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Action. Reaction. Connection.


Professional Theatre and Communications Training

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Action. Reaction. Connection.


Professional Theatre and Communications Training

Aarresaari (2012).  Courtesy: Komedia Teatteri and Suomen Teatteriopisto. 

Theatrical Training

The American Studio's foundation is firmly rooted in, but not solely reliant upon, the principles of American Method Acting (Lee Strasberg & The Actor’s Studio) and the training techniques of the Society of American Fight Directors.  These techniques, not currently taught in Finland by any systematic study of Acting, have withstood the test of time and scrutiny in the United States and proved to be foundational for many successful Hollywood Actors.

Our methods of instruction both reinforce and expound upon these techniques which demystify the actor’s process and cultivate creative discovery through action.  Through this approach, the actor is freed from the bonds of mental and emotional slavery through the immediacy of physically living the moment.

 

Superior Donuts (2011).  Courtesy: San Diego Repertory Theatre

Act.

 

The American Studio proudly continues the American tradition of professional actor training by exclusively teaching Lee Strasberg’s American Method Acting and the Sanford Meisner Technique from a practical perspective. Whether you are a new actor or a career stage veteran, you can now explore new depths of creativity while taking your performances to new heights. 

 

The Duelists (2005)

Move.

 

Through our intensive Stage Combat courses, students become proficient in establishing character physicality and the devising of fighting styles grounded in their discoveries. Exhaustive attention is paid to character development, dramatic storytelling and the implementation of physical choices from which violence erupts. 

 

Prepare.

 

As the former Casting Director for the Tony Award-winning San Diego Repertory Theatre, Stephen Morgan-MacKay has auditioned hundreds of actors.  Perfectly suited for both amateur and professional alike, Audition Techniques is designed to assist you in obtaining not only a callback but, more importantly, the role itself. 

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Professional Communications


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Professional Communications


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Communicate.

Dynamic Public Speaking is designed to bridge the gap between simply communicating and communicating effectively and confidently in a public forum before an English speaking audience through the implementation of communication techniques employed by professional actors in the mediums of Theatre, Film and Television. Once adopted, these techniques provide the communicator with a vast array of tools which enhance clear communication, instill self-confidence and develop strong speaker credibility. 

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Negotiate.

Like it or not, we are all negotiators.  We discuss raises with our boss, collaborate with colleagues and barter with our children.  This process of positional give-and-take has often left negotiators feeling anxious and pressured at the expense of their needs being met.  But there is another way.

The method of Principled Negotiation, developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project, decides issues based on merits and interests rather than positions.  It enables you to be fair while protecting you against those who would take advantage of your fairness. 

 

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Motivate.

Throughout history, all of the truly great leaders and innovators have communicated in exactly the same way.  And it is completely opposite from the rest of us.  Good leaders merely manage, but great leaders inspire.

The Art of Leadership explores these life-changing principles of communication adopted by such people as John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Apple Co-Founder, Steve Jobs.   This intensive, thought-provoking course will leave you feeling challenged, invigorated and altogether inspired both personally and professionally.

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Individualized Services


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Individualized Services


Communications & Leadership Development

Let us assist you with our tailored, private coaching sessions specifically designed for individuals wishing to enhance their communicative and/or leadership skills.  Our private coaching is designed to get you speaking confidently and assertively within a reasonably short amount of time and is ideal of for business professionals, entrepreneurs, educators and anyone serving in a leadership capacity.  Contact Us today for more information or to arrange a private consultation.

Actor Coaching

Wether you are a seasoned veteran of the stage or just starting out, we realize that some people’s schedules don’t always afford them the flexibility to attend regularly scheduled acting classes on a consistent basis.  Therefore, we offer an affordable and flexible alternative in individually-oriented courses of private instruction and role-specific coaching.  Our private services include:

Acting & Audition Coaching, Script Analysis, Monologue Work, Cold-Reading Techniques, Marketing and Headshot/Resume Assistance.

Professional Fight Direction for Stage & Screen

As an art form, stage combat has evolved well beyond the long-established norms instituted during the “Golden Age” of Hollywood.  Stock moves and unimaginative fight sequences have been eclipsed in the shadow of the professional Fight Director; whose essential position within the performing arts has paved the way for specialization in representational violence.

Today, many Fight Directors have abandoned these former presentational styles which have sacrificed substance for mundane spectacle and have adopted a professional, systematic study of physical violence within a historical context which is then implemented into scenes of theatrical violence.  The results are fight scenes filled with purpose, intent, motivation and realistic representation that are thoroughly grounded in and supported by the dramatic arc of the text.

It is in this manner that the American Studio provides services in professional Fight Direction and Stage Combat Choreography for theatre, television and film productions.  From contemporary unarmed choreography to period historical fighting styles, we integrate dominant actor training techniques endorsed by professional theatres and the television and film industries in the United States.  Our organic approach to stage combat is fully centered in the dramatic text and the individual character work of the actor and includes the adoption of all individual physical strengths and weaknesses.

Contact Us today to arrange a consultation concerning your next project.

 

Weapon Rentals

The American Studio provides rentals of high-quality, durable stage weapons for theatre, television and film productions.  Our weapons are custom made to withstand the rigors of stage combat and hand-crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum and have been utilized in such feature films as Mel Gibson's "Hamlet." These weapons are historically designed reproductions of actual period weapons and are considered the “new” standard of the industry due to their lighter weight, sound-quality (“ringing”), aesthetic beauty, historical accuracy and ease of use and maintenance (these weapons do not rust).  For availability and pricing, please Contact Us.

We currently offer the following weapons:

Rapiers (Swept & Cup Hilts), Quarterstaffs, Knives, Main Gauche, Longsword (aka Broadsword), Hand-and-a-Half Longsword (aka Bastardsword), Shields, Polearms, Axes, Maces and Leather Goods (Sword Belts, Frogs and Baldrics)

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