Mulholland Academy

Scene Study Series

Scene Study with Short Play Production and Scene Performance


Advanced Actors

This workshop is for actors that want to launch, like a rocket, from the page to the stage. We get down to business working with text, building it, rehearsing it, then…performing for a live, invited audience.

Welcome to our scene study “production” workshop. Our primary business here is to get busy rehearsing and developing finished pieces  at performance level.  Additionally, weekly, advanced technique work will continue during this cycle-accessing Practical Aesthetics, Stanislavski, Second City Improvisation, and Stella Adler core principles. The group will spend  90 to 120 minutes per week tackling a point of technique. A rigorous approach to script analysis and examination of the “given circumstances” of text will be a ceaseless objective. Each week will be divided into some warm up and technique work with the group, and then on to scheduled individual rehearsals over the course of the afternoon. Actors are expected to commit to additional rehearsals with their assigned partners, and with the mentor.

Short plays will be chosen, rehearsed and performed in week 11. There will be a 1/2 Way Show performance of prepared scenes in week 5.  In addition to text work on class meet days, there will be additional rehearsals scheduled with the mentor, Alex Murphy.

*There will be a maximum of 12 students admitted to this class. Please submit a resume and and be prepared for a brief interview to gain admittance to this class. Please email

Sundays 3pm – 7pm 
September 22nd – December 15th
11 weeks 

Scene Study with Act technique and Final Scene Presentations

In this cycle we will introduce the actor to the architecture of building a scene for any medim..stage or film-and then eventually rehearse and present those scenes. Script analysis guidelines will be introduced to align the actor with given circumstances of the text. Fundamental, seminal act technique will be introduced via Stanislavski, Stella Adler, and Practical Aesthetics.

Level: an Introductory Class, Beginners and Advanced beginners.

Scene Study and Act technique with Final Scene and Short Play Presentations

This second level of the Scene Study performance cycle goes deeper into the holy grail of actor training: “Action” and “Objective.”  We return to structured improvisation and spontaneity exercises to condition to the actor to play off the other actor, and “character” building with long form, solo pieces for performance. We’ll focus on a quickened but effective vocal and physical warm up, and then challenge ourselves with advanced technique explorations. During the last several weeks of Scene Study, for most of the class we will be devoted to rehearsals among just the actors, and, of course with the mentor. All the actors will be assigned multiple roles in a good selection of contemporary short plays for final performance.       

Sundays: April 7th to June 30th.
12 Weeks.
4 hours – 3pm to 7pm.

Hours: 48.    Price: €1200

Teacher: Alex Murphy


This class will be taught by Alex Murphy, an American actor, director and teacher. Alex appeared in the Canal +  films for lead and supporting roles:  Kiler, Mlode Wilki- Parts 1 and 2, and in a recurring role on the eastern European primetime series, Suckces. He has done over 40 plays, most of them in New York City’s Off, and Off-Off Broadway theatre scene. Alex is a lifetime member of New York City’s prestigious ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE.  Alex has worked with actors in the USA, Asia, and Europe. He has guest lectured at Film Act Paris in France, Teaterhøgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag in Norway, Hakuna Academy in Antwerp, The UP Film Institute at University of the Philippines in Manila, and, as an And/Action Festival featured mentor in Steinkjer, Norway. Alex also served as the Head of the Acting Program at The International Academy of Film and Television in Antwerp, Belgium, and in Cebu, Philippines for 9 years.