The Advanced Scene-Study Lab

with Shane Connor

Class Details

Teacher: Shane Connor

Dates: Tuesdays, 7pm – 10pm. Starting May 5, and continuing in an ongoing practice.

Commitment: This is a weekly ongoing class that meets 4x per month, every month.

Ideal for: Advanced actors looking to deepen their relationship to process and preparation. By application or invitation only. (Makeup + Cancellation Policy)

Cost: $275/month for four classes per month.

You get good at what you practice.

The Advanced Scene-Study Lab with Shane Connor strengthens the essential skills of interpretation and preparation for any audition or performance. Building and authentically inhabiting dynamic, living characters is your job as an actor. This class gives voice and structure to the often unseen creative work that goes into fully embodying a character within a larger story. Physicality, the life and rhythm of a character, and your unique point of view come together to organically and playfully craft a one-of-a kind-portrayal grounded in discipline and your relationship to the source material.

Shane brings his extensive, award-winning, real-world acting experience- along with his deep love of the work, characters, and storytelling- to each class. He creates a revitalizing and safe space in which you get to re-forge a connection to your authentic self, to your humanity, and to the story. Here you get to practice what you love with mindfulness, heart, and dedication every week.


With over 20 years experience in theatre, film, and television around the world, Shane’s wisdom, experience, and passion offers you the unique experience of working with an Industry professional who has been a series regular multiple times, appeared in hundreds of episodes of television, carried lead roles in film, won (and lost) awards, and knows this work and the Industry from all angles. As an actor who also writes and directs, and has taught for decades, Shane’s passion for sharing his knowledge and experience allows you to discover your own most present, specific, and personal work so that you can bring your fierce talent directly into the audition room, and beyond.

The Advanced Scene-Study Lab is the place to experiment, take risks, dive deep in finding the most meaningful connection to the work, and achieve greatness through practice every week, both off and on camera.

Everything changes the moment you apply.

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The Work

You will work off and on camera on material from plays, film and television scripts, as well as original material.

Often you will work collectively from common source material, either by genre or author- from plays, films, and series. Sometimes you’ll work on original material, and each month you’ll take the work on camera- after exploring a genre, playwright, screenwriter, or your own work- to see how it shifts and evolves. There will be individual assignments outside of class time for scene preparation, and learning new, deeper, enjoyable ways to prepare character and material. And then bring that to the studio space to find the depth and heights of the story together.

From Shane:

There is no scene, there is simply an opening moment. Build the right history, ask the right questions, forget about the answers, they’ll take care of themselves, live with the question… let go and commit to the opening moment, fully, wholly, truly and simply- and then- anything can happen. The simplest and hardest necessity of any art form, is to let go.

Commit to life, everyday life, in the same way, and therein lies your practice, your art.

This class is for actors looking for an in-depth weekly exploration of how to make any material truly active and fully embodied.

This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.

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Achieve greatness through practice every week.

Dig deep. Hone your voice. Tell great stories.