Train To Be A
Miriam Laurence Studio: Integrated Acting System
Modernised Method Acting Integration
Train your body, voice, imagination and mind for truthful & natural acting in theatre and film.
FALL 2021 SESSIONS
As of September, the Fall 12-Week Sessions will be online.
If the Covid-19 restrictions for in-door masking are lifted, we might go to a mixture of in-person and online
what happens in Miriam Laurence’s IAS online sessions?
Since COVID-19, Miriam has switched to online classes. Through the past year, the actors who have taken the class have grown both in their craft and in their ability to use their lighting, backgrounds, cameras and computers for the work we do – setting up compelling shots and action to tell the story effectively for auditions, long-term scenes or monologues.
Sunday or Monday
September 12 – December 12
September 13 – December 13
No class September 26 or 27 or October 10 or 11
1PM – 5/5:30PM Eastern Standard Time – length depends on class size
6 – 8 actors per class
Covid-Reduced online fees
Returning Actors or ACTRA Members $680 CAD + HST ($88.50) = $768.40
Actors new to class $740 CAD + HST ($96.20) = $836.20
Email email@example.com for more information.
More about Miriam Laurence’s Integrated Acting System Sessions
Actors new to class work on a monologue and then reading and audition and scene-study skills. Returning actors choose to work on short prepared scenes, monologues, long-term scene study, cold reads and ‘off-book’ audition techniques.
+ Linklater vocal warm-ups, Alexander body alignment
+ Strasberg Relaxation, Sense Memory, Song & Dance, Private Moment
+ Meisner for listening; Method improvisational techniques for character
+ practical and organic on-camera skills
+ short prepared scenes, monologues, and long-term Scene Study
+ cold reads and “off-book” audition techniques
*All work is filmed on personal SD cards or recorded on Zoom and then sent individually to each actor who desires it.
Actors have found that studying with Miriam over a year or two builds their technique and forces them to take risks more effectively than going from teacher to teacher. Because of the depth of training offered, working with Miriam leads towards a highly skilled and intuitive acting style in theatre, television, and film. Actors need to gain the freedom, the information, and the knowledge to explore the many choices available to them in order to become better actors as a result. In usual times Miriam’s classes are held in her downtown studio in Toronto.
As is the policy in many studios there are no auditors except for those who have previously trained with Miriam and understand the work. Miriam personally meets all prospective actors and together they decide if this work is right for them.
If you are interested in studying with Miriam, watch the class video (about the studio and online process) and then email her (see below ‘to connect’ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the email tell her a bit about previous training in acting or related areas, life experience, and why you want to train with her. She will get back to you by email and arrange a time to meet with you online for 20 minutes max to establish an individual connection.
This helps her tailor an individual program of study for each actor. This procedure preserves the integrity of the class and ensures a safe space to explore the craft. As the class size is limited, it offers a high value to those who are committed.
After admittance, payment will be made via PayPal for international students and online banking for Canadians.
More about session structure
Exercises, Auditions, Monologues & Scene Study
Each class begins with an instrument warm up
partner work: moment-to-moment listening
for audition readings – letting the script live in your hands
long-term scene study
Moments from two scenes from David Rabe’s ‘In the Boom Boom Room’.
This disturbing play about misogyny, racism, childhood trauma and abuse was way ahead of its time.
The actors work on an activity, relationship, and connection. And even though it’s done through an online medium, so much is explored and learned!
‘the talk’ – in-depth feedback
ABOUT IN-STUDIO CLASSES
In all of Miriam’s classes, special attention is paid to techniques for on-camera acting. When we are in the studio, auditions, monologues and scenes are filmed on HD video cameras. Students must supply their own disks and take it home at the end of the session.
Actors who have studied with Miriam are welcome to come back to audit free of charge when they are not in a session. Actors new to Miriam should arrange to meet her in person and watch the videos on this website as a virtual ‘audit.’