Acting, Directing & Movie Making!
New Courses at The Picture House
Registration is nearly complete for winter and spring courses in movie making and acting at The Picture House. Designed for budding film buffs, the classes are especially welcoming to younger children and teens as a way of opening their eyes to the magic of movie making – on both sides of the camera. Through education programs at The Picture House, students can develop skills in acting, directing, editing, cinematography and screenwriting.
The educational classes combine creative fun with theatrical techniques that build skill sets in young film makers and performers. “The Picture House is a process-driven, method-based school in every discipline we teach,” explains Beth Manspeizer, the Picture House’s Director of Educational Programming who’s responsible for the vision and design of the new courses. “For example, we have really fun improv classes, but also we emphasize technique first as a foundation. It’s an approach that underpins everything.”
Manspeizer, has taught acting, directing, and improvisation at Rye Country Day School, the Rye Arts Center, the Jacob Burns Film Center and as an artist in residence in the Pelham schools. A lifetime member of the Actors Studio, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA, she holds a BS from Skidmore College in Directing and Acting, an MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama/Actors Studio Drama School and also trained at Chicago City Limits.
All classes for the winter and spring sessions meet on Wednesdays, except the Spring Break Movie Making Week—a five-day session that will keep kids learning and engaged.
- Magical Movie Makers (ages 3–4 years)
The Magical Movie Makers class allows children to discover acting and movie making while incorporating character creation, costumes, music, movement, storyboarding and camera work.
- Mini Movie Making and Acting (grades K–2)
The Mini Movie Making class incorporates character creation, costumes, music, movement, storyboarding and camera work. The class is focused on understanding the technique and craft of acting and filmmaking while strengthening each student’s individual artistic voice and team work.
- Movie Making (grades 3-5)
Students in Movie Making explore writing, directing, storyboarding and cinematography, developing their own artistic voice and gaining solid experience working collaboratively.
- Acting and Improv (grades 3-5)
In Acting and Improv, younger actors learn the art of creating characters, explore the world of improvisation, and discover how to bring their imaginations to life through storytelling and acting. Students create and film a short story as a class.
- April Spring Break Movie Making Week (grades K–5)
This week-long film camp provides action-packed, half-day mornings Monday – Friday of movie making, aimed at budding screenwriters, directors and actors. Students will finish a short film. Runs from April 21 to 25, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.
- Advanced Company for Directors and Actors (grades 5-8 and by invite only for 5th graders).
In the Advanced Company for Directors and Actors students will have the maturity and the passion for this program to create short films together as a company. We will focus on the technique of acting, directing, story boarding, and camera skills. Actors and Directors will work separately with different mentors and then collectively as a production company.
- Evening Film Club (grades 9–12)
The popular Evening Film Club, presented in partnership with the Mathew S. Hisiger Film Foundation, is a dynamic and interactive year-long course held weekly from October – June at The Picture House. The Evening Film Club is full for 2013-14. Registrations are currently being accepted for the 2014-13 session beginning in Fall 2014. Register early, as places are limited to only 10 students.
Click here for the full course listing and note that Picture House members receive a 10% discount. Registration closes on January 21stth.
The Picture House is dedicated to creating a shared community experience for diverse audiences through film, education programming and unique cultural offerings. Our historically preserved and restored theater offers a unique gathering place dedicated to entertaining, enriching, and inspiring a sense of wonder for all ages. The Picture House 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803 (914) 738-3161 www.thepicturehouse.org