ABOUT THE TRAINING:
THE SCENE WORK fuels a rigorous training based on New York City’s Actors Studio Methods, influenced by Constantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, and Stella Adler, who all work on the principle that “acting is behaving believably in pretend circumstances.
Whether you are just starting out or want to improve your acting skills, you learn techniques that will serve you well regardless of how you carve your acting or other professional career.
The Actors Workshop provides a safe atmosphere in which you can stretch your acting muscles and receive professional feedback.
THEATER ACTING VS. FILM ACTING
No matter what the medium, acting principles are the same. Though there are technical differences between stage and film, there really is not such a thing as “film acting”, regardless of advertisements you may have seen to the contrary. Acting is acting. There are differences in technique but not in the fundamentals. It is no mystery why great movie actors come from a stage background.
THE POINT OF ACTING CLASSES
Do you really need acting classes? Chances are, you do. Most of us tend to gravitate toward things that are comfortable, but you should not short change yourself as an artist! You should be seeking acting training that will help you to develop your strengths and assuage your weaknesses. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Take every opportunity you can to add new and different skills and training to your repertoire. It’s certain you’ll discover new strengths that you never knew you had.
As much as you may hate the idea, do take classes that offer exercises that scare you or put you off (like monologue work, audition technique, or scene study). These are often the best indicators of where you need to improve, so diving into these areas of weakness can only make your skills stronger.
NETWORKING THROUGH ACTING CLASSES
Acting classes are not only a great way to hone your craft in between jobs, but they are a great way to meet other actors and network with industry professionals. Besides the obvious benefits of learning techniques to improve your acting skills, attending regular classes can be a lot like attending a support group!
By interacting with others in your field, you can share experiences (both good and bad), exchange contacts, share creative ideas and delve deeper into the ins and outs of a career in acting. Life-long friendships and even business relationships have developed from acting classes. Sometimes the phrase “it’s who you know” actually refers to the kind of networking you’ve done over the years in classes or workshops. Build your contacts now and you’ll see how they pay off in time!
Jacques Maroun’s hope in creating The Actors Workshop – Beirut is to raise awareness in the importance of training and networking within the walls of the workshop and outside of it, and fuel the Lebanese industry with the talent required to produce the next generations of Films, TV Show, and Plays.