Sedona News – A two-month acting course is offered by Sedonya Conscious Living Center at www.sedonya.org and acting coach Kathleen Francis from Thursday, August 18 through October 13, when the students will put on a final performance. Francis trains students in both improvisation and the Meisner technique and is armed with a very impressive resume. Some highlights have been vice president of Hemdale Pictures (Terminator, Platoon, Last Emperor, etc.), producer and host of his own talk show in Los Angeles, instructor at the All-Talk Voice Over Academy and current host of Wise Women, a podcast on PRN.live with millions of listeners worldwide. She has her own production company and is currently part of a feature film that plans to shoot in Sedona later this year.
Having coached actors for 30 years, Francis was trained directly by one of the world’s most respected acting coaches, Sanford Meisner, who is considered one of America’s most influential acting coaches with what is called THE METHOD in today’s theatrical world. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of acting and corporate business. These exercises, applied to the student’s life, are equally inspiring and useful.
Rooted in the foundations of The Meisner technique, the focus is on strengthening the actor’s imagination, expanding their emotional range, and discovering what makes them unique. It is this uniqueness that is an actor’s most valuable asset. Students will learn to be fearless, to make mistakes, to take risks, to develop a reliable process, to respect the craft, and to feel supported along the way.
Teaching opportunities include:
- Act for Beginners – Focuses on students who are just beginning their performance journey. During the course, students will break down a script, access creative imagination, create a truthful character, and develop their body and voice.
- Meisner training – Four main units which are 1) The Foundation, 2) The Emotional Life, 3) Creating the Circumstances and 4) Harnessing the Technique. This class uses the step-by-step technique to develop a truthful acting instrument that is fully emotionally available and a process that is reliable and consistent.
The eight-week course begins Thursday, August 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. at the Sedonya Conscious Living Center and ends October 13. The cost is $383 at the door ($333 early bird rate before August 17).
The weekend workshop will take place Friday, September 9 from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Sedonya Conscious Living Center. The cost is $444.