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Lee Strasberg Improvisation Workshop

  • About this Workshop

    Lee Strasberg considered improvisation ​to be​ of ​immeasurable importance during the training work and even more so during the process of production.​ He believed that improvising behaviour in an imaginary scene without knowing the end results ​would ​​​​​expand the actor’s thinking, help to break habitual verbal patterns and avoid the cliché or the obvious reading of lines in the actual scene. In ​the workshops at HCAC​, we use Strasberg’s method of improvisation to encourage the actors to think and speak truthfully; advocate for characters and intentions beyond their own lives and examine what it means to build a strong inner life for a character.

    Participants will work in pairs to create 30min long form improvised scenes revolving around a specific theme or topic based on Lee Strasberg’s 5 Scenic Elements.

  • Who is the workshop for?

    If you have you questioned your ability to play to a specific character type? Do you find it hard to connect to the characters you are playing? Strasberg’s Improvisation enables you to advocate for any character or story. You’ll learn that the key to great character work is preparation. An effective preparation allows you to embrace anything – and any role – that comes your way.

    Pre-requisite: Participants must have completed at least Method Acting 102 workshop, Scene Study, or Comedic Improv (Intermediate) workshop at HCAC or had extensive prior acting training elsewhere e.g. diploma/degree. Minimum age for entry is 18 years. Exceptions may be made on a case by case scenario

Workshop Fees:

$1,000.00

    • 4 in stock

      Pay in Full Pay in Installments.

      Date

Every Thursday,  7.30pm – 10.30pm for 10 sessions.

Dates:
September 30th
October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
November 4th, 18th, 25th
December 2nd, 9th

Public Showcase: To be advised.

Read our updated safety measures in the studio here: https://methodactingasia.com/updated-safety-measures/articles

SYLLABUS

  • Lee Strasberg’s 5 Scenic Elements
  • Building 30min long form improvised scenes with a specific focus on topic/theme
  • Emphasizing how to create an intensely truthful character in the imaginary circumstances

AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Lee Strasberg’s 5 Scenic Elements
  • Devising a 30min scene and character
  • Creating a common language of preparation with other actors

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • How to advocate for anyone or anything even if that character is well outside of your comfort zone
  • A fully realised 30min scene
  • Sustained concentration and an increased willingness to take risks
  • Perform and direct a scene simultaneously while on stage

20% for all workshops with HCAC Student Card (No Expiry) Apply here.


Payment Plans Available
We allow installments in 2 payments. The option to pay in installments will be available on the workshop page.
Installments are only available for 8-week workshops and short intensives.


“Out of Stock” means the workshop is full. Email us at hello@hcac.sg with your Name, Email & Contact Number to request to be on the waiting list.


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Why is it necessary to have completed the Method Acting 102, Scene Study or Comedic Improvisation (Intermediate) workshop before taking this class?

The workshop demands a lot out of the participant so having the rigour of higher level prior training will allow you to adjust better to what is expect in this workshop.


What can I expect?

In the words of the facilitator, Kamil Haque, “this is my favorite workshop to teach. It’s probably the hardest for people to adjust to but if they do the work, the results are very immediate within the semester. If they don’t do the work or prep, the workshop can be very challenging both for me and the participant. This is not a workshop that you can hide.”

You will have an in-depth examination of your PMSS preparation process. By creating your own characters from scratch, you gain a profound understanding of your most intimate desires, thoughts and feelings. You will break bad acting habits, surpass your comfort zone and develop the ability to act and direct all at the same time.


What is the difference between the Method Acting 101-104 and the Lee Strasberg’s Improvisation workshop?

Method Acting 101-104 focuses on acting technique whereas Lee Strasberg’s Improvisation focuses on a specific form of training that Lee Strasberg used to build the inner life and personal advocacy for a specific story or role. Consider Method Acting 101-104 a way or working out different muscle groups in the gym. Lee Strasberg’s Improvisation is a means of you synthesizing all the skills learnt together to devise scenes, build characters and create compelling moments in uninterrupted 30-minute long form improvised scenes.


Do I have to bring anything to the classes?

As our activities and games involve movement, we’d advise wearing something comfortable.
If you’re attending the workshop after work, office wear is fine! (Note: Skirts/dresses might impede some movements)


I’m an actor, why should I sign up for workshops at HCAC?

HCAC offers comprehensive, carefully structured and rigorous actor training workshops and programmes. We believe in providing the actor with a stable and reliable framework for his work through various methods of acting.

The actor’s instrument is his mind and body. This means that both the physical and mental muscles require consistent conditioning and research to keep the instrument sharp and prepared, ready to go at a moment’s notice.

This is why we review our curriculum meticulously and constantly check in with our students’ progress here. Our immersive training programme contain both depth (i.e. 8 weeks programmes) and breadth (i.e. short intensives) modules.

With training, actors become more acquainted with the strengths and weaknesses of their instrument, and are better able to be in control of it. They become more grounded in truth and are able to ensure greater sensitivity when approaching their work. Their work becomes more visceral, more in tune with the human condition and certainly, in most instances, more relatable.

HCAC also offers one-on-one coaching sessions to help actors prepare for various industry-related scenarios e.g. audition coaching, role coaching etc. Actors will receive personalised feedback on their material. We believe in producing actors and performers whose work is serviceable to the industry.


I’m not an actor, why should I sign up for workshops at HCAC?

Everyone can benefit from creativity and self-expression.

In fast-moving societies (and particularly in Asia) people often suffer from high levels of stress. Many condition themselves to suppress their emotions and impulses, avoid taking risks, and fall into patterns of habit in their daily lives. Our programmes can help to release these unwanted tensions, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and experience life at its fullest.

HCAC offers a safe, judgment-free environment where everyone is free to discover themselves. Through acting, you will explore your consciousness, heighten your self-awareness and develop your sensitivity to the people and world around you. This in turn will benefit your life and career.

Even if you have no intentions of being an actor, our training can help you explore and express various facets of your personality. We aim to equip you will the skills to free your unique talent and creativity so that you become a confident, competing and effective communicator in your workplace and even at home.

About the Instructor

Kamil Haque

Kamil Haque is the founder and artistic director of Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC). After 8 years working and coaching in Los Angeles Kamil returned to his native Singapore in 2013 to establish HCAC, Singapore’s first professional acting centre and Asia’s first centre to teach the preeminent Lee Strasberg’s method of acting.

Kamil graduated top of his class from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) with a BA(Hons) in Acting. He was the first student in half a century to be awarded Latin Honours for this subject. He is also the first and only Asian to be given the privilege to train and then coach at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. He is the only coach in Asia experienced in teaching the Lee Strasberg Method of Acting.

In 2011, Kamil was bestowed the honour of being invited to become a working observer at the world-renowned The Actor’s Studio. He was the first Singaporean ever to be part of the studio.

In addition to these accolades, Kamil was appointed as the Head Acting Instructor at East West Players, the USA’s oldest Asian American Theatre group, as well as the role of Internship Director at the Company of Angels (CoA), Los Angeles’ oldest repertory theatre company.

With first-hand experience of the demanding industry standards of Hollywood, Kamil is well-acquainted with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed internationally.

In addition to being an award winning actor and storyteller, Kamil has coached well over 2000 students, many of whom have appeared on stage as well as in major motion pictures, television shows and national commercials around the world. He has also produced, directed and acted in several award-winning and critically-acclaimed productions in USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

HCAC is the culmination of 23 years of working towards fulfilling a childhood dream.

Kamil was born and bred in Singapore with a rich cultural understanding due to his multi-ethnic origins.

He found his passion for drama at the tender age of 7 and has spent his life dedicated to the craft of acting. HCAC has been created to enrich lives and inspire actors and non-actors alike. It is part of Kamil’s great vision to elevate and progress acting as well as other forms of creative expression in Singapore.

As part of the growth of HCAC, in 2014, Kamil started Method Productions, a presenting production company across all mediums. Kamil has also overseen the inception of several flagship productions including Metaphors Be With You, a curated-true-personal-essay-showcase, Pioneer Passages a regular dramatized reading series of plays by pioneering playwrights and The Singapore Monologue Slam which is Singapore’s first monologue competition.