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.
comment on latest blog post process = power
Scene Study & Audition Technique
special industry guest every month
To audit / audition, use link above
Jeanie w/ CD Beth Holmes, January industry guest
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.
by Eugene O'Neill
@ The Odyssey Theatre
We were blown away. Join us next time!
Phyllis Schuringa, Jeanie, Zoe Perry, Mary Mara, Jane Kaczmarek, Nina Smilow, Sharon Lawrence
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