Monday Night Acting Lab | Community, Work, and Hope during Social Distancing | (Virtual)

As we all know, with Covid-19 ruling over our given circumstances, it is not possible for us to carry The Monday Night Acting Lab forward in person.  Because of this, I have scheduled ZOOM Sessions for The Monday Night (Virtual) Acting Lab, as we watch how events surrounding health concerns unfold.  

First say to yourself what you would be, then do what you have to do.

{Epictetus}

Purpose:

Until it is safe to gather and work in person again, this is partly about maintaining community and connection as well as we are able, but also about doing what we can to remain productive and inspired during this time of pausing and uncertainty. 

More than being a ‘class’ where the learning objectives are decided for you, The Monday Night Acting Lab is about training. The Lab is an environment in which to practice and improve at work actors do. You decide your own learning objectives. This is an opportunity for scene study, audition preparation, a forum in which to discuss acting-oriented questions, a place to be challenged by cold reading drills, open scenes or impro exercises, and a community in which to prepare and present monologues for coaching from me, and feedback from the group.

Increasingly, auditions are being carried out online. I have also observed numerous theatre companies programming performance projects via remote/streaming media. Use this resource to stay sharp. Participate to play, give and receive support, and grow.  

Process:

1.  On occasion I will assign material to participants if I sense that to do so can offer a worthwhile growth opportunity.  However, participants are encouraged to choose their own material and conduct their research and preparation in between Lab sessions. 

2. At the start of each session, I will check to see who has questions, or work ready to present for feedback that evening.  After the first night of the Lab cycle, participants may need to be put into a performance schedule to keep our productivity moving forward and balance people’s access to performing time in each session.
  
3.  In each session, to keep the dialogue and exchange of ideas moving productively forward, I will facilitate a specific challenge or exercise. This may mean pop-up cold reading challenges, open scenes or monologues, or impro exercises. I also assign light reading for discussion and group digestion.  (I provide copies of that material.  You will NOT have to acquire it yourself.)  New participants are encouraged to keep (and submit) weekly journal pages. I am interested in what you learn through your engagement in The Lab and how you’re learning it, weekly journals help me track that.

Schedule:

Mondays 7:30 – 9:30P. The next cycle of sessions is:

November 9, 16, 23, 30 and December 7.  Book here.

If you are looking for something, don’t go sit on the seashore and expect it to come and find you.  You must search, search, search with all the stubbornness in you!

{Stanislavski}

How to participate in The Monday Night (Virtual) Acting Lab:

It is very important to me that The Monday Night (Virtual) Acting Lab be highly accessible; I am offering this online forum for $50 (that’s figured on just $10/Monday).  If you would like to participate, please register here.  If you have questions, please reach out via Email

Stay happy and healthy.  And please do not forget, if you want someone to talk with during these strange and challenging times, you can absolutely feel free to reach out to me.

Peace to you goodly people.  You, and your heads, and your hearts.
-J.P.