When a director asks for a specific result, how do you translate that direction
into immediate action while relaxing and following your intuition?

Acting teachers Stanislavski, Adler, Strasberg, Meisner, and Hagen

Acting teachers Stanislavski, Adler, Strasberg, Meisner, and Hagen.

All fine actors know that training involves a long process that leads to a personalized way of working derived from a variety of techniques. Good acting has always evolved from an understanding of the many aspects of the actor’s instrument.

Miriam Laurence Studio – Integrated Acting System (IAS) enables actors to discover an individualized technique. Classes are supportive and ongoing, with special attention paid to the process of constructive feedback. Generally, actors have found that taking more than one studio session adds to their process. It builds their technique and forces them to take risks more effectively than does going from teacher to teacher. Using the theory that no single approach works for all actors, IAS draws from the training techniques and philosophies of the interpreters of Stanislavsky (Boleslavsky, Adler, Strasberg, Meisner, Clurman, Hagen and Shurtleff).

The actor’s instrument is tuned by challenging and stretching all of its contributing components: vocal, physical, sensorial, intellectual and emotional.

Linklater voice techniques, body alignment and physical releasing are part of this process. The more analytical aspects of the craft are also covered. This process gradually leads to an actor’s continuous advancement in scene study.

Special attention is paid to the technique of acting with the camera. Cold reads, monologues and scenes are filmed on hd video cameras. Students supply their own disk and take it home for private viewing at the end of the session.

According to the needs of the individual actor, Miriam’s approach integrates:

  • Audition Skills: monologues for theatre, cold reading and improvisation
  • Warm up techniques
  • Strasberg relaxation (chair work), sense memory and Song & Dance
  • Adler, Hagen & Meisner method approaches
  • Short prepared scenes
  • Long-term scene study with partner(s)
  • Practical on-camera skills
  • Work on scripts from plays, television and film

IAS helps actors of all levels to integrate these components into an intuitive, decisive, personal technique while developing their own individual acting style.