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.


"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