FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are you located?
We have left our physical studio: 2730 S. Harbor Blvd. When classes resume in person, we will update the site with our next location and home. Currently, all of our classes are being taught online only via Zoom.
What is your refund policy?
When you register for class, you are making a commitment; therefore, there are no refunds or transfers once a student registers for classes. No exceptions. Without this policy, we cannot fairly offer classes, or mark classes "full;" we depend on a full commitment from registering students.
When are your classes and how much are they?
When you register for a class, you are making a commitment; therefore, there are no refunds or transfers once a student registers for classes. No exceptions. Without this policy, we cannot fairly offer classes, or mark classes "full;" we depend on a full commitment from registering students.
What is your approach to teaching acting?
We teach The Seven Pillars Acting Technique: which is a concise yet flexible foundation of acting for the actor. It trains the actor in Seven Pillars; these are taught sequentially, but the student can enter into to the learning process from any Pillar and go deeper with each new Pillar. The Pillars are 1) Contact - your relationship with the other, the quality of your listening, being in the moment and on the breath of the scene, opening up to vulnerability; 2) Circumstance - learning the specific breakdown of what is happening TO the character, an elaborate process of understanding the world of the story; 3) Meaning - what the circumstances emotionally mean to the character, identifying the core differences between actor and character; 4) Emotional Life - bridging the emotional gap between oneself and the part; learning how to open up imaginatively and emotionally; programming the circumstances with emotion; 5) Objective - the craft of scoring the wants and needs of the character, understanding motivation and will; 6) Action - what the actor DOES with the objectives, how to play an action on text; 7) Physical Life - how the body and voice influence, inspire and open up the actor's imagination and performance. In the Beginning Level Classes, the student learns how to isolate and master an individual Pillar, each with its own tools and principles. We have seen the Pillars help the actor get out of his head and into the imaginative world of the character. Our ultimate goal is to transform into character with ease and authenticity.
Can I audit a class?
Yes, everyone is granted one free audit. In fact, if you audit a class and sign up the very same night, you receive a discount on tuition of $25! Click here
Is ASoOC associated with The Actor's Studio in New York and Los Angeles?
No, we are not affiliated with them whatsoever.
Do you have classes for kids?
We are not currently offering classes for Kids under the age of 12.
What other policies do you have?
Check out our handbook for a full list of policies and expectations when you join the studio!