Seydways Acting Studios
Introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework®
A group introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework® will be offered on the 28th of April (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Seydways Acting Studio in San Francisco. The fee is $120. Click here to register.
Classes in Fitzmaurice Voicework® are offered on an on-going basis, Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All levels are welcomed, but students must first take part in either a group or private introduction. Classes are located at Seydways Acting Studio, 414 Mason Street, Ste. 406, just a few blocks from the Powell MUNI / BART station.
Also available at Seydways Acting Studios:
The Trigger Approach
Richard Seyd and Bobby Weinapple are the teachers of these classes. Each class is limited to twelve students and each student works every week. Bobby's classes are geared towards intermediate - advanced levels and Richard's are master classes for advanced students. The structure of all the classes is similar. There are generally three main areas of study: Scene Study (incorporating the trigger approach), stretch work, and audition skills. The classes also engage the student in every area of the life and career of the actor.
The trigger approach is a technique originally developed by Richard Seyd as a way of breaking down text, thought by thought, to enable the actor to live more authentically and spontaneously in the moment during performance. All actors are told that "being in the moment" is important, but no one teaches the actor how to be in the moment effortlessly. The trigger approach is designed to give the actor a working methodology for achieving that performance state.
Stretch work focuses on expanding your range as an actor. The actor and the teacher first agree on what areas of their work the student is weak. All actors have natural strengths and weaknesses. Through very highly structured improvisational work the teacher focuses the actor on his or her own problem areas. Through this work, over time, the weaknesses themselves become strengths, enabling the actor to approach their work with more confidence and to become more fully rounded as performers. It is a profoundly effective way to continue growing as an actor.
When working on audition skills, the classes focus on cold readings, finding and preparing monologues that show your full range, and developing a marketing strategy for yourself as an actor, including dealing with casting directors, agents, photos, resumes, etc.
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