Why train?

Acting is truth. Acting is the illusion of truth. Acting looks so easy. Is it madness, or reality? Unlike the special effects of computerized technology, a live performer doesn’t have obvious upfront cost. All you need is the brass neck to get up there and do your stuff. Right? Anyone can perform, sing, give a speech or dance without specialized training. If the reason is pure self expression, that that is reason enough to do it, but not reason enough to expect a paying audience. If the reason is to communicate ideas, tell stories, share experiences, entertain or – dare I say it – enlighten, then an element of skill is required. Imagine coming away from a performance with the …

I'm back, and I'm blogging

Well, the things you forget… And now, for some tips on how to remember – LINES! Help comes from unexpected places, and today I found some excellent tips for memorizing lines at a site called Real Age, which is devoted to healthy living. It was suggested that creative activities are good for your health, and offered these 10 Steps to Poetry Memorization. Check it out, you will find it ties in with all the work we do, from examining and exploring every word at the first reading (“meaning helps to make memories”), to getting on your feet (well ok, it doesn’t ACTUALLY say that, but we know better, eh?) and saying it out loud. So, now that I have remembered …

Brooklyn Workshop : The Shakespeare Shake: 13 December 09

Playing with Shakespeare and allowing Shakespeare to play (with) you Taught by Master Teachers Flloyd Kennedy & Aole T. Miller Studio 5, Brooklyn, Saturday, December 13th 11am – 4pm $100 This workshop will incorporate Fitzmaurice Voicework, Aole’s Archetype Masks, and Flloyd Kennedy’s signature Archetypal Character Development. Bring your favorite speeches from Shakespeare, anything from monologues to sonnets, and spend fab, fun, physical five hours exploring the sounds, the tastes, the smells, the images and the movement of Shakespeare’s language. This will be a great opportunity to work graduate school classical monologues. Fitzmaurice Voicework work is one of the best voice techniques for getting actors out of their heads, and into their bodies. In Fitzmaurice Voicework, there are a series of …

It's Official! Begin your Warmup with Aerobic Activity

Yes, warming up is good for you, but it has to be done effectively. All my nagging to get us doing something aerobic before we do stretches now has official science to back it up.   Check out this article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/sports/playmagazine/112pewarm.html?em

Watch This

I’ve just discovered this short video of Ute Hagen running a masterclass: http://www.hbstudio.org/items/hagen_video.htm I’ve ordered the DVD set, I’ll let you know if I think you should invest in it. Enjoy yourselves on Sunday!