ZBS CURRICULUM

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 studio@zakbarnett.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+

CORE

A Professional-Level class, The ZBS Core introduces you to 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.  

CRAFT

The ZBS Craft offers more individualized study in both traditional class and semi-private formats.  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.  Students can expect class formats to include intense scene study and audition technique, centered on developing the actors abilities of personalization and imagination.

Participation in ZBS CRAFT is by invitation only.

MASTER

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 evolves with the group, making this course repeatable indefinitely.

Participation in ZBS MASTER is by invitation only.

SCENE STUDY

The ZBS Scene Study class is led by celebrity acting coach Martha Gehman.  Martha uses her decades worth of knowledge to help students find their personal truth in their work and creativity in life. The class also probes each students individual source of inspiration using meditation, physical exploration, poetry, artwork and storytelling.  ZBS CORE/CRAFT or instructor permission required before class entry.

All Age Brackets
Kids
Tween
Teens
Young Adults
Adults
All Types
Core
Craft
Master
Scene Study
  • ZBS: Acting Class Kids and Tween Core
    Kids/Tween Core
    Kids/Tween Core
    Taught by Alex Burkart and Kim Preiss
  • ZBS: Acting Class Kids and Tween
    Kids/Tween Craft
    Kids/Tween Craft
    Taught by Alex Burkart
  • ZBS: Acting Class Kids/Tween Master
    Kids/Tween Master
    Kids/Tween Master
    Taught by Zak Barnett
  • ZBS: Acting Class Teen Core
    Teen Core
    Teen Core
    Taught by Alex Burkart and Kim Preiss
  • ZBS: Acting Class Teen/Adult Craft
    Visit Adult Craft
    Visit Teen Craft
    Teen Craft
    Taught by Michael Connors
  • ZBS: Acting Class Teen Master Photo with ocean wave
    Teen Master
    Teen Master
    Taught by Zak Barnett
  • ZBS: Acting Class Young Adult Master
    Young Adult Master
    Young Adult Master
    Taught by Zak Barnett
  • Adult Craft
    Adult Craft
    Taught by John Rushing
  • ZBS: Acting Class Adult Core
    Adult Core
    Adult Core
    Taught by Martha Gehman and John Rushing (Monday) Taught by Martha Gehman and Michael Connors (Sunday)
  • Adult Mast Wednesday
    Adult Master Wednesday
    Adult Master Wednesday
    Taught by Zak Barnett
  • ZBS: Acting Class Adult Master Sunday
    Adult Master Sunday
    Adult Master Sunday
    Taught by Zak Barnett
  • ZBS: Acting Class Scene Study (Mixed-Level)
    Scene Study (Mixed-Level)
    Scene Study (Mixed-Level)
    Taught by Martha Gehman