Workshops

We offer the following workshops for acting schools, colleges, theatre companies and other professional venues around the world. Contact us for details.

Demystifying "The Method"

(everything you always wanted to know about “Method Acting” but didn’t know who to ask)

We very often hear the term "Method" in show business, from actors, casting directors, and the media: "Daniel Day Lewis stays in character when he goes home, since he is a Method Actor", "Jake Gyllenhaal went ‘Method’ and smashed a mirror and broke his hand", "being the Method actor that he is, Christian Bale gains or loses 40 pounds for every role", "Shia Lebouf with his crazy Method Acting cuts his own face for the film ‘Fury’", etc.

But is being ‘crazy’, impulsive, out of control, and dangerously involved, emotionally and physically, with one’s character, what Lee Strasberg meant when he developed the acting technique called "The Method"? Is this the same technique used by the greatest actors of all times (De Niro, Pacino, Hoffman, Streep) to create their amazing performances?

In this workshop, former Strasberg Institute archivist and Method expert Aylam Orian will dispel these common myths about The Method, explain what it is, what it is not, and take the participants through exercises which will show them first-hand how Method Acting could be used to create truthful, engaging and powerful performances for the stage and screen, without going crazy...

Subjects which will be covered:

  • Stanislavsky and his "System"
  • The Group Theatre
  • The Actors Studio and the development of The Method
  • What is it? Sense Memory and Emotional Memory
  • Why The Method is perfect for film & TV

Workshop length: 3 hours

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Emotional Preparation for Film & TV

What make us call certain actors “great”, is not only their ability to create interesting and believable characters, but mainly their ability to experience real, strong emotions, in front of the camera.

In 2016, this is the ‘standard’ the industry expects not only from great actors, but from every other actor working in film and TV today. No one wants to see an actor ‘faking it’. We want to see them having real emotions and real behavior. And so, in order to even be in the “game”, actors need to have the technique to be able to do that, at will, and as many times as needed, in auditions and on the actual film / TV set.

In this workshop, “Method” expert Aylam Orian will review the emotional preparation techniques developed by the three “gurus” of American acting: Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner. Through video clips and exercises, participants will get a first-hand experience of how these techniques are used by working actors to create those impressive emotional performances, in auditions, and on the film/TV set.

Subjects which will be covered:

  • Strasberg’s Sense Memory and Emotional Memory
  • Stella Adler’s Imagination work
  • Meisner’s "As If"
  • Relaxation before auditions and on the set
  • Using the tools in auditions and on the set

Workshop length: 2 hours

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Thanks for your great class last night. I really enjoyed it. The exercises really resonated with me in a surprising way. I am definitely looking for a technique to enable the take after take scenario we were talking about. Again, I REALLY enjoyed the class. Thanks for your time!- Corby S.

I attended your seminar last night. I just wanted to say thank you again for a very moving experience. I'd felt as though the spirit of acting had perhaps been leaving me and forced me to question many things. Last night, however, I was reminded that that magic is, and always will be, there. I feel a renewed sense of love for what I do and am reminded of what it is that drives me. So thank you; so very much.- Greg Audino

I just left your emotional prep workshop. I wanted to express gratitude for offering the intro. I found it to be very informative and was very impressed with your abundant emotional life. Thank you for doing what you do!- Kimberly Connolly

Thank you for having me. It was refreshing to hear an open non pushy approach and I adored your passion for the work! It reminded me to slow down and look a little deeper than I do at times. With sincere thanks,- Brenda Bakke

I wanted to say thank you so much for the great seminar that you have provided last night. I learned new stuff and I have refreshed some information.- Yarixel Smith