Acting With Passion

Acting With Passion

niki-book

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.

Why I teach the Meisner Technique

Why I teach the Meisner Technique

Why do I do it??

This one is EASY.

After training and working as a professional actor and circus/dance/physical theatre teacher for the past 15 years, when I discovered Meisner technique, I was filled with a sense of relief, excitement and joy that I had not had about my craft for SO many years.

Through Scott Williams’ gentle, supportive, positive guidance and detailed, simple approach, The Impulse Company training fundamentally changed me as an actor and as a person.

I no longer had the pressure to decide the best, most inventive and creative way to play something, dredge up emotions from deepest darkest somewhere and concentrate on being ‘good’.  I was freed up to FEEL without needing to think about or ‘find’ it, to become aware of my impulses, feel the feelings and immediately connect with other actors.

Being trained to live truthfully, moment to moment in a state of aliveness – how could this NOT affect me as a human as well as an actor?

I was so excited and passionate about the technique – about the freedom and truth it gave to me as an actor that I wanted to learn how to share it with you.

I dream about working with actors who want to grow, deepen their experience of what they thought was possible and become the best actors and humans they can.

Before training with Scott, I gained my cert dip in Personal Performance Development coaching from The Coaching Academy (The UK’s largest, most respected life coaching training Academy)  I’ve always been geared towards enabling others to reach their potential, and I’m on this discovery too.  After training with Scott on the 1 year program in London in 2011, I continued to train for 2 more years, then Scott mentored me to teach his approach to Meisner technique.

I am SO excited to be able to start sharing this with you, it is a ride you will never forget.

Meisner Classes in Melbourne

Meisner Classes in Melbourne

So, I’ve made the big move back to Melbourne! I’m so excited to be here, and have started my Meisner teaching (having been mentored by the wonderful Scott Williams at The Impulse Company in London)  We have expanded our border territory.  You can find out more about my classes and Impulse Company Australia over on the facebook page.

Twitter 4 Performers

Twitter 4 Performers

Ok, so anyone who knows me knows I love twitter… and social media in general… and I love helping other actors and creatives get their messages out and strengthen their own voice.  I am very excited to say that I have been working with the awesome Keith Keller, Global Social Media Coach and Twitter Expert, on our Twitter 4 Performers audio product!!  We are now live and available straight to your inbox!! So click on over to see what it’s all about.  I’d love to know what you think –  or if you have any twitter related questions – tweet me, using the hashtag #twitter4performers.

By Invitation Only [Foreign Affairs]  4th Anniversary

By Invitation Only [Foreign Affairs] 4th Anniversary

I’m starting rehearsals this week for a very special one off Anniversary celebration with [Foreign Affairs] ‘By Invitation Only’ – to celebrate 4 years of Pop-Up Theatre from the wonderful team!   Ssssh – it’s a party!  For one night only, this unique theatrical event will allow you to experience a range of dramatic pieces from around the globe, shuffling the theatrical tracks, from one moment to the next.  You can find out more here.

Waiting on Shakespeare Vox Pop!

I wanted to share the vox pop from our last [Foreign Affairs] Production, “Waiting on Shakespeare” – enjoy :)  More exciting news is coming soon, stay tuned! xx

Waiting On Shakespeare

Waiting On Shakespeare

I’m currently in rehearsals for “Waiting on Shakespeare” – the next instalment from [Foreign Affairs].  We open on the 10th of December – nearly there!!

Our director, Claudio Hochman has been in the room with us via skype (as he is based in Portugal!!) and our cast of 8 has 7 different nationalities!

Certainly keeping the [Foreign Affairs] ethos alive!!

I’m loving the challenge of Shakespeare and the fun of working with such vibrant, joyous actors.  We have launched our first kickstarter campaign, which you can check out here– please share it, tweet, post it, or donate – every bit helps!

If you’re in London, I hope you can make it to the show!