As we discover "Truth In Performance", both process and technique are two essential skills for the modern actor. Whilst it's easy to imitate performances, character, and in many cases emotion; no truth is found when mimicking a performance already played out. Process can only be found through repetition. So how can you sustain or ‘replay’ what you found intuitively in rehearsal or a past performance or ‘take’? Do you even know what you did or how you got there? Are you excited by discovery? Not once, but time and time again. Do you explore techniques? Do you have an ability to understand your intuitive choices? Constructing your work in a way that allows you to achieve truth authentically time and time again?
This personal and unique process is where you and your character meet. The dialogue feels real, choices active, and you create fully realised three-dimensional characters with deep and layered backstories. Flamboyance and inner life collide, stepping away from cliché, caricature, and thin external representations of human beings where you know who you are, what your process is and how it defines your work. It's the combination of release and control. You're the vessel. You transform thoughts and words to embody fully alive characters and the audience believes what you say and know they're in the presence of greatness.
We know there's always tricks to help you find performance and ‘state-of-being’. The untrained or unrefined actor learns timing, blocking and infrastructure; able to do just enough to get by on screen, at least once or maybe twice, but most certainly badly upon the stage. Laurence Olivier liked to mould a nose, or wear a hump provided by costume departments. Altering and extenuating the physical attributes of his character to aide his performance. Assisting him, but not giving us (the audience) something that perhaps the poets would call ‘soul’. The performance most worth watching is the one that thrills us in any capacity - stage, screen, zoom or otherwise. Where the actor mines something from deep inside, knows no limitations, and instinct and technique are in perfect balance yet also opposition. Unafraid of technique, change and most importantly constant discovery. Where process evolves and changes as you do.
Lets’ start with the first step....
HOW DO YOU DISCOVER YOUR PROCESS? HOW WILL YOU DEFINE THE STEPS?
ACTORS ENROLLED IN THIS PROGRAM MUST HAVE COMPLETED TRUTH IN PERFORMANCE FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS. OR HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE AT THE DISCRETION OF AAFTA.
This 3 month Advanced Acting Course (INVITE ONLY) will feature exciting yet challenging roles from iconic films.
Actors will take on trailblazing performances, explore content creation over zoom, and engage in discovery of their process and the ability to make a role 'their own'.
Featuring Expert Coaches including: BETH GUDENRATH (VOICE), LORI TRIOLO (FITZMEISSNER), BRETT HERSHEY (ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE), ROBBIE RYDE, ALABAMA BLONDE, PETER BLACKBURN AND JESSICA ORCSIK
LA TIME: 1st September - 17th November - 3.00pm - 6.00pm PDT
SYD/MELB: 2nd September - 18th November - 8.00am - 11am AEST