The Conservatory extends beyond instruction in the Todoroff Acting Technique exclusively, to include comprehensive training in a curriculum of foundational disciplines for the actor. We call this Todoroff Training for the Whole Actor - "The Training". The Training exists to support and further the organizing principle of the Tom Todoroff Studio : "To be an actor, is to be a professional human being."
By this, we mean an actor is a student of humanity. An actor is a psychologist, sociologist, anthropologist, archeologist. An actor's focus must be off themselves and on the world around them. Actors must develop a keen awareness and appreciation of their place in the history of this craft in order to then experiment with the integration of pedagogy and discovery of new forms.
To this end, Todoroff Training for the Whole Actor aims to:
Develop a capacity for collaboration through ensemble-based work.
Raise one's consciousness by placing a strong emphasis on the actor as observer - as well as performer.
Provide a strong foundation in the history of this craft and its pedagogical roots, giving actors an informed perspective on their place in that continuum.
Integrate theory and practical application in the profession.
Convey the central importance of the writer and the script and develop an understanding and reverence for strong writing as an essential starting point for strong acting.
Nurture the whole instrument - head, heart and hips. This includes the development of vocal clarity, muscularity of speech and physical presence, precision and grace.
Create artists who are storytellers. Whose work reflects a personal, passionate, precise, political, provocative and purposeful point of view.
Prepare actors to work in all mediums: theater, television and film.
Empower actors to enter the profession as practitioners with the confidence and knowledge to create their own work.
Conservatory members study five days per week over the course of two consecutive eight month periods (September through May).
Classes meet Monday through Friday. Classes typically start between 9 or 10am and end by 2 or 3:30pm. Additionally, all Conservatory members have Acting Lab from 6:30-10:00pm on Wednesday evenings. Actors train between 22 and 24 hours per week. Outside rehearsal and preparation is required to supplement class work.
Studying the work of world-class performers and teaching artists in-person is an essential part of an actor’s development. For this reason, Conservatory members are expected to attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions on average once a month. The Conservatory secures group tickets for these outings.
The First Year of training provides actors with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of acting, voice, speech, and movement. The training is diagnostic, prescriptive and all-encompassing. Actors develop an unshakable skill set based on each individual’s needs. The first year ensemble focuses on the understanding and application of Guideposts in conjunction with Viewpoints work and The Four Agreements, among other practical and philosophical methods. This balanced and inter-disciplinary approach develops an understanding of the Art, the Business, and the Spirituality of Acting. By exposing first year students to a wide array of techniques, they are equipped to function effectively in any situation from classical to contemporary texts, from theater to television and film.
The Second Year focuses on the application of the skills developed in year one. Instruction is geared toward preparing actors for the transition from student to working professional. Students write, direct, produce, edit and act in their own short films. Master Classes with highly accomplished Industry professionals allow for specialized study. Conservatory training culminates in an industry presentation ("The Performance Project") for agents, managers, and casting directors in New York City as well as a Short Film Festival.
Upon full completion of the program and adherence to the Conservatory’s rules and policies, graduates shall receive a Diploma in Acting.
- Voice & Speech
- Movement for Actors
- Alexander Technique
- Ballroom Dance
- Theatrical Clown
- Acting Lab
- Theater History & Dramaturgy
- Voice-Over Acting
- Stage Combat
- Voice & Speech
- Period Style Movement
- Alexander Technique
- Shakespeare in Performance
- Audition Technique
- Acting Lab
- On-Camera Technique
- Commercial Acting
- Film History & Filmmaking
- Business of Acting
- Film Festival & Performance Project
*Curriculum is subject to change
2019-2020 Academic Calendar:
Saturday September 7-8, 2019: Orientation Weekend (for first year & second year ensembles)
Monday September 9, 2019: Fall Soirée (evening) / Opening Party
Wednesday September 11, 2019: Conservatory training commences
Tuesday November 26, 2019: Last day of class before Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday November 27, 2019 – Sunday December 1, 2019: BREAK - Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday December 2, 2019: Classes resume
Saturday December 21, 2019 – Sunday January 5, 2020: BREAK - Winter Holiday
Monday January 6, 2020: Classes resume
Friday January 17, 2020: Last day Fall Term
Monday January 20, 2020: First day of Spring Term
Saturday March 14, 2020 – Friday March 22, 2020: BREAK - Spring Break
Monday March 23, 2020: Classes resume
Friday May 15, 2020: Last day of Spring Term
Saturday May 16, 2020: Film History Film Festival, final rehearsals
Monday May 18, 2020: Performance Project
Tuesday May 19, 2020: OFF
Wednesday May 20, 2020: Commencement
Thursday May 21, 2020: BREAK - Summer Break