The ZBS curriculum is divided into three different levels: Core, Craft, and Master.
While the classes do address the realities and technicality of auditioning in Hollywood, the process allows for a very specific and 3-dimensional development of the whole actor, aiding the student in their overall process.
Placement: It is generally recommended that if you are new to the studio you take ZBS CORE, as you will develop an understanding of the overall ZBS philosophy. If you are interested in skipping CORE and enrolling immediately in CRAFT or MASTER please e-mail a reel and resume to email@example.com; or you can schedule a half-hour private ($80.00) with Zak for evaluation and placement.
ZBS Age Brackets:
Kids 9-11, Tweens 12-13, Teens 13-18, Young Adults 18-23, Adults 20+
ZBS CORE (12-Weeks) $325/every four weeks
Kids/Tween and Teen Core:
A Professional-Level class, The ZBS Core introduces you to the ZBS Philosophy and Curriculum and will become the basis on which we recommend your further studies at ZBS. Students will be introduced to the various elements of the curriculum: Dramatic Improvisation, Genre-based Text Analysis, Scene Study, On-Camera Auditioning, and in-class and at-home exercises that cultivate individual artistry and presence.
The class is designed over the course of 12-weeks, though the students can actually enter every 2 weeks, as a new area of focus will be introduced.
A Professional-Level class, The ZBS Core introduces you to the two master teachers at ZBS, as well as the ZBS Philosophy and curriculum of “acting for the whole self”, and will become the basis on which we recommend your further studies at ZBS. Students will be introduced to the various elements of the curriculum: Genre-based Text Analysis, Scene Study, On-Camera Auditioning, and in-class and at-home exercises that cultivate individual artistry and presence.
The class is designed over the course of 12-weeks, though the students can actually enter every 2 weeks, as a new area of focus will be introduced. From there, students will be placed in either the scene study or Master Class. Taught by Alex Burkart and Kym Priess (Kids/Tweens and Teens); and Zak Barnett and Martha Gehman (Adults)
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The class is designed with different areas of emphasis for each age group. For a more specific course description for each age group, please click the link:
ZBS CRAFT (12-Weeks) $400/every four weeks
The ZBS Craft offers more individualized study in both traditional class and semi-private formats, in one of the following three areas. Pricing is consistent for each class, but the length varies depending on how many students are enrolled. These classes are highly tailored for each individual student and focuses on the necessary areas of growth needed to succeed in the Master-Level class.
1. Dramatic Improv and On-Camera Auditioning
While this is an On-Camera Audition Class, students do not receive the sides well into class. They develop the characters, relationship, environment and conflict before having ever seen the sides through a series of Personalization and Improvisation exercises. They then receive the sides and tape immediately, strengthening their imaginative, intuitive and emotional instincts, and revealing how much of the character existed within them from the beginning! Co-taught by Kym Priess and Danielle Macdonald
2. Genre and On-Camera Auditioning
Is Jazz the same thing as Classical? Country the same thing as Hip Hop? Well…no. A musician would need to study each form in order to learn to bring themselves to it. The same is true of acting. This On-Camera Audition Class delves into each of the major genres (Single Cam, Multi-Cam, Procedural Drama, Serial Drama and Serial Comedy), helps you understand how each one operates and how to give yourself fully to the writer’s intent. This is done by exploring a different genre (single-cam, multi-cam, procedural drama, serial drama, etc) bi-weekly, with students taping and receiving a critique each week. Students also spend time practicing writing and creating within each genre’s form, developing a firmer grasp on how each one works. Taught by Alex Burkart (Kids/Tweens) and John Rushing (Teens/Adults)
3. Scene Study
The SCENE STUDY class is a month-to-month course taught by celebrity acting coach Martha Gehman. It is an explorative and physically centered class targeted towards the study of scene in a variety of genres and styles. The scene study class can be taken alone, or in conjunction with the MASTER class. For a more intensive experience, we highly recommend enrolling in both.
Participation in ZBS CRAFT is by invitation only. If you are interested in taking CRAFT without taking CORE, please e-mail a headshot, resume, and reel to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call the studio to set up a placement audition at 323-746-5059
ZBS MASTER CLASS: FALL SESSION (14-weeks) Call Studio for Pricing
The MASTER class is a 9-14 week course (rates vary based on length) that deepens the foundation laid in the CORE and CRAFT courses with attention to two interrelated elements: the cultivation of individual artistry and presence. Now that students have developed a strong understanding of “how to be truthful”, “alive” and “connected” within the context of a number of genres, the attention to each student’s individual strengths and areas of development becomes more specific. Scene Study is also woven as a thread throughout the session, allowing for continued work on in-depth character development, though auditioning for film and television is the primary focus.
Students are given outside work in addition to working on the sides themselves that include readings, meditation, journaling, etc. This is where we begin to see someone’s unique voice really emerge. The material and subject matter constantly evolve with the group, making this course repeatable indefinitely.
Participation in ZBS MASTER is by invitation only. If you are interested in taking MASTER without taking CORE or CRAFT, please e-mail a headshot, resume, and reel to email@example.com. You may also call the studio to set up a placement audition at 323-746-5059.