Learn the best acting techniques for film acting & auditioning.
Learn how to stand out in the audition room.
The Michelle Danner Acting Studio’s philosophy is that artists can draw upon all different acting techniques and form an individual toolbox, their own Golden Box. We will help you to develop your own “Golden Box” of techniques and tools that you can use when approaching a role or a scene, whether it be for film, television, or theater. The Acting School’s acting techniques are based on Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov, & the Stanislavsky Technique.
Michelle Danner is an international film director & acting coach. Her student list include James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Salma Hayek, Henry Cavill, Zooey Deschanel, Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Chris Martin, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Michelle Rodriguez, Kate Del Castillo and many others.
The Golden Box, a two day acting intensive teaches actors to draw upon all different acting techniques and form a toolbox of their own. Michelle Danner Golden Box technique draws upon Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov & the Stanislavsky Technique. You will form a toolbox of your own and develop a comprehensive set of “acting tools” when approaching a role or a scene whether it be for film, television or theater.Michelle teaches a technique that is effective for actors of all different levels. Continue Reading
The Golden Box emphasizes on how to get out of one’s head and learning to completely live in the moment, by finding unique emotional triggers based on personal experiences. You will learn how to access their full range of feelings and emotions in an instant. Actors around the world have found success studying with Michelle because she takes the emphasis off of the “method”, and helps actors rediscover their own creativity. Michelle will push you to grow out of acting, and into artistry.
BREAKING INTO HOLLYWOOD
Learn what you need to break through in your career and prepare the tools you need to succeed! An interactive workshop that answers questions such as:
– Getting a headshot and show reel that stands out among hundreds!
– How to get into SAG-AFTRA!
– How to create a resume that gets you called in!
– How to find agents, managers, lawyers and publications!
– How casting works!
– How to develop an individualized strategy for your career!
AUDITIONS FOR FILMS AND TV
Working in front of the camera is an art all by itself. You have to risk letting it capture the most secret parts of you. Actors practice in front of the camera with sides from movies and TV shows ranging from comedy, sitcom, romantic comedy, slapstick, dark comedy, and all genres of dramatic writing. *Playback is watched on television and the big screen. Students learn to stamp their signatures on a character with unique choices. This class aims to exercise an ease working in front of the camera and the confidence to perform and to shine in every audition.
VOICE AND SPEECH
This class focuses on voice and text work with storytelling and solo work techniques. Our unique approach to voice is designed to liberate the natural voice and thereby develop a vocal technique that serves the freedom of human expression, helping actors produce a full-bodied performance. When you access your inner strength, you’ll not only empower your acting skills, but you’ll increase your bookings.
Scene Study provides the best opportunity for the committed actor to flex their acting muscles, and refine their craft on a consistent basis. Actors are taught the foundations of technique through opening emotional exercises which are used to warm up the actor’s instrument and introduce the tools that will be applied to their scene work. In this acting class, students learn how to use all of their technique, and harness it for performance.
Students will explore how to apply a back story to the characters that they are creating while working on contemporary and classical scenes and monologues. This weekly workout allows actors to test their performance abilities in a safe and playful environment while discovering their strengths and weaknesses with the help of a trained teacher’s eye. Emphasis is placed on learning to make the best physical, emotional, and vocal choices.
It is no secret that there is an industry demand for skilled improv actors whom are quick on their feet and take risks with confidence. This is an improvisational workout geared towards helping actors find creativity and enhance their skills as a performer. Build scenes, Take risks and find unique choices that are memorable, Develop strong and exciting characters, Get out of your head and open your eyes to new performance possibilities.
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 helps 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.
This acting class will give you a well-rounded background to understanding and preparing a Shakespeare performance.
ACTOR DEMO REELS
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Free the natural voice from obstacles that block full expression. This course will introduce the student to the Standard American Dialect. Actors will be required to perform one monologue-fully memorized and in front of the class using Standard American Dialect. It is to be chosen from a Contemporary source. The Contemporary monologue can be from a film, TV show, or from the theatre.
This class is taught by Barbara Bragg who holds an MFA from Yale Drama School.
This is a class for Actors, Writers, Directors, and anyone who is passionate about storytelling. Script analyze and work on scenes from different genres of screenplays, television, and plays such as Match Point, Tootsie, American Beauty, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Little Miss Sunshine, Golden Boy, The Rose Tattoo, Bridesmaids, My Week with Marilyn, and many more. • Students will work through a thorough comprehension of breaking down
• Students will work through a thorough comprehension of breaking down story, characters, conflicts, and language from dramatic and comedic scripts.
• There will be in depth discussion of all the tools an actor applies to create their performance.
• The class will help to acquire the tools to break down a story thematically and the discipline to make powerful choices whether you are auditioning for a project or have booked the part.hidden content.
Acting opportunities for our students
Students study who study for 6 to 12 month have the opportunity to audition for acting parts or work/intern on our latest movies, audition for the various theater productions, and participate in our yearly film festival. These opportunities give students the chance to build their resumes and IMDB credits, through practical training. Below are links to the websites you should check out for more information:
All In Films is an independent film production company. At the helm are Michelle Danner & Alexandra Guarnieri. The mission of All In Films is to produce high-quality, independent movies geared to entertain & spark social commentary. check out the website at www.allinfilms.com. **Through the improvisational classes students have the opportunity to be part of the latest Web Series “Uncensored Hollywood” & gain IMDB credit as well as add professional reel footage.