I’m writing this piece with no holds barred about the requirements, discipline and challenges of the full program at The Patterson Studio.
There has been much said and written about the rigorous nature of my studio as well as the harsh tough exacting demeanor that I bear as a teacher. Certainly that is not to be denied. But it also demands clear explanation.
In order to learn the discipline of a craft that has completeness and nuance, it is not possible to acquire this through technological manipulation.
This is a studio for serious actors who wish to have a long life in the theater, where their work characterizes and defines their career rather than their personality or genial charm. It is a place to be trained as a versatile character actor who walks out with a complete realization of the fundamentals of their craft.
That is not obtainable in six easy lessons or a simple seminar to gain the information. Information, unless first rooted in skill, is simply information.
Yacha Heifitz, the incomparable violinist of the mid-part of the last century, while teaching said, “Today’s violinists rush off to compete. They compute and they compete! It has done a lot more harm than it has good.”
The modern day actor has little understanding of what it takes to be trained in a complete classical way. There are obstacles that are necessary for one to go through that require a sort of compassionate tough love in order to reach a level of skill that has been dismissed so readily by the efficiency of today’s world.
There is a price to pay for any level of skill that has obstacles inherent to reaching a certain level of intuitive understanding and achieving a level of skill that is not a mere superficial acquisition.
When a group completes the full 28-month process, they perform in a series of scenes commensurate with their training in front of an audience for a week to ten days. The performances are the realization of their training as it proceeds through the learning, to the rehearsal process, arriving to the performance process. The purpose is to show the students’ confidence and versatility in their training, being fully prepared to enter the professional world.
In today’s world, this is looked on as being difficult, perhaps the most difficult class in New York City. Consequently, my role often fulfills that of a taskmaster, which is not often seen in the modern day world.
For me, the most compassionate thing that I can do for a student is to teach them without prejudice. The most rewarding thing in teaching for 44 years is to watch any student walk out of the studio, completing the process, no longer dependent on being taught, but ready to learn from experience with a complete foundation being part of them. [View TPS Alumni testimonials on their experiences]
There is a price to be paid here. No doubt about that! And it is not a matter of currency. Add more here please to explain the “price” paid by a student. That price is an investment in oneself of substance taking the Long View determine the quality of one’s work rather than the short view which often culminate and self- gratification. I believe the dividends of the former transcend the latter.
If you are a person who is serious and willing to take the time to equip yourself for the harshest profession existent, then by all means contact this studio.
The Patterson Studio: A Dedicated Actor’s Studio
Preparing for Your Life in Theater, Film & Television
We welcome you as you embark on an educational journey that will transform your life in ways you can’t even imagine!
Professional Acting is a serious commitment in terms of time and money and you are worth such an investment. The Patterson Studio is a place for serious actors to be trained in a complete way. We expect our students are serious about Acting as we are not a studio for those are deciding whether or not they want to be an actor. It’s a place to learn Acting as a complete craft and as one continuous action, so you can go and act with confidence, and never need to worry about relying on a teacher after your complete your studies. It is also a studio that believes professional study should be affordable for everyone.
This study requires hard work in and out of class, and any Acting School that tells you differently, is likely interested in playing on your dreams and may waste your time and money. At the Patterson Studio, if your approach is professional and you do the Work, you’ll finish the class with all the tools you need to have a successful Acting career and to employ your craft under any circumstance.
Come experience our FREE Acting Introductory class on Tuesdays before deciding which of our workshops is right for you or you may decide the full 28 month studio program is what you need. Contact us or call 646-400-5556 today to get started on your acting career.
Robert Patterson on Acting from the upcoming documentary film on his 40 years coaching actors for theater & film.