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...
Acting vs Audition Class

Acting vs Audition 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...