Anxiety and your acting. Fight or flight and the amygdala.

Anxiety and your acting. Fight or flight and the amygdala.

We all know that feeling – frozen in a moment, unable to move – muscles go tight and eyes wide. It can feel like everything freezes – or you suddenly get the impulse of a ninja cat and hotfoot it out of there or alternatively, you think and act quickly to catch that falling object. Your anxiety and your acting can be impacted in many ways, from fear, to stage fright to panic attacks and social anxiety.

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The Unlit with KW Films.

The Unlit with KW Films.

2 feature films in one year – feeling pretty lucky!  Thrilled to join director Kate Whitbread for the upcoming independent feature film, The Unlit, starring Cassandra Magrath. A cast comprised almost all of women, with many women behind and in front of the camera. I can’t wait to see how this film is going to look – it’s so creepy! You can follow and support the film HERE.

La Mama 50th Anniversary Mini-Fest

La Mama 50th Anniversary Mini-Fest

What a lucky actor I am to be a part of the LaMama 50th Anniversary festival. Much like our stunning lead, Penny Larkins, as a young music theatre student I could only dream of being a part of the leading independent theatre scene in Melbourne. Whilst I’ve left my music theatre days mostly behind and lament the current state of so many actor training institutions and theatre companies in this country, I am proud and grateful for inclusion in a festival whose theatrical history and importance in the independent theatre scene is to be valued and recognised. Thank you Liz Jones for your love of our madness, Sofia Chapman for your exquisite mind and vision and my ladies – Penny Larkins, Madeline Hudson and Kate Hosking for being so bloody marvellous.

BLOC Music Theatre’s Wicked

BLOC Music Theatre’s Wicked

After 6 months of hard work with an incredible, talented and committed cast, BLOC’s Wicked is done and dusted.  I am so proud of this show and the hard work of everyone who brought our vision to life.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you to BLOC committee, the Creative Team, our incredible, talented cast and especially to David Hollywood, our director, whose vision for the show and ability to build a world so beautiful was inspirational to be a part of.

Here’s a few words from the Community…

“A well- rehearsed ensemble, who sang challenging music with accuracy, confidence and flair and who executed most creative choreography, really set the scene for the outstanding roles of the main characters. The age range on stage reflects the strength and commitment of this Company.” – Courier Review, Barb Dunlop

“The show appeals to people of all ages – with strong female leads, an engaging ensemble and choreography that is on-point.” – hello.ballarat.com, Della Vreeland

 

There are some stunning stills available to view online via The Courier website.

Acting With Passion

Acting With Passion

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In 2016, I was equal parts humbled and thrilled to be selected by Niki Flacks (US Actress and Teacher) to teach her incredible work.  I first came across her work in conjunction with my training in London with Scott Williams.

It was a true game changer in the way I accessed my ‘state of aliveness’ for stage and camera.

Acting With Passion “is based on the mind/body concept that our emotions are trapped in subtle muscular tensions that cause us to feel tight onstage. Instead of “being in the moment,” we find our heads taking over with nonstop critiques and we are consumed with effort to “make things happen” – Niki Flacks.

Many actors have described it as ‘magic’ — finally giving you access to ’emotions on cue,’ and I would certainly agree with them!

 

I’ll be teaching my first workshop in late January for The Impulse Company – all details available HERE.

Midsumma Festival 2016

Midsumma Festival 2016

Thrilled to be returning to the Melbourne theatre scene with Burning Deck Theatre Company for 2016’s Midsumma festival. “Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa” is playing at La Mama from 19-31st January.  From award winning writer Sofia Chapman’s Burning Deck Theatre Company, Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa looks at the behaviour and reactions of those who entertain and enable narcissists to indulge their passions and bigotries.  I’d love to see you there!

The Act of Storytelling

The Act of Storytelling

Super excited to be a part of The Act of Storytelling podcast team.  I’ll be blogging every month on a topic (first up is Inspiration, followed by Health of an Artist) and hopefully, assisting you to see your world a little differently and move further forward than you were yesterday.   Combining my experiences as an actress, Meisner, circus and physical teacher,  life coach and healer. Click here for the recent podcast or to read the blog.