to The Actor's Establishment
I am elated to share this experience with you and offer you some insight on the makings of TAE. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be an educator. It wasn't until around the age of nineteen that I realized my yearning for education mixed with a touch of entrepreneurship was directed towards the theater. TAE is a culmination of that yearning over the past 18 years. From New York City to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, it has taken hard work, years of training and exploration, ups and downs, stresses and celebrations, and a constant passion for arts education, in making TAE become a reality.
Over the past several years I have thought a lot about this endeavor, now realized as The Actor's Establishment. What I never imagined is that our world would look the way it does in its current state. This pandemic has certainly caused added stress and tension within our families and in our country and I cannot help but think that the arts has done more than it's part to help people escape from the monotony of day to day isolation. It's because of this isolation and a need to do more, that I began working on the conceptualization for The Actor's Establishment. I was teaching an online script analysis workshop, to give my mind something positive to focus on, as well as the creative outlet I so desperately needed when one of the actors in the workshop said to me, "more people need to be doing this kind of work. We need teachers and directors in Los Angeles that ask these kinds of questions and make us actors think more." And so it began.
TAE is an exploratory idea I have had for a while now. It's a combination between an acting company and an acting studio. (I used the term "studio" descriptively, not literally) My goal for TAE is to build an ensemble of actors, passionate and driven by exciting and invigorating work, who are collaborative and eager to learn and train with each other, from each other and through each each other. I believe that actors have the ability to feed each other inspiration and at TAE, my hope is that together we will create an environment of learning conducive to each actor's needs. The workshops, sessions, and coaching TAE offers is open to anyone. I am a firm believer in quality and technical acting training and in creating TAE I want the training to always be at the forefront of what we do. However, with that said, in the training there must be an element of exploration, discovery, and humanity.
Starting something is never easy. It's downright frightening to be honest. Whether it's a research paper, the first lyric of a new song, memorization, a relationship, a move to a new city, or a new job, we all have those moments of fear and self doubt. I have seen the fear and doubt within actors for so many years and I think the conversation needs to be had that acting isn't just about technique or hitting the mark each time. It's about the self. The mind, the body, and the soul.
Stella Adler said "The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind."
Understanding your authentic self along with a comprehension of human behavior is a strong element of TAE's mission. We absolutely teach solid fundamental technique, but what TAE integrates into their teachings is understanding the "why" within the text and our own lives, compassion for oneself, and a respect for working through the process. The Actor's Establishment doesn't just offer actors technique, we create an atmosphere for actors to establish who they are as artists and regain their connection to the work.
I look forward to working with you soon,
TAE receives Innovation Fellowship from ATME
Starting in January 2021, TAE will be releasing a series of workshops exploring the connection and relationship between text analysis and physical movement for the actor. This experimental workshop will survey how the analytical approach to text, combined with physical movement, can lead actors to successfully creating fully embodied characters on the stage. TAE will explore an actors relation to their playing space and integrate textual components, allowing the relationship between each actor and their behavioral connection to impact strong and specific choices.