Analysing ‘Angels in America’
Every term, the Intermedia and Beginners classes at the Actors Door Studio undertake in depth study of a scene, usually from a play.
Students workshop the scene using the Meisner Technique. Over 3 weeks, they perfect their performance, learning key performance and character acting skills.
This term, the Intermediate class looked at a pivotal scene from Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America'.
Teacher Fay Beck talking all things ‘story’
Here, studio director and teacher, Fay Beck, discusses story structure with the students of the Intermediate class.
Having an understanding of story structure helps actors 'structure' their performance.
Reading and discussing the scene
In the first stage of analysis, the group reads the scene together.
The group discusses the major themes of the play as a whole and looks closely at the scene's function in the play.
With the teacher's guidance, the group then decides how to 'direct' the scene.
Character is story and story is character
The key to performance is character; and the key to character is story.
Fay Beck stressing the importance of making the right character choices to best serve the story.
Far from being dry…
...scene analysis classes at the Actors Door Studio are dynamic and interesting.
And like in all our classes, no matter how serious or tough, we never forget to have fun.
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