Mulholland Academy

Scene Study to Performance with Act Technique

Scene Study to Performance with Act Technique

This 6 week workshop is for actors that want to launch efficiently from the page to the stage. We get down to business, working with excellent scenes from contemporary play works -analyzing the text, rehearsing it, and then… performing the scenes for a live invited audience.

This is an acting technique class and a performance opportunity. Our primary business here is to get busy rehearsing and developing finished scenes at performance level.  Though crucially, each week advanced technique work will go on during this cycle – using exercises and core principles from Practical Aesthetics, Stanislavsky, Second City Improvisation, and Stella Adler. 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.

Finally, fully prepared scene work will be performed in week 6 for an    invited audience.

There will be a maximum of 10 students. Please submit a resume and and be prepared for a brief interview to gain admittance to this class.


Workshop dates:

Sundays, September 20th to Sunday October 25th.

6 sessions, 5 hour class meetings each week.

1pm – 6pm 

10 students maximum

Fee: € 425

Teacher: Alex Murphy


This class will be taught by Alex Murphy. As an actor, Alex has performed in film and television in the US, Europe, and in Asia. He has performed in over 40 plays in the US, Europe, and Asia – much of his work in the Off-Off Broadway circuit in New York City. Alex is a lifetime member of New York City’s prestigious ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE. Alex held the post of Senior Mentor during a near 10 year tenure for the full-time act program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Asia. He also developed and implemented this program in Belgium, at IAFT Antwerp. He has guest lectured at Film Act Paris in France, FAAAM, here in Amsterdam, Teaterhøgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag in Norway, Hakuna Academy in Antwerp, The UP Film Institute at University of the Philippines in Manila, and, as a Featured Lecturer at the And/Action Festival in Steinkjer, Norway for three seasons.

Alex has taught at Mulholland Academy for several years and has served as the Academy’s Program designer, One-year Diploma Course Coordinator, and as Creative Director. Read more about Alex Murphy.