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Wexford Acting Studio

#2 at 2611Nicholson RdSewickley, PA 15143Phone: 412-491-2416Email: mcgrawactor1@aol.comWebsite: Visit Website

The Wexford Acting Studio is committed to instructing beginning, intermediate, and veteran performers in a trusting, safe, studio environment. Building on individual strengths and skill levels, the actor will grow and flourish under the careful instruction of theatre professionals. Our classes are rooted in "The Method" and its techniques as set forth by the great Russian actor and teacher, Stanislavski. (For a brief explanation of the Stanislavski Technique, click here).

Want to see for yourself what our classes are all about? Prospective students are welcome to join in the fun by attending a sample session; just contact us in advance and we will be happy to make arrangements! 

Note to Parents: Having the freedom to explore, create, and experiment within the classroom setting is vital to students of the theater. Because the work an actor does in class is not meant to be a performance or even a rehearsal, our classes our closed to observers. However, parents are welcome to attend one of several open sessions held each year, where they can view a showcase of our students' work as an invited guest! 

Level One

Creative Play: Acting Basics

Ages 6 through 9

Thursdays 4:45-5:45pm

  • Using play creatively to tell a story
  • Performance playing
  • Communication with the audience
  • Diction and projection
  • Introduction to character development
  • Expression through movement and the voice
  • Master classes
  • Improv games for focus, imagination, listening, observation, cooperation, and communication

Level Two

Discovering Character for Performance: Intermediate Acting

Ages 10 through 12

Thursdays 5:45-6:45pm
Thursdays 6:45-7:45pm
Saturdays 9:00-10:00am (if needed)

  • Developing character by integrating mind, body, voice, and imagination
  • Effective mime
  • Introduction to the Stanislavski Technique
  • Emotional and sense memory and their application
  • Bringing truth to character
  • Diction and projection
  • Staying in the moment
  • Improv games
  • Thinking on your feet
  • Simple scene work
  • Master classes

Level Three

Character Development and Performance: Intermediate to Advanced Acting

Teenagers and Adults

Thursdays 7:45-9:15pm
Saturdays 10:00-11:30am
Saturdays 11:30-1:00pm (if needed)

  • Focus on character work
  • Playing the "opposite"
  • Doing/telling vs. being
  • Exploration of both primary Stanislavski texts, history & theory
  • Outward & inward approaches
  • Representation vs. presentational performance
  • Mask work
  • Scene work
  • Dialect work
  • Monologue work
  • Audition preparation & techniques
  • Master classes