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.