Kim Tobin Acting Studio Houston, TX

Professional Training for the Serious Performer

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Classes are limited to ten students per class

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Acting Classes at Kim Tobin Acting Studio

SCRIPT ANALYSIS: Analyzing the Text to Act and Audition (Online class via ZOOM**NEW**
with Kim Tobin-Lehl

Five Mondays
July 27 - August 24, 2020
6:30 - 9:30 PM (CDT)
 
COST: $199
 
ABOUT THE SCRIPT ANALYSIS CLASS:
As an actor, your job is to take the playwright’s words and bring to life the most full and specific vision of their character that you can, based on the information you have from their text.  Breaking down and extracting the information that enables you to make choices and respond truthfully to the other characters in the story is a skill set that is based on being able to look at the text like a roadmap taking you from one place to another.  It is designed to help you create a clear and concise through-line or trajectory for your character that when you hone in on how your character behaves and what their point of view is about the given circumstances the analytical understanding of how, why, and what you do to achieve any goal starts to become instinctual and specific.  This class looks at what a character does, how they do it, and why.  It helps the actor plot a course, sort out objectives and tactics and have the clear understanding of how a character behaves and views the world – based on the information supplied in the text – giving the actor flexibility and agility so that they can adjust to the direction and work within the context of what is true to the character.  Everything you need to know to play any role is in the text.  
 
ABOUT KIM TOBIN:
Kim's directing career spans more than 25 years.  She brings years of training by some of the greatest directing minds in the history of theatre.  Her first mentor was the late great Gene Frankel.  Kim was lucky enough to study with Mike Nichols and Stella Adler among others. She also spent years of training under the wonderful Seth Barrish at The Barrow Group.  She has directed more than 50 plays over the years in NYC, LA and Houston, in addition to her busy acting, teaching and producing career.  Kim is an actor's director, in that her approach to the work is based in a fundamental deep understanding of how story telling works, by focusing attention on relationships first and adhering to the playwrights intended story structure. This comes from 25 years of teaching acting and understanding how to work with actors from all kinds of different training backgrounds and focusing on creating a common language among them, all in order to create a unified ensemble. The goal of the class is to use Kim's work and experience as a road map to freeing and developing your own unique voice and gifts as directors. 

DIRECTING: How to Talk to Actors (Online class via ZOOM**NEW**
with Kim Tobin-Lehl

Five Tuesdays
July 28 - August 25, 2020
6:30 - 9:30 PM (CDT)
 
COST: $199
 
ABOUT THE DIRECTING CLASS:
The biggest complaint I get from actors about directors is: “they don’t know how to talk to actors.”  What does that mean?  Well, it means they don’t know how to give direction that an actor can actually do or deliver.  I had an actress say to me recently it is the scariest thing for her when a director does not have the vernacular to speak to her – it is like a language barrier and she is suddenly vulnerable for a whole other reason than the vulnerability she’s bringing to the work.  Being able to ask specifically for what you want in a clear and active language to the actors; something they can DO because what you ask are specific behaviors and/or tactics is a skill set that will set you apart.  It gets extremely better performance out of a less experienced, more amateur actor and sets free your stellar actor to give you something often magnificent.  Most importantly it creates trust.  The dynamics behind developing this approach to working with your artists is intricate and takes practice.  If you have not used this kind of vernacular with actors it will take work to switch your perspective to asking for what you think something should “look like” to asking for adjustments that affect what is actually happening in the scenes or story.  People often say if you hire the right cast you don’t have to do anything as a director… that is not true.  My experience is with great actors if you understand how to use an active vernacular you watch the work from the perspective of tactics and scene structure so you immediately see where changes will clarify and heighten any scene because your actors work truthfully from the beginning and you don’t have to weed out “effort” and you have the specific language at your disposal to give them that behavioral change that will clarify specific changes.  In my experience people who say: “you don’t have to do anything with great actors” don’t have that vernacular or language skills to meet them at their expert level of work.   This class is aimed at helping you develop the actor/director communication relationship by being an ally to your artist as opposed to an obstacle because you do not speak their language. 
  
ABOUT KIM TOBIN:
Kim's directing career spans more than 25 years.  She brings years of training by some of the greatest directing minds in the history of theatre.  Her first mentor was the late great Gene Frankel.  Kim was lucky enough to study with Mike Nichols and Stella Adler among others. She also spent years of training under the wonderful Seth Barrish at The Barrow Group.  She has directed more than 50 plays over the years in NYC, LA and Houston, in addition to her busy acting, teaching and producing career.  Kim is an actor's director, in that her approach to the work is based in a fundamental deep understanding of how story telling works, by focusing attention on relationships first and adhering to the playwrights intended story structure. This comes from 25 years of teaching acting and understanding how to work with actors from all kinds of different training backgrounds and focusing on creating a common language among them, all in order to create a unified ensemble. The goal of the class is to use Kim's work and experience as a road map to freeing and developing your own unique voice and gifts as directors. 


VOICE AND TEXT WORKSHOP
with John Feltch

TBA

ABOUT THE VOICE AND TEXT WORKSHOP:
This Voice and Text Workshop will involve equal parts of 1) highly physical work to help us discover the full possibilities of our unique voices and 2) the examination of a series of quality texts to help us make more informed acting choices. We will begin by using Shakespeare sonnets in the first session. I ask that each student choose one in advance and be familiar with it. I also ask that each student wear athletic or loose fitting clothing as we will be very active for part of each session. We will move on to classical and contemporary monologues in session two. These can be either material that the student already uses for auditions or new pieces that we can choose together. We will continue to give each student equal time to expand his/her voice through physical/obstacle exercises and solidify a method of activating any text the actor might encounter in scene work in the third session. In sessions four we will also use other plays/ screenplays of wildly varied material that I will present for a "cold read" to further enhance our new methods. The overarching goal of this course is to free the voice from habitual constraints and self-consciousness and to approach any dramatic text with a new skill set and greater confidence.
 
John Feltch was a company member at the Alley Theatre of Houston for twelve years. He has acted for many of the nation's leading regional theaters, among them the American Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, La Jolla Playhouse, and Pittsburgh Public Theatre, as well as on Broadway and Off. He has an extensive television and film resume as well. John has directed for many theaters as well, among them the Alley Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, and Triad Stage in North Carolina. He has served on the faculties of UNC Chapel Hill, University of Houston, and Rice University's Shepherd of Music. In addition, he has conducted numerous Voice and Text workshops (inspired and endorsed by Cicely Berry of the RSC) at many private schools and colleges around the country and has taught many private students over the past 30 years. He received his BA in Theatre from Williams College and his MFA in Dramatic Art from UNC Chapel Hill.


MEISNER/ADLER TECHNIQUE CLASS
with Kim Tobin

TBA

ABOUT THE MEISNER/ADLER TECHNIQUE CLASS:
This class will be open to all levels, although priority will be given to returning students.  This class will focus on Meisner's repetition and Stella Adler's script analysis for monologue and scene study.  We will begin every class with Meisner repetition technique.  Then we will continue with independent activity exercises, personalization and emotional preparation work, monologue, and scene work.  This class works much the same way the advanced class works except that we spend more time talking about what Meisner's approach is and how to work the repetition exercise.  We then move to practicing what Meisner's approach to listening and responding means in scene work.  We also talk a lot about Stella Adler and her attention to how the actor makes choices in their work, "your choice is your talent".

ACTING SHAKESPEARE
with John Feltch

TBA
 
ABOUT ACTING SHAKESPEARE:
In Acting Shakespeare we will begin by working with sonnets and soliloquies and move on to scene work. This class is based on my own extensive experience with acting in Shakespeare’s plays (over 20) and my work over the course of 5 years with Cicely Berry, longtime Voice Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company. It’s been my experience in over 30 years of teaching that however intimidated the actor may be by approaching Shakespeare, this apprehension falls away and one’s relationship to his writing and confidence interpreting him becomes a lifelong passion. Join me and see!
 
ABOUT JOHN FELTCH:
John Feltch was a company member at the Alley Theatre of Houston for twelve years. He has acted for many of the nation's leading regional theaters, among them the American Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, La Jolla Playhouse, and Pittsburgh Public Theatre, as well as on Broadway and Off. He has an extensive television and film resume as well. John has directed for many theaters as well, among them the Alley Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, and Triad Stage in North Carolina. He has served on the faculties of UNC Chapel Hill, University of Houston, and Rice University's Shepherd of Music. In addition, he has conducted numerous Voice and Text workshops (inspired and endorsed by Cicely Berry of the RSC) at many private schools and colleges around the country and has taught many private students over the past 30 years. He received his BA in Theatre from Williams College and his MFA in Dramatic Art from UNC Chapel Hill.

MEISNER/COLD READING CLASS
with Kim Tobin

TBA

ABOUT THE MEISNER/COLD READING CLASS:

This is a 5-week class that is focused on Meisner repetition for listening and understanding personalization and how to create need (stakes) in the relationship with the other character in the scene.

We will work on understanding given circumstances and how they influence your ability to strengthen relationships and where to place your attention on what you are doing and trying to achieve in any scene.

Week 2 & 3 will be a short scene meant to be worked with changes thrown in to force adjustments to help strengthen the understanding of what truth is as opposed to what ends up looking like what we think is "being  natural" but is in truth just being "casual."

Then we will focus on Cold Reading skills and making strong choices on cold copy scripts and working off unknown partners or readers for weeks 4 and 5.  

ACTING ON CAMERA TECHNIQUE CLASS
with Courtney Lomelo

TBA

ABOUT THE ACTING ON CAMERA TECHNIQUE CLASS:
This class is a 4-week on-camera class that will explore cold readings, auditions, and scene study, in addition to basic film techniques such as hitting your mark, close-ups, tracking and knowing your frame.  We will pay special attention to acting technique, character development, point of view and what it means to cross between mediums of stage, film, and television.  

It is my goal to impart that there is no difference in character work and script analysis for film/TV/stage.  Acting is in fact ACTING.  It is feeling real emotion and having real relationships under imaginary circumstances and we will maintain Sanford Meisner's emphasis on the "reality of doing."  Though the medium be different, there is only a small difference in the technical aspect of presentation and environment including where to place your focus and vocal projection, however, in all mediums the approach to the material is what has to be emphasized and concentrated on when understanding where to put your attention and how to focus your acting skills and abilities.

With this incredible knowledge you will be able to approach any medium with the confidence and professionalism required to book the role.


ADVANCED MEISNER CLASS
with Kim Tobin

TBA

ABOUT THE ADVANCED MEISNER CLASS:
This class will be a Advanced Meisner Class with Meisner focus Scene Study class.  This class is for intermediate and advanced students who have studied with Kim before and approved for admission.  There will not be monologue work in this class; we focus on Meisner warm-ups and independent activity improvs the first two weeks.  The last two weeks we do scene work our focus being on applying the skills we worked on the first two weeks to the work.  We also address some of Stella Adler's principles in the scene work.


SHAKESPEAREAN MONOLOGUE CLASS
with Philip Lehl

TBA

ABOUT THE SHAKESPEAREAN MONOLOGUE/SCENE STUDY CLASS:
This class will be open to ALL LEVELS of students.  This class is a great introduction to acting Shakespeare for beginners and further study for more experienced actors.  We will focus on learning the clues that Shakespeare gives in his verse, and how to honor them and use them in speaking verse.  The first class will consist of an introduction to Shakespearean verse, and the assigning of a monologue, which we will work on for the remaining three sessions.


COLD READING CLASS
with Kim Tobin

TBA

ABOUT THE COLD READING CLASS:
This class will be open to ALL LEVELS of students.  Students will learn a series of technical steps that will make them comfortable working with script-in-hand, and free them from being trapped in the script, thus helping them be ready for any problem that can come up, or trip them up in the audition environment.

This class focuses on applying good acting technique and choices in the compressed time frame and artificial environment that typically constitutes an audition.


AUDITION PREPARATION CLASSES FOR THE HOUSTON THEATRE ALLIANCE AUDITIONS
with Kim Tobin

Classes will resume in Summer 2020

ABOUT THE AUDITION PREPARATION CLASS:

This class will be focused on working on material intended for use in the Alliance Auditions, which allow participants 2 minutes of total time.  Students should come to the first class with AT LEAST three possible monologues, two of which should be comedic, if possible.  The first class will be dedicated to picking appropriate material.  The remaining classes will focus on making your two minute audition as strong and as memorable as possible.

Students are responsible for securing their own audition appointments - enrollment in this class DOES NOT guarantee an audition appointment!

For information on the Alliance Auditions, please visit:
www.HoustonTheatreScene.com or The Alliance Auditions Facebook Page

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