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.


"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