2 Points on Character Development

2 Points on Character Development

This past Tuesday and Thursday’s monologue filming had a strong focus on the super objective, and everyone advanced in leaps and bounds in that area. That is key. If you’re in those classes and are still feeling frustrated, we’ve talked and you know where you...
Clarifying Goals in Acting

Clarifying Goals in Acting

The training that we do in scene study at Actorium is based on Meisner and Method techniques. The ultimate goal in this training is for the actor is to be living and responding freely in the moment. This is an important factor at every level. I judge an actor’s work...
Stop Doing it Right

Stop Doing it Right

In the beginning, actors work very hard to do a scene, or play a role ‘correctly’. They struggle to meet the demands of the script to the point where they follow it like an architect may follow a blueprint. They no longer allow themselves the freedom of...
Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines

In order to be able to fulfill a role you must be able to extract a character from the script. What does extract a character from the script mean? It means you are able to play the character as a separate entity. You are able to separate the character from the story....
This post is for you

This post is for you

In my initial training as an actor, like many of us, I had done nothing but performance based training until I encountered Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio.  I remember my first day in scene study class. The first one up was Meg Tilly working with some guy on a...
Leaving the beauty pageant behind

Leaving the beauty pageant behind

When I first started auditioning, I remember I would walk in and I’d think “omg how am I ever going to get this? all the other actresses reading for it are so f&^%ing beautiful! How will I ever get something?” This was LA in the 80’s, and I don’t...
Homework for Monologue Study

Homework for Monologue Study

NOTES FROM ACTORIUM’S HOMEWORK FOR MONOLOGUE STUDY: Spend an hour a day sitting with your monologue ‘feeling’ it out. 1. Don’t rehearse it aloud. When you rehearse aloud you are nailing your coffin. You’re creating a dead performance. You...
Natural Reactions & Uniquely You

Natural Reactions & Uniquely You

Anyone that has gone up on the stage at Actorium, knows that there is more to a Meisner technique class than repeating what the person in front of you says. You are asked to not only respond fully and truthfully, but you are asked “to see” fully and...