Individuality

Individuality

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Joseph Campbell. I know no better way to becoming a better actor than to becoming *more* yourself: dropping the persona, dropping the act that we present to the world and to ourselves. Although the development of...
Embracing the Flaws

Embracing the Flaws

As an acting teacher, a big part of my job is encouraging actors to embrace the flaws of the character. That process usually follows a series of steps. 1. finding the flaws 2. relating to the flaws 3. portraying the flaws   The third step often being the most...
Becoming an Agile Learner

Becoming an Agile Learner

Working in a creative environment our most precious commodity is our agility. Nothing stops development like rigidity. We work to identify and protect the quality of agility. And our rigidity, ever so slowly, disappears.     The five pillars of an Agile Learner:   1....
Communion

Communion

Stanilsavski uses the word Communion: “an intimate fellowship or rapport.” When the audience reacts with laughter or tears, actors respond to that feedback. That is natural and is a part of the dynamics of acting. It is the audience/performer relationship....