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One concept you will learn to grasp faster than most at Actor's Studio East is that you must always be
"in the moment". Right here; Right now. There is no other option. We do not base our courses on discredited "emotional recall" & we most certainly do not condone the naive misconceptions that self-inflicting pain belongs on the stage. You have one job, and that is to be in the moment. You will give an honest & natural performance. We do not tolerate any less, and we most certainly do not tolerate "stock company acting".

About us

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Who We Are

Actor's Studio East is an acting studio that offers daily acting classes designed to heighten & train your mind & body for auditions & performances.


We are versed and updated in all current methods, techniques and exercises being taught in leading acting schools in LA and New York, with the intent purpose of bringing these methods to Manila.


Our courses are open to all artists: actors, writers, directors, singers, musical theater performers, etc. as all classes and exercises are designed to awaken creativity, free you of inhibitions, and develop observational skills to increase the quality and efficiency of your work on & off of the stage.


We believe that the fusion of talent and technique, instinct and intense training results in a completely different breed of artist, honed and refined to the highest caliber that will not only enrich the local scene, but give them unique advantages in the world stage.

About Acting Philippines

What We Do

We offer in-depth curricula grounded in the teachings of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski, and Michael Chekhov, three of the leading influences of film and theater today.


Classes are limited to 13 people, guaranteeing each student the opportunity to act intensively every day of the course.


We challenge you to make choices and take risks to pull you out of your comfort zone.


We encourage you to find your own voice and expression, not to ape teachers or fellow actors.


We give you the essential tools to go out and get an actual paying acting job, using what you’ve learned within the classroom and applying it in the workplace.

About Actor's Studio East

What We Don't

Actor’s Studio East is not a summer workshop.


We don't offer seminars. We offer 1 month, 2 month, 6 month, and year round courses.


We are not a hobby. We are for those seriously involved in their craft, be it acting, directing, musical theater, or any other creative medium.


We do not babysit. We believe in truth and brutal honesty to break down the mental walls and barriers holding you back.


We do not believe in shortcuts. Nothing worth working for can be attained quickly, and we expect nothing short of excellence, from both our students and our faculty.

About Meisner Method Philippines Studio

Meet the Staff

Blake Allan Artistic Director
Celeste Legaspi Co-Founder
GR Rodis Co-Founder
Waya Gallardo Student Advisor
DFG Creative Consultant

Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances

-Sanford Meisner

The text is like a canoe, and the river on which it sits is the emotion.

-Sanford Meisner

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.

-William Shakespeare

In the theater, silence is an absence of words, but never an absence of meaning.

-Sanford Meisner

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.

-William Shakespeare

Good acting -- real acting is impossible to spot.

-William Esper

Consistency is the death of good acting.

-Michael Shurtleff

When we are on stage, we are in the here and now.

-Constantin Stanislavski

If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.

-Jack Lemmon

An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.

-Michael Chekhov

Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.

-Bette Davis

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

-Stella Adler

The first step to a better audition is to give up character and use yourself.

-Michael Shurtleff

I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.

-Michael Caine

Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion.

-Kate Reid

I need to go where people are serious about acting.

-Meryl Streep

Courses

Our Classes

It's not going to be easy...

Tier 1

Grounded in the core essentials of the Meisner technique, this course focuses on building confidence in free expression and truth, giving you a strong foundation of technique to apply to your acting.


Each week will be divided into specific sessions dealing with technique study, cold reading, and actor’s instrument.


Throughout the course, you will become fluent in emotional response, instinct development, and script analysis. You will also gradually be introduced into the latter-life approach of Constantin Stanislavski.


You will also learn the beginning steps of imaginary circumstances, organic development & characterization, as well as character relationships & justification based on classroom assigned scene work.


Duration: 1 month
Rate: PHP 15,000

*Requirements: The Tier 1 Program is open to new & veteran actors alike. You are not required to have previously trained professionally, however, you ARE required to have a willingness to dedicate yourself to one month of intense training.

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Tier 2

This two month course dives deeper into the techniques of Meisner, Stanislavski, and the basics of the Michael Chekhov technique, concentrating on character adaptation and advanced characterization.


You will tackle the elements of engagement, imaginary circumstances, identifying subtext, and character provocation through more advanced scene work.


This class also teaches conflict identification and character immersion in preparation for the Advanced Program.


Towards the latter part of the course, time is dedicated to studying the business of show business and your role as an actor to the agent.



Duration: 2 months
Rate: PHP 30,000

*Requirements: Students must complete Tier 1 and audition to gain acceptance into the Tier 2 program

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Advanced Program

By this time, students should have a profound understanding of the methods taught in Tier 1 and Tier 2.


This intensive six month course is designed to further enhance your skills and prepare you for the actual workplace, delving deeper into conflict identification and character immersion, as well as taking up monologue acting and character device.

The advanced program is designed to combine a fusion of Meisner, Stanislavski & Chekhov approaches. Great detail is spent on understanding the technique of Michael Chekhov & psychological gesture.


Held 2 days a week to allow time for auditions, students are encouraged to apply the abilities learned within the classroom in the real world, honing their instincts, and eventually identifying the methods and techniques that work for them.



Duration: 6 months, twice a week
Rate: PHP 6,000 / monthly

*Requirements: Students must complete Tier 1, Tier 2 and audition to gain acceptance into the Advanced Program

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Master Class

While bringing to light elements of the Chekhov technique such as psychological gesture, this course is structured similar to Sanford Meisner’s original Master’s class.


Weekly classes are designed to accommodate the working actor intent on continuing their training and refining their method while professionally pursuing TV, film and theatre.


Spread over the course of several months, this class pushes you to confront and explore past the barriers of your own imagination while always grounding yourself in an element of truth. Mental barriers built up from working in the industry are broken down.


The dedicated four hour sessions are key to maintaining and mastering the skills and techniques taught through Tier 1, Tier 2, and the Advanced Program.


Duration: 9 months, once a week
Rate: PHP 4,000 / monthly

*Requirements: Students must complete Tier 1, Tier 2, Advanced Program and audition to gain acceptance into the Master Class

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Actor's Physical Training

Held an hour before class, the APT prepares students for the day’s work, awakening your mind and body, sharpening the senses and stimulating concentration.


Though deceptively simple in the form of games, group activities and vocal practice, APT is specifically designed to complement and re-emphasize the teachings of Chekhov and Stanislavski.


Each APT session is open to all past & present students, and any Actor's Studio East student can participate. APT sessions are typically a blend of students with varied skills ranging from Tier 1 to Master Class students, thus encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone, and work with others who may be further developed.


Often times, when an Actor's Studio East student can't dedicate the required time for the next class, they will take up the APT daily in order to keep the edge they've gained over the industry sharp & alive until their schedule allows for continuing their education & development.


The APT is a daily course, that begins & ends within the hour. Unlike a dedicated course, the APT is a new cirriculum each and every day & is based on what students have already learned or are currently learning. While we do require dedication for the hour, it is unnecessary to know what happened in "yesterday's APT".



Duration : Every day before class (limited number of tickets included with each program)

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International Professional Program

An intensive international program designed for students from abroad, this course combines all classes into a 9 month training period, specifically geared towards students seriously pursuing acting as their profession.



Tier 1, Tier 2, Advanced and Master Class



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Some of what you'll find in our exclusive members area

Audition Calendar

Members get access to our members-only audition calendar covering a vast majority of the casting calls within Metro Manila

International Assistance

Survival Guides to travelling, living and studying in Metro Manila whether it's for a 1-month Tier 1 Program or the entire 9-month enchilada

Actor's Lounge™

Video interviews with various celebrities, sharing their stories & behind-the-scenes personalities with
Artistic Director Teacher B

Events Calendar

Immediate access to our events calendar featuring upcoming concerts, plays, film festivals, art exhibits etc. That's right! Our members area calendars are updated with the latest up-to-date content!

Online Enrollment

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The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.

-Stella Adler

Every little moment has a meaning all its own.

-Sanford Meisner

An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.

-Sanford Meisner

The theatre infects the audience with its noble ecstasy.

-Constantin Stanislavski

Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.

-Constantin Stanislavski

Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.

-Constantin Stanislavski

Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!

-Craig MacDonald

Find in yourself those human things which are universal.

-Sanford Meisner

Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance.

-Michael Shurtleff

Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

-George Burns

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

-Aristotle

The play's the thing, Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.

-William Shakespeare

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.

-Bette Davis

Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You're never as good as you'd like to be. So there's always something to hope for...

-Washington Irving

The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it.

-Constantin Stanislavski

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for classes at Actor's Studio East?

Online registration is available throughout the year via our website, or you can stop by our on-site office.

2 weeks prior to the scheduled start date of your class, first time applicants will be required to come by our main office in Cubao to fill out an in-house registration form, followed by an interview with our Student Advisor.

Current and returning students can either schedule an audition for their next course online using their student login on our website, or by contacting their Student Advisor.

Am I guaranteed admission into Actor’s Studio East?

Admission into the Tier 1 program is open to everyone, however, admission into all other programs is strictly audition-based.

How many students do you accept per class?

Classes are limited to a maximum of 13 students per class.

Occasionally, we’ll bend the rules and accept a couple more, but this is on a case-to-case basis.

Do I need to have prior acting experience to take class at Actor’s Studio East?

No.

Prior acting experience is not a requirement; just an open mind and a desire to do the work.

When do classes start?

Classes start each and every month from February 1st and end October 31st.

The school then has a 3 month break, allowing the faculty to go through their own training in New York and L.A., in order to keep our teaching methods current by international standards.

Be sure to check the online calendar and your enrollment details for exact class times.

Do you hold workshops?

We do not hold workshops.

The kind of training Actor’s Studio East offers cannot be learned in a 4 hour seminar.

Returning students ARE encouraged to attend the APT even if not currently enrolled in a full course.

What will class be like?

Classes will be held 3-4 days per week. Students are allowed 2 days absence throughout the entirety of the course.

We believe in a hands-on approach, less talking and lectures, more action. Classes can be intense and full of explosive, emotional episodes. An important part of the process is ridding the student of bad habits and pre-conceived ideas about what acting “should be”. Mistakes will be made, boundaries will be pushed, and feelings will get hurt.

Emotional situations & confrontation are the foundation of organically developing as an actor. All drama and conflict remains within the classroom and should not leave the stage. Do not bring it home with you or you will go insane.

How do I get to Actor's Studio East?

Please check the map in our contact section for detailed transit information to Actor's Studio East from Metro Manila & all other regions within the Philippines.

What payment methods do you accept?

Cash, check, credit card/EPS & of course, PayPal

*Checks will be required to clear 3 days prior to the start date of your class.

Can I pay with international currency?

Yes, we accept Philippine Pesos, U.S. Dollars, and Euros

*Be sure to contact the Actor’s Studio East main office at time of payment for the most accurate currency exchange rate.

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