This workshop as in past text breakdown workshops will focus on specific elements of the text that are necessary for effective auditions/performance: Constructing the first moment, backstory/emotional history, beats, objectives, motives, justification, relationships, stakes/urgency, emotional parallels, working from impulse, emotional preparation, "working off", staying in the moment, getting off the page, will all be covered in detail. Students need to bring a writing journal. Audio and video taping of my classes and workshops is not allowed.
4 week Intro To Acting Workshop
The First 2 Stages of Meisner's "repetition" exercises. This 4 week workshop will introduce students to the fundamentals of working truthfully from themselves, listening, and "working off" as a means of developing the actor's instincts. Students will get to participate in the exercises every week. It is recommended that they bring a journal to take notes.
The goal of the class is to develop and hone the actor's instincts so instead of working from their intellect they work from their gut. Please do not register for this class if you are not interested in completing my program. This class was created for serious acting students that are interested in working at a professional level. Students interested in registering for these classes should take into consideration that these have been designed for students seeking ongoing training. This is not a workshop, drop-in or pay as you go situation but a more comprehensive program paid by the month. Classes are intensive and my hands on approach allows me to guide students through all the stages of the technique. By maintaining small groups students get to work several times during the course of the class in an environment that is supportive and conducive to learning. In providing this type of atmosphere I am able to teach without taking the joy out of learning. About the Meisner technique:The goal of the Meisner technique is to get each and every student to work truthfully and instinctively from themselves i.e. their own truthful point of view, i.e. to replace thinking with doing. By maintaining small groups students get to work several times during the course of the class in an environment that is supportive and conducive to learning. Note: Please do not register for this class if you are not interested in completing my program. This class was created for serious acting students that are interested in working at a professional level.
Scene Study/Audition Technique
Students will learn a detailed method/system for breaking down the text so that instead of "guessing" their way through the text they learn to make informed, active choices through a detailed understanding of the given circumstances of the play/script. Students work from scenes that they choose from network and cable series or scenes provided for them. They can also bring in commercial copy or an audition piece that they have been called in for. This will give students the opportunity to work every week. If students feel they have the time and would like to bring in a finished scene that option is still open to them. Expansion: The class has been expanded to include cold-reading and on-camera/audition technique using film and TV scripts. Every 5th week the class will be devoted to cold-reading technique. Students will prepare the specific script they are working on and in week 6 they will work on-camera. This is not a substitute for the regular scene study class. It is a new addition which will provide a more comprehensive examination of all aspects of scene work. Note: Please do not register for this class if you are not interested in completing my program. This class was created for serious acting students that are interested in working at a professional level.
Meisner's Point of View Workshop
Montgomery Clift once told Elizabeth Taylor, "Your body doesn't know you're acting." Not only a poignant comment, but true. In my experience acting, teaching and directing, I found this to be the case. We don't find the meanings to the moments via our intellect. We find meaning in our impulsive physical responses to the other person. In my upcoming "Point Of View" workshop students will learn first hand what Meisner meant by the "pinch" for the "ouch", and how by listening and connecting with your partner you unleash the instincts. This workshop is a must for students/actors that have difficulty "getting out of their heads" and are looking for a spontaneous way of working on a moment to moment basis. Please bring a journal to take notes. I don't allow audio or video copying of my classes or workshops. I look forward to working with you at my next workshop.