Method Acting Summer Masterclass Course

  • Method Acting Summer Masterclass Course
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About this course


5 days

Term Start

8 July to 12 July 2019

Lee Strasberg was a dominant influence on American acting in all three mediums: theater, film and television. He translated his ideas into a concrete discipline known as The Method to develop an actor’s full potential. Actors use Strasberg’s training to be equipped to live truthfully on the stage within the imaginary circumstances of the play by activating their senses and imagination. The training provides the tools to stimulate the actor’s creativity when crafting a role which can be reliably repeated at will. The sequence of sense and emotional exercises which comprise Strasberg’s work and will be taught, has at its foundation the achievements of the great Russian theorist Konstantin Stanislavski and addresses what both identified as the central problem of the actor, which is to simultaneously experience real feelings and be in control of what needs to be done emotionally and physically while acting the part. 

Lee Strasberg devised procedures and exercises that train actors to be immersed in a part with genuine feelings and behavior in order to successfully move an audience. Strasberg said actors must understand and control the nature of their own “instrument”, a word he used to describe the mind and body. He believed that disciplined daily practice of physical and emotional exercises would lead to a more truthful depiction of reality. Here, the actor lives and acts in the present moment internalizing and identifying with the role to achieve the desired results.  

He designed his own exercises and procedures to give actors a unique language to explore life's complexities through the senses and apply it to their acting. The Method Exercises deliberately train actors to develop and strengthen their senses in order to recreate and imagine objects, places, people and events, exploring what they can see, smell, hear, touch and taste. The five senses must be awakened and ready to be used at will. 


Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

Please click on the 'Book Now' link below to pay via our online store. If you have any questions about the course, please email

Course fees:

Early Bird                                          
£550 (if paid in full before 30 April 2019)

Full Fee                                              
£625 (paid in full by 1 June 2019)

Deposit: £100
We encourage payment in full in advance. Places can be reserved by payment of a deposit of £100. To take advantage of early bird rates, payment must be made in full before 30 April 2019, and in all cases the full balance must be paid before June 1 2019. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please proceed to ‘Book now’ and when you reach the payment options, please enter £100 as the amount you are paying.

Accommodation (if required)            
£300 (7 night reservation)

Cost includes en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi and lunch vouchers to use on campus. 

Rose Bruford College Alumni Discounts
Alumni of Rose Bruford College undergraduate and postgraduate courses are entitled to a 5% discount on the full fee. Please contact us for further information

Course content

The Master Class Workshop consists of Two Parts:

Actors work on themselves The Instrument and Actors work on The Character.

Part One  - Actors’ Work on Themselves

Each class begins with the Relaxation Exercise to ensure that the physical and mental tension within the Actor body is eliminated. In solidarity with Stanislavski, Strasberg championed and taught the signi´Čücance and importance of being able to relax at will, entering into what Stanislavski called the “creative mood,” where all good acting takes place; which is described as a state of being aware, as well as knowing how and where the senses and emotions can function fully and expressively. Strasberg often said that actors need a warm heart and a cool head to gain control over the body and mind, freeing them from the pervasive problems of tension, habits, and distractions. 

Part Two – Actor's work on Characters and Scenes 

The second part of each day is devoted to the actor’s work on characters, scenes and monologues. Participants will also explore text/monologues during the Exercise work

Exercises covered include:

• Given Circumstances

• Subtext

• Motivation

• Repetition

• Spines

• Need Exercise

• Improvisation

• Cold Readings

• Rehearsal Procedures

• Auditions 

• Painting Exercise

• Animal Exercise

Lola Cohen Biography

Lola Cohen began her life in the Theater by studying acting with Lee Strasberg during the last 5 years of his life (1977 to 1982) at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. After Lee’s death, Lola continued her training with the enigmatic Kim Stanley, who developed her own brand of training including her invaluable Need Exercise. Lola then trained with the renowned director Jose Quintero and was introduced to Sanford Meisner’s work by David Proval. At that time, Lola began and still continues her acting teaching career in which she has taught thousands of actors and directors from all over the world at the Strasberg Institute in NY and LA, in Master and private classes, lectures and presentations.

Since 1996, Lola teaches in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Drama at the Strasberg Institute. Lola is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School since 1999 continuing to teach “Communication Skills for Attorneys” a class she created.

Lola’s Master Classes include: The American University, Washington, D.C.; Academia 09, Milan, Italy; TELLTOJOYTHEATER at the Chekhov International Theater School, Melikhovo, Russia,  Portugal at Act for All Theatre School, Lisbon and Decameron Art Studio, Moscow, Russia. Lola has lectured or given classes at The Russian Center for Science and Culture in Copenhagen, The National Film School of Denmark & The Danish Film Institute, the Holberg Film / Theatre School in Copenhagen and The Theatre High School Rødkilde in Mon, Denmark, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY – for Planning and Architecture Students – and for professional Architects at MASS Design Group, Boston, MA. In 2016 Lola was designated a US State Department Fulbright Scholar and taught a Master Class at the Russian State Institute for Performing Arts in St. Petersburg, RU.  

As a member of Bob Dylan’s, Rolling Thunder Review, Lola made her film debut in Renaldo and Clara in 1975 and in 2009 played Judge Kaplan in Rik Cordero’s, Inside a Change, which won best film at HBO’s Latino International Film Festival in 2010. Lola contributed to and appeared in the American Masters documentary, There but for Fortune, about folk singer and political activist, Phil Ochs, was a source for and consulted on Liz Garbus’, Marilyn Monroe Documentary, Love Marilyn and consulted on and will appear

in a Kim Stanley documentary, The Needs of Kim Stanley currently in production.

Lola’s directorial credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Woodstock Youth Theater; Jean Genet’s, The Maids at the Strasberg Institute; Lewis John Carlino’s Snowangel while 2009 Artist-in-Residence at SUNY-Ulster and at the Strasberg Institute; and, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull (a Work in Progress), Melikhovo, Russia.

Lola’s book, The Lee Strasberg Notes, done in close cooperation with the Institute and the Strasberg family was published by Routledge in 2010

Lola’s second book, The Method Acting Exercises Handbook was published by Routledge in 2017. The Russian translation was published in 2018.

Terms and Conditions

  • The College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or cancel any course. If the College cancels a course you have booked onto your fee will be fully refunded;
  • All courses are subject to minimum numbers of students and will be confirmed once this number is reached;
  • The College reserves the right to refuse admission on to any of our programmes;
  • It is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees or travel costs in the event of cancelation, illness or travel problems, for which the College cannot accept any liability;
  • Fees are non-returnable once a student has started the course;
  • All fees must be paid in full by 1st June 2019;
  • Full fees will be refunded for cancellations within two weeks of booking;
  • After two weeks from the boking date, in the event of a cancellation a sum of £100 will be retained to cover administration costs;
  • After 1st June 2019 a cancellation will result in the forfeiture of the entire fee paid

Related Information

Accommodation cost includes en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi and lunch vouchers to use on campus.