Congratulations on enrolling in Scene Study
We would like to thank you for committing to technique-driven training and for bringing your energy and enthusiasm to The Studio. Below you will find important information that will help you prepare for and make the most of the class, so please read everything carefully. We will be in touch with your scene partner and play allocation in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here’s some information that you will find helpful in preparing for the class.
Please note that as Scene Study comprises of partnered scene work, it is expected that you will allocate time outside of class to meet up and rehearse with your scene partner. For more information on course dates and times please refer to the Classes page.
By this stage of the enrolment process, you should have paid either a deposit, or the full course fee upfront.
If you have enrolled for any of the above Scene Study classes and only paid the deposit so far, please note that the remaining course fees will be due by the first day of class.
You can pay the remainder of your course fees by following this link, selecting the class you have enrolled in and selecting 'Final payment' or 'Remainder' from the drop down box on the right hand side, and clicking 'add to cart'. Proceed to the check out to make your final payment.
PRE-COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND HOMEWORK
All Scene Study participants should have met at least one of the following prerequisites:
- Graduated from the Foundation course or The Process
- Participated in a Master Class with Howard Fine
- Been a previous participant in Scene Study
- Graduated from the Full Time or Part Time Course
Students must read Howard’s book ‘Fine On Acting: A Vision of the Craft’ and ‘A Challenge for the Actor’ by Uta Hagen. Both of these books are available for purchase at The Studio for $35 each (cash only) but please do contact us first to see if there are any copies available. We also sell Howard's book via out website, which you can purchase by clicking here. The book is also available via online retailers such as The Book Depository and and Amazon.
Once you have booked into Scene Study, please e-mail a copy of/link to your headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Scene Study Headshot and CV’. This is to assist the tutor in assigning scenes and scene partners.
STUDIO INFORMATION PACK
There are various procedures and guidelines in place here at The Studio in relation to the space and how to utilize it so everyone can enjoy a clean and safe working environment. Please read The Studio Information Pack, which includes information on kitchen use, rehearsal space hire, parking and public transport, etc. You can access it by clicking here. Please take the time to read this carefully, as it will hopefully answer a lot of your questions prior to beginning the course.
Please be sure to to read our rehearsal space booking policies contained within the Studio Information Pack, however for future, quick reference, rehearsal space can be booked via the following link: https://hfasrehearsals.acuityscheduling.com/.
STAGE MANAGERS AND PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS
Here at The Studio, we rely on the help of everyone involved in class to help keep classes running smoothly and efficiently. To streamline this process, a student from the class will be performing the role of Stage Manager. The Stage Manager is your main point of contact throughout the course for logistical matters. Some things that the Stage Manager will do include:
- Forwarding messages from the tutor to all participants.
- Requesting floor plans and furniture requirements for your scenes in order to create a class running order.
- Over-seeing the changeover of scenes in each class.
- Making sure The Studio is neat and tidy at all times.
As a participant in class, we will often request your help with certain things in order to assist the Stage Manager. Below we have outlined the expectations of everyone taking part in classes at The Studio. These expectations are put in place for everyone’s benefit and it is therefore greatly appreciated that you adhere to the following:
- Be on time for every class. If, for some reason, you are running late for class, please inform the Stage Manager and, when applicable, your scene partner as well.
- Be prompt in responding to the Stage Manager’s requests, both during and outside of class.
- Be prompt in sending your floor plans and furniture requirements for a scene or Hagen exercise to the Stage Manager. This is what helps decide the running order for each class and aids in efficiency.
- Bring your own copy of your floor plan to give to the Stage Manager at the start of class.
- Assist with set changes between scenes. This is expected of everyone at every scene change.
- Help the Stage Manager at all times when in The Studio. This will often include helping to tidy up the space at the end of each class, putting furniture away, making sure the kitchen area is clean, arranging the chairs neatly in the space, and any other cleaning and tidying that may need to be done. With everyone’s help, this can take a minimal amount of time and goes a long way to helping both the Stage Manager and The Studio.
- Finally, if you are uncertain of anything related to class, contact the Stage Manager first.
PERSONAL BELONGINGS AT THE STUDIO
Given the nature of the work here at The Studio, we appreciate that people often need to bring lots of personal items from home for use in their scene. However, for the safety of your belongings and space restrictions at The Studio, we’d appreciate it if you could take as many of your personal belongings home at end of each class as possible. There is a very limited amount of shelving/storage space available for each scene, and this will be allocated by the Stage Managers at the beginning of the course. We advise that you leave your personal belongings here at your own risk, and The Studio is not responsible for any loss or damage of personal belongings.
Our students are the most important part of the HFAS community, and we love to read your updates, whether it's the scene you're working on in class, some fun you had in rehearsals, or which lessons you're loving. 'Check in' at The Studio, tag us, and use the hashtag #HFAS. We love to hear from our students! You can follow us on social media via the links below (it's also a great way to keep up to date with Studio news!
OTHER THINGS THAT MAY TAKE YOUR INTEREST
You might like to join our Facebook group, where you can discuss, and share with the HFAS community!
Also, get to know Howard Fine, the Artistic Director of The Studio, a little more. Watch his FilmNut interview with Jeff Schubert and their discussion on technique, the relationship between homework and rehearsal and some of the coaching work he's done with other actors.
Finally, if you have any other questions about this course or The Studio, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Studio!