A Little Bit About Our Lead Acting Teacher…
Adam Hill began his theatre career as an actor with the prestigious Broadway repertory company, APA. Since that time, Adam has acted on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatre and in touring companies. Although the main emphasis of his career has been theatre, he has also acted in film and television and has directed over 50 productions coast-to-coast.
Adam’s training began with the incomparable Stella Adler. After his incredible learning experience with the APA Repetory Company, Adam studied with the renowned teacher Michael Howard. Adam was fortunate enough to study with Stanislavski’s protege Eugenie Leontovich who was then in her eighties. He also explored other methods such as Tracy Roberts approach to Michael Chekov.
Although Adam has never directed on Broadway, he has directed Off Broadway at the wonderful Cherry Lane Theatre and Center Stage. (As well as several other venues that no longer exists.) Adam has directed the acting portion of Star Search as well as a TV pilot presentation for ABC.
Adam’s successful acting career led him to practice his true love, teaching. It began in 1970 when a group of actors asked if he would work with them and continues to this day. In 1985 Adam opened his own studio in Los Angeles. Adam Hill Actors Studio in Los Angeles has produced some of the finest talent in the film and television industry. Adam was also Artistic Director of Actor’s Alley in Los Angeles.
In 1996 Adam was asked by Wilkes University in Pennsylvania to establish a professional theatre program on their campus. Adam established the program and within two years created a Musical Theatre Degree. In a short time the enrollment went from three Majors to over fifty. Adam also established a “working actor’s” class in New York City which focused on polishing the actor’s audition skills as well as enhancing their script analysis skills all the while challenging their comfort zones. Adam is a strong believer in using acting classes as a gymnasium to stretch and grow when you are not working.
Adam moved to Las Vegas in 2012. In addition to founding CRAFT and bringing extensive knowledge and experience to the local acting community, he also writes the Showbiz column for Pageantry Magazine.
My Philosophy of Teaching
Philosophy is defined in the dictionary as the study of truth or principles of all real knowledge as well as a calm and reasonable attitude; calmness. It is also defined as a system for guiding life. Finally my dictionary simply states it is from the Greek, philosophia – love of wisdom.
It’s all about the actor!
My goal is to develop actors who comprehend and put to use all the particulars of the craft of acting. This means building a solid foundation. Freeing the actor emotional instrument. Encouraging an intellectual growth. Preparing actors to perform their craft effortlessly, freely, and fully. Working with great clarity, as well as with physical, emotional, intellectual, and sexual energy.
There is one craft of acting with many approaches to that craft. By learning many of these approaches the actor will be guaranteed the best development of their potential which means becoming the actor they were meant to be. (It is important to note there is no craft difference between stage, film, or television acting. There is simply an adjustment that is made for each medium.)
I want integrity to be the actors number one priority. It is important actors grasps that they are participating in a true art form. I want the seasoned actor to be reminded of this as we sometimes forget its importance. All art expects it’s participants to be 110% committed – to always work at their highest potential.
As for the beginning actors it is important to build a strong craft foundation at the very beginning of their studies. To use an analogy, you can imagine your career as a bungalow or a mansion. If your career dreams are equal to that of the mansion the necessity of a strong and powerful foundation is easily understood. The bigger the dream the stronger the foundation.
My classes are about the individual actor. It is their growth that concerns me. It is the actors individual potential that is important and my job to make their potential a reality.
“I am better today than I was yesterday, and am confident I will be even better tomorrow.”