REGULAR SEASON WORKSHOPS

The Actor's Instrument [The Actor's Work On Himself]

A weekly workshop focused on the actor’s work on himself to develop his whole creative-expressive instrument: body, voice, emotion, imagination. This is also the place to learn new techniques or master already acquired skills, to explore inner territories and important outside voices and approaches, and to advance in the direction of your highest ambition. 

 

Instrumental work means exercising to develop the actor’s inner and outer capacities. It means work on physical, vocal, and psychological impediments to free and impulsive expression. It means work on attention, imagination, emotional vulnerability and range, and the sense of truth. And it means, also, our consideration of traditional and neuro-scientific approaches to performance excellence and creativity from mindfulness meditation to sports psychology and more.

 

Experienced actors also work on characterization, monologue and audition preparation, and more, according to their individual needs. 

 

The workshop welcomes actors at all levels of experience. Mature actors with an eagerness to grow are particularly welcome. Because “beginner’s mind” is a virtue. And because, as Michael Chekhov taught, “treating old things as if new” is an essential key to growth. 

 

 

Advanced Scene Study [The Actor's Work On The Role]

A weekly workshop focused on the application of craft in the context of the actor’s work on the role. We practice a systematic approach for bringing scenes and monologues to life. We intend for the actor to learn to prepare without the support of a director. That's especially important for the film and television actor, who's typically required to bring independently prepared (rehearsed) work to the shoot.

 

Rehearsal points include: scenic obligations vs. choices, the exploration of place, event and prior event, creating the acting relationship, character, identifying units and objectives, playing action, inner and outer objects, obstacles, blocking, costume, composition and – always – the sense of truth.

 

Scene work from film, television and stage plays. Genres and styles from contemporary naturalism to Shakespeare, Chekhov, Moliere, Greek; comedic, close-to-type, against type; and etc. Also exercises, as needed, suited to the individual actor’s needs, previous training and experience. 

 

 

Actor's Forum

The Forum is a masterclass/meeting point for free artistic exchange with journeyman-level actors. By and for Boston (and local/visiting) pros, the Forum is an open, safe and creative space for experienced working actors and theatre and film professionals to share their artistic questions, concerns and conundrums. Work or watch; discuss, dispute, defend. Come-when-you-can, bring-what-you-want (a monologue, scene, audition piece or simply an idea, thought, or problem.) By invitation only.

 

"The actors are come hither, my lord. Buzz, buzz..."

 

 

CHEKHOV METHOD WORKSHOPS

The Chekhov Intensives

In-depth training narrowly focused on one major principle or ground of Chekhov method. Intensives meets twice weekly for 4 weeks. 

Chekhov Fun

A weekly class introducing fundamental (and sometimes advanced) techniques. Because Chekhov fundamentals are acting fundamentals. “First master the fundamentals.” - Larry Bird, Boston Celtics, The greatest basketball player of all time. 

Chekhov Workout

Eat your spinach. Do your pushups. And practice your Chekhov. – Exercise your inner muscles. Get Chekhov strong. 

Chekhov Barre

A student-led space to practice in a supportive, ensemble environment. 

Chekhov Foundation Weekend

A weekend workshop introducing basic Chekhov principles and techniques. 

Chekhov Weekends

Weekend workshops to introduce or deepen primary Chekhov themes and special topics. 

Chekhov Master Class

Investigate Chekhovian solutions to simple or challenging dramatic and scenic problems. Consider how objective creative principles inform the actor’s, director’s, and writer’s perspectives. Develop original work.

What’s So Special About Chekhov?

Find out at this introductory seminar. 

 

SEASONAL AND SPECIAL WORKSHOPS

The Structure Of Action: Practical Script Analysis

The ability to properly read and penetrate a script - the mastery of dramatic analysis - is an essential arrow in the actor’s quiver. Like other aspects of the actor’s craft, reading a play or screenplay requires practical technique. The professional actor knows to be grounded in a correct reading (analysis) of the text and, at the same time, excited by the products of his or her own creative imagination. This workshop is about learning to read, imagine and interpret dramatic literature from the point of view of the actor. The focus of our studies include seminal works by modern and contemporary American playwrights, as well as classics from the world canon from Sophocles to Shakespeare.

The "Perfect" Monologue

Working actors are actors who audition. And auditioning means monologues. Auditioning successfully for theatre or film means knowing how to give a winning performance of a monologue. The perfect monologue? No such thing. Just better (and worse) monologues, and knowing how to develop and perform them. It’s a master skill set. And what this workshop is all about.

Book The Job 

Learn to cold read, breakdown and analyze quickly and efficiently, commit to objectives and play action, incorporate simple techniques for characterization, and book the job. Contemporary scenes and monologues from television and film.

Getting To Work

A four-workshop combined series all about preparing to audition, booking work, and working on-camera. Offered in winter/spring terms.  

Workshop I: Practical Script Analysis for Actors [The Structure of Action]

Workshop II: Monologues/Stage Source Auditions Prep [The Perfect Monologue]

Workshop III:  Cold Reading Technique/Auditioning For Film [Book the Job]

Workshop IV: On-Camera Technique

Act Like Bruce Lee

“There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.... Obey the principles without being bound by them.... Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.... Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”

 Bruce Lee, martial artist and actor 

 

Explore perspectives of Stanislavsky, Meisner, Hagen, Strasberg, Michael Chekhov and other master acting teachers. Also, traditional and neuro-scientific approaches to performance excellence and creativity from mindfulness practices to sports psychology and... Bruce Lee.

The Other Chekhov

The plays and stories of Anton Chekhov.

Plays And Playwrights

Acting with style. Antique (Greek), Moliere, Shakespeare, Brecht, Beckett, Ionesco, Williams, Shepard, Mamet and other early, modern and contemporary voices from the western dramatic canon.

Related Workshops

Voice and speech, movement, clowning, and other related disciplines. 

Meisner. Meisner. Okay, Meisner!

Despite what you’ve heard, Meisner means much more than repetition. This occasional seminar is an introduction to the technique that’s about more than you’ve heard.

 

 

AUDITION PREPARATION AND PERFORMANCE COACHING

Private coaching or audition preparation with Scott Fielding or other studio faculty.

 

SHOWCASE

MCASB welcomes family, friends and invited guests to celebrate the recent creative work of some of our actors.

 

The program will showcase actors' work in a variety of short plays - comedic, tragic, dramatic and romantic -, scenes, monologues and/or exercises. (Advisory: Some of the works may contain language and/or representations of violence not suitable for children and sensitive others.)

 

Showcase actors are graduates of our Meisner Foundation Training, Advanced Training, and/or Chekhov Training Programs.

 

Guest list admission by invitation only.