Online Learning at Terry Knickerbocker Studio

Online Summer Intensive

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Terry Knickerbocker Studio is a top acting conservatory located in NYC in the heart of Industry City,

Training the passionate actor committed to excellence.

For the immediate future, we made the decision to move all classes online, which started, Monday March 23rd. We very much look forward to resuming classes in person when it is safe and wise to do so.

We are continuing to enroll for our Summer Intensive and Fall Two Year Programs. We encourage all applicants to submit applications, and we will get in touch to schedule interviews remotely.

Our belief in a holistic approach to actor training is the source of our unwavering commitment to nurturing the total actor: body, mind, and soul.  We offer an affordable alternative to BFA/MFA programs, without sacrificing quality. By providing a conservatory setting, our world-class faculty rigorously trains the actor to succeed in a highly competitive industry. 

We seek students who are diverse, generous, curious, collaborative, open-hearted, spirited, uncompromising, and real. The work we do at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio exemplifies impeccable integrity, joyous practice, bold choices, and a lively sense of play.

recommend Terry Knickerbocker Studio 100% for any actor — from beginner to seasoned vet."

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Brooklyn 

6-Week Summer Intensive

2-Year Conservatory Program

Over the course of six weeks, students begin to develop core acting skills rooted in the Meisner Technique. Students learn how to listen deeply, respond truthfully, and express authentic emotional life under rich imaginary circumstances. Students expand their self-awareness, sensitivities, and empathy by working with imaginary circumstances of their own devising.

Are you ready to do what it takes to reach your goals and achieve artistic excellence? 

Dedicate yourself to serious training at Terry Knickerbocker Studio and discover how good you can be. 

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"The growth and profound self-exploration experienced through taking this journey with TK Studios is unparalleled; I’ve never felt so connected to who I am, and who I am becoming. It has opened my eyes, mind, and heart to the deepest aspects of my persona, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have found TKS. 

Not only is the work challenging and highly rewarding, the space created is a safe haven, which allows an openness to experiences that are free of judgement. The keen awareness that Terry and the faculty have of each student’s essence allows you to flourish both as an artist and human. If you’re looking for a comprehensive training that explores all facets of who you are mentally, emotionally, physically and even spiritually, you’ve come to the right place. This studio is everything."

- Lucia S

Alumni

Sam Rockwell

Actor | Producer | Director

“I first took an acting class from Terry Knickerbocker more than 25 years ago. Since then I have worked with him on every film and stage role I’ve done. Nobody’s better at what he does. Terry is incredibly intuitive and full of ideas that are usually outside the box. His sense of what is truthful is like a laser. I depend on him. He’s invaluable to me, and I don’t know what I’d do without him.”


Terry Knickerbocker Studio is a home for you to become the best artist you can be. Every aspect of the Studio serves the artist’s mission of creating beauty in the world. 

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Terry has been an invaluable part of my process for many years. He helps me shape my characters, prepares me for auditions, and challenges me to push myself as an actress. When I send him a new script, he has ideas on everything, from subverting obvious character choices to what physicality or props might help me express something non-verbally in a scene. He also shakes me of any quirks or bad habits I might develop.

“One of my favorite things about working with Terry is his vast knowledge of theater and film. Often when developing a character together, Terry will suggest studying a play with a similar character or watching an old film with a character whose quirks we might be inspired to pepper into what we are creating. Terry continues to impress me with his commitment to characterand story. I wouldn’t be as fearless or as confident without his guidance.”

Sam Rockwell

"Terry has been an invaluable part of my process for many years. He helps me shape my characters, prepares me for auditions, and challenges me to push myself as an actress. When I send him a new script, he has ideas on everything, from subverting obvious character choices to what physicality or props might help me express something non-verbally in a scene. He also shakes me of any quirks or bad habits I might develop.

“One of my favorite things about working with Terry is his vast knowledge of theater and film. Often when developing a character together, Terry will suggest studying a play with a similar character or watching an old film with a character whose quirks we might be inspired to pepper into what we are creating. Terry continues to impress me with his commitment to character and story. I wouldn’t be as fearless or as confident without his guidance.”

Emmy Rossum

Actor | Director


Terry's training has defined how I approach my work. Through his insight and guidance we continue to engage in creative work that can stand on its own with full thought out and realized character. Being able to take care of yourself on set is one thing, and playing roles here and there is another; but to make a life out of acting is a passion that you’ll see breathing out of the work if Terry has been involved.”

Boyd Holbrook

Actor | Writer | Producer

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Summer Intensive Program

July 15th - Aug 25th 

July 15th - Aug 25th 

In order to support, embrace, and expand our community, we are committed to serving each and every student’s wellbeing, safety, and artistic growth.

We have thus decided to move the TK Studio Summer Intensive to the online platform. 

Online Learning at Terry Knickerbocker Studio

Our Promise

You will emerge from this better than you went in. We are all walking into the unknown. Let’s do it together. Actors who use this time to work on the craft are investing in their talent. We urge you to consider this as an opportunity to dig in.

We steadfastly believe that now, more than ever, we need to be together. We need to be in community with like-minded artists, working on our craft.

We’re all in; how about you?

What Our Students Are Saying About the Online Format

“Now you have the benefit of a close-up, you can see the nuances of the entire face. To tell you the God’s honest truth, I think it amplifies it…as far as reading behavior, as far as being present…because it’s you and the other person and that’s it, there’s no audience there. You hear Terry giving his notes…pointing things out, doing what masterful stuff he does.” 

- Fernando Mateo Jr

“I feel somehow more seen by the screen, for whatever reason it feels more intimate and much closer. Something about the camera that makes it so specific – I can feel my partner see me when she’s in it. I know that I can easily step out of frame – it adds more to the actor to stay in it, more responsibility.” 

- Jorge Felipe Guevara

“[This platform] calls for a lot more self-awareness. Because now we’re not relying on the teacher telling us whether we’re doing it right. We need to gauge whether we’re feeling it. So it is calling for a lot more insight into what we’re doing, a lot of curiosity, digging deep and seeing whether it’s actually working for us. It can be a bit passive when we’re doing it in person because we’ve got the teacher there. But in my room it’s just my vibrations. [Zoom is] forcing me into confidence.” 

- Fern Hall

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Planting the Seeds for Authentically Impulsive Acting – A Six Week Meisner Experience

Summer Intensive Training for Adult Actors

Acting is going to be different for next 12-18 months. 

In order to support, embrace, and expand our community, we are committed to serving each and every student’s wellbeing, safety, and artistic growth.

We have thus decided to move the TK Studio Summer Intensive to the online platform. 

What are you doing to be ready? Preparing the actor for what may be next
The one thing we have now is TIME – don’t be on the sidelines. “Don’t waste a crisis.” 

Spark your desire to study authentic acting for adults (18 years of age and over) with our Summer Intensive in Meisner TechniqueMovement, and Voice & Speech. This summer acting program will help actors of all levels grow and connect with the actor they have always longed to become. Over the course of six weeks, Summer Intensive acting students will begin to develop core acting skills rooted in the Meisner TechniqueSanford Meisner‘s traditional sequence of improvisational exercises and basic scene work.

Summer Intensive students begin by learning how to listen deeply, respond truthfully, and express authentic emotional life under rich imaginary circumstances.

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Take control of your career, and your craft. Contact TK Studio to start the conversation:

We are now interviewing for our summer intensive training. Classes run July 15th-August 31st!

When Terry Knickerbocker started acting, directing, and coaching over thirty years ago, he knew that he wanted to teach his students the ways of Sanford Meisner through a variety of acting, voice, and movement classes.

Over the years, Terry has helped coach and prepare actors for their career-defining roles in TV and film thanks to Meisner’s acting techniques. With our six-week-long Summer Intensive, you can learn from the best and receive the same coaching that helped launch the careers of Emmy Rossum, Sam Rockwell, Boyd Holbrooke and more.

The Best Summer Acting Program out of N.Y.C.

At Terry Knickerbocker Studio, we will teach you how to get out of your head, tap into your emotions, and follow your instincts through the Meisner acting technique. During our six-week-long intensive, you will learn to access a range of emotions, discover how to develop a rich connection to imaginary circumstances and scene work, and explore yourself as an acting instrument.

Studying with Terry has helped actors across TV, film, and the stage find success and discover their own personal creativity, due to his expertise and emphasis on the importance of excellence and mastery of Sanford Meisner’s teachings.

Goals of our Summer Intensive

STUDENT SHOULD FOCUS ON ANSWERING THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS DURING THE INTENSIVE:

  • Am I mindfully present in rehearsal?
  • How are the actors acting around me in this scene?
  • Do I care too much about what others think of my performance?
  • Am I holding back when I should be more spontaneous?
  • Am I forcing this emotion or am I acting in the moment?

At Terry Knickerbocker Studio we seek adult acting students who are committed to becoming the best actor they can be. Our ideal summer student is willing to explore our Meisner acting course methodology, develop new skills, and exceed their goals of personal and artistic integrity.

Enrolling in our unique Summer Intensive is the best way to grow your range as an actor while sampling the Terry Knickerbocker Studio curriculum and the Two Year Professional Acting Conservatory.

Who Should Apply To The Terry Knickerbocker Studio?

See What Our Students Are Saying

"Authentic & Compassionate"

"I left his class with a broader view of the world"

"Unhinged and in raw form"

“Terry’s approach to teaching can be summed up in two words: authentic and compassionate. Never having studied with Terry, I went through many anxieties and fears leading up to class. Within the first few minutes of class, I could tell he was kind, invested in us, and was on a mission to help us grow. The whole studio has an aura of growth.” – Julia B.

“Terry’s insight, creativity and thoughtful analysis are why I feel Terry is at the top of his game, and will surely be getting even better. In class, Terry is a teacher, coach, director and trusted advisor, helping us find deeper, more specific meaning in our work and in ourselves. I left his acting class with a broader view of the world, a stronger understanding of our work and a better sense of myself as an artist.“ – Faron S.

“I highly recommend Terry’s acting studio and this path if you aspire to be a true artist. My experience training with Terry has been a wake-up call of the heart. Terry encourages you to be who you are…unhinged and in raw form. He stands by the individual, cultivating a spirit and work ethic inside that is invaluable in artistry and every aspect of life itself. If you are reading this and are considering this path, you are already on it. This is where you come for the truth.” – Aaron H.

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Conservatory Essentials

ONLINE SUMMER INTENSIVE CURRICULUM

Acting Foundation

$2800

Meisner Acting Intensive

Movement Intensive

Voice & Speech Intensive

20-25 hours per week, including outside work

$1150

Meisner Acting Intensive

12-16 hours per week, including outside work

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What Our Students Are Saying About the Online Format

“[This platform] calls for a lot more self-awareness. Because now we’re not relying on the teacher telling us whether we’re doing it right. We need to gauge whether we’re feeling it. So it is calling for a lot more insight into what we’re doing, a lot of curiosity, digging deep and seeing whether it’s actually working for us. It can be a bit passive when we’re doing it in person because we’ve got the teacher there. But in my room it’s just my vibrations. [Zoom is] forcing me into confidence.” 

- Fern Hall

“Now you have the benefit of a close-up, you can see the nuances of the entire face. To tell you the God’s honest truth, I think it amplifies it…as far as reading behavior, as far as being present…because it’s you and the other person and that’s it, there’s no audience there. You hear Terry giving his notes…pointing things out, doing what masterful stuff he does.” 

- Fernando Mateo Jr

Online Summer Intensive

FAQs

How could you possibly teach acting online?

We hear you, we didn’t know how to do it at first either. However, to absolutely everyone’s surprise, both faculty and students have seen great results transitioning our current Two Year Conservatory to the online classroom, and students’ responses have been positive, grounded, and forward-thinking.

Here is a list of just a few of the things we have learned about the work in the online platform:

The tenets of the work – “taking in” your partner, responding to them on impulse – are surprisingly achievable in this platform. Noticing behavior is heightened by the intimate camera frame.
 
Classes can now be open to anyone from anywhere in the country and the world, allowing you to connect with a much more diverse, vibrant community of actors and artists.
 
We’ve noticed a new vulnerability, fearlessness, and willingness to be seen in the online classroom–which could be due to the enhanced ability to have “a private moment in public”.

We encourage you to read even more in our BLOG SERIES HERE, and to read Terry’s thoughts on the transition here: Taking the Business of Acting Online by Terry Knickerbocker.

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