the ideal creative space.
inside the workroom:
SPRING! ~~ WORKROOM PRACTICE
ACTING CLASS ≈
staying seriously & playfully engaged in a
committed relationship with your talent.
THE WORKROOM ≈
a place to dive into the work, w/Jeanie + master teachers & industry guests + a group of insanely talented,
well-trained, working actors.
IT GOES LIKE THIS.
We meet every Tuesday night & an occasional
Thursday afternoon / Saturday morning.
4 - 6 classes every month / 16 - 18 actors per class.
You work in at least 3 classes each month
sometimes as many as 6.
Actor’s choice: bring in an audition, a monologue,
scenes from Shakespeare or Chekhov or Westworld.
Whatever challenge YOU want to take on next.
We’ve got a great big dropbox full of material from
all genres. & a great big community of artists who
actively support each other’s growth.
THE GOAL ≈
a confident, agile actor-artist whose inner life
is bold / authentic / arresting to watch.
Breakthroughs ⤕ Power ⤕ Mastery.
the workroom company presents
a distillation of David Rabe's
directed by Jeanie Hackett
NEW AMERICAN THEATRE/Hollywood
Brigid Abreu / Russell Alexander-Orzoco / Raul Bencomo Madison Boyd / Marie Broderick Alvin Cowin / Lila Gavares / Candace Hammer / Quinn Hawking / Carolina Hoyas Presciliana Esparolini Keller / Kaitlin Kelly / Hunter Lowden Mark Moore / Jojo Nwoko / Maggie Dewan Smith
Kat Solko / Kate Surinskaya
& special guests Larry Pressman & Mather Zickel
INSIDE THE WORKROOM
AUDITIONING / MASTERY /TECHNIQUE / PROCESS /
CRAFT RULES / CRAFT TOOLS /
CHEKHOV & SHAKESPEARE & WILLIAMS, oh my!
Check it out & stay tuned, many more to come!
WHO YOU SEE HERE
@ Martha's Vineyard Playhouse
"...a funny,smart,witty production"
LDJIN was Broadway HD's first livestreamed production from an American Regional Theatre. On July 20, 2017 the edited version joined B'way HD's glorious collection of great theater & will be available to viewers for years to come. If you couldn't get a ticket, click above & see how six cameras beautifully capture all the nuances of our production at The Geffen Playhouse.
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 envisioned an ideal creative space . . . a place to go to work on a role, a play, to 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. A fully loaded Macbook. Dylan & Chopin. A high ceiling.
A view of the sea.
A pair of large, feathered wings.
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 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 deep & primal aspirations.
I curate ideas & community. Stories, pictures,
poems & videos to cultivate the muse.
Classes & Coaching & Actor Resources. Gatherings, real & virtual + 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.
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 content that emboldens you to claim all your promise as an artist.
my HOME page, is where my "inspiration stream" lives
(aka my weblog). "Ancora Imparo" is Italian for "still I am learning" — a quote / motto attributed to Michelangelo.
A reminder that mistakes are a learning curve, that we
are always ancora imparo.
Read the weBlog, 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 is 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
ANCORA IMPARO ≈
the title of my blog. It's an Italian phrase attributed to the great Renaissance genius, Michelangelo. He wrote this, at the ago of 87, on a sketch. It means:
“still, I am learning”
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.
THE ENTRE-PREARTIST 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.
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.
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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!
#2 Matisse: THE RED STUDIO, everything is unreal except the art ///
#3 LA RONDE, directed by Young Ji ///
#4 a letter from T. Williams to N.
#5 from my production of COUSIN BETTE ///
#6 Workroom Practice ///
#7 around the table, Antaeus ///
#8 workroom actor Jenny Soo ///
#9 FLY ///
#10 rehearsal ///
#11 JH as PHAEDRA @ Getty Villa ///
#12 the ghost light ///
#13 backstage ///
#14 Theatre du Soleil dressing table ///
#15 JH ///
#16 a color wheel ///
#17 scene work ///
#18 empty space ///
#19 my students,in CHEKHOVIA ///