There’s a tremendous difference between hearing things and really listening. We learn about this difference through the practice of the Meisner technique.
Pure listening changes us. It gives hope and helps the Actor to take clear action with no alternative. There’s no middle ground. We are no longer muddy or murky with self-doubt, anxiety, or indecision. Nothing is vague. We become free to respond from our emotional, physical, feeling body rather than critical thinking and move into need-based work.
Through the work of Sanford Meisner, we learn “nothing is casual” and the stakes must always be high. When we listen with every fiber of our being to what and how something is being said, we respond truthfully from our impulses. We are filled with conviction and become unstoppable. There’s no hesitation. Impulses take the place of thinking and real doing takes the place of pretending.
Casting looks first and foremost for an Actor’s ability to connect with text and who they are working with. Our new world of self tapes and online auditioning is here to stay. We will take advantage of our being together in person to focus on and distill what needs to happen in order for strong self tapes and effective online auditioning to take hold.
Our foundation during this course will be connecting and creating with truth, conviction and clarity.
We will also be working with family Archetypes and Sam Shepard’s classic play “True West” … making his characters gender fluid.
This promises to be a transformational workshop for Actors where confidence will be gained through risk taking, keeping things simple and living with integrity.
Join us in-person and celebrate the work you have been chosen to do.
Dreamwork for Actors
Within you resides an unconscious realm of dreams. When lifted to the surface they make us whole. Our dreams, images, emotions, feelings and movement spark impulses…the release of expression through sound and gestures, gifting creative freedom. We become free to respond from our emotional, physical, feeling body as we work with and through our dreams. You will work on a DREAM ASSIGNMENT where you give yourself permission to trust the process.
I have taught and practiced Dream Work for over 25 years and have trained extensively with Sandra Seacat and Kim Gillingham.
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, Harvey Keitel, Jessica Lang, Mickey Rourke, Aaron Eckhardt and Sandra Oh are on a long list of prominent actors who have practiced Dream Work and continue to do so. You’re in good company.