Spend two days with Australian-based, Melissa Bruder, founder of Practical Aesthetics Australia, the official Sydney annex of the Atlantic Acting School in New York. This an opportunity for experienced actors to be introduced to Practical Aesethics. Melissa will work with actors on demystifying the process of acting, giving each actor an empowering set of analytical and physical tools. Participants will be required to memorise a short scene, which will then be used in class to learn the 4-step PA Script Analysis technique. We will also look at the Repetition Exercise (PA-style) as a way of staying spontaneous in the scene, and working off the other actor/actors. Together, these elements combine to allow the actor to bring the most relevant truth of him/herself, and to tell the story in the most free and compelling way possible. Successful applicants are advised to read A Practical Handbook for the Actor.
*Please note that this masterclass will be pitched to experienced actors who have completed a three year acting degree or who have worked professionally as an actor for over three years.
Bio of host:
Melissa Bruder studied acting with David Mamet and William H. Macy and went on to become a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, alongside distinguished ensemble members including Felicity Huffman and Clark Gregg. She is co-author of A Practical Handbook for the Actor. She featured in numerous Atlantic Theater Company Mainstage productions, including David Mamet's adaptation of The Three Sisters and Howard Korder's Boys' Life at Lincoln Center Theater. She holds a BFA in Theater from New York University and is a graduate of the Stella Adler Conservatory. Melissa has lived in Sydney since 1998, when she founded Practical Aesthetics Australia, the official Sydney annex of the Atlantic Acting School in New York. She runs regular workshops in the technique through PAA and works as a performance and dialect coach, both privately and on various film & tv projects, including: The Water Diviner (Feature), The Peter Allen Story/Not the Boy Next Door (Ch.7), Secrets and Lies (US Version), The Code (ABC), Killer Elite (Feature), The Devil's Playground, CAMP! (NBC/Matchbox), The Straits (ABC/Matchbox), My Place (Series 1 & 2, ABC/Matchbox). Melissa has also taught at AFTRS (Graduate Directing Program) and NIDA (2nd and 3rd Year) leading workshops in Practical Aesthetics.