Actors Perspective – It ain’t easy! *The Great Acting Blog

  It ain’t easy being an artist! Studying Method is not for the faint-hearted! It requires courage, will-power, perseverance, hard work and a willingness to face yourself head-on.   It means making sacrifices and recognizing that some of the things you regard as important in your life may have to take a back seat for a period ...

IDIOT WINDS myths, misconceptions and idiotic beliefs

Stephanie van Niekerk, Director Method Actors’ Training Centre. There are many myths, misconceptions and idiotic beliefs about The Method. This is to be expected, I guess, but what astounds me is that people who should know better than to talk about things they know nothing about, broadcast stupidities, based in their own ignorance and lack of research, ...

METHOD ACTING AS “THERAPY” 3

The two primary techniques the actor-artist needs to develop and learn to use practically as a character in scene work are: Relaxation and Sense Memory. There are, of course many different exercises and techniques that form part of The Method, but the above-mentioned are the foundation stones. The Method has, at its centre, the requirement that ...

PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED IN APPLYING METHOD PRINCIPLES

PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN   APPLYING METHOD PRINCIPLES Click here to read the previous post As previously mentioned, The Method has been criticized all over the world since Lee Strasberg first started experimenting with new techniques in acting and actor training, based on the work of Constantin Stanislavsky, in the United States during the 1940’s. Many directors, actors, producers, theatre ...

SOLUTIONS TO PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN APPLYING METHOD PRINCIPLES # 1

While teaching The Method to adult students in Pretoria, South Africa, over the past twenty-two years, certain challenges with regard to the successful application of the practical work to scenes (relaxation, sensory recall and the honest and free expression thereof) had to be dealt with on a regular basis. 1.  Students needed a framework within which to place the ...

SOLUTIONS TO PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN APPLYING METHOD PRINCIPLES WHILE I WAS STUDYING # 2

While studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York, I was given a piece of paper which contained the basics with regard to the list below. I read through it at home, took note and put it in my file. Since these questions and the importance of answering them were seldom referred to in ...

SOLUTIONS TO PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN APPLYING METHOD PRINCIPLES #3

During my first few years of teaching as director of the Method Actors’ Training Centre In Pretoria, South Africa, I stuck to how the classes were handled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York during my time there (1981 – 1984). What I did do differently, however, was to do year-end shows with my students. ...

A 4TH YEAR STUDENT SHARES HIS PERSPECTIVE

ON APPLYING METHOD TECHNIQUES DURING PERFORMANCE BY PHILLIP VAN STADEN, ALUMNI – FOUR YEARS From my first to my fourth year of training, my views on most things have changed a lot, not only on using the Method, but on “acting” in general.  I will discuss five specific aspects that have changed for me over the ...

Is it Lee Strasberg’s Method or just The Madness in Me? …

A little Method history.   The form of acting known as ‘The Method’ or ‘Method Acting’ was developed from the work of the Russian actor/director, Konstantine Stanislavski.  I know what you’re thinking…cool name right?  Well this guy was pretty serious when it came to acting.   He said “being an actor requires dedication, discipline and integrity…” not something ...

The Practical Solutions Series

A new Photo Set from when I studied at the Training Centre!

Don’t you just love sleeping on stage. Hold me back!      Please feel free to leave a comment…

DO THE WORK!!!

I have always dreamed of becoming an actress. As a child I was very confident, singing and dancing at every given opportunity. I believed in myself without question. After school I studied Method acting and voice for 4 years at THE METHOD ACTORS’ TRAINING CENTRE. This experience enriched my life and brought my dream a ...

Great Inspiration By Will Smith

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Short film – teaser trailer 2013 : A Taste of Blood 1

teaser trailer 2013 Short film – A Taste of Blood   We get a first glance at this trailer teaser for A taste for Blood Starring Stephan Barker and Darius Booyens. Barker plays a unhappy hard type character who seem to have lost time  has starred in previous shows like TV: 7de Laan - Speurder (2009) Film: It’s Complicated Short film done by ...

PRACTICAL WORK : ON APPLYING METHOD TECHNIQUES DURING PERFORMANCE BY PHILLIP VAN STADEN, ALUMNI – FOUR YEARS

ON APPLYING METHOD TECHNIQUES DURING PERFORMANCE BY PHILLI  VAN STADEN, ALUMNI – FOUR YEARS From my first to my fourth year of training, my views on most things have changed a lot, not only on using the Method, but on “acting” in general.  I will discuss five specific aspects that have changed for me over the past four ...