Dirty Acting With Text
"If we actors could only be like the creatures of the forest whose very lives depend upon fully looking and listening."
- Geraldine Page

Dirty Acting With Text

Advanced/Professional

Santa Barbara - 13 Sunday nights
Beginning September 16

 

What is Dirty Acting? Acting on impulse in the now. Being compelled to respond from pure awareness, from intense looking and listening. Acting from necessity in the moment. Behavior that happens, not behavior that is planned - alive, dynamic, electric performance. These qualities are easier to achieve during non-scripted Improvisation, and so this class is devoted to what it means to "act dirty" with text, to be as alive, surprised and surprising as any improviser.

Dirty Acting, working on impulse, eliminates self-consciousness and destructive concerns about audience judgment, personal habit patterns, obligations to text, obligations to audience, lying and artificial behavior. Eliminating these obligations may mean risking forgetting the next line, leaving frame or walking off stage before the written scene is over! Only what is true in the moment has importance.

Each rehearsal, each performance becomes a true experiment, an improv with text. Intense looking and listening is also the secret to great acting for the camera.

Advanced/Professional

Santa Barbara - 13 Sunday nights
Beginning September 16

 

Limit 12 participants.
$540 total
(or 3 installments $180).

N.B. All courses progress in a logical and consecutive sequence. Furthermore, students are frequently turned away once the maximum number of participants has been reached. For these reasons, students who begin the session agree to commit to the entire session and are, therefore, financially responsible for that session.