The Foundations of Acting 1
With Acting for the Camera Fundamentals
Our Foundations class is an acting class for those who wish to gain some sense of what it takes to act and act well. The weekly meetings are to introduce and exercise the curious in a steady, focused approach, all while gaining a sense of how to handle yourself in performance, and coming to understand, experientially, what it means to be skilled as an actor.
You’ll learn by doing.
Students will be introduced to the foundational building blocks of acting technique pursued by all serious acting students in the best acting schools and performance studios across the globe.
The class gets you up and working gently, going at it as all actors do- with improvisations, role play, and some work with scripts. Imaginatively and lightheartedly, we’ll ease you into the exercises to slowly give you the confidence to step up and “play a scene.”
An added bonus is that the technique exercises are designed and will be played in some classes for the camera. Thus, additionally, we’ll also introduce you to basic “on-camera” actor technique. There is a significant difference between stage work and camera work, and we will give you the proper perspective, letting you have a go at the on-camera experience early on, and then begin to get you more comfortable getting up in front of people.
Students in this class will be assigned a monologue, and some short scene material, with a partner, to memorise and present for each other in class.
Thursdays: 7pm – 10pm
September 19th – October 24th
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.