Acting and Process

Acting and Process

When you create something new – whether it is as simple as changing a hairstyle, or as complex as designing the software to guide a rocket landing on Mars – there will be a period of time when you’re not sure which direction to take, when you’re not sure...
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 Negative

Embracing the Negative

  Embracing the negative is an interesting process, and Michelle’s blog post detailing it out in 3 stages was super helpful at describing the journey I was stumbling through. It’s true. Of all the steps, step 3, portraying the flaws, is the hardest. I’ve been...
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....
Talent comes from Instinct

Talent comes from Instinct

When we begin the work in Foundations, which asks us to open up to the expression of truthful feelings, many of us encounter a habitual response: an automatic redirection of our emotions. When a truthful feeling comes up, we don’t naturally express it: we...
Try

Try

Websters dictionary, the first definition of the word TRY is to make an attempt at. In anything you do, in anything at all, your first movement towards accomplishment is to try. Before it happens there is the effort to try to make it happen. To stand up, you must...