With so much written about the various acting techniques, finding a process that works for you can be confusing. I am always amazed when I hear people differentiate between “TV acting” and “film acting” and similarly when people separate theatre acting from radio performance. For me, they are all the same. Of course, the mediums are different, but my approach to a role and finding the truth of a character never varies. Whether you are auditioning for drama school or are a professional actor wanting to troubleshoot a scene, I will work with you in the same way. Drawing on the methods of Stanislavski, Chekhov and Cecily Berry, I will work with you to:
- Build a character’s behaviour through specific concrete performable actions.
- Connect to a character’s inner motives and tasks.
- Connect to the other characters/audience with authenticity and spontaneity.
As a director my job is to provide you with the tools you need to open up a character.
“Actors need a kind of aggression, a kind of inner force. Don’t be only one-sided,
sweet, nice, good. Get rid of being average. Find the killer in you”
Drama School Preparation
Auditioning for drama school can be your first step to realising a lifelong dream! However, with thousands of applicants every year, the competition is fierce! According to research, the audience forms 60-80% of its impression of a speaker within the first four mins. You only have two, so it is essential that you choose the right piece. I was an audition panellist at Drama Centre London for several years and was fortunate enough to gain insight into exactly what they are looking for in an applicant. After our work together, you can expect to be able to:
- Choose the right pieces – ones which help you stand out but which are also appropriate for you.
- Analyse the text/troubleshoot the monologue.
- Work on physical characterisation to bring the character to life.
- Improve vocal technique and pay particular attention to the delivery of classical dialogue.
- Control nerves and deal with stage fright.
- Connect to your character as well as the audience.