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Beginner Acting I: The Basics

Discover the secrets of natural and spontaneous acting in this introductory course for adult actors. Learn the Barrow Group approach to enhance your performance through ensemble-building games, script analysis, and scene study. No experience necessary – embark on your acting journey today!

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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this acting technique class:

This class is designed for the beginning / amateur adult actor. This class is a great introduction to the Barrow Group approach and foundation for the craft.

The class highlights quick and powerful ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous. Students will work with ensemble building games, script analysis, and scene study.

No experience is necessary. A great start for the beginning actor!

Refund Policy

All payments are non-refundable (unless the school cancels the class). 

Commitment is for the duration of the session. There are no credits or refunds for individual missed classes. If you discontinue any class before the ending date of the session, you forfeit your fee.

  • If you need to cancel a full class session (the full 6, 8, or 10 week class) for any reason, you must notify us by email at [email protected] at least business days before the registered class start date, and we will apply a credit to your account for a future class. Credits are valid for one-year.
  • If a student wishes to transfer to a different class, they must notify us by email at [email protected] at least business days before the first day of the registered class. No transfers will be allowed after this.

A student may not transfer to a different class once a class has begun.

The school reserve the right to change teachers at any time.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at The Barrow Group Acting School (66)

(4.7-star rating across 66 reviews)
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Dennis K. on 11/13/2023
    This class was a great way to start acting and the tools were incredibly insightful in finding genuine ways to remember to PLAY while acting a scene. Loved it!
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Nechama U. on 11/1/2021
    I learned so much in Ron’s beginners acting class on zoom. He is clear, patient and very encouraging. I highly recommend taking his class. ~Dina
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Marie D. on 12/10/2020
    It was a fun and interactive class and it kept me engaged. Teachers are patient and knowledgeable. A great place to start acting! Marie D
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Anonymous review on 11/18/2019
    Such an great class for an introduction to acting and Ron was a great teacher!
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Anonymous review on 9/6/2019
    Farrah was a great teacher!
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Anonymous review on 3/23/2019
    I lovelovelove Ron as an instructor. This was my second class with him, and I'm taking Beginners II with him as well.
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Danny G. on 12/3/2018
    Had a lot of fun. Teacher was passionate and classmates were fun.
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Dustin H. on 11/23/2018
    I had a great time and learned a ton! Mike was a very thoughtful teacher who helped indentify each students strengths or weaknesses, then build upon those.
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Stephen O. on 6/14/2018
    It was nice having the class with Ron And great experience, I love taking the next classes
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Anonymous review on 9/4/2017
    The class was an introduction to acting - learning about how to create a set (staging) & how to be more conversational and realistic when being in a scene. The class was large (20 people?) so there was time for everyone to work on two scenes and one monologue. I think a smaller class would have been more beneficial but I did learn from watching other people as well as participating. I would consider this a very beginning acting course.
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Anonymous review on 7/1/2017
    It was a great class and I learned a lot. The teacher was very knowledgeable and shared many helpful and valuable tips for beginners. Also, the atmosphere of class was absolutely non-judgmental and focused on learning and progress. I would recommend this class to anyone - but be prepared to have some time available during the week to work a bit on rehearsal and read a few plays. What I regret is that some other participants were less involved and didn't show up several times.
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Lucia M. on 6/22/2017
    interesting experience, lot of fun and definitely I want more :) Elizabeth is nice and lovely and an excellent teacher.
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Anonymous review on 6/21/2017
    The class was very enjoyable. I learned a lot about acting fundamentals and look forward to continuing my studies with TBG. Thanks!
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Linda F. on 9/6/2016
    Shannon was great! She created such a warm, fun, and open environment. Highly recommended!
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Nurtac A. on 3/25/2024
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Beginners Acting I: The Basics provides a comprehensive and enjoyable introduction to acting. The course teaches students the basics of performing realistically, offering valuable tools for authentic portrayal. Classes are led by knowledgeable, patient, and passionate instructors, fostering a non-judgemental environment conducive for learning. Students appreciate the fun and interactive nature of the classes, where they felt encouraged to play freely while acting. Most found value in observing others' performances. Quotes: 1. "This class was a great way to start acting and the tools were incredibly insightful in finding genuine ways to remember to PLAY while acting a scene." 2. "The teacher was very knowledgeable and shared many helpful and valuable tips for beginners. Also, the atmosphere of class was absolutely non-judgmental and focused on learning and progress." 3. "It was a fun and interactive class and it kept me engaged. Teachers are patient and knowledgeable. A great place to start acting!"

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Hi - I would be out of the country and miss the first session. How crucial is it to attend all session? (Understand there is no refund etc. but would miss the first session impact the later experience by a lot?)
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! It is highly recommended to attend the first course of a 10-week session, but not crucial or mandatory. Students are welcome to reach out directly to their instructor (contact information they can find when they log into their TBG account) to find out what they missed in class. Students will not be allowed to move on to the next level if they miss more than three classes in a 10-week session. Hope this helps!
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I would very much like to take this class, however, there are two consecutive sessions for which I will be out of the country working on a project. Depending on which start date I choose, the weeks I would miss could change, but no matter how I try to divide it, they all seem like important sessions. Would you still accept me in the class if I had to miss two sessions?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Mathew! The school has a strict no make-up or credits for missed classes policy. It would be best that you join the class where you can make it to the 10 sessions.
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Question from Divya d.
Hi, I'm not an aspiring actress but I would like to develop my speaking skills and to get over stage fright. Would this class be appropriate? Thank you!
Answer from Robert S.
Yes! We have a variety of students in our Beginner Acting Classes that take this class to further develop their public speaking skills (actor or not).
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I'm not an aspiring actor but I do a fair amount of public speaking and want to develop the spontaneity and responsiveness on stage as described in the class outline. Is this the best fit?
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This class offers weekly opportunities to get up in front of an audience, building your public speaking skills and spontaneity with written material. It's a great fit! -The Barrow Group School
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Question from anonymous
Hi, are there any beginner classes that are on a weekday (but not on a Friday!) in the evening?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! At this time, the school only offer this class on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday and unfortunately, we really can't say when will it be offered again. You can add it to your wish-list so you can be notified via email when new updates are made on the website.
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Are there any make up classes? Or any future sunday classes? feb I have to be on vacation for 3 days. Will miss one week... Right now I sign up for other coursehorse classes... Was wondering if there is also 8pm class, I work 6 days a week with sunday off. 7pm I get off of work, can come at 8
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi! Unfortunately, there are no credits or refunds for missed classes. Commitment is for the duration of the sessions and if a student discontinues any class before the ending date of the session, they forfeit their fee. At this time, the school does not offer Sunday 8 pm classes for this course, but you might want to add this to your Wishlist so you are immediately notified by email once we add new dates and sections.
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