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Upcoming

Rita Litton (from the book “Acting for Young Actors” by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Linney)

“I believe that acting is action oriented, and emotions are the result of intentions successfully or unsuccessfully achieved. An actor does not come on a set or stage to ‘feel an emotion.” The actor ventures into a dramatic situation to do something. There is a reason why acting is also re-acting. An actor who feels the electric two-way giving and receiving is truly alive.”

Next Up– Fall Program Registering Now!

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  • On Camera Film Acting

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Next Session:  Fall Program. 
    Dates: October 15, 22, 29, November 5 & 12.
    Day/Time: Saturdays 10:30 AM -12:00 PM.
    Fee: $395 for five sessions.

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  • Foundations of Acting

    Rita Litton, Instructor

    Next Session:  Fall Program
    Dates: October 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, & Nov 12th.
    Day/Time: Saturdays 12:00- 1:30 PM.
    Fee: $395 for five sessions.

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  • Monologues

    Private Coaching by Rita Litton

    Dates: Year Round, currently via online software. 
    Perfect for:  BFA, MFA, or High School Performing Arts Entrance Auditions. Help selecting and polishing monologues, including Classical Monologues! Pre-screen tapings and advice.
    Fee:  Contact me for information

  • Commercials and Voice Acting & Auditioning

    Rita Litton Instructor

    Next Session:  Fall 2022
    Time: Email for information
    (private commercial coaching also available)

    Register

Classes are held at:
Upcoming Classes will be held online via Zoom! Save time commuting, and avoid canceled transportation!

NOTE: For future classes on site in New York City, all students will be required to provide proof of full vaccination. All mask mandates will be strictly enforced. Policies are for the safety of our students and staff.

Private coaching currently via Zoom online software!

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CANCELLATION POLICY: All Courses will be held subject to demand. Cancellation requests must be received two weeks prior to the start of term for deposit or tuition refund (less a non-refundable $35 administration fee). No refunds or credits will be given with less than two weeks notice or after classes have begun for any reason. This policy is firm (and necessary to maintain our small class composition).

Rita Litton (from the book “The Actor’s Other Career Book,” by Lisa Mulcahy)

“The famous stage actress Ellen Terry quoted three “I’s” essential for an actor’s success: Intelligence, Imagination and Industry. Of these she thought imagination the most important. I’d copy her list and add Integrity. Many people struggle to maintain businesses in the arts; temptations exist to lower standards, or make bizarre promises. We are in the arts because we love the work and want to inspire others to love it as well. They won’t love it if they are given poor treatment, or disrespected.”

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Acting Classes

Acting Classes

Rita Litton (from the book “Acting for Young Actors” by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Linney)

“I believe that acting is action oriented, and emotions are the result of intentions successfully or unsuccessfully achieved. An actor does not come on a set or stage to ‘feel an emotion.” The actor ventures into a dramatic situation to do something. There is a reason why acting is also re-acting. An actor who feels the electric two-way giving and receiving is truly alive.”

My classes are offered for beginners or professionals, adults or teens. Whether you were referred to me by your agent or manager and have extensive work experience– or your have never acted before– there is a class that will allow you to grow and develop. The intimate class size (a typical class has 6-12 students) insures that you will be challenged according to your ability. 

I will help you take your acting talent to the next level!

All acting classes use common theater terms and exercises, specifically those that concentrate on listening and responding to your partner “in the moment.” Since many actors are naturally self-conscious I initially utilize a process which turns the focus away from your internal state of mind and towards your acting partner. You will be on your feet exploring, improvising, and utilizing various acting techniques from the original teachings of legends Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen or Stella Adler. You will then work on your character’s inner life and subtext, through effective emotional preparation, sense memory and work based on ‘the Method .’ You’ll learn how to deepen your character’s relationships and objective through specific and vital script analysis. Some courses work on preparing monologues and scene work, while others focus on the audition process. The goal is to offer possibilities and tools, and more than one path to characterization. You will learn to function well among diverse directors and actors with varying acting approaches.

In my film acting courses students perform scenes and monologues on-camera. Your scenes are directed and explored over several weeks, initially through cold readings, and then on your feet with blocking, directorial adjustments and enlivening role-playing improvisations. We analyze your work from the digital playbacks. It’s an invaluable opportunity to begin to distinguish between what you are feeling and what the camera sees (and the audience feels!).  Students learn to relax, recognize their insecurities, center their performance and trust in the situation. Your work becomes more truthful, spontaneous, and alive.  

There are terrific advantages to acting training unrelated to becoming a professional actor.  Poise, self-confidence, self-expression, creativity, team building,  problem solving skills,  comprehension, public speaking skills, diction & voice improvement, grace and physical relaxation — all these are benefits accrued from acting training! I’ve worked with executives, lawyers, police officers, doctors, newscasters, reporters, and others who want to explore this kinetic, exhilarating process.

Ready to sign up? Click here: REGISTER

If you have a personal goal or are a working professional with scheduling difficulties or you need assistance on an upcoming audition or current role –you may prefer the flexibility and privacy of individual acting coaching. Feel free to contact me!

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