Acting for Stage & Screen at the Open Arts Studio

We invite performers from all backgrounds and levels of experience.  

Class Information

  • Spring semester only
  • OART-UT 1916 or OART-GT 2916 | 8 units
  • Class Schedule: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. M/W/F
  • This course is open to all NYU sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Students must have at least one college-level acting course as a pre-requisite.

Class Description

Acting for Stage and Screen is the Open Arts Studio at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. It is designed for a select, diverse student body, ready to challenge and stretch the physical and emotional instrument of the actor. The studio is dedicated to developing the actor's entire instrument-the body, the voice, and the imagination. Training frees the actor, so that he/she is able to go with his instincts and impulses; out of the head and into the viscera. In scene study classes the student discovers the importance of text analysis and staying in the moment, and the need for selecting strong objectives, formidable obstacles, varied actions, and meaningful personalizations. The Alexander technique and teachings of Linklater are used in voice production. The movement component includes yoga, circus, and the teachings of Laban.

Angela Pietropinto, actor and teacher, as well as a Tisch alumna and director of the studio, has assembled a faculty composed of master teachers, dedicated to teaching the creative process an actor must go through in order to become a conduit for a playwright's ideas. The studio's faculty members are working theater professionals as well as experienced teachers. The faculty exposes students to the ideas and philosophies of contemporary and classical playwrights.

Master teachers: 

The second half of the semester aims to integrate the movement, voice production, games/improvisation, scene study, and film production techniques and apply them to the students' scenes. The director and instructors collaborate to utilize all of the training to bring the dramatic and comic text to life.

Areas of Study:

  • Movement 
  • Voice Production 
  • Games/Improv 
  • Clowning 
  • Commedia Dell'Arte Scene Study 
  • Film Production

Students will attend the studio 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. three days a week.

On the last day of class there is an informal presentation of the scenes students have been working on. Movement pieces created under the guidance of the movement teacher are also presented.

If you have enrolled in any college-level acting class or you have equivalent experience, be in touch with the Director of the Acting Studio, Angela Pietropinto ( to receive a permission code to register for the 8pt studio. In some cases, a meeting/audition may be required.

Non-NYU students should apply to the full-time Spring at Tisch Acting Program.