Digging Deep: Emotional Content for Actors

Digging Deep: Emotional Content for Actors

Digging Deep: Emotional Content for Actors

Digging Deep: Emotional Content for Actors

Advanced /Professional – Santa Monica

  • 13 Monday nights, 9/16 - 12/9

  • Limit 12 participants. $660 total, or 3 monthly installments $220.

An imagination-based exploration of internal techniques designed to deepen and enliven character stakes and emotional life. Never lie again!

The job of an actor is to be natural and important. But natural without a meaningful emotional life is simply life on the street, banal. Add importance by artificial means in the moment and it will get ugly and phony; we can see the “work,” especially on camera.

But by employing the tools of belief, the source of character needs and obstacles is internalized – the actor becomes immersed in the character. Inner life feels palpable and alive with no pushing or artifice in the moment. As a result, magic simply happens! Your work becomes both natural AND important!

During “Digging Deep,” exercises, monologues and scenes combine to make the organic emotional life of character more consistently accessible and more dynamic than previously available.

Through the tools of the imagination, actors become freer to inhabit the character’s world rather than simply repeating their own. It is only through the universal imagination that actors can soar and transform.

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 commit to the entire session and are, therefore, financially responsible for that session.


"You are a shining example of everything a teacher should be; inspired and inspiring, positive, challenging, interested, supportive, unbelievably skilled, intelligent and talented at what you are teaching us, and maybe the most important thing, you seem to love it! We are all so fortunate to have you turn your light on us, sweep us up into your beam, and inspire and help us in all the ways that you do. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”
Elizabeth Cross, Actress