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.