NOTES FROM THE GREEN ROOM

I must share a breakthrough last night while coaching a young actor, because I think it will help actors of any age. It has to do with authenticity in acting. If that's what you aspire to, read on.

First a snippet from the book, Cassavetes on Cassavetes, where the actor...

What an incredible session in the Actors Studio this weekend, working with talented ASA artist Alexia Broadbent, a very gifted, soulful actress, who is also represented by ASA Talent Management.

I’ve got to share our work with you for two reasons:

  1. I forgot to give Al...

November 16, 2017

I get approached frequently by acting students across Europe, because they all seem to have a common problem. And that is: how do you perform a monologue without feeling awkward and self-conscious?

This ‘performance anxiety’ plagued me early in my career, but I’ve found...

June 6, 2017

Do you want learn to act? You've got to learn to listen.

The self-centered actor thinks that acting is about the words. This type of actor is concerned with the impression that they're making on the audience or the camera. And it shows. Hammy acting.

Acting is actually a...

May 18, 2017

 "Use your weaknesses. Aspire to the strength."
Laurence Olivier
 

As an actor, have you ever wondered why a scene that you're working on seems flat? And what to do about it? Read on, because the American School of Acting might have a remedy.

My students (aged 11-16) are...

December 2, 2016

Next week at YADA we’re going to produce a stunning revue of video monologues that spotlight the talents of YADA artists. I’m proud of the courageous work they've done so far.

But a true artist knows she can take it further. And this weekend is an opportunity for YADAs...

November 18, 2016

There are two stories in the media this week that slammed into each other in my mind: stardom and the effect of social media. I've met and worked with quite a few stars in my time and they seem to have the same traits, so if you feel the urge to become one, read on for...

October 14, 2016

We made a marvelous discovery this week while rehearsing Frankie's monologue from 'Private Peaceful'.

The next time you watch someone (a non-actor) tell a story, watch them closely. Where do they look? As they remember the events, they'll spend 90% of the time looking a...

October 7, 2016

This week, students will be exploring the Animal Exercise, claimed by Robert De Niro* and Ethan Hawke to be "the most useful acting exercise I know.” We’ll use it to get into character for our monologues.

Here’s how to prepare:

To create a character, you must know the at...

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