Spring 2017 Workshop Dates Coming Soon. Call NEC at 212-582-5860 for registration, discounts, and interviews.
Application Procedure:
Complete your online registration, including PayPal payment. Make appointment with NEC Office to receive Registration Packet for Fall 2016.
Audition Requirements: Phone Interview with Instructor: Call NEC Office at 212-582-5860 to schedule phone or face interview with instructor.

Dance and Movement Workshops with Obediah Wright

Classes on Sundays
Youth Dance (8-15 years)                  1 hour   $150  Register
Movement for Actors & Singers     1 hour   $150  Register
Master Dance Class                           1 hour   $150  Register
Starts: 3/19/17

Youth Dance – Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern. Methodology: Train students in movement with Kinetic storytelling folklore, tradition and culture; creative performance through communal collaborations.Objective: Multi-dimensional approach to dance with marked improvements developmentally, academically, and social/emotionally

Movement for Actors & Singers

Dance Master Class – Fuses: Ballet, Graham technique, African dance, Jazz, and Tap, into movement that demonstrates multidimensional dance mastery. Methodology: Intense training with advanced choreography, movement and synchronization; skill building through rigorous, cross-training regime for flexibility, fitness and mental and physical endurance.

About the Instructor:

Training: Julliard, Alvin Ailey, School of American Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Obediah has choreographed, directed and or performed in Film, TV, Theatre and Opera internationally. He has worked with Fox Searchlight Pictures, Middle Passage Films, Harlemwood Films, MTV Network, TV ONE Network, National Black Theater, Downtown Cabaret Theater, The Bravo Channel, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Houston Grand Opera, Bahamian National Youth Choir, Museum Of Natural History, Billie Holiday Theatre, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Kielce Dance Theatre – Kielce, Poland, and Yantra Dance Academy – Brussels, Belgium to name a few.

Requirements: Must be interviewed, committed and registered before attending any workshop. All accepted will be called.

Intermediate Acting with Daniel Carlton

Classes on Wednesdays
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Starts: 3/15/17
Cost: $300

Utilizes: Voice, character, and improvisation exercises; check-ins regarding their weekly self-generated artist dates, comparison and performance of scenes and monologues (Walcott, Harrison, Dunbar, Shakespeare, NEC Archive writers, Black Drama Anthology) and detailed work with finding the power in your acting (playing situations and context, breath, character tactics, emotional memory masking and un-masking, breaking the fourth wall, specific intentions, etc.). Source material from Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Robert Cohen, and Gordon Hunt, and Meisner will be utilized on our feet.

About the Instructor:

Daniel Carlton’s roots with NEC run deep. Recently seen as John in the 50th Anniversary of “Day of Absence”, he received his Equity Card as a young man understudying NEC alum Giancarlo. Daniel Carlton’s teaching and acting resume includes working with actors, directors, choreographers instructors from; George Faison to the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Al Freeman Jr, and many masters of the craft over the years. International credits include performing at the Moscow Art Theater to creating a theater lab in Johannesburg South Africa. Daniel brings the actor, playwright, teacher, and solo artist into perspective keeping the focus beyond the “celebrity” and on the work.

Requirements: Must be interviewed, committed and registered before attending any workshop. All accepted will be called.

Master Acting Class with Charles Weldon

Classes on Saturdays
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Starts: 3/11/17
Cost: $300

Acting MasterClass with Charles Weldon is for working professionals who have completed basic and intermediate level programs and/or have performed professionally in three or more productions. This unique workshop practices a proven strategy to consistently get work and remain marketable in the changing industry. Acting MasterClass uses “The Adolph Caesar Method”: Recalling every-day, life experiences and emotion to construct believability, emotional truth and authenticity in performance on stage, in film or television.

About the Instructor:

Charles Weldon, currently the Artistic Director of The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc., is a veteran director and actor of stage, film and television. His directing credits (abbreviated) include; the NEC productions Futurology, The Musical, Cabaret Émigré, and The Picture Box. He has also directed; Colored People’s Time for the New York Public Schools, The Offering, at Rip Rap Studio Theater in Los Angeles, and Waiting 2 End Hell, at the Shadow Theatre in Denver. He was seen in NEC’s The Great MacDaddy, The Offering, The Brownsville Raid, A Soldier’s Play, and NEC’s Broadway production of The River Niger. He was in the cast of; Second Stage Theatre’s award-winning play, Birdie Blue, with S. Epatha Merkerson, Thunder Knocking at the Door, at the Guthrie Theatre, Fences and King Lear, at the Asolo Theatre; It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues at Kennedy Center, Piano Lesson, at Centre Stage, Touch the Names: Letters to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (original cast recording); Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, and Driving Miss Daisy, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; The Madwoman, A Selfish Sacrifice, A Streetcar Named Desire, King Hedley, II, Jitney, Coming of the Hurricane and Two Trains Running, at the Denver Performing Arts. Film credits include; Stir Crazy, Serpico, A Woman Called Moses, The River Niger, Malcolm X and, Showtime’s, The Wishing Tree with Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood. Television credits include; Roots: The Next Generation.

Requirements: Requirements:

Must call NEC at 212-582-5860 to set up an interview. Resume, bio and headshot required at interview; clips or reel strongly suggested. Potential students may be asked to audition.

Basic Acting Workshop with Anderson Johnson

Classes on Mondays
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Starts: 3/13/17
Cost: $300

Modified Stanislavsky System to accommodate students with no performance experience. Methodology: The workshop is divided into two five-week stages. Stage 1: Introduction, Hone and Practice the 6 basic performance skills: Imagination, creativity, focus,concentration, motivation and believability; employed theatre games, improvisation, and creating the onstage persona. Stage 2: Monologues – study to performance. Action Plan: Rehearse, Prepare, Present beginning of the professional actor’s evolution. The intent of their final performance in front of an audience is, for the students, just a first step in their development as actors, rather than their culmination of their training.

About the Instructor:

Anderson Johnson is an Alumnus of the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. He worked with Douglas Turner Ward as Assistant Director on several productions between 1968 and 1980. He is also a director. He is currently Professor of Theatre and Drama at New Jersey University. For those who are interested in pursuing acting as a career, furthering their knowledge of theatre, or who need to brush up, the workshop will focus on the actors’ instrument by introducing and exploring different acting techniques.

Requirements: Must be interviewed, committed and registered before attending any workshop. All accepted will be called.

Playwriting with Michael Bradford

Classes on Mondays
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Starts: 3/13/17
Cost: $300

Method involves usage of Aristotelian Plot Prompts; with traditional,character driven plot, active dialogue, and theatrical space concepts. Methodology: Focuses on the craft to accommodate students very new to play writing. Initial work includes basic playwriting vocabulary; plot structures,dramatic action, dialogue, and staging. Expand prompts will be used for individual pieces. The vocabulary focus will continue with conflict, rising action,exposition; and the use of beat, stressing Liz Lerman “Critical Response Process” for critique.

About the Instructor:

A rare workshop opportunity for serious early-career playwrights to work closely with an experienced mentor and focus intensively on developing a specific work. Michael Bradford is a founding member of Bated Breath Theatre Company and an award winning director and professor of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut. His work has been produced Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre, the Lark Developmental Theatre, The Flea, The Access and the NADA Theatre.

Requirements: Must be interviewed, committed and registered before attending any workshop. All accepted will be called.

Directing with Bette Howard

Classes on Thursdays
7:00 – 9:00pm
Starts: 3/14/17
Cost: $300

Bette Howard’s technique is grown out of her own experience in acting workshops. Her workshop emphasizes making the experience of directing both inspirational and exciting.

About the Instructor:

Bette Howard is an alumnus of the American Negro Theatre with Ossie Davis. She is also an alumna of the African American Repertory Company and The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. and was the 2005 recipient of the Lloyd Richards Director’s Award. She has been the resident director of the Black Spectrum Theatre for more than 20 years.

Requirements: Must be interviewed, committed and registered before attending any workshop. All accepted will be called.

Stage Management with Karimah

Classes on Tuesdays
7:00PM to 9:00PM
Starts: 3/16/17
Cost: $300

You will learn what a professional stage manager does and how to do it. The class will take you on a journey from pre-production to post-production. It will be a hands-on experience as you navigate your way through both the Show and the Business of professional theatre. A few of the skills you will learn and/or develop include, running rehearsals, calling shows, creating schedules, production meetings, maintaining the bible, communicating with directors, designers, actors, and producers. The class will discuss theatre protocol and how to set and maintain an ethical atmosphere.

About the Instructor:

Karimah has stage managed many productions from readings to full productions. The range of her contracts encompass Actors’ Equity Mini Grant, AEA Showcases, off Broadway, tours, dinner theatre, and, community productions. She has also stage managed award shows, fashion shows, and, concerts.
Some of the companies that have contracted her services include: the Negro Ensemble Company, the National Black Theatre, New Federal Theatre, Strindberg Repertory Theatre, Shades of Truth Theatre, sKribble sKrabble Productions, Walter Puryear Productions, Hudson Guild Theatre, Phil Collin’s Productions, Playwrights Horizons, and, Playwrights Preview Productions. She has also stage managed for several independent producers. She is a MFA graduate of Columbia University School of the Arts and certified in Executive Nonprofit Management by Georgetown University.

Requirements: Must be interviewed, committed and registered before attending any workshop. All accepted will be called. Must have an open mind, a controlled attitude, paper and writing implements, and/or a tablet/laptop to record information. And most importantly, remember:

If you are not early you are late!