Member Discount: Active Analysis Scene Study Workshop with Cotter Smith
Randy Kovitz is presenting a unique workshop taught by actor and teacher Cotter Smith. Among many Broadway, film and TV credits, Cotter recently ran the MFA program at The New School in New York and has studied with many of the greatest acting teachers of our time. Most recently, he has been acting in Pittsburgh as a regular on David Fincher’s new Netflix series Mindhunter.
When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30: For experienced actors only.
Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6: Open to the public.
Where: Nancy Mosser Casting Studios
3583 Butler St.
Lawrenceville, PA 15201
This two-day workshop for working actors will give most their assumed first experience with Active Analyses, Stanislavsky's late work which was a big departure from what we normally associate him with. His new theory was that spoken language should be last, not first, for an actor during the rehearsal process. Beginning with silent improvisations based on the given circumstances of the scene, actors slowly work their way toward the exact words of the author and make language what Stanislavsky termed “the final physical action,” rather than the first. This is an acting approach that has only recently been introduced into American actor training programs.
Students will be on their feet in every class participating in active scene work. They will also be given specific assignments to focus on for the following session. Stanislavsky designed a series of exercises for the actor to explore the dynamic physical and emotional life of the text without using predetermined objectives, initially exploring what they are doing in a scene rather than what they are saying, focusing on the body rather than the mind as the most effective starting point for approaching both the character and the scene.
Cost: $200 for SAG-AFTRA members (price is normally $250 for the general public).
Registration: To register and to receive more information, please email email@example.com. You will receive the SAG-AFTRA discount and information to pay online will be sent. There is a 12 student limit per workshop, so please register quickly.
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