The Meisner Technique Masterclass
The fACTORy is proud to host Scott Williams who will be here to teach The Meisner Technique 11th July – 13th July 2019. Scott Williams, one of World’s foremost and longest standing Meisner Technique teachers who is returning to Australia for his annual teaching visit this July. American born Scott Williams is an international director and teacher and is currently the Artistic Director of the UK-based Impulse Company. Scott trained with Sanford Meisner at New York’s Neighbourhood Playhouse in the 1970s, and relocated to London in the mid-1990s following a San Francisco-based career as a teacher, director and artistic director for the San Francisco based Hillbarn Theatre. After his move to London and the founding of The Impulse Company, Scott has continued his multi- dimensional schedule of teaching and directing across the continents for 35 years.
Over 3 days, discover what it means to “live truthfully under a given set of circumstances,” – an exploration of a specific set of exercises developed by Sanford Meisner, all designed to train you to connect to your emotional truth and ‘live in the moment’.
Module 1 – Living Truthfully
Module 2 – The Given Set of Circumstances
Module 3 – A State of Aliveness
Living Truthfully covers our basic, Meisner-rooted Technique, giving you a deep and experiential grounding in its analysis and exercises, focusing on those which bring you into ‘the moment.’
The Given Set of Circumstances takes the Technique forward into work with ‘the givens’ of performance, including investing in the realities of doing at the heart of any actor’s work.
A State of Aliveness takes your work into text, from the first Reading and text analysis, through to rehearsal techniques, culminating in a performance of scenes for an invited audience.
Participant fees are $695 including GST
Auditing is not simply an act of watching performers work with Scott, but rather an active process in which fellow actors thoroughly experience and learn the Meisner approach to working through observation and analysis.
We encourage all auditors to read The Meisner Technique, prior to the Masterclass in order to have a solid understanding of the process and enhance their overall learning experience
Auditing is $75 including GST per day or $270 incl GST
Larry Moss Masterclass
“Everything I’m teaching you about acting has one aim only: to fire you up emotionally and behaviorally so you can give a vivid, involving, and memorable performance.” – Larry Moss
Larry Moss teaches with generosity, passion and a fierce commitment to actors, inspiring them to rise to the occasion and instilling solid technique that reveals the very truth of the play.
Each day we will explore the finest of a new generation of playwrights as well as the celebrated plays of the past through Larry’s renowned Advanced Scene Study work.
16th Street is thrilled to welcome one of the world’s most acclaimed acting coaches back to Australia in April 2019 with Masterclasses in Brisbane, once again in association with The Factory, as well as in in Sydney and Melbourne.
Larry has been fortunate in his life to work with some of the finest artists in the theatre and film and ‘they have taught me and continue to teach me that art is about choice’ – Larry Moss
The 4-Day Larry Moss Masterclass
In each of the Masterclasses, Larry will work with the actors to break down and explore the relationships to all persons, places, objects and events that the writer gives us; a deep exploration of the world of the text – be that of a play or a musical.
In this process of rehearsal, you will begin to discover choices for your character that ignite the story in the richest possible way.
Larry’s work asks the actor to make the dangerous choice in pursuit of the deepest truth.
CELEBRATED PLAYS: CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSIC
Hilary Swank. Leonardo DiCaprio. Juliette Binoche. Tobey Maguire – all acclaimed and celebrated for their powerful work. All coached by Larry Moss.
In this Advanced Scene Study component, Masterclass actors will discover the joy and freedom that is possible when they are in service of something bigger than themselves – the play.
Learning how to interpret and inhabit a scene illuminates the story and is the basis for Larry’s approach to acting. Beginning with an actor’s physical life on stage, Larry helps the actor to reveal the depth of emotional meaning and importance of the character’s need in the text and encourages the actor to commit fully to their choices. This focus on story, personalisation and imagination gives actors a rich resource to access and a focus that allows the performer to reach their potential.
Larry’s breadth of experience as a teacher and director is second to none and actors under his tutelage develop richness in their work, deepening their approach to the craft
I am looking forward to my time in Australia. I am always moved by the immense desire I see in you and the sense of community that is so supportive and inspiring – Larry Moss
About the Masterclasses
32 places will be allocated in the Brisbane Masterclass for actors to work on scenes from acclaimed plays specifically chosen by Larry for the participants. Larry has a passion for great writing and believes it is only with the best material that an actor can reach their artistic potential.
Participants are carefully paired and allocated a scene. As a Participant, you will be provided with a copy of Larry’s book, The Intent to Live, to read before beginning a thorough rehearsal process.
Applications are open for working with Larry Moss on his seventh tour of Australia, challenging and inspiring Queensland’s finest actors over 4 days of an electric, moving and challenging Masterclass.
Exclusive to the Sydney and Melbourne Masterclasses, Larry Moss will also be offering a Best of Broadway component to the 4 Day Masterclass. Some of Australia’s most exciting Musical Theatre storytellers will work, in Larry’s magnificent and renowned way, with Broadway Musical scenes and songs.
Larry’s breadth of experience as a teacher and director is second to none and actors under his tutelage develop richness in their work, deepening their approach to the craft. This Masterclass will ensure a dynamic experience for participants and auditors alike.
Auditing is not simply an act of watching performers work with Larry, but rather an active process in which fellow actors thoroughly experience and learn Larry’s approach to working through observation and analysis.
We encourage all auditors to read Larry’s book, The Intent to Live, prior to the Masterclass in order to have a solid understanding of the process and enhance their overall learning experience.
To book Auditing Tickets in either Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane please click on the below links or the links in the Auditing Section of this page.
Single Day Audit Ticket – $130
4-Day Discount Audit Ticket – $470
” Working with Larry is thrilling, challenging, inspiring, occasionally frustrating, endlessly interesting, and always exhilarating.”
– Tobey Maguire, Actor
Larry Moss taught at The Juilliard School and Circle in the Square in New York City before moving to Los Angeles and opening The Larry Moss Studio. Larry has directed numerous plays and coached many award-winning actors including Helen Hunt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hilary Swank, Tobey Maguire and Jim Carrey.
Larry’s training with legendary teachers Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner informs his ability to unleash the actor’s imagination. His time with actors yields powerful, authentic work and has resulted in many career-changing performances. Larry has the ability to connect actors to themselves and the characters they play by taking them into the world of the writer, with a passionate commitment to telling the story.
Larry’s incredible ability to identify the given circumstances of the play and the world a character inhabits allows him to guide actors in revealing the meaning of a play or lyric. Through this, he illuminates the structure, language and technical craft required to meet these demands with a focus on power. Larry places great importance on the actors vocal, physical, psychological and emotional expression.
Larry is currently in development to direct a film about the life of multi-Academy Award nominee Montgomery Clift, one of the founding members of The Actors Studio and key proponent of the Method.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE – March 25th 2019 – 12pm
DATES – Brisbane: April 15th – 18th, 2019
DAY / TIME – Brisbane: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm
FEE – $1,650 GST INC
The Moving Frame: 5 Day Brisbane Workshop with Welker White & Damian Young
APPLICATIONS CLOSE February 15, 2019
WELKER WHITE is on the acting faculty at Brooklyn College, where she teaches a range of classes, including The Art and Craft of Acting in Film and Television for MFA acting candidates. Welker has brought screen acting workshops to numerous training programs and artistic communities, including:
– NYU Grad Acting
– Montclair State University
– Drew University, and;
– The Actors Center, among many others.
On stage Welker has originated roles by playwrights Lisa Kron, John Patrick Shanley, Craig Lucas, Mac Wellman, Howard Korder, David Ives, Amy Freed, and many others. Her film work includes roles in GoodFellas, Dead Poet’s Society, This Is My Life, Eat Pray Love, Morning Glory, I Think I Love My Wife, as well as numerous television guest appearances on TV. Most recently, Welker completed shooting Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, opposite Al Pacino.
DAMIAN YOUNG is a sought-after character actor, with nearly 100 credited film and television appearances.
Damian is known for his early work in the films of Hal Hartley (Amateur, Simple Men), and has gone on to work as a regular or recurring character on numerous television shows:
– Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete
– Damages on Amazon
– USA’s The War Next Door
– Showtime’s Californication
– HBO’s The Comeback
– Netflix’s House of Cards
His many film appearances include Birdman, Edge of Darkness, Everybody’s Fine, Unbreakable, Catfight, We Only Know So Much, Ocean’s 8, Wonderstruck. Damian has appeared on and off-Broadway, and is currently shooting recurring roles on Ozark and Homeland.
“I have just finished working with Welker White on the film Bad Education. We had several scenes together and I was always incredibly impressed and inspired by her work ethic, and how easy she made it all look. She is one of the great actors, living in a city filled with great actors. I know her and her husband Damian have a workshop that they do, and two of the other actors in the film had been involved in that workshop. And it’s precisely built for people trying to feel comfortable and relaxed and getting the best out themselves in front of the camera. I highly recommend this workshop. I kind of wish I had gone to something like this early on in my career. As someone who had been mainly in the theatre when I began, it took me a while to really feel that I was reaching a level of relaxation to allow my potential to come through on film so I think this is a really valuable thing to do for anyone who’s learning how to act.” – Hugh Jackman
“I’ve known Welker and Damian for 30 years. They bring rare extensive experience across the spectrum of film and television to bear on a unique approach that inspires actors to develop and own their artistic process onscreen. Find a way to work with them!” – Allison Janney – Academy Award Winner
Les Chantery – Screen Audition Technique
“Les gave me the confidence to back myself in a room auditioning in front of towering industry professionals and the tools to continually learn and teach myself better screen technique to record first class self-tests at home with my peers”
– Joel Jackson, Peter Allen – AACTA winner Best Actor, Deadline Gallipoli – AACTA Nominee Best Actor.
Les teaches an essential skill that all actors must master – How to show up when it matters most – in the screen test. He teaches actors what is crucial to know about performances that ‘Pop’ within the restraint of the mid-shot frame.
This Workshop will equip actors with the most advanced and effective audition skills and techniques. Covering crucial aspects of the audition process, from script analysis and preparation, to being in front of a casting director. The art of Self-Taping is also covered, allowing actors to create dynamic screen tests on their own.
The 2-day Workshop will cover:
A unique and unconventional Script Breakdown Technique: A step-by-step approach to work quickly and efficiently
Screen Technique and Points of Focus in the Audition Room: Eye-line, Vocal level and physical movement in auditions
How to conduct yourself with the Casting Director
Overcoming fear and gaining confidence in auditions
The psychology of performance
Taking direction and asking the right questions
At the completion of the three days you will feel empowered, confident and ready to “nail the audition”.
Dates to be announced for 2019