To ensure the health and safety of our community, we've moved all of our classes online. We are still accepting applications and auditioning actors for our Summer and Conservatory programs.  Our
Wednesday Studio Class meets via Zoom (click here for details).  We've also launched the Weekly Workshop via Zoom on Saturdays (click here for details)!  Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

Actors are expected to complete the following BASIC PERFORMER REQUIREMENTS before submitting a Performer Request to work / be coached during the class!

THE TODOROFF APPROACH - Key Terms & Concepts

       1.  15 Guideposts

  • Know them in order and out of order 
  • Know what they mean (Example - Q: What's Guidepost #12? A: Mystery & Secret! .... Q: What number Guidepost is "Importance"? A: It's Guidepost #8! )

       2.  The last 3 Guideposts

  • #13 Mischief
  • #14 vulnerability
  • #15 Architecture
  • We realize that the AUDITION book does not cover the these last three Guideposts.  The meaning of these three will become clear in the context of our work together, but please know what they are.

       3.  Know the:

  •  6 Viewpoints
  • 4 Agreements
  • 4 Parts of Vocal Variation ("R.I.P.D" - Rate, Inflection, Voice, Dynamics)
  • 3 Tenets
  • 3 Techniques 



  • Remember "Strong writing equals strong acting" so do all you can to seek out the strongest writing possible. 
  • Not sure where to find scene / monologue material?  We include a list of over 250 of the strongest writers out there on our Weekly Workshop Syllabus a link to recommended texts (available to students who are enrolled for the month)
  • Still not sure if the piece you've chosen is a great fit for you? You're welcome to do a "Work Read" of a few possible scripts you're considering working on - meaning, you're not off-book.  The intention here is to decide which of the scripts you've selected is the most appropriate piece (or pieces) for you to learn!  Just select "work read" when you submit your performer request form.
  • Choose age appropriate material.
  • When selecting material, ensure you are starting with the written beginning and extracting a passage that's 1-2 minutes in length for monologues and 3-4 minutes in length for scenes.  Please avoid starting the middle.  This interrupts the flow and architecture as intended by the author and often makes less sense when performed out of context.
  • FYI Works by European authors typically can be performed in any European dialect.
  • FYI Shakespeare need not be performed with a British accent unless you are indeed British.
  • Consider using what furniture or props are available to you to tell the story (as necessary)


  • If you request to perform - always have at least two additional monologues you can work on, along with the piece you signed up to perform.
  • You do NOT need to have these additional pieces completely off-book and performance ready -- but please have the text handy so you can read it.
  • The intention here is to ensure the piece you're working on is the strongest choice for you to work on, so your time is well spent!


  • Read the play or screenplay.
  • Do not make internal edits to the script to piece together a monologue unless you're crossing out another character's dialogue that's truly inconsequential and doesn't alter the story in any way.  As a rule though, it's best to avoid internal edits - just choose the line where you'll begin and where you'll end.
  • Do your best to wear clothing appropriate to the era (or clothing suggestive of the era)
  • Use the appropriate dialect for the text. (hint: check out where the story takes place and do some research.  If you're not comfortable with the dialect required to tell the story - then choose a piece that doesn't require a dialect).
  • FYI scene partners are arranged by you.  Please just make sure your partner is aware of these basic requirements and has completed them along with you before you sign up to perform your scene.
  • When working with a scene partner: schedule rehearsals via Zoom, Skype or Facetime etc. HONOR the schedule.
  • Have a PRINTED or HAND-WRITTEN copy of your text available during the workshop.  Do NOT read off your phone or computer.


Submit your Performer Request Form by or before THURSDAY.  We'll review all submissions on Thursdays and if we have any questions we'll reach out to you by Friday.  If you don't hear from us, there's no need to contact us -- you will be included on the list of performers who may be called on Saturday!

If you are enrolled for the entire month, there's no need to re-submit your Performer Request Form - we'll continue to keep your name and the title & author of your piece on the list!


We will work with as many performers during the class as time allows.  Performers are called in no particular order and performing in class is not guaranteed.  We promise that you will learn A GREAT DEAL every time regardless of whether you are working in the class or observing.  That said - if you submit a Performer Request Form, please be ready to go if you're called upon!

"Growth and transformation come from the faithful use of tools."


Commitment +
Craft = Career

For more detailed information about classes, tuition or other concerns, we invite you to contact the Tom Todoroff Studio today by calling 212-362-8141, or by writing to us through our secure contact page.