MasterClass launched Spacey’s course in February 2016. The class included 28 video lessons, spanning more than five hours of content, with tutorials on how to “stand out in the casting room,” perfect a monologue, and deliver impressions. Students also had access to a 47-page downloadable workbook and select members had the opportunity to have Spacey critique their performances in videos uploaded to the site.
MasterClass declined to disclose how many people had enrolled in Spacey’s class (and the startup hasn’t released other subscriber numbers previously).
Spacey’s course is no longer being promoted on the MasterClass homepage. While the course description currently remains listed on the website, users cannot enroll in the class, according to MasterClass.
Spacey, whose credits include “The Usual Suspects,” “American Beauty,” and Netflix’s “House of Cards,” was accused by “Star Trek: Discovery” star Anthony Rapp of sexually assaulting him at a party in 1986 at Spacey’s New York apartment. Spacey apologized in a statement in which he said he was “beyond horrified” by Rapp’s account, adding that he did not recall the incident.
MasterClass, originally founded in 2012 as Yanka Industries, offers a range of celebrity-led classes, each offered for a $90 lifetime access fee. The company’s roster of instructors includes Martin Scorsese, Shonda Rhimes, Aaron Sorkin, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, David Mamet, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Investors in San Francisco-based MasterClass include IVP, New Enterprise Associates, Javelin Venture Partners, Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Beta, and Advancit Capital.