with Michael Booth
Criteria: Intermediate and Experienced Actors
Director: Michael Booth
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Dates: Monday Nights new dates TBC
Location: Webster Building UNSW
Workshop Outline: Departing from conventional approaches to acting training, Michael Booth has developed an original system that cuts immediately to the very essence of the art of acting.
With a focus on the primary tools of communication, Michael’s approach employs a practical, logical and philosophical system of enabling the student to understand acting with immediate results.
The 6 week Acting Lab will take actors through 4 elements of practice using a 15 minute scene from a play or film: 1. Script Analysis, 2. Voice Connection, 3. Embodiment of Character, 4. Rehearsal and Performance.
The program's goal is to empower the actor to be connected, specific and immediate through every moment; with a deep and accessible understanding of the art; to nurture the actor's individuality; and most importantly, retain a sense of joy, humour and abandon.
Week 1: A conversation on acting. Introduction to QSC approach.
What is acting? What does it actually mean to be “truthful”? What is the actor's function? What is the purpose of acting in regard to storytelling? What is the distinction of Story and Moment?
By asking a sequence of specific questions through a structured dialogue with the class, Michael will guide the actors to view acting from an entirely fresh perspective—its basis in communication—and gain an access to powerful, simple and honest in-the-moment performing approach.
Week 2: First-read exercise.
The students are introduced to the scene/scenario and experience it from the “inside”. Without the burden of emotional expectation and judgement of characterisation, the actors will develop an understanding of how an organic performance can build throughout a rehearsal process.
Week 3: Script analysis. Rehearsal.
Applying a radically effective technique by Anna Shapiro (August: Osage County), the Actors will learn how the given circumstances of the play inform their point of view in the scenario, and build upon the moment-to-moment communication they learnt in Week One. How to look for a turning point in the scene. Understand relationship and status.
“Figure out the subconscious need that justifies everything the character does. Work out the plot of that. And act that.” - Michael Booth
Week 4: Blocking.
Time to play and explore the scene. Actors will learn: how physical movement in the space is intrinsic to the psychological enunciation of the scene; awareness of others on stage; and the power of status. We will have a special guest teacher at this session!
Week 5: Letting go. Personalisation. Voice connection.
Through repetition of performance, the Actors will build confidence and trust their instincts to explore what is possible in the scene and surprise themselves.
Week 6: Performance.
The Actors will have the opportunity to perform their scene in front of an audience, continuing the exploration, and relish the invaluable opportunity to have an immediate live response.
Note: 10 actors maximum! Be quick!!
About Michael: Michael Booth studied acting with the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York and with Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He has worked extensively in Australian film and television, most notably as George on the first three seasons of Channel 7’s Packed To The Rafters and as Harry on Channel 10’s Wonderland.
In 2002 Michael co-founded the Group Theatre and directed productions in Sydney from 2002 to 2008 including Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Belvoir St), Balm in Gilead (Imperial Hotel), The Grey House (Old Fitz) and Our Country’s Good (Darlinghurst Theatre). Michael is a founding member of Sydney theatre collective Cathode Ray Tube, whose productions include That Old Chestnut (Old Fitz), Thirty-Three (Tap Gallery and Old Fitz), and The Great Lie of the Western World (Tap Gallery).
Michael has taught acting for the past eight years, is a private coach and qualified English language teacher. Michael is also a filmmaker, with shorts playing festivals worldwide, and his first feature film currently in post-production.
T&C's: $50 non-refundable deposit. Total due 2 weeks prior to the commencement date. No refunds 7 days before commencement date.