Acting Class

Acting Class

At the start of our Foundations I class, in the interest of clarifying the work that we were embarking on we talked about the difference between an Audition Class and an Acting Class. Sometimes people come to Actorium having only taken audition classes and so the...
Going Forward and Looking Back

Going Forward and Looking Back

In a culture where fear is the air that we breathe, it is hard to see how deeply fearful our education is – let alone imagine another way to teach or learn. Parker Palmer In my classes I often talk about building a specific school culture. In this new year,...
Embodying the Objective.

Embodying the Objective.

The single most important thing for an actor’s performance is the Objective. In Character Development, we focus on the Super Objective; in P&A, we focus on Scene Objective. Everyone has an Objective, and if the actor is not living out the character’s...
Perfection

Perfection

I had this realization that I found helpful in my life. I noticed when I worked I usually asked myself this: Am I doing this correctly? What do they want? How can I meet their expectations? Will they be happy with this? Is this good enough? But, if I noticed my...
Public Solitude

Public Solitude

“All of our acts, even the simplest, which are so familiar to us in everyday life, become strained when we appear behind the footlights before a public of a thousand people.” Stanislavsky It was Stanislavsky who first introduced the concept of Public...
Finding the Super Objective through Empathy

Finding the Super Objective through Empathy

The Super Objective, or Spine of a character, is the driving force of every character in every script. It’s the personal battle of the character. And, it’s this battle that creates the emotional bond between the character and the audience. It’s the...
The Magic of Acting

The Magic of Acting

People can be taken away by the experience of acting, truly uplifted. That experience happens when you’ve become completely absorbed in something outside of yourself, so much so that you lose yourself. The beginning of our training and really the base of all of...
The skeleton and the colour of a performance

The skeleton and the colour of a performance

How do you work out a plan for a performance and then drop it so that you are alive in the moment?   In the attached clip you can see Actorium student Nancy Kato’s progression in her work. In the first clip (black and white)  she is focused on her Objectives...
Over-thinking your role?

Over-thinking your role?

A topic that came up a lot this week was over-thinking scenes. But the question is not actually a matter of whether or not you’re over-thinking a scene, the question is whether or not you’re thinking about the right things. This 1st Set of questions are examples of...