Intermediate Acting

Making Your Emotions Believable (On Camera)

As a class we go through several scenes and break them down together and individually. Step by step, we go through the work that is expected of actors once they are handed a script. This process includes finding the 5 points to every scene, (Surface level story, Character Development, Theme, Value change, and an Action or object that underlines previous four) and how that applies to each character in the scene. Once we set the expectations of what is expected of every actor during the pre-production stage, we start to explore the concept of “cue and impulse” and how it builds in every scene. From there we move onto the character’s psychological intent and how an actor uses that to make BIG choices. Students learn to understand a scene’s structure and how it applies to every character in the scene.

Agency and Casting Director Preparation

Each student selects one scene to perform, and during class we will go through all steps required to perform that scene effectively. Students will learn how to understand what that character’s objective is and how to make good choices during the scene. By the end of the session, all students should have one scene that they can perform at auditions or interviews.

Ages 9-12
Some topics to include: How to stay on track, focus and concentration, finding the funny, making the script your own, never complain/never explain, getting past rejection, working with your agent, and what do casting directors want?

Ages 13-16
Topics include: What is this scene really about?, Preparation, when in doubt—work it out, subtext, building your resume, when to say “no,” knowing your “type,” and don’t let this happen to you.

Topics include: Commit to your choices, never guess wrong again, finding the inner meaning in a scene, how to deal with rejection, maintaining “consistency,” how to be a pro, working with difficult actors, and building a career.