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 Conservatory Training - "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 Conservatory Training 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 four days per week over the course of two academic years (September through May).
Classes meet Monday through Thursday, from 11:00am until between 3:00pm and 4:00pm daily (Eastern Standard Time). Outside rehearsal and preparation is required to supplement class work.
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 a presentation ("The Performance Project").
Upon full completion of the program and adherence to the Conservatory’s rules and policies, graduates shall receive a Diploma in Acting.
- Acting I & II
- Voice & Speech I & II
- Movement for Actors I
- Alexander Technique I
- Shakespeare in Performance
- Theater History & Dramaturgy
- Voice-Over Acting
- Film History I
- Acting III & IV
- Voice & Speech III & IV
- Alexander Technique II
- Movement for Actors II
- Commercial Acting
- On-Camera Audition Technique
- Film History II & Filmmaking
- Pitch to Production
- Creators Lab
- Bridge to the Profession
*Curriculum is subject to change
2020-2021 Academic Calendar:
Saturday September 12-13, 2020: Orientation Weekend (for first year & second year ensembles)
Monday September 14, 2020: Conservatory training commences
Friday November 20, 2020: Last day of training before THANKSGIVING BREAK
Saturday November 21 - Sunday November 29, 2020: BREAK - Thanksgiving Holiday
November 30, 2020: Training resumes
Friday December 18, 2020: Last day of training before WINTER BREAK
Saturday December 19, 2020 – Sunday January 3, 2021 BREAK - Winter Holiday
Monday January 4, 2021: Training resume
Friday January 15, 2021 Last day of First Semester
Monday January 18, 2021: First day of Second Semester
Friday March 12, 2021: Last day of training before SPRING BREAK
Saturday March 13-Sunday March 21, 2021: BREAK - Spring Holiday
Monday March 22, 2021: Training resumes
Friday May 7, 2021: Final day of training
TBA: Commencement Ceremony for graduating ensemble (Week of May 10-14)