Creating A Space Where Process Precedes Result

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MARTIN SCORSESE: “If the actors want to take the scene a certain place I’ll go with them there. It’s a PROCESS. If you have the time on set I like to tell the actors to try anything, take the time to fail. You need that freedom you need to give actors that freedom.”

PETER BROOK: “It takes a long while for a director to cease thinking in terms of the result he desires and instead concentrate on discovering the source of energy in the actor from which true impulses arise.”

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We live in a result driven age where there is much to see but little to look at or deeply engage in.  
I have spent a lifetime as an actor and working with actors.  My students, over a 35 year period, have taught me more about ‘acting’ than anybody else!  I have learned that the most important element an acting teacher can contribute is a safe space where process is given priority over result.  

Here is Robert Duvall, one of the most celebrated actors talking about the importance of PROCESS over RESULT!

Acting Training: The desire for quick results and short term gain is extremely detrimental to the actors growth and longevity in this industry.  Many drama schools in their acting training programs over emphasize the importance of the result, at the expense of the actor’s process.  Very little time if any is dedicated to nurturing the acting student’s talent.  Instead, the creative process is stifled by actors being forced to come up with quick results. 
When the actor’s process is given priority over ‘the result’ in a creative setting, the opportunity for growth is enormous!  Alternatively when ‘results’ are given priority, the actor begins to often rely on a bag of ‘tricks’ coming up with a somewhat shallow performance full of cliché. The actor given the opportunity and space to develop a craft and technique, can more ably use his/her skill to prepare and create work that has greater depth, and more able to express his/her unique sensibilities.  The time it takes to commit to developing a craft or actor’s process is invaluable as it can contribute to his/her career in terms of longevity.  Those actors who can hone it in and provide quick results without developing a craft, risk having a career that may only span a few short years. Portraying one or two ‘types’ of characters one is susceptible to being typecast.

“What Method of Acting do you teach?”

~ I am often asked.   I do not have a definitive answer to this question.  Having taught directed and acted for over 35 years, teaching numerous methods over many years, I’ve arrived at a place where I teach my own unique method.  But it’s not really ‘my’ method.  I don’t like the word ‘method.’  I don’t like the word ‘technique’ or ‘style.’  I prefer to think of it more as a ‘way,’ an ‘approach’ or a ‘process.’  It is my belief that the purpose of acting training is to FREE THE ACTOR.  Methods and techniques can often bind or stifle the actor.   If I had to distill our particular approach or process to one word that word would be CONTACT.  The element of ‘contact’ in actor training is of paramount importance. .  ‘Contact’ has enormous implications when it comes to actor training.  In the videos below I have the actor Ed Norton and the renowned teacher, Director Robert Benedetti refer to the importance of contact and connection. 

Actor’s Perspective                                                               Director’s Perspective

 

 

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

“When I think about my growth since I started with Peter I’m staggered. He teaches and helps you understand the principles and fundamentals of acting as a craft as well as living in the immediacy of the present moment.  My favorite part of his classes though are that he revels in such a passion for acting that it only encourages you to go further and deeper.”  ~ Sam

End Of Year Performance Night!

I would like to thank all of our students who participated in our End Of Year Performance Night.  In particular I would like to thank two long standing students of our school who will be leaving us.  Gabriella Mazzarino and Julia Calasso.  They have contributed enormously to our school over the years and they will be missed!  Thank you Gabriella & Julia.  We wish you well on the next phase of your journey.  There are a number of other students who will be leaving us this year, thanks so much for being here. Thank you for your focus, commitment and energy. It has been a real joy for us to share the classroom with you.

End Of Year Performance Night Party!

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I want to take this opportunity to wish all the actors that passed through our doors this year all the very best for Christmas and the New Year. May your efforts throughout this year bear fruit in 2018.  Thank you for challenging me and for helping me grow.  To grow, after all, is really what this journey is about.  I am reminded of Stella Adler’s quote on ‘actors’ when she said: 
“The need of a young actor to act, is stronger than the intelligent layman can understand. The world might think that this ambition is motivated by the desire for money, success and fame. Even if the actor says this is his aim, it is still only partially true. The actor is fighting for a way of life. The theatre differs from many other professions because it is a way of life.  Tangible professions recognized and understood, are good ones; but for the time, they are too narrow for his chaotic soul.   Once channeled in the theatre and through acting, he quickly sees that his imagination is limitless. This is followed by an opening up of his emotional range. Plays are not read, they are studied. The world is no longer a place, it is his place. He has ceased being an observer on the fringe of life and has the audacity to go into every nook and cranny of it.  Everyday reality is not enough for the actor.  He must find an art form with which to express this reality – life!  Even if you take that platform away from him, he will grow; he has the tools, the training and the discipline.  To grow, by the way, that is his deepest and truest need when he says: “I want to be an actor.”

Liam Hemsworth in his recent movie
“The Duel,” with Woody Harrelson