The Fundamentals of an HB technique: Here, you develop the ability to respond truthfully, dynamically, and vividly with fellow actors and the ability to access sensory elements. You tap into the power of imagination and the reservoir of memory. You gain a working understanding of the terms: previous circumstances, destination, inner and outer objects, intentions, obstacles, and conflicts. You develop an awareness of the power, function, and dynamics of “place”, and learn to be in a state of discovery, which leads to actions. You develop tools of research and observation and you get comfortable improvising. You begin to measure yourself against professional standards and develop habits of discipline and a strong work ethic. Do understand that these practices take time to master. It takes about a year (20-30 weeks) at this level to really own the skills addressed. Further scene study or performance work will then take root in this fertile ground.
When choosing an Acting 1 class, please refer to instructors’ teaching statements, found on their faculty bio pages, for greater detail about each one’s approach to meeting the course goals. Every instructor brings their own methods and experience and teaching styles vary. You are encouraged to read about, and audit the classes of, each instructor to find the right fit for you:
Required reading*: A CHALLENGE FOR THE ACTOR by Uta Hagen.
Recommended viewing: UTA HAGEN’S ACTING CLASS documentary.
Available for purchase online via our registration system or in-person at the registration office.
*Required for classes with Jim Boerlin, Trudy Steibl and Pablo Andrade only. Recommended for classes with Paul Pryce. None for classes with Michael Beckett and David Deblinger.