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...
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...