Susan Batson -Manhattan, New York
Sanford Meisner - Manhattan, New
Bill Hickey - HB Studios - Manhattan,
Member, The Actors Studio -NYC
My NYC acting workshop was created by what I
witnessed over and over when viewing other actors...too often I
watched actors working from the "neck up." They were on top of their
work, not bottomed-in. Their acting was based on "tricks", on
personality, or a need to express their own deep feelings, rather
than what was needed for the role. The thinking being , "If I expose
how deeply I feel, then I will be thought of as a "good actor."
Nothing is further from the truth.
How do I know? Because it happened to me. For many years I was a
working actor...booking work in film, television, and commercials. I
had studied with some of the most respected acting teachers in the
country. I learned a great deal about myself and my work but I was
still not satisfied. I felt my work was too random. Occasionally I
would be able to "drop-in" to a truthful place but it was more about
fear than knowledge. I wanted something more; I wanted to know how
to approach my work in a way that enabled me to be consistent. Not
to be perfect. I just wanted to know how to approach my character
from a place of truth rather than playing a concept. I no longer
wanted to play for a result. In my search, I found Susan Batson, and
with her, I learned the "the work". Susan helped me to see how I was
"faking it" and didn't know it. It was a painful but necessary
process to see how I had managed to fool myself into thinking how
good I was. I learned to no longer settle for acting without being
truthful in the moment.
This search for truthful behavior, based on the need of the
character, under the given circumstances in the story, written by
the author, led me to want to share this process with those
struggling to be working actors. Because the bottom line is, no one
can do this alone.
Along the way, I have indeed helped my acting students become paid
working actors, which you can read about in the testimonials, but
deep down, the reason I continue the unending search for truth in
acting, is because I have to. I do this work because I love that
moment when all the time, money, and hard work pay off. There is for
me, no greater high than when you experience the realization of a
new awareness in yourself and in your work.
I look forward to the day when our artistic paths may cross.
~ Stuart Burney
Acting Teacher / Acting Coach
For appointments or more information about Stuart
Burney's acting workshop,
classes, and / or
private coaching contact the acting teacher / acting coach
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