Thursday, May 28, 2009

Actors Triad

How would you rate yourself for talent, out of 10?

Guess what. You're a 10.

It isn't a matter of talent. It's simply a matter of access.

The pathway to that expressive, passionate, dynamic actor is closer than we think.

Once discovered, it leads us to a reservoir of responsiveness and possibility that is truly

limitless. Discovering that pathway, through joy and rigor and a clear, step-by-step creative process is our goal.

There's never been anyone like you. There never will be again. And the unique being

that is you, combined with this unique moment, that will never occur again, can create

a truly unique response. This is why we go to the theatre and to the movies. This is why

we pay money to see you play the wonderful parts that are written for us as actors.

It isn't a matter of talent. It's simply of matter of access.

Actors Triad.

Monday, May 25, 2009

About Me

I was a working actor in Sydney, Australia , working on major movies, tv series and plays and yet... whenever that script arrived, I would stare at it.. sitting on the table, calling to me..

but when I opened the package, and read the thing, my next question would always be:

What the hell do I do now?

Around that time I was studying with a teacher who handed me an excerpt from a book called

Sanford Meisner on Acting. I had never heard of this man but I read the two paragraphs that had been placed in front of me. And everything changed.

The next day I went out and bought the book and inhaled it in two days. The book describes a class, a 2-year journey with Mr.Meisner in New York. Upon finishing the book I knew what I had to do. I was going to go to New York and study that system, be in that class! I studied with renowned teacher Maggie Flanigan who introduced and guided me through the rigorous, dynamic and thrilling process of the Meisner technique. I have since worked in theatre and television in New York, LA and all over the US and now also privately coach and teach the process.. something that always re-inspires and re-awakens my own passion and love for the art of acting!

Class Structure

Every actor will get to work 3 times in this class. Part 1 will begin with exercises getting the actor in touch with their innate ability to passionately listen, respond and take action: Repetition, Activity, Domestic Exercise, all designed to strengthen the Fundamentals of acting from which all inspiration emerges!

We then move on to the core of the class, Cold Reading. Students will be paired up and given scenes from plays, television and film, working with the dynamics they've developed in Part 1 and, at this point, understanding how to work with themselves as actors using circumstance, relationship and objective. This particular way of learning and doing Cold Reading is a dynamic exercise in bringing the actor to a full, spontaneous life in the scene having very little time with the material. The actor will learn and grow tremendously and have a blast at the same time!

Part 3 will be scene study/monologs. Every actor in the class will be required to have one monolog ready to act in front of the class; this will allow for the actor to have their own work in development on a week-to-week basis. Actors will also be paired for scenework, involving rehearsal away from class. This will allow for a deepening of the process they're learning through Parts 1 & 2.

Moving parallel with all of this will be Actors Movement work, which will encourage actors to open up and expand the expressivity of their bodies and voices.

It's going to be rigorous and fun....