The Atlantic Acting School has been proudly affiliated with the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Drama, Undergraduate since 1983. We provide professional training to students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Art degrees in acting.
The Atlantic Acting School’s NYU program is a three-year course which provides students with a concrete technique, performance experience, and the practical, professional skills needed to work in theatre, film, television and new media.
The Atlantic Technique draws from the philosophies of Stanislavsky, Freud, Aristotle, Joseph Campbell and Bruno Bettelheim. The book, A Practical Handbook for the Actor, written by founding members of the Atlantic Theater Company, outlines and explains the technique. Simple, honest and straightforward, the Atlantic Technique demystifies the process of acting by giving the actor a very clear set of analytical and physical tools.
THE FIRST YEAR provides a solid foundation in the Atlantic Technique. Students gain a full understanding of the process outlined in A Practical Handbook for the Actor. Through classes in script analysis, performance technique, repetition, and improvisation students learn how to analyze scripts for playable objectives, develop character through action, work truthfully moment-to-moment, make acting fun, personal and accessible, and to apply fundamental elements of stagecraft to their acting. Equally important classes in voice, speech and movement build strength, flexibility, grace, power and expression.
After the first year of training, students are encouraged to join us in July for the Summer in Vermont program. This 3-week, intensive program, which brings together an intimate ensemble to work with a master teacher of the Atlantic Technique, is an ideal bridge into the work of the second year. NYU students can earn 4pts of credit by registering through the university. For more information see Summer in Vermont.
THE SECOND YEAR focuses on broadening the application of the Atlantic Technique to genre and media-specific work. In the second year, students work with material from film and television scripts, Shakespeare, Chekhov and other classical material, and comedy. Actors learn to expand their range by rehearsing challenging contemporary material that requires accents, physical adjustments and commitment to high-stakes. These challenges are supported by the integration of work from advanced classes in voice and speech, and the physical power, awareness and expression that result from classes in Suzuki and Viewpoints.
THE THIRD YEAR is a performance year. The combination of classes and sophisticated productions challenges young actors to refine their performance skills, while preparing them for the business side of the profession. Master classes with working professionals begin to form a bridge to the professional world while continuing to provide critical support in advanced skill-building. Atlantic is committed to providing opportunities to students within our own professional company and to helping them transition into their careers. Studying with professional casting directors and working with up-coming directors in the Third Year has resulted in many students being hired for jobs in theatre, film and television.
Upon completing training, students wishing to transition to Los Angeles are invited to apply to Atlantic in Los Angeles. Designed for graduates specifically interested in film and television work on the west coast, this class offers advanced training and camera work while emphasizing an introduction to Los Angeles and the industry as well as exposure to casting directors, talent agents and managers.
NYU second year students perform one-acts in either the fall or spring semester in our school’s black box studio theater. Recent productions have included evenings of Thornton Wilder and Shel Silverstein works.
NYU’s third year students perform classical plays in the fall semester in our 85-seat off-Broadway house, Stage 2. Recent productions include: Trojan Women, Three Sisters and The Tempest. Students also perform a self-written sketch-comedy piece in the black box studio theater. Spring semester performances are full-length productions of contemporary texts and have recently included A Bright Room Called Day, Mad Forest, and In the Next Room. The third year culminates in a full-length production that is student-selected, produced, directed and designed. This production serves to introduce the new student-formed company to the community.
Casting is guaranteed in both years and is determined by audition.
Admission to our NYU program is handled entirely by New York University. More information about the Department of Drama, Undergraduate, including instructions on how to apply, can be found on the department’s website.