Shapeshifting: The Flexible Actor

Shapeshifting: The Flexible Actor

Shapeshifting: The Flexible Actor

Advanced beginner/Advanced – Santa Barbara

Shapeshifting: The Flexible Actor
  • 8-Week Winter session begins Thursday, January 23rd
  • 8-Week Spring session begins Thursday, March 26th
  • Limit 14 participants. $400. per individual session/$750. for both
  • ($188. To $200 per month)

(Sessions can be taken separately or preferably, consecutively. *As it’s all about work ethic and continuity, all former students will receive a 10% discount off of the double-session price with sign-up by 12/15/19.)

Exceptional actors are physically and vocally responsive, possessing a free and agile instrument, quick to react to stimuli and flexible enough to shapeshift instantly and at will. Of course, long experience (10,000 hours!) inevitably develops this ability, but this class will save a thousand hours or so by jumpstarting the responsiveness and agility of the actor’s body and voice and bonding them to emotion. Exhilarating work stems from the actor’s ability to create instantaneous emotional connections to expressive and pliant body, voice and speech.

We combine exercises, improvisations and text work in order to increase emotional, physical and vocal freedom and flexibility. The freeing of an actor’s instrument is a prerequisite for any transformation as well.

Whether using “inside-out’ or “outside-in” approaches, a nimble and adaptable instrument is vital. Additionally, confidence and courage are encouraged in order to experiment with no fear!

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.


"An exceptional man of the theatre. The range of his work is enviable and those with whom he has worked and his achievements speak for themselves. He has demonstrated the highest qualities of direction and producing . He has won the respect of my students for whom the collaboration he led was an unmitigated triumph. He shows the key quality of a modern teacher and artist: the capacity to understand the needs of others, motivate and inspire them and bring a team, working in harmony and to the highest standards, to fruitful and acclaimed success."
Ian Brown, Dean of the Faculty of Arts
Queen Margaret University, Scotland