The Empowered Actor Weekend Workshop Intensive Syllabus
Stephen Salamunovich CSA | Instructor
All enrolled students are encouraged to come into the class with some idea of an area of personal focus on which they want to advance. Each student’s work is tailored as much as possible to that area within the context of the class curriculum. This class requires a high degree of student involvement and support of your fellow students toward creating a safe environment for experimentation and risk. The higher the involvement, the higher the degree of growth and fun in the class!
DAY 1: FRIDAY EVENING 7:00-9:30
- Introductions and lecture with Q & A. Focus of this section is on individual goals,
- Presentation of specific tools for handling nervousness, lack of focus, and audition problems in general. Students are encouraged to take notes as tools and material covered will be used in actual reads
DAY 2: SATURDAY 9:30-5:30
- Debrief of previous day’s presented material.
- Presentation of “Stream of Consciousness” techniques with individual script assignments to be performed
- Individual student script performances using presented techniques with fine tuning and group feedback
- Lunch (Lunch is TBD by committee decision)
- Monologues continue
- Wrap up Q & A
DAY 3: SUNDAY 9:30-5:30
Students will bring monologues of around 1 minute in length that must NOT be prepared or that you have seen another actor perform! This is not an opportunity to showcase for your fellow students, but an exercise in the exploration of possible psychologies from which to develop characters within the context of the monologue. Once a monologue is “rehearsed”, the flexibility to change character is diminished, which defeats the purpose of the exercise. Your criterion for selecting a monologue should be that you find the initial premise of the monologue interesting and wish to explore the character. However, that exploration should take place withing the class context for maximum benefit. You can find dramatic monologues at the library or online.
1. Debrief on previous day’s readings.
2. Beginning of monologue readings
3. LUNCH TBD
4. Monologues continue
5. Final Thoughts, Q&A’s and Goodbyes
Generally, students above the age of puberty are encouraged to take the class. The process of teaching acting
requires self-consciousness and children get a preciously, small portion of their lives to be able to enjoy that
freedom which usually ends at puberty. However, each situation is taken on a case-by-case basis. If you feel your child could benefit from the class, contact me and we can discuss his or her individual situation.