Welcome To The Lombardi Arts Center School for Theater
Are you an actor or actress? Do you want to learn about theater? Do you want to be in theater workshops? Do you want to be in a program with classes that perform plays? If you've answered yes to any of these questions The Lombardi Arts Center could be your answer.
The Lombardi Arts Center is a theater school with studios in New York and Boston with the mission to educate about drama in a safe environment, strive for creative originality, promote toleration, and seek to increase awareness. No matter what level you are at there is a program with classes here for you.
If you are a beginner you can join a workshop to study: monologues, scenes, acting, and what is an appropriate performing arts resume. If you are at an intermediate level the Lombardi Arts Center offers classes in a program that performs productions in Off-Off-Broadway venues (with seating capacity fewer than 100 seats). If you are advanced, classes are available for a program that performs productions in Off-Broadway venues (with seating capacity between 100-499 seats).
Whatever your goal is in the performing arts, the Lombardi Arts Center is here to help. However, a practical approach is important. In other words, very few artists are lucky enough to make a living solely from their art. It's important to balance a day job with being an artist. Workshops and programs are a learning experience, not an employment opportunity, and when the workshops and program's "classes and performances" are over the instructor [or associate or assistant] teaching will not be taking home nor be given access to your headshot, resume, or any of your other promotional materials for employment. The Lombardi Arts Center doesn't fund-raise, because there are higher priority causes that need money such as finding a cure for cancer or feeding the homeless. An artist must be egoless, responsible, and accountable.
Our philosophy is that fundamentally acting is storytelling through the portrayal of a character. There are many techniques in acting such as: Classical acting, Stanislavski's system, the Michael Chekhov technique, Method acting, the Meisner technique, and Practical Aesthetics. An actor or actress should use whatever technique they like best, and find helps them portray their character. Acting is an art, and art is fundamentally imitation, referenced from Aristotle's Ancient Greek concept of "mīmēsis" in his book entitled The Poetics. However, an actor or actress should never imitate the way other people have portrayed characters in drama, rather they should originate their own unique interpretation. Moreover, it's important to realize that you are not the character you're acting as, rather you are merely imitating. I have never been a prince, and have never been to Denmark, but it doesn't mean that I couldn't imitate how a prince might present himself, likewise even though I've never been to Denmark I could imitate someone from Denmark by talking with an accent or dialect. Further, using Stanislavski's system as an acting technique, I could refer to my own feelings and experiences to connect with the character I'm portraying by thinking about the feelings and emotions that I remember from my parent's divorce or the death of my grandfather. Hamlet's father is killed by his uncle, and although this event or situation has never exactly occurred to me in my own life, there are still feelings, thoughts, and emotions that I've experienced that can make my storytelling better through a more authentic portrayal. In that there is nothing that should be complicated. Acting is as simple as imagining it's raining, snowing, or that the temperature is cold or hot.
Further the Lombardi Arts Center promotes a clean lifestyle. Not smoking or excessive drinking, rather eating right and exercising gives a clear proper prospective for the stage. So if you're playing a character that drinks whiskey, fill the bottle with diet tea. If they drink vodka use water. If your character smokes use a water vapor cigarette. I'm not saying it's not okay in our own lives to occasionally drink a couple glasses of wine or have a couple of drinks, I'm saying that people in real life have tragic flaws, but in portraying them through our imitation we certainly should never take these flaws into our own lives. Likewise in stage combat, the actors aren't actually fighting, they are imitating a fight where no one actually gets hurt. The stage above all must be a safe environment for all those working on and around it.
In conclusion, clean living is important not only for your art, but for yourself as an artist creating true organic originality.