the ideal creative space.
inside the workroom:
Fall session starts
Acting class = a talent workout, a place to stay seriously & playfully engaged in a committed relationship with your craft. Permission to use all of yourself + the skill to know what the text demands
≈ an actor whose inner life is bold
/ authentic / arresting to watch.
Breakthroughs ⤕ Power ⤕ Mastery.
MORE ABOUT CLASSES IN THE WORKROOM
by audition only
email for more info / to audit / for audition appt.
who you see here
by Matt Hoverman
directed by Jeanie Hackett
August 4 - September 2
An uptight therapist & her recovering alcoholic husband find their lives upturned & their love tested when charismatic but disturbed movie star Tom Speck staggers into their small town’s AA meeting. Add a beautiful psychiatric patient with a stalking problem, & you’ve got WHO YOU SEE HERE - a farcical comedy by Emmy Award winner Matt Hoverman about anonymity, celebrity, & making the perfect salad.
journey into night
The Geffen's production of LDJIN was Broadway HD's first LIVESTREAM from an American Regional Theatre! On July 20, 2017 the final version of the play will be up on site for all to see & for years to come. If you couldn't get a ticket, or on the wrong coast or continent, click above soon to watch as six cameras beautifully capture all the nuances of our recent production at THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE!
W I T H:
READ // JEANIE HACKETT on her
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO O'NEILL'S NIGHT
& the LA THEATER SCENE
Interview, Broadway World
Welcome to The Workroom!
I've always longed to make the ideal creative space . . . where I could go to work on a role, a play, think, write, dream . . .walls to scribble on, paste, paint, collage. Costume pieces. Persian rugs on polished cement à la Peter Brook. Good paper, sharp pencils. Dylan & Chopin. A high, high ceiling (— a pair of large, feathered wings!)
A view of the sea.
My virtual Workroom is the blueprint.
It's for the purist in all of us — the space where we live in our full potential as artists. Here, I have permission to do everything: act, direct, write & create / curate the high-altitude stuff. Mastery & paths to take to it. Vision & values & how we stay connected to them. The 50,000 foot view to making a difference in the world. I come down to earth occasionally for things like audition skills / career focus / craft tools — but always in service of our deepest, most primal aspirations.
I curate ideas & community. Stories, pictures,
poems & videos to cultivate the muse.
Classes & coaching for actors & a new Actor Resource Page. Gatherings with our tribe: real & virtual including dedicated social media sites. I want to learn, listen & awaken new possibilities in me, in you. I want to challenge us to relentlessly & joyously strive to improve what we do & how we do it.
Lot of hats ≈ diverse perspectives. My strength ≈
making connections:between a play & an audience, a text & a vision, between who you are in the work & who you can become. My goal ≈ to create insightful, relevant content that emboldens you to claim all your promise as an artist.
ANCORA IMPARO, my HOME page, is where my "inspiration stream" lives (aka my weblog). "Ancora Imparo" is Italian for "still I am learning" — a quote / motto of sorts attributed to Michelangelo. A reminder that mistakes are a learning curve, that every 1st, 2nd, 3rd . . . time provides opportunity for improvement, that you are always ancora imparo.
I post when I have something to say — sometimes frequently, sometimes not. Subscribe, receive, our mailer — about once monthly — about events, ideas, etc. Read the weBlog, make a comment, start a conversation, respond. For me, the artist's response is the touchstone. Sharing that response = collaboration & community.
I want to take risks here. Upset the status quo.
Challenge myself to stay on the tough & the true.
No topic's off-limits. I intend to write about all of it: what I know from working with hundreds of artists in all kinds of ways & what I know purely from my gut. Frequently I'll go to the deep well of my own failure / success / journey. Every stone turned.
This is my voyage.
Most of the photos on this site were taken by Michele K. Short / Geoffrey Wade / me & my Workroom actors
THE RED STUDIO, everything is transparent/ unreal except the art
#3 LA RONDE, directed by Young Ji
#4 A letter from Tennessee Williams to N.
#5 From my production of COUSIN BETTE
#6 Class, with
#7 Around the table, Antaeus
#8 Workroom actor Jenny Soo
#11 JH: PHAEDRA @ Getty Villa
#12 Ghost light
#13 Backstage @ Antaeus
#14 Theatre du Soleil dressing table
#17 Scene work
the entrepre-artist journal
STOP SHOOTING YOUR ACTING CAREER IN THE FOOT.
This ain't your Grandma's acting career, baby, & you better stop acting like it is. I keep running into actor blank walls everywhere, from resumes to social media to networking to problems with loyalty & trust. I could write a full post about every one of these... & maybe I will, sometime. But let's start off with a short synopsis of the worst offenders.
the mystical power
of saying YES
"Om means 'Yes'. Always, wherever we cast our glance to search, in one word the answer is 'yes'. Yes, what you are searching for, is. You are searching for happiness, pleasure, joy, fulfillment. You are in want, & in one word 'yes',
fulfillment is there.
SRILA SRIDHAR MAHARAJA
What does it mean, as an actor, to say YES to everything? I'm not really talking about saying yes when a director gives you a note, (but that too.) I'm talking about saying yes to whatever is in the present moment. Not just to lower your blood pressure, but as a tool, a technique for doing your best work.
process = power
"Process the error, learn from it, correct it. You might not yet be ready for every challenge. Let that be okay. Let 'not yet" be okay."
What if this year we stop beating ourselves up (or even praising ourselves!) for the results that come, or don't come, of our efforts? Instead, what if we focused on defining achievement as our willingness to embrace challenge, to grow, to improve? What if the words "success" & "failure" could take on a whole new meaning in our actor-lives?
the art of seeing
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.
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.
follow on flipboard
Flipboard ⤕ my new favorite app — where you can aggregate all your reading material in a beautiful format & curate your own magazines . . . I have about 44 based on my different interests — 7 are featured on this site. Download the free app on your phone / pad / mac & start collecting & following! My user-name purejeanie // Click on the photo-link, left, to get started!