Dirty Acting

Dirty Acting

Dirty Acting

Dirty Acting

Adv. Beginner/Adv. Intermediate

  • Santa Barbara

  • 11 Sundays at 6:30 pm, 10/1 – 12/10

  • Limit 12 actors

What is Dirty Acting? Acting on impulse in the now. Being compelled to respond from pure awareness, from intense looking and listening. Acting from necessity in the moment. Behavior that happens, not behavior that is planned - alive, dynamic, electric performance.

These qualities are easier to achieve during non-scripted Improvisation, and so this class is devoted to what it means to “act dirty” with text, to be as alive, surprised and surprising as any improviser. Dirty Acting, working on impulse, eliminates self-consciousness and destructive concerns about audience judgment, personal habit patterns, obligations to text, obligations to audience, lying and artificial behavior. Eliminating these obligations may mean risking forgetting the next line, leaving frame or walking off stage before the written scene is over, but it’s exactly those kind of risks that result in electric performance. Only what is true in the moment has importance. Each rehearsal, each performance becomes a true experiment, an improv with text. Intense looking and listening is also the secret to great, moment-to-moment acting for the camera.

"If we actors could only be like the creatures of the forest

whose very lives depend upon fully looking and listening."

-Geraldine Page

$595. total (or two installments of $300.)

10% Early Bird, Multi-class and Couples Discounts are available

Early Bird discount for current and former student ends 9/6 at midnight

Write to [email protected] or call

805.451.6789 to register, ask any questions

or to schedule an interview

N.B. All courses progress in a logical and consecutive sequence. Furthermore, students are frequently turned away once the maximum number of participants has been reached. For these reasons, students who begin the session agree to complete the entire session and are, therefore, financially responsible for that session


"He taught more than any other teacher I had . . . is responsible for creating the kind of actor I am today. He taught me how to truly take risks in my work, invest authentically in my characters, and expect nothing but professionalism from myself and my colleagues. Peter’s standards were high and exacting, and as a student, I was thrilled to be held to them. It was the first time I had been treated like an actor, not just as a student. The method that Peter taught is still one that I use today – he gave me the tools to access, emotionally and intellectually, very dense material. He allowed me to see that with every character, every piece there is always a way that is deeper and truer than you first imagine.”
Julianne Moore, Actress