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.


"Most acting classes offer scene study and critique, but it is much more unusual to run into someone who is willing and able to guide the actor through several scenes from a feature-length script, with cameras, in order to create the experience of developing a character in a real film. This difference has clearly made a difference — at least if the performances I observed at Maravilla are any indications. The talent on display was noticeable, but even more impressive was the discipline, as well as the strong sense of an entire cast and crew working as a team. Come to think of it, the best analogy would be to an actual film set, which is, I suppose, the point."
The SB Independent