Expression for the Supernaturally Shy Online
Training in the basics of acting and understanding how to work with shyness in your life.
If you’re curious about our online acting program but not ready to fully dive in, this is a free introductory course available to everyone. In it, you will learn how Actorium’s training transfers to an online format and what our focuses are in the courses. You will also have an opportunity to experiment with the first few exercises in Expression as well as submit your work for individual feedback.
Expression for the Supernaturally Shy takes a look at how training in acting can free you from the limitations of any kind of social anxiety, such as discomfort speaking in front of audiences, and rekindle enthusiasm for an art form you initially loved but lost due to difficulty with performing. Our goal is to clarify how we focus on acting for freeing a person from self-consciousness.
- 3 weeks
- 60-minute weekly classes
- Weekly assignments
- Review and homework packages
- Individual feedback and coaching
How it works:
- Classes are live on Zoom
- Each class contains lessons, exercises, work reviews, and discussions
- In each class, you will be given assignments followed by a class review packet in PDF format
- Homework assignments are filmed on your phone or camera and submitted before the next class*
This course is right for you if you are:
- Someone who is interested in acting but has been too shy
- Someone whose shyness is affecting their life and would like to learn to work with it
Homework time will vary per participant but, on average, you can expect about 1 – 2 hours per week.
*Homework in the Expression courses is optional. However, to get the most out of the course, we encourage participants to go through the discomfort of filming and submitting their work! You will find yourself changing quickly through this process!
If you have to miss a class, you will receive a digital class package with a video overview of the class and your weekly assignments.
What you need:
- Notebook and pen/pencil
- Computer or phone with a working camera and microphone
- Headphones (recommended but not required)
- Working internet or data connection that will allow you to video conference for 90 minutes a week
I’ve felt very alone in my struggle with shyness/social anxiety so I am really glad to find a place where others can relate.
I have always loved Actorium classes and got a lot out of them, I love the way you teach and the feedback you give your students. I first took the Supernaturally Shy course in 2015, wow, that was a long time ago! My intent in taking the course back then, and with the other courses I took, was to get more comfortable around people and open up to people and not be so quiet. I have grown and learned a lot over the years and your classes have given me some good tools and concepts to ponder. I even enjoyed the Scene Study class I did, which I wasn’t sure about at first. Actorium has also just expanded what I originally thought acting was and made it more relatable to me. I just felt like I wanted to say that to you! You’re doing great work and it is appreciated by so many people.
I just wanted to say thank you again for holding a wonderful and safe space that allows people to wade through such difficult emotions. Many years ago, I did one [public speaking] class and hated it and never tried again. I often wished since then that some kind of magical world existed where I could try a form of speaking or performing while having a positive voice somehow override my internal negative and terrified one… Well, you are providing exactly that magical environment! The way you verbally support each person while they are on stage is incredible. I think these classes are priceless and will have a positive impact on all aspects of life… Truly life-transforming!
I had not foreseen that the program was going to be that interesting and the experience so profound and rewarding.
I am so happy with my progress! You have no idea. I was feeling so stuck behind that block that it was really testing my ambition and resiliency because I was feeling really powerless to change. I don’t know how it happened other than just breaking that part open and just allowing myself to be imperfect and where I am at… Slowly. Though I still feel a certain trepidation over being really seen, I feel I can much more easily sit and be honest with that feeling of un-comfortability.
I have always been terrified of public speaking and have never even in my dreams wished to be in the limelight on any stage. The thought of taking acting lessons would have never occurred to me. But I was introduced to this idea in such an intriguing way. Michelle said this class was a safe place for those who wanted a chance to tiptoe out into the spotlight and thus explore hidden facets of their essence and personality. I’ve always been rather inhibited and not-quite-the-real-me in my range of expression in social settings so I thought this would be a potentially fun and cheap way to expand my range, as compared to say, sitting weekly on a therapist’s couch for months on end. Well, it’s only been four classes so far but holy moly! I could not have guessed how eye-opening and personally rewarding this experience would be for my inner development and self-knowledge. Not only do I feel I have a better window to my authentic self (and what could possibly be more precious than that) but I also feel like I really have an inner eye and empathetic understanding of my fellow classmates which in so few hours with strangers is really incredible. I would urge anyone who resonates with me to try this course. Very highly recommended.