winter 2019

Core Technique: Flex Your Acting Muscle

Level: serious beginners + Emerging actors
schedule: to be announced in november (one evening per week for 8 weeks)
fee: €250

In this basic level class, you will learn by doing, warming up with games and exercises that get you out of your head and into your body, while activating your emotional and physical capacity to interpret dramatic texts. An introduction to the fundamentals of text analysis enables you to understand the mechanics of a script and identify key elements like given circumstances, conflict and the actions characters take to achieve their objective in a play. Techniques for loosening up body, voice and imagination help you bring full expression to your performance, while monologue and scene work strengthens your ability to integrate feedback, learn from your colleagues and contribute to an ensemble. Building on these fundamental techniques enables both serious beginners and experienced actors to exercise and grow their craft.

Working with Adam profoundly improved my acting through the understanding of text. It improved my ability to grasp the purpose of a scene in the context of the play, and to act with more intention and specificity. My confidence as an actor greatly benefited from this.
— Martin Bäcker, Actor and Coach

Specific exercises and activities will include:
-Introduction to voice, speech and movement for the actor. (You will leave this course with a vocal and physical workout that will serve you throughout your career.)
-Paired work on a "contentless" scene.
-Individual work on scripted monologues.
-Paired work on scripted scenes from modern American plays. 
-Rigorous application of script analysis to break down monologues and scenes.
-Individualized feedback on all in-class work and the opportunity to develop and refine performance skills in a supportive setting.

Class size is limited to 8 students, so you will receive plenty of individualized feedback. You should expect to work at least 1 hour each week outside of class on readings and assigned monologues and scenes. Because attendance at all sessions is essential for partner work and the spirit of ensemble, we offer a 20% discount on your next course at The Acting Muscle if you attend every class.

Instructor: Adam Ludwig.

The course will be conducted in English. Students are encouraged to contribute ideas or ask questions in German or French. Copies of readings, assigned scenes, and plays will be provided.