About Spotlight On
T. I., INC.
E. Thornburg, Artistic Director
Isn’t it YOUR TURN
to be A STAR?!
(Tough, traditional training in a holistic vibe)
W. 54th St.
York, NY 10019
E. Thornburg’s classes are designed to give a safe space to
professional theatre artists, as well as beginners, to practice and
grow. The course of
study is for actors, primarily, with writers and directors
integrated. The classes
are protected with the participants screened, auditioned and
interviewed very carefully. Thornburg
has developed an original system, called Tao Technique, which
underscores traditional actor training.
best way to describe it is to look at one of our great historic
inspirations, The Group Theatre.
Some of the greatest teachers and methods in the world came
out of it, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sandy Meisner, Harold
Clurman, Bobby Lewis. So
did some of the best American playwrights, Clifford Odets, William
Soroyan, Arthur Miller and William Inge.
These great and passionate examples -- as well as
institutions such as The Actors Studio, The Neighborhood Playhouse
and The Stella Adler Conservatory --
are the foundation for our fervor at S.T.I.
Thornburg adds a holistic environment with practical actions
to calm, ground and develop the artist to the maximum.
about an acting method was once very difficult.
But it has gotten easier.
As Michael Checkov said, every actor has a method, whether he
knows it or not. Many
great and famous stars talk about the Method as their background.
The truth is that they keep a very broad definition of it and
often consider themselves “method” even if they studied
Stanislavsky’s “System” or Stella Adler’s “Technique” or
Meisner’s “Meisner.” (Many
success stories, such as Brando, studied with multiple
take the best examples of these great teachers and mix them into a
healthy and systematic way of working.
Combining this technique with Thornburg’s own “Tao
Technique” leads to amazing growth.
learn the basic principles of analyzing a script, staging a
production, blocking and working with actors.
Directing students take an acting class with the actor-track
students in order to know them, understand their “language,” and
collaborate with them under the guidance of the instructor.
In addition, the directors meet regularly with the teacher
and other directing students in order to work privately on directing
writers are given the exercises and fundamentals which get them
started in the one-act form. Advanced
students enroll for a detailed study of guidelines which are
inspired by Aristotle. Playwrights
also take the acting class with directors in order to know them,
speak their “language” and to collaborate with actors and
directors on scenes, monologues and one-acts.
Playwrights meet regularly with the instructor and other
writers in order to discuss issues of interest.
student has the option of culminating the course with live
performances. For the
directors, they get to direct a scene, monologue or one-act,
depending on their skill. For
the writers, they may see one, or more, of their works staged
(monologue, scene or one-act). These
are workshops produced by Sage Theatre and Spotlight On, together,
for which a general audience and agents may be invited.
You have to be enrolled in a class (in good standing) in
order to take advantage of this free opportunity.
S. T. I. has had several Spotlight On Award nominations.
Eg., A Living Tableau won for best showcase; and Poster
of the Cosmos won for best production of a one-act.
student learns technique in three categories:
technique for preparing a role; technique for readying a
specific performance; and technique for nurturing a life in the
E. Thornburg is
an award-winning teacher, actor, writer and director and the creator
of Tao Acting Technique (Three-time winner of the Off Off
Broadway Review Award, the Vonder Gray Prize, the Maybelle Conger
Award and several Spotlight On, Claire Jones and Sage Awards.)
He works Television, Broadway and Off-Broadway.
at Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma, Columbia (M.A.)
and N.Y.U. with historic luminaries Stella Adler and Herbert
Berghof as mentors. Plays
published by Dialogus and “how to” texts by Calthor.
to the S.T.I. students for their many accomplishments, including:
Teresa Fischer’s shows for American Theatre Wing (Outreach
Program); Kenny Rials’ two-novel deal; Elyse Seiden’s best
actress (Spotlight Award); Cynthia Marion’s Artistic
Directorship; Jenny Greeman’s Equity membership; Elias
Stimac’s feature writing & reviewing at Backstage;
A. Wrath’s N.Y. Times review; Mike Shapiro’s one-man
shows (Stage and Cabaret); Vonder Gray’s best actress (season
recognition by Backstage); Anthony Ciccotelli’s
M.F.A.; J. Stanford Hoffman and Susan Bucci’s television
and print bookings; Dr. Cole’s modeling, murder mystery and
movie work; Tom Barz’s movie stunt coordination/acting;
and the other twenty nominations/wins for awards (eg., OOBR, Sage
and Spotlight On) that our students have collectively enjoyed in
such categories as acting, directing, producing, writing,
one-person show, design, and best production.
Our students are CRAFT-y!
to S.T.I. is by invitation only.
However, you may apply or audit the free classes which are
offered from time to time. At
that point, you will be interviewed and/or auditioned by Steven
Thornburg. The term of
the course is 12 to14 weeks, meeting once per week for three hours.
The price for a course is $300.
Coming in at $8 per hour, the policy of S.T.I. is to keep the
price low as long as there is little billing and office labor
next scheduled open audit (free) is Sunday, Feb 1st, 4pm until 7pm,
at Shetler 54, located at 244-250 W. 54th St., 12th
floor. Then, after that,
February 8th (4pm until 7pm) also at Shetler 54.
You can reserve a spot by calling the Sage Theatre Office,
(212) 929-3423 or the Spotlight On Office, (718) 505-6110 or by
is very good! Why did
you wait so long to get on the platform?”
enthusiastic about these classes¼Creative
juices crackle and pop.”
is a director who understands you¼The
brought a tear to my eye more than once.”
holistic environment offers you something you can’t get