A long-time instructor at the T. Schreiber Studio, Buckley will teach a master class in Song Interpretation June 2-27. The classes will begin with a lecture/demonstration focusing on Buckley's tools, philosophy and relaxation-meditation techniques. Subsequent classes will begin with meditation and then focus on individual work; an accompanist will be provided. The class will meet June 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23 and 27.
The Tony-winning Buckley has previously chatted with Playbill On-Line about her master classes and her methods of instruction. "I teach meditation as the means for focusing the actors' mind, and spiritual philosophy as the basis for making one's choices," the former Sunset Boulevard star said. "The song interpretation class teaches how to tell stories in song, how to interpret a song and how to connect with an audience. [Students will] work on their songs several times [throughout the month]. It's a long, detailed process."
Established in 1969, the T. Schreiber Studio is recognized as one of the foremost acting schools and professional theatre labs in New York City and is located at 151 W. 26th Street on the 7th floor. Prospective students ($900) or those non-performers wishing to observe (at a reduced fee of $450) should call (212) 741-0209.
Betty Buckley offered acclaimed performances in Sunset Boulevard, Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776 and Promises, Promises. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in the Broadway production of Cats, and she starred on the London stage in Promises, Promises and Sunset Boulevard, earning an Olivier Award nomination for her work in the latter. Also a TV ("Eight Is Enough") and film (Tender Mercies) star, the actress-singer devotes much of her time to concert appearances around the world. Her solo CD, "Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar Warehouse," was nominated for a Grammy Award, and her newest recording, "The Doorway," is her first for the Fynsworth Alley label. The actress was also seen on the final season of the acclaimed HBO series "Oz," the detective drama "Monk" as well as the Lincoln Center revue, Elegies: A Song Cycle.