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Actors Who Find Uni Confusing
University trained actors are often confused by being taught such a variety of processes. Stanislavski, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Ivanna Chubik etc are all part of the mix.
But... which parts of which process to use when? The solution is a unified practical approach that unites all the techniques under a new vocabulary, in an easy to implement way.
A New Understanding of Acting
How to deliver the story is not a topic that is addressed within any acting literature. Yet, getting the story right is important because the story is the vehicle that engages the audience’s attention. That is where the real priorities lie.
Relationship Carries Story
Every story is ultimately about relationship. It is the relationship and the circumstances that engage the audience not the dialogue. Actors shouldn't be focusing on the drama that is in the dialogue. Their focus must be on the effect the dialogue has on the relationship.
The Value of Simplicity
Simple things are easy to do, complicated processes invite failure . The powerful simplicity of these techniques frees the actor to confidently deliver outstanding performances. Actors who initially think this approach to acting is too basic, quickly change their minds.
How Conversation Form Works
Every conversation has a form that gives it shape and structure. The form doesn't dictate how to say a line but it does guide the reasons that determine how to say a line. it guides the purpose of the conversation producing consistent choices that make a performance lifelike.
Changing is a Key Acting Skill
Every actor should be relaxed and confident about listening to a director's notes, whether they are asking for subtle or huge changes. The ability to take direction is an essential acting skill. Rehearsing, for example, is an ongoing adjustment process. Making changes.should be a fun part of the actor's job.
This is How a Conversation Works
Simple realities such as how a conversation actually works are important for an actor to understand. Those fundamentals of ordinary behaviour are often ignored by actors. Understanding them makes acting easier and easier.
Acting Shouldn't Be Complicated
Many people talk a lot about acting but actually say very little. That is because the traditional terminology is rather complicated and it takes a lot of explaining. So, it became apparent that actor's needed a new vocabulary. That's what The Rehearsal Room process does really well.
Effectively Manage Your Intuition
Intuitive impulses are the foundation of a good performance. Confident logical planning is the key to opening the mind to free spontaneous and trusted responses. Understanding the way to create that fertile ground is the preparation that allows impulsive responses to blossom.
Creating a Range of Characters
Creating a wide range of character's is the natural outcome of these very practical techniques. Whether playing the bully antagonist or the romantic lead, Ellmir was able to switch between these diverse character types with confidence. He has had a lot of fun using those skills and is regularly hired.
Perfection is the Actor's Enemy
Striving for perfection is another major destroyer of performance. An actor should never be striving to get it right. A much more productive ploy is to have fun enjoying being adventurous.
Surprises are the Cream on the Cake
Every big name actor plays brilliant surprises. They achieve those results because their experience and instincts guide them how to do it. This simple description of the biological and psychological mechanics of surprises enables every actor to play great surprises.
Valuing Yourself is the Key
"Good actors are people who are skilled at allowing themselves to be seen," that is Glenn Quinn's view. The actor's skill, he believes, is to place yourself in the circumstances and the relationships of the story and then trust your mind to examine the interactions before you. That freedom, that confidence to reveal yourself is the key to good acting.
Simplicity - a Mind Management Skill
Our minds and associated anxieties are very good at trapping us into over complicating our choices. It is no different for the actor. The path to good acting outcomes is to first make simple choices. This process is focused on de-cluttering understandings to enable simple practical choices to follow.
Preparing a Difficult Scene
A difficult scene is one where the circumstances are complicated, the feelings/emotions are strong, and the drama is high. These scenes generate such a mix of conscious and unconscious impulses that a specific process is required to find a simple path for the actor.
Making More Complex Choices
It is easy for actors to get locked onto the choice that feels good. Once a process choice is firmly set the natural complexities are likely to drop off, rapidly. Being open to testing opposite concepts can create a freer and more open performance.
Proof of the Pudding
This production of The Memory of Water was a success with audiences and critics. That the performances were different every night kept the actors on their toes and audiences engaged.