Risky Business: Courageous Choices

Physical and Vocal Characterization

Risky Business: Courageous Choices

Physical and Vocal Characterization the Frisch Approach


13 Tuesday nights beginning September 22, 6:30–9:00 pm

  • Limit 12 participants. $645. total (or 3 installments of $215.)
  • (10% “Early Bird,” Multi-class, and Couples Discounts are available)

Acting choices: selecting them, preparing them, fulfilling them, assessing them. The right and risky choice can get the job, deliver dynamic characters, guarantee that your work is consistently memorable, and offer audiences interpretations of originality and penetrating insight.

What kinds of choices are there? How do you go about testing a choice? Why do certain choices work and others not? In Courageous Choices, actors discover the numerous choices at their disposal, exercise preps in order to test the choice fully, and learn to evaluate the results with objectivity and artistic judgment.

A few of the many categories of Choices covered include: Intention, Motivation, Obstacle, Emotional Preparation, Physical, Vocal, Speech and Behavioral Adjustments, Transitions, Beats and Units, Text and Hidden Circumstances, Text Choices, Independent Activities, Text decisions, Relationship to Props, Costumes, and Set Pieces, and more.

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.


"Throughout his work with the PSO he exercised his exceptional taste, knowledge and expertise in both the fields of drama and music. Working closely with Peter was among the most personally enjoyable and rewarding experiences I've had in my long tenure with the (Pittsburgh) Symphony. Whether partnering on selecting repertoire, writing and editing scripts, or brainstorming the complex elements that made these evenings memorable, I always found Peter to be a great co-worker, a warm and compassionate leader, and a man of broad knowledge and impeccable taste. He left a remarkable legacy at the CMU Drama School."
Robert Moir, Vice-President for Artistic Planning
Pittsbugh Symphony Orchestra