All actors are required to observe one of the ongoing classes. Potential students will have the opportunity to watch professional actors perform scenes in costume, using props and applying the tools used in classic scene study work. They will see scenes from well-known films, plays and television shows with Bell giving a thorough critique after all first works.
The studio teaches scene studio and character analysis. The objective of all classes is to teach actors the technique, its terminology, how to break down a scene, develop a character and implement the tools, - overall objective, scene objective, obstacles, substitution, place and moment before, inner objects, line between the lines, prior circumstances, primary emotion, beats and actions. Archetypes will also be used when helpful. Using props and costumes, scenes are performed once, notes are given and actors do the scene the following week making the suggested changes in a rework. Once a rework is done, actors will be paired with a new scene partner and assigned a new scene. All classes meet once a week for three hours and the cost is $211.25/month
STUDIO CLASS SCHEDULE
Monday 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Thursday 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Theresa Bell has been in the film business since 1987 when she began her acting career. She received her SAG card from Oliver Stone on Talk Radio and worked with Mr. Stone on two more films. She began her screenwriting career in 1995 and has been recognized in three competitions for three different screenplays; most notably, the first Project Greenlight Contest, which selected her feature-length screenplay, Lullaby, to be in the top 30 out of 7,000 entries. TBell began coaching actors in 2001 and has watched many of them find success; most recently Kamille McCuin stars in the film NOLA Circus which was just accepted into the Cannes Film Festival and Cynthia Santiago had a role in the movie 99 Homes which was an official selection at Sundance. TBell's studio is at Southside on Lamar and she coaches five classes a week. She wrote and produced the short film, Sweetwater, based on one of her full-length feature scripts. Sweetwater was accepted into the Dallas Film Festival and the USA Film Festival in 2004. In 2012, she directed the short film Spark! for the 48 Hour Film Contest in Mississippi. The film earned the honor of best cinematography. Theresa produced, wrote, and directed the short film, Lullaby, based on her feature script in 2015, which aired on HBO Latino in February 2021. She is also an accomplished oil painter. IMDB Profile
In those 5 years I’ve booked over 50 projects, mostly leads and supporting roles (no extra work) and I have to give full credit to my work with TBell. She doesn’t accept “good”. She wants her students work to be UNDENIABLE
She took me from square one, to now being a full-time actor. One of the best decisions I made in my career was studying with her.
Queen Sugar (2017), The Bold and the Beautiful (2018), Freedom on Trial (2016), Love & Drugs 2 (2020)
I studied with other coaches, but never received the willingness from them to take the time to break the scene down, find each beat, help me discover who the characters are, and what substitutions and surroundings work. Thank you for making me who I am today, T.
Theresa Bell is one of the most prolific teachers of the art of Acting that I’ve ever known. Believe me, I’ve studied with a few. More than prolific at her art, she’s also one of the strongest and most interesting people I know and she brings those qualities out in the people she teaches.