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.
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.
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