jeanie hackett knows as much about acting as just
about anybody I know. She is herself an actress, a fine one.
She has run a theatre company that involved the care
& feeding of actors on the most complicated level.
she knows, in other words,
what an actor goes through.
She teaches acting, brilliantly. And she has written
books in the form of interviews, that are the most
perceptive books about that acting process that I know.
Be in touch with her.
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SCENE STUDY & AUDITION TECHNIQUE
risk more + fail better = great acting.
My private class is back. Innovative new structure =
special industry guest every month.
Tues. 7 - 11 / Sat. 11:30 - 3 ~ ongoing
On Camera: Oct. 9 & Dec. 11 / 6-10pm
Cold Reading: Nov. 12 / 10am - 1pm
SAG Conservatory @ AFI ~ ongoing
Chekhov at EMERSON
a seminar for the drama dept. at Emerson College in Boston
March 2014 ~ one-off
Chekhov at WILLIAMSTOWN
a week-long intensive focus on Chekhov's plays with
WTF apprentices ~ summers
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Class isn't just class, it's a community of people who share the same values. It's where we learn secrets about the work — & about ourselves — through others. It's where we tell our secrets, reveal our essential self, embrace our contradictions. Acting class = a propensity for finding breakthroughs, power, mastery. It's a expansive space with a window that looks out on the vista of our full potential as artists.
& it's the gym, the place to stay stay seriously & playfully engaged in the intimate relationship between yourself & the work. The Workroom = an innovative class structure to strengthen the discipline, commitment & energy this relationship requires. Essentially it’s this: the more you commit, the more you get & the less you pay. Membership has its privileges!
I recommend Jeanie to actors because of her
strong theater background & her own extensive experience
in front of the camera. She is able to give them the best of
both worlds: strong, interesting choices based on good
script analysis & the experience to know how to make
those choices work for the camera.
MATTHEW LESHER, INSIGHT Mgt.
Welcome to the Olympics of acting. The super-competitive arena of the art & industry in NYC & LA means that the readiness really is all. Out of the gate: work that is fearless, original, real, fueled by the white-hot energy of your intelligence, sexuality, humor, need, danger, warmth, confidence, agression, vulnerability & charisma. In other words, YOU manifesting every bit of your potential. Great work. That's what we're going for.
I coach actors for lead / series regular / guest & co-star roles for film / tv / theater. Sessions focus on audition prep & technique / work on the role once you've landed the job &/or ongoing work on monologues & acting technique. On-set, I work in concert with the director.
The courage to give yourself permission to use all of yourself + the skill to know what the text demands of you = an actor whose inner life is bold, authentic & arresting to watch. Not everyone will achieve great acting. But I believe all good actors can learn how to attempt it. It's an ability both innate and acquired.
Laura Jean Salerno's tag line "Sassy, Sarcastic & Slightly Sweet" describes her to a "T." I first met LJ when she joined my Classical Styles class at Antaeus. Right away we could all see she's found that great big "x" on the success map I call "holding onto your roots." LJ's embrace of who she is & where she comes from allows the entire wow-factor of her unique & essential self to show up big time in her work. She calls her business "Make Something Productions." (as in, DO IT!) Her title is "Classy Bitch in Charge." Read on.
READ: interview with jh
"If you look at who gets nominated for Oscars, it's often Australians & Brits who've had classical training. Actors with classical training have a set of skills that are not always used in tv & film, but ultimately are what separates the men from the boys. If you have the skills for Shakespeare you can do anything with language. If you have the skills for Chekhov, you can do anything with behavior. The bar is set higher, your talent is stretched to serve the demands of these mighty authors. & then when you settle back down to television & film -- it's easy. It's just a piece of cake."
READ: interview with JH
"If you deny the fact that you're bigoted or mean, if you're not in touch with the fact that you can be as mean as this character, then you can't play her. If you don't think much of yourself, how are you going to play a really confident character? If you haven't nurtured the ball-buster side of yourself, how are you going to walk into an audition and ooze confidence? Or if you haven't claimed your sexuality, if you keep that under wraps, how are you going to play Blanche when she's alone with the delivery boy?"
READ: interview with JH
"It's not that the audience likes you, but they recognize you.... When you see somebody who really does break the rules, there's a part of us that applauds them.... You recognize yourself in someone else and get a sense of connection to something primitive or ugly or real. Then you say, 'I'm not alone.' Art isn't about presenting a veneer. It's about presenting the gritty stuff underneath."
At Jeanie's Workroom Page on Facebook, I'm curating poetry / Ted Talks / books / podcasts / performance quotes / social media tips ... & illumation / encouragement / motivation / musings / insights / ideas & impulses. LIKE & come in.
& join my FB group The Workroom Salon: A gathering place for actor-purists & entrepre artists. Come to the Salon to share the journey: give & get invites to theater & film screenings, spread the news about what you're working on, upcoming auditions, etc. A simpatico group of artists helping each other thrive.