To make it as an actor today you need training and a chance to learn from those who have experience in today's globally focused market. That is why Tokyo's United Performers Studio (UPS) and Model Language Studio are pairing up to create the UPS Academy, a unique school for training actors in artistic quality and international scope.
The Academy, which is accepting applications for its new acting school until January 14, is a multi-faceted two year training program focused on the international entertainment industry.
The unique approach is based on the Method and the Meisner Technique and is geared towards preparing actors to work in Japanese and International markets for film and stage.
The program features such top International Instructors as Frank Cosaro, the 3rd Artistic Director of the Actor's Studio; and Hedy Sontag, a member of the Actors Studio and Head Instructor at L.A.'s Lee Strasberg Institute.
Guest Lecturers from the Japanese and International entertainment fields will participate as well. Among them are Fran and Kaz Kuzui of Kuzui Enterprises who have seen enormous success distributing, producing and directing film on both sides of the Pacific. Other distinguished guest lecturers are Casting Directors Jane Jenkins and David Rubin, graduates of the Neighborhood Playhouse and several Japanese film directors and actors.
The school has quite a diverse talent pool and seeks to emphasize the after care of graduates. Management companies will support and represent qualified graduates. A range of theater groups affiliated with UPS give graduates the opportunity to further apply and develop their skills in professional play production.
For more information on auditions for applicants contact UPS at (03) 3466-2041.
--By Carter Witt