Actors are expected to complete the following BASIC PERFORMER REQUIREMENTS before submitting a Performer Request Form to work / be coached during the class! (Scroll down for the form link).
1. OBSERVE AT LEAST TWO SATURDAYS before submitting a Performer Request
2. Please read (click on each link below):
- AUDITION by Michael Shurtleff
- THE FOUR AGREEMENTS by Don Miguel Ruiz
- THE TODOROFF TECHNIQUE - Key Terms & Concepts
- The Unshakable Skill Set
- The Power of Thought
- Know them by number, in order and out of order
The last 3 Guideposts
- #13 Mischief
- #14 vulnerability
- #15 Architecture
- We realize that the AUDITION book does not cover the these last three Guideposts. The meaning of these three will become clear in the context of our work together, but please know what they are.
- 6 Viewpoints
- 4 Agreements
- 4 Parts of Vocal Variation (Hint: "R.I.P.D")
- 3 Tenets
- 3 Techniques
Taking the time to learn this Technique by heart is essential to your development. Once you know terms and concepts intimately, and you don't need to stop and think (what's Guidepost #...?), you will begin to find real freedom in your work. It will now be possible to really explore and discover! Rather than playing the part, the part will begin to play you!
4. SELECT A PIECE:
- Remember "Strong writing equals strong acting" so do all you can to seek out the strongest writing possible.
- Not sure where to find scene / monologue material? We include a list of over 250 of the strongest playwrights and screenwriters out there in our "Syllabus" - which is the first link listed on our resource page "Tools for the Training". The Tools for the Training resource page is included in the Welcome Package, emailed to all students enrolled in a month (or more) of the Saturday Workshop. Start there!
- Still not sure if the piece you've chosen is a great fit for you? Then sign up to do a "Work Read" of a few possible scripts you're considering working on - meaning, you're not off-book. The intention here is to decide which of the scripts you've selected is the most appropriate piece (or pieces) for you to learn! Just select "work read" when you submit your performer request form.
- When selecting material, ensure you are starting with the written beginning and extracting a passage that's 1-2 minutes in length for monologues and 3-4 minutes in length for scenes. Please avoid starting in the middle. This interrupts the flow and architecture as intended by the author and often makes less sense when performed out of context.
- Choose age appropriate material.
- Use the appropriate dialect for the text. (hint: check out where the story takes place and do some research. If you're not comfortable with the dialect required to tell the story - then choose a piece that doesn't require a dialect).
- Make sure that in the piece you choose, you want something urgently right now (in the present moment). Please avoid poems and/or memory pieces that involve discussing an event that happened in the past as these are inherently less dramatic and harder to motivate.
- Choose a piece you LOVE, that you're passionate about! Avoid anything that feels like sarcasm, cynicism. Sarcasm and Cynicism are not emotions - they are not useful to an actor's growth.
- Make sure your piece can STAND ON ITS OWN. This means it has a clear beginning, middle and end outside the context of the play or screenplay - so you're able to tell a clear story.
- Please do not work on really well known / blockbuster / Oscar-winning films, as they are already so closely associated with specific actors.
- FYI Works by European authors typically can be performed in any European dialect.
- FYI Shakespeare need not be performed with a British accent, unless you're in fact British.
- Consider using what furniture or props are available to you to tell the story (as necessary).
5. HAVE ADDITIONAL PIECES READY:
- If you request to perform - always have at least two additional monologues you can work on, along with the piece you signed up to perform. You do NOT need to have these additional pieces completely off-book and performance ready -- but please have the text handy so you can read it.
- The intention here is to ensure the piece you're working on is the strongest choice for you to work on, so your time is well spent!
6. PERFORMANCE PREP:
- Read the play or screenplay.
- Trust the text! Do not make internal edits to the script to piece together a monologue unless you're crossing out another character's dialogue that's truly inconsequential and doesn't alter the story in any way. As a rule though, it's best to avoid internal edits - just choose the line where you'll begin and where you'll end.
- Do your best to wear clothing appropriate to the era (or clothing suggestive of the era)
- When working with a scene partner, please just make sure your partner is aware of these basic requirements and has completed them along with you before you sign up to perform your scene.
- When working with a scene partner, schedule rehearsals via Zoom, Skype or Facetime etc. HONOR the schedule.
- Have a PRINTED or HAND-WRITTEN copy of your text available during the workshop. Do NOT read off your phone or computer.
7. REMINDER ABOUT AUDITIONS
As this community includes a number of working actors who are auditioning for new projects constantly, it's simply not possible for us to prioritize one student's time sensitive audition over another and therefore we do not work on individual auditions in this class. However - we do study audition technique in every Saturday Workshop via the Cold Read Audition exercise! Several members are invited each week to be part of the exercise. We send out sides on Friday afternoon and the actors who have been 'cast' will also have 15 minutes to work with their partner at the beginning of class before performing it in class. The goal of training in the Saturday Workshop is to strengthen your skill set, by way of working on challenging scripts. Strong writing creates strong actors! Private coaching is available to studio members upon request. Email email@example.com for details.
WORKING IN CLASS - SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Submit your Performer Request Form by or before THURSDAY. If we have any questions we'll reach out to you by Friday. If you don't hear from us, there's no need to contact us - you will be included on the list of performers who may be called on Saturday!
As a reminder, we call on several names from the list of those who've submitted a performer request during each Saturday Workshop session. So if you've submitted a request, please be ready to go if called on.
If you're not called, your name will remain on the list until you're called on (we'll prioritize your work the following Saturday if you don't get up the first Saturday after you sign up!) You do not need to submit your performer request form again unless you'd like to change the title / author or the piece you're working on!
Thanks for taking the time to prepare thoroughly!
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"Growth and transformation come from the faithful use of tools."