*For more information regarding all classes please contact Sophie Sardi:
9432-3062 0419 539030 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*For more information regarding all classes please contact Sophie Sardi: 9432-3062 0419 539030 or email: email@example.com
Can Anybody Learn to Act? Do Acting Exercises Help?
Many years ago I would have answered “NO.” I once believed that you either had it or you didn’t have it. But in my experience of being an actor for thirty years, and working with actors for nearly as long, I believe this not to be the truth. The truth is acting can be taught. So what is this IT, this quality, this thing, this element which makes an actor a good actor? To address this question we must ask the same of “Theatre”. What is the essential quality/thing which makes for good theatre? THE IMMEDIACY OF THE PRESENT MOMENT All good acting aspires to this principle. Regardless of the play’s content, style or direction, the only individual who can apply this principle is the actor. The actor’s ability to execute this is independent of the written material. The immediacy of the present moment can only come from the actor. The ability to be ‘in the present’ is a skill that can be learned. How? By specific ACTING EXERCISES that promote presence and spontaneity. Here is a brief video demonstration of one such exercise. And another acting exercise that promotes both PRESENCE & SPONTANEITY.
A scene from two of our students devised from the signature exercise – The Listen & Respond.
Peter Sardi guides the actor through a wonderous journey of exploration that leaves the actor gasping not only for air, but for the continuance of the journey. Thought provoking and enriching. Rarely have I found a teacher who is able to engender such a positive and nourishing support to their students. Many times after a class I have marveled over the pearls of Acting wisdom Peter has revealed and for those elusive moments when clarity finally appeared through the haze. … Kris Weber