Frequently Asked Questions

What is Emotion With Detail?

Emotion with Detail is a powerful tool in my Drama Technique used to create deep visceral connections to a character. It is not enough to simply understand a character’s motivations or emotions from an intellectual standpoint. To achieve rich emotion reliably, repeatedly and safely, you also have to build the character’s history emotionally. Emotion With Detail mirrors the way we as real people experience emotion physiologically – so that the character’s emotional history lives within us and is safely compartmentalized and reliably accessible. Though it is just a piece of The Warner Loughlin Technique for Drama, some students refer to the Technique itself as Emotion With Detail.

What does it mean that your drama technique is "safe"?

You do not have to harvest and manipulate your own private pain in order to be a deeply emotional actor.   The use of personal substitutions may work for some actors professionally, but for most it becomes a burden personally.   They dig up all their pain and milk it and then wonder why they can’t let it go at “Wrap!”   My drama technique allows you to access the character’s pain – and because it isn’t your own, you can reliably use it and then let it go!   I can’t think of a more wonderful job than acting.   We get to show humanity what humanity is.   It should be joyful, not painful!

What are the typical class sizes?

Because every student works during every class, I like to keep classes smaller than most studios.   Most of our classes range from 14-16 actors.

What material do you use for scenes in class?

Students have the freedom to work on everything from sitcom to Shakespeare and find scenes from film, TV and theatre.   As the Scene Study classes are designed for working actors, we try to approximate a real working environment – accordingly scenes should be just a few pages and actors will do several takes with adjustments.

How long is a typical class?

Classes generally last 3 to 4 hours.   All actors are expected to stay for the entire class unless they have previously discussed the matter with their teacher.

What happens if I book work and must miss class?

This is a studio designed to serve the needs of working actors and we understand well the last minute nature of this business.   We are delighted when you book work and do allow actors to make up classes. If you book a job, notify your scene partner and the class monitor immediately.   You will accrue a make-up to be used at any time in another scene study class while enrolled in classes at the Studio. For Immersion Classes at the Studio, you may miss one class during the course.

How do you choose your teachers/coaches?

Every teacher at the Studio has previously studied the Techniques over a number of years. Each has completed a year long and comprehensive Teacher Training Program. Upon completion of the program, each one enters into a trial period where he or she begins a series of co-teaches with a Senior Accredited Teacher. And if successful, is accredited as a Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor.

What do classes cost?

Scene Study Classes as well as our Foundation Class are on-going and are billed in four-week cycles at $325/cycle.

The Warner Loughlin Technique Immersions for Drama and Comedy are $540.

Rates for our workshops do vary.

How much does private coaching cost?

One hour with Warner is $250 and one hour with a Staff Coach is $135.  If you are currently enrolled in ongoing Scene Study classes, there is a discount for coaching sessions with Staff Coaches. For more information about pricing, please email the Studio.

How much does it cost to tape an audition?

The rate for taping is $60 for a standard session. That is 30 minutes of on-camera time followed by watching your takes, selecting them, us editing them and sending them to whomever you need them sent. Coaching is not included with taping. If you would like to schedule coaching in addition to taping, coaching rates would apply in addition the to taping rate. Actors may request to book a longer than standard taping session as needed.

How often will I get to work in class?

Every actor works every class.   My Studio, at every level, is about training working actors – exercising the muscles needed to do this extraordinary job.   One of the key muscles is the ability to quickly create, develop and embody new characters on a regular basis.   After all, we normally have less than a day to prepare most auditions, and for TV bookings we have less than a week to prepare the role.   I want you to be comfortable and confident with the speed at which this business runs.

What are the expectations for rehearsal and homework time?

I designed my Studio to serve the needs of working actors and to train the muscles specific to this industry. It would be nice if every episodic and feature had weeks of rehearsal with the star cast! But more often than not you show up and start shooting. For this reason, I ask my actors not to rehearse with each other outside of class. That does not mean that the scenes should be cold. You’ll do all your character work on your own, outside of class – just like in the working world. The first time you fully perform the scene with your partner will be in class – again, just like in a real working situation. Rehearsing with your scene partner creates a dependency that just won’t serve you. The actual amount of personal preparation time differs for each student and depends largely on the role they are preparing. Scenes should be “camera-ready” – fully developed, fully prepared, and obviously fully off-book. I expect you to give as much time as is required to bring your A-game every class.

Can I go directly into the Master Workshop?

Admission to this workshop is by invitation only. To inquire further about Master Workshop, please contact the Studio.

I am just starting to focus on a career in acting, is this the right studio for me?

Yes! Our Foundation Class is designed to give you just that – a solid foundation to build your craft on. From exercises in visualization, storytelling, and improvisation to literal text work, this weekly class allows students the opportunity to connect to their creative side and explore what it means to be an actor. Teachers will work one-on-one with students to create an individual plan for growth in this intimate, supportive class environment.

How do I schedule a make-up?

Please contact the monitor for the class you wish to do your make-up in at least a week in advance.   They will help you find a scene partner.

Anything else I should know?

The key to success in my Studio is the same as the key to success in life – have a good attitude, be ready to work hard and challenge yourself, and be open to the experience!   I have spent many years cultivating the tone and culture of my Studio – and I can freely say “we got it right!”   There is no place for ego, yours or mine, in this Studio.   This is a place where like-minded artists can come together and practice their craft in a supportive and safe environment.