JANUARY 23rd & 24TH, 5pm-8PM (Saturday/SUNDAY)
“Acting and doing are the same. When you’re acting, you’re doing something. But you have to learn not to do it differently when you act it.”
– Stella Adler
It is not by accident that film directors say “Action” when they start shooting.
For acting, above all, is about actions, i.e. what you do, both physically and
internally. Having trained at the Adler Studio and having taught her techniques for many years since, I am convinced that no other acting teacher understood this truth
about acting better than Stella Adler. She spent her entire career helping actors to understand Actions (what you do), Circumstances (in what condition you do it), and how each Character, whether an ordinary person in the 21st century or a 15th -century Danish prince, is created through these two essential elements in acting.
Through various exercises and lectures, participants will explore different
aspects of playing actions that Adler identified:
⁃ Different ways of Seeing
⁃ Actions and their Circumstances
⁃ Actions and their Instant, Inner and Creative Justifications
⁃ Physicalizing/Complicating/Simplifying Actions
⁃ The Vocabulary of Actions
⁃ Paraphrasing and the Nature of Talk
⁃ Character work: turning Facts into Truthful Actions
Adler has taught thousands of actors (Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro,
Matthew Modine, Benicio Del Toro, among others) to build a solid craft of
acting both for stage and film. This workshop aspires to introduce participants
to her vision and insight and to inspire them with profound respect for the art
of acting that Adler demanded of any actor she worked with.
This workshop is exclusively for BAW students. Check out Sei Shiomi’s workshop Method Acting I if you are not currently a student!