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Practical Aesthetics Workshop


  • Hope Studios 52 Newton Street Manchester, England, M1 1ED United Kingdom (map)

Practical Aesthetics is a practical approach to acting, developed by the director and playwright David Mamet and actor William H Macy. It was developed as an antidote to the confusing, inaccessible and shame-inducing acting approaches, often promoted in mainstream actor training.  It draws from the later writings of Stanislavsky, the works of Sanford Meisner, Joseph Campbell, Aristotle, Carl Jung and philosophy of stoicism.

Its ethos is simple and effective and is an essential tool for anyone who feels they have never had a truly reliable and systematic technique from which to approach any and every script.  Too many systems and teachers ask you to ‘have a technique’ without ever giving you a basic scaffolding on which to develop your own personal approach, or alternatively demand you only adopt and memorise their specific ‘all-encompassing’ textbook.  This is not another 12-20 step system that tends to confuse you further.  This is a simple 4 step technique that will do the only thing an acting technique should do, set you free.

Later Event: October 4
Scene Study (October)