Private acting coaching with Michelle will guide you in preparing your material by helping to breakdown and analyze your sides and/or scripts in depth.
Stella Adler Acting Technique
12 WEEK INTENSIVE
You will learn the Stella Adler technique and explore the language and principles of Stella Adler’s approach to acting, including action, circumstance, and justification. You will develop a foundation from which to build yourself as an actor. Stella Adler believed that an actor’s talent lies within his imagination. She trained with Stanislavsky and studied the method, but didn’t believe that an actor needs to relive past experiences to connect with the character.
Here are the main points of this approach to acting:
Acting is Doing
The actor must always do something on stage. He looks for actions in the script (for example, “to teach, to confess, to beg”, etc.) and finds the human conflict in them. He must have a justification for each action (know exactly why he is performing each action).
Developing the Imagination
An actor develops his imagination by first observing the world around him in very specific details. He can then create specific images in his mind in order to surround himself with things that are true to him on stage. If he succeeds, the audience will see through his eyes.
Training The Mind
Actors must have a real understanding of the play in order to reveal its secrets to the audience. They must study the text and its ideas but also research the social situations of the play.
Actors need strong bodies and voices for the stage so they can bring size to their actions. Adler encouraged actors never to be small. Her students learned to always bring a bigger meaning to the text. Below is a short video where she discusses this “sense of epic” the actor must have.
Work on stage and learn the practical hands-on approach to acting utilizing the Meisner technique, Strasberg and Stella Adler’s approach to acting.
MEISNER ACTING TECHNIQUE
12 WEEK INTENSIVE
Learn one of the acting techniques that help create powerful and truthful actors!
You will learn the foundation of Sanford Meisner: exercises in repetition independent activities, emotional preparation & scene work. The second half of the class consists of scene and monologue work, during which time you will apply what you have learned in the exercises to your roles.
The training begins with a three-month period of intensive improvisational work, including the ”Repetition Exercise” in which actors learn to take the attention off themselves and put it on their partners’ real behavior, allowing it to affect them and cause a truthful reaction.
Students then apply this strong beginning in their ability to “live truthfully” to modern scene work. The second half of the class is devoted to a heightening of this sense of truth and the actors’ emotional depth through more improvisational work and scenes.