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I’m developing an audition workshop course and I’m looking for 12 actors for a pilot month this January.
I’ve been working with actors for nearly a decade an a half now as a photographer and a director, and over that time I’ve learned a lot about not just how performance works, but how unprepared the majority of actors are for the kind of performances that are required of them in auditions and on sets.
I’ve always seen it as my job not to show actors how to pose or to make them look beautiful, but to help them express complex and compelling internal experiences in ways that are readable and seem natural to a camera. It wasn’t until I started auditing acting classes this year that it really hit me: What I’ve learned over 12 years studying the crafts of acting and directing, not to mention working with close to 2000 actors, actually constitutes a very effective approach to auditioning and performing, and that this approach is not only flexible and powerful, it’s extremely teachable.
What I’m proposing is a 4 week off-camera class (with an optional on-camera component) that focuses on the following four areas:
1. Being able to read and understand a scene and your character’s role in it (This is the #1 thing actors are failing to do in literally every class I’ve seen)
2. Replacing heavy-handed preparation with active listening and reactive behaviour
3. Making simple, dramatically powerful choices and committing to them
4. Simplifying and distilling physical action
The problem with all the classes I’ve been to is that they’re a great demonstration of how good the acting coach is at understanding a scene, but they don’t give the actor real, useable tools. Notes aren’t tools (not are long-winded stories about all the celebrities you know, god help us), and heavy-handed systems of emotional mapping are completely inflexible and fall apart as soon as the actor is in the moment. I think I can measurably help actors feel more confident, think on their feet, and deliver significantly better auditions.
I just need to cover my hard costs for the pilot month. Participation is going to be $100 for all four classes, and I need to fill all 12 spots. This is absolutely not going to be the final price, although I do want to figure out a way to make it as affordable as possible. I honestly think everyone can benefit from working with me in this way, whether they have theatre degrees or just great instincts.
The structure will be four weekday evening workshops with a focus on real film & TV scenes, once per week, at Artscape Youngplace (Queen/Ossington), with a private 1-on-1 feedback and development session at the end (one thing missing from every class I’ve seen).
If you have clients who you think would benefit, please pass this on.
If you’d like to read lots of very nice things some very talented actors have said about working with me as a director, visit http://www.chrisframptonactors.com/testimonials
, and otherwise let me know if you have any questions or feedback.
Happy holidays and all the best!