Acting Technique – using intellect imagination
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Acting Technique –
Using Intellect and Imagination. Stella Adler believed that an actor’s talent lies within his imagination. Learn about using imagination, actions, circumstance and justification to create your own Golden Box of tools and develop a foundation from which to build yourself as an actor. Students will be asked to create backstory for their characters and script analyze the scenes that they are working on. Emphasis will be placed on increased sensory awareness, the use of the body, the emotions, and how the student functions in the environment that is created. Stella Adler trained with Stanislavsky and studied the method but didn’t believe that an actor needs to relive past experiences to connect with the character.
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.
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 Michelle Danner Acting Studio
The Michelle Danner Acting Studio’s philosophy is that artists can draw upon all different acting techniques and moreover 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 also use when approaching a role or a scene. The Michelle Danner Acting Studio offers a large variety of classes for beginners, but also for advanced students. Furthermore we also offer private coachings with Michelle Danner.