What if, what if … as kids, as adults, we got praise & recognition not for our intelligence or talent or achievements … but for our effort? What if there was a game that scored points not for wins but for progress? For developing ever more sophisticated strategies, building perseverance & improvement over time? What if the quality of our effort became our sole criteria for self-evaluation?
THE WORKROOM = my space for
all things acting + creative process + theater art
I AM = an actor, director, author, teacher, artistic director
THE GOAL = to live in our full potential as artists
I do not seek, I find. PICASSO
find: start / finish / exhilaration / collaboration / expanse
why / mastery / oh, just play around.
Scene Study & Audition Technique
special industry guest every month
To audit / audition, use link above
Jeanie w/ CD Beth Holmes, January industry guest
by Eugene O'Neill
@ The Odyssey Theatre
sat / feb 28 ~ 2pm
w/ Jeff & Zoe Perry.
code WORKROOM = $17.50 tickets.
Tribes by Nina Raine
thurs. / March 12 ~ 8pm
Each month on the Weds. before 1st perf., LATW makes 30 free tickets available to actors enrolled in any studio. Call box office between 2 - 6 /// code #WORKROOM = your free ticket.
my new Facebook group to gather the purist tribe: what you're doing, what I'm doing, what we're doing. JOIN!
Mastery is in the reaching, not the arriving. It's in constantly wanting to close that gap between where you are & where you want to be. Mastery is about sacrificing for your craft & not for the sake of crafting your career.
TED TALK: Embracing The Near Win
The pursuit of mastery is the event of an artist’s lifetime. Teaching is an integral part of my own personal drive toward mastery: through engagement with the process of other actors I come to better understand my own. This is the privilege & the gift of the work I get to do. Its value to me is inestimable.
I ask actors who study with me to commit to writing a Workroom post about being in acting class. The Process Journel focuses on craft, challenge, break-throughs, journey. When we have access to others' thoughts, feelings, instincts, insights, etc., we build comradery / as cheerlead & mentor / celebrate success & failure. It =s belonging to a creative collective ... The Workroom as a space we each create & own: a home-base + a laboratory to nurture flight.
My still center & constant touchstone remains my ongoing work with actors — coaching one-on-one in my studio & the various classes I teach in The Workroom, at the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory & other places in LA; at Williamstown & other colleges & universities across the country. This is the daily practice that feeds everything else I do.
Joy. The topic du jour for me, in the few months since I got married. After living together for 9 years, I don’t think either of us expected it to feel this different. We married without a lot of hoopla, we live in the same house, with the same cat, & after a brief honeymoon, not that much changed. But to our surprise, ordinary life now seems to be unfolding on another plane entirely.
I recognize this — aloft — feeling I’ve been waking up with every day. It’s the same elation that comes when I connect to the work in a meaningful way. (For me, stage acting delivers the ‘art-high’ in its most concentrated form, that’s the arm-drip.)
The Workroom is just about one year old! Since I launched, it seems like new resource sites for actors are cropping up everywhere. A dizzying array of teachers & coaches & casting director workshops, blogs, branding experts & social media consultants -- dispensing good, sometimes great, & sometimes just plain bad advice at every turn.
Owning The Role / 5.20.13
4.16.13 / It's Called Show Art
Where To Start / 3.3.13
1.20.13 / Be Famous
Chaos, Order & All Things New / 1.3.13
12.12.12 / 50 Shades of Auditioning
RSS & The Meaning of Life / 11.26.12
11.8.12 / Embrace the Crisis
To Compete or To Create / 10.27.12
10.19.12 / Bad Material / Good Audition
Talent & Personality / 10.12.12
10.1.12 / 15 Minutes a Day
Mastery & Optimism / 9.18.12
9.7.12 / Survival of the Creative-est
The Art/Biz Diaries / Ongoing