class?  

Finding the humor and depth of meaning in the plays and also the great, mysterious characters.


You have directed plays by all four—Beckett, Pinter, Albee and Mamet; is there one you particularly love to direct—that in style or theme that speaks to you most as an artist?  Is there one that you particularly love?

My favorite is always the one I'm working on at the moment.


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