The Self Sufficient Actor
May 9th, 2013
Become the artist you want to be and join us at the Cowles Center for the Performing Arts in this challenging journey to discovering your limitless potential as an actor.
John Woehrle has a BA in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He is a member of the Pacific Resident Theater in Los Angeles and a finalist in the McKnight Fellowship for Screenwriters with his first screenplay, WEST METRO. John has appeared on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, various soap operas and in film, but his most memorable role is "Lenny" in OF MICE AND MEN. His director credits include a short independent film project, GAME DAY, theater and most recently the award winning documentary film, PRIDE OF LIONS. John has taught at the prestigious, David Kagan's School of Film Acting in Los Angeles before founding the Black Box Experiment, an ambitious student studio project that included film script development and theater showcases for public view.
THE ACTING CLASS
The self-sufficient actor
SUMMER IS COMING! Join class now and develop the tools needed to maximize your scene study showcase experience coming this Summer.
In acting we get our impulses from the other actors not from the script. This involves listening to the other actor, and allowing our own impulses to respond without filter. In class we explore these impulses using cold reading exercises that build the foundation of our work (much like a musician's sight reading). Through this process your confidence increases until you rely completely on your own instincts and, with nothing else to hold onto, your personality will fully surface and become your greatest asset.
This in itself creates self-sufficient actors who need nothing.
You'll be able to command our attention with or without a good script, with or without a good acting partner, whether you're tired or you've been given a rewrite two minutes ago or even if you have no script at all. No matter what happens, your instincts will be free, your personality will be at the forefront, and you will be highly watchable, able to keep us entertained. You will work a minimum of 30 minutes every class! In class you always act from film, TV and play scripts.
Teaching influences include the principles from Sandford Meisner's book ON ACTING while drawing on insights from Stanislavky, Uta Hagen and Lee Strasberg. Cold reading and improvisation exercises are designed to overcome barriers of expression specific to each student. Great acting results from taking the risk to follow your instincts. You will learn how to respond emotionally to everything that's going in the scene. We learn through doing, not thinking. Our defense mechanisms can be deeply engrained making it a difficult challenge to let go. But it's an exciting challenge! Expect to be out of your comfort zone. Expect to grow as an actor.
Authenticity, instinct, vulnerability, honesty, specificity and spontaneity are words you will hear repeatedly during your time in class. Dancers, musicians, singers and actors of all ages and experience, who desire broadening their artistic pallet, are welcome.
Theatrical Scene Showcases will be scheduled periodically for advanced students.
One on one coaching for actors and public speaking are available by appointment.
To enroll please contact:
Phone: 952-261-3636 email: email@example.com
* Date: THURSDAYs (ongoing)
* Class time: Thursday evenings from 6:30pm - 9:30pm (ongoing)
* Place: Cowles Center of the Performing Arts: 528 Hennepin Ave
* Tuition: 1 Month of 4 classes 3 hours each = $200
* Personal Coaching: $50/Hour
Introduction to Meisner Technique - Summer Intensive
May 9th, 2013
Summer 2013 Enrolling Now!
Fee $299 per student, Limited 12 students
An introduction to the Sanford Meisner approach to acting technique. Sixteen acting classes are conducted in an eight-week session. In this class the actor works to learn and apply advanced acting principles through a step-by-step progression of exercises that develop his/her ability to work organically, and to create truthful and expressive behavior in acting. This workshop is for actors of all experience levels ages 21 and over. Sanford Meisner defined acting as “Living Truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” Meisner Technique instills in actors the basic, essential skills of: listening, responding truthfully and spontaneously, committing to actions, using imagination to fully create and personalize a set of given circumstances, and identifying each individual’s personal emotional triggers.
The class will meet twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) for 8 weeks
1. Monday, July 15 - 6:30-9:30pm
2. Thursday, July 18 - 6:30-9:30pm
3. Monday, July 22 - 6:30-9:30pm
4. Thursday, July 25 - 6:30-9:30pm
5. Monday, July 29 - 6:30-9:30pm
6. Thursday, August 1 - 6:30-9:30pm
7. Monday, August 5 - 6:30-9:30pm
8. Thursday, August 8 - 6:30-9:30pm
9. Monday, August 12 - 6:30-9:30pm
10. Thursday, August 15 - 6:30-9:30pm
11. Monday, August 19 - 6:30-9:30pm
12. Thursday, August 22 - 6:30-9:30pm
13. Monday, August 26 - 6:30-9:30pm
14. Thursday, August 29 - 6:30-9:30pm
15. Monday, September 2 – NO CLASS
16. Thursday, September 5 - 6:30-9:30pm
17. Monday, August 12 - 6:30-9:30pm
Attendance to all class meetings in addition to rehearsals outside of class is expected.
The class is open to anyone age 21 and over with an interest and willingness to commitment to the intensive demands of actor training, however a face-to-face or phone interview is necessary before acceptance into the workshop.
If invited to participate, a $50 deposit will be required to hold your place. The deposit is refundable if you cancel your registration one (1) week before the beginning of the first class. The balance is to be paid on the first day of class and is non-refundable.
To schedule an interview, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Remedios is a Minneapolis based actor and teacher.
His acting credits include Broadway productions of AN INSPECTOR CALLS and LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!
Regional theatre credits include AJAX IN IRAQ (Frank Theatre),THE PERSIANS and A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (Theatre in the Square), A LESSON BEFORE DYING (Theatrical Outfit), KING LEAR, BORN YESTERDAY, THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, and TARTUFFE at Milwaukee Rep, DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Grand Central Theatre) and THE BRICK AND THE ROSE (Costa Mesa Playhouse).
In film and television he has been seen in DROP DEAD DIVA, FORGOTTEN MINORITY, PLATO TOLD HIM and minor recurring roles on ALL MY CHILDREN and AS THE WORLD TURNS as well as numerous commercials, short films and industrial videos.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of South Carolina.
Additionally, he completed the 2-year Meisner training program at the William Esper Studios in New York, studied in The Shakespeare Lab at The New York Public Theatre and completed professional internships with Circle Repertory Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
He has served on the theatre faculty of University of South Carolina, Kennesaw State University and Clayton State University. He currently teaches privately in the Twin Cities.