Instructor: Howard Fine


Master Class Audit & Orientation or Studio Audition. At the Audit, you will receive an Enrollment Packet.

Developed by Howard Fine and based on the year-long course he created as the Head of the Acting Program at AMDA in New York, the Foundation Course is a fast-paced intensive designed for actors of all levels. Students new to acting will gain insight and technical ability; seasoned professionals will learn to deepen their work to new levels.

The Foundation Course is divided into two Modules: Comprehensive Technique and The Relationship Between Homework and Rehearsal. Students must successfully complete Comprehensive Technique in order to move forward to The Relationship Between Homework and Rehearsal. After completing the entire Foundation Course, students are placed in an ongoing scene study class at a level appropriate to their experience and ability.

Course Information

Comprehensive Technique

This 6 week, highly accelerated and intensive module is designed to give the professional actor—whether highly experienced or not—a clearer, more solid and effective approach to scene work by identifying, outlining, and refining the major craft components and tools in acting through a combination of practical exercises, lecture, and assignments. The work is primarily individual, but ensemble as well.

The goal is to have a comprehensive set of tools and techniques to create rich, truthful, organic life, unique to each actor. The techniques are designed to advance and even re-work the actor’s most effective use of emotional and sensory life, observation, personalization, relationship, and script analysis in order to efficiently create life for the text. The class is also designed to highly improve issues of confidence, concentration, self-awareness, self-consciousness, interaction, ensemble, and especially heighten the actor’s more artistic, philosophical, and professional relationship to the work.

Classes in Module 1 run 10am-2pm

This 3 week module immediately follows Comprehensive Technique, meeting with the same instructor and classmates as the first Module (Comprehensive Technique). Successful completion of the first module is pre-requisite for admission to the second Module.

In this Module, students will learn a step-by-step process they can use to make rehearsals exciting and productive. Emphasis will be placed on individual responsibility in the doing of homework prior to meeting with the acting partner.

Students will learn how to apply all that has been learned in the Comprehensive Technique Module to text. The class will cover:

How to make the best use of a table read
What questions need to be answered in order to make strong and vital acting choices
What outside work does the actor need to do prior to the first rehearsal
What to do at the first rehearsal and how to begin to work
Initial rehearsals will take place in class under the guidance of the instructor. At the completion of the Foundation Course, students will be prepared to rehearse on their own as they move into ongoing Scene Study.

Classes in Module 2 combine two classes into one day so class runs 10am-6pm

This 9 week course, broken up into two phases/modules, meets twice per week for 4 hours during the Comprehensive Technique phase and for 8 hours during the Relationship between Homework and Rehearsal phase. Students should anticipate approximately 6 to 8 hours of homework and rehearsal outside of class during most of the duration of the class.


The first class begins with a brief orientation and an opportunity to pay the balance due for your first six weeks. Please arrive early and please plan to stay for the entire class.


Students will need the two required texts:
A Challenge For the Actor by Uta Hagen and
Fine On Acting: A Vision of the Craft by Howard Fine

Both of these books are available at many locations, including online (, and national chain and independent bookstores.


Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. No short skirts or high heels. Bring a sweater or sweatshirt, as we may be running the air conditioner if it’s warm in the building.

$1,750.00, payable in four installments:

$350.00 due at sign-up
$525.00 due on the first day of class

Relationship Between Homework & Rehearsal
$450.00 due at the beginning of module
$425.00 balance due the following week

Payments must be made online once student is registered. If you wish to register, please contact for access to our registration system.

We accept the following forms of payment:

All payments must be made before the start of the first class. Students may not attend class or put up work in class until payment is received. We do not sell partial courses or single classes, and we do not pro-rate class fees based on attendance, including for classes missed for any reason. No refunds or credits will be issued for classes not taken. Payments are not per-class, but rather per-course.

All enrollment and payments are handled via our website. By enrolling at our studio, you agree to the Terms & Conditions of our online student portal. Some classes require administrator approval, additional restrictions may apply. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, particularly and especially those who do not adhere to our payment policies and who attempt to attend class without paying.

The first class is mandatory, with NO EXCEPTIONS. After the first class, if an emergency arises, you may possibly make up the lesson you missed in another class if it’s available and appropriate. You must always notify the Stage Manager if you are going to leave early or be absent or late. You are permitted to miss one class per 6-week module (though it’s strongly discouraged). If you have an audition or another valid business conflict with class, your Stage Manager will work with you to determine if you are able to arrive late or leave early, although missing class time may inhibit your progress.

Students in good financial standing who must miss more than 1 class during the first 6-week module may re-take the entire first 6-week module (with the instructor’s permission) at no additional charge within 6 months of the date of stopping the course, provided the student notifies the office by email at or by telephone at 323-962-3188 at least 1 week prior to the start of the make-up 6-week module. If a student cannot make up the course within 6-months, the entire cost will be forfeited.

Students in good financial standing who miss more than 1 class during the second 6-week module may make arrangements with the instructor to either re-take the entire module or to make up the missed classes, at the instructor’s discretion.

The $350.00 deposit for enrollment in the 9-Week Foundation Course is fully refundable provided both the following criteria are met:

1) The student notifies the office via email at or via telephone at 323-965-1488 no later than 3 business days prior to the first class of the course; and
2) We are able to fill the student’s spot in the course

If both these criteria are met, refunds will be made as follows:

For cash or check payments, we will issue a check and send via U.S. mail to an address specified by the student (please allow 10 business days’ processing time);

For credit card payments, we will issue a full credit on the same card used to make the original payment. Please note that Credit Card information is NOT held on file and we will require the information again from the student.


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