$100 – $325

Fall Classes at Actors Bridge

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Actors Bridge Workshop

410 Central Avenue

Nashville, TN 37211

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Invest in yourself.

Have you always wanted to take an acting class but never found the time?

Are you a professional actor who needs a fresh approach to bring vitality to your work?

Are you dreaming of getting an agent and working on camera?

Or need to improve your presentation skills at work?

Does your imagination need a booster shot to tackle your next writing project?

If you said YES to any of these questions, the Actors Bridge training program is a great place to start.



Upcoming Classes:



PHYSICAL AND VOCAL EXPRESSION
Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Oct 24-Dec 5
(no class Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Mark Cabus

Fee: $325

This 6-week class will explore the voice and body and their connection to the inner life of the actor. We will use techniques drawn from Cecily Berry, Kristen Linklater, and Michael Chekhov, among others.

We will focus on integrating physical movement to vocal communication with full breath and no loss of resonance or articulation. Through guided exploration, games, and spoken text, we will apply these techniques to practical situations in character.

Participants leave the class with a surefire, basic physical/vocal warm-up applicable to all performance situations. Please bring water to drink and wear clothing that allows full mobility.



ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
Mondays, 6:15-8:15 p.m. Oct 23-Dec 4
(no class Thanksgiving week)

Instructor: Mark Cabus

Fee: $325

Every performer should know that acting for the stage and for the camera are two entirely different skills, and to succeed in this business, it's vital to master both.

This 6-week class for both pros and first-timers is a fun primer to the craft of acting for the camera. Focusing primarily on self-taped auditions, we will cover some of the fundamentals and techniques that actors use for working in this intimate medium and what creates a compelling onscreen performance.

This is a hands-on, on-your-feet workshop. We will film and watch our footage together throughout the class. Participants leave with dependable techniques to improve their audition and self-taping game. Please bring water to drink and a smartphone.



MEISNER TECHNIQUE LEVEL ONE
Wednesdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Oct 4-Nov 15
(no class Nov 1)

Instructor: Vali Forrister
Fee: $325

This course introduces the fundamental exercises of the Meisner Technique and develops actors' instincts, developing students ability to work with greater spontaneity and honesty in the moment. Great for actors at any stage in their career, Level One will reconnect you to your impulses and creative spark.



Actors Bridge Ensemble refund policy: There are no cash refunds after classes commence. Any student who withdraws after this time will be issued a transferable credit good for up to one year.



ABOUT MARK CABUS:

Mark is an MFA graduate of the Shakespeare Theatre Co.’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University and of Belmont University’s BFA Theater Performance program as well as the National Shakespeare Conservatory, Columbia University’s SITI Company Summer Residency, and the British/American Drama Academy at Oxford University.

With a career spanning over 45 years, he is an accomplished actor, writer, director, and producer, working in film and television as well as Off Broadway, regional, and children's theater. Mark’s on camera credits range from the award-winning MLK biopic Selma and the Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation of The Longest Ride to a recurring role on AMC’s critically acclaimed series TURN: Washington’s Spies.

An educator of merit, Mark has distinguished himself around the country, serving on the faculties of the Brooklyn School for Digital Arts and Cinema Technology, Belmont University, the Nashville Film Institute, as the Director of Education for Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit and Nashville’s Green Room Projects, as a leading teaching artist for the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and as a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University's Film Department.



ABOUT VALI FORRISTER:

Vali is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Actors Bridge Ensemble. She has produced over 90 productions for the company, has acted and directed over 30, and authored six. She has taught the Meisner Technique for more than 12 years and serves as adjunct faculty at Belmont and Lipscomb universities. She founded and leads Act Like A GRRRL, an autobiographical writing and performance program for teenage girls and adult women to gain public voice by articulating their lived experience. Read Vali's full bio.




ABOUT THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE:

Created by Sanford Meisner of New York’s influential Group Theatre, the Meisner Technique creates truthful, emotionally-connected actors. Meisner-trained actors include Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Allison Janey and Connie Britton.

The Meisner Technique gets you out of your head and into the moment. At Actors Bridge, we take students through a step-by-step approach to the Meisner Technique giving them a strong foundation in being an emotionally available, truthfully responsive actor.

Whether you are an actor interested in deepening your craft or someone looking for greater confidence, spontaneity, and intuition in your everyday life, the Meisner Technique can help you on your journey.

Some guiding principles of the Meisner Technique include:

  • Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
  • The foundation of acting is the reality of doing.
  • There's no such thing as nothing.
  • Acting is about instincts and intuition, not intellect (heart not head).
  • Active awareness frees actors from self-consciousness on stage.


THE FULL MEISNER SERIES:


LEVEL ONE: INTRODUCTION TO THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
This course introduces the concepts of the approach and develops the actors' instinct, encouraging actors to work with greater spontaneity and honesty.

LEVEL TWO: SCENE STUDY
Actors work in improvisation and scenework learning to be emotionally full and truthfully responsive in performance.

LEVEL THREE: EMOTIONAL PREPARATION
Perhaps the most integral part of the Meisner approach, at this level, actors learn to have emotional truthfulness that is appropriate to the imaginary circumstances of the scene.

LEVEL FOUR: ADVANCED EXERCISE WITH EMOTIONAL PREPARATION
More complex improvisations and more challenging scenework are assigned as students learn to put emotional preparation to practice.

LEVEL FIVE: INTERPRETATION AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
At this level, actors confront challenges associated with performance. Students develop the ability to apply personal interpretations to the text and build appropriate characters through attention to culture, period, language, and physical adjustments.


For more information and/or inquiries please visit www.actorsbridge.org


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