Fundamentals of Acting on Camera
- 20 May - 20 May, 2023
It's an art to be noticed. In the workplace, we use the term 'presence'. Presence is easily recognizable. Both when it's present and when it's absent. Presence is also often cited as the difference maker in landing a job, being promoted, or building business connections.
While the definition of presence varies greatly, we believe presence can be measured using these 8 factors:
1. Finding & developing your voice when communicating
2. Mastering how you prepare for any transaction, negotiation, or presentation so that your work speaks for itself
3. Your ability to practice deep listening
4. Maintaining your composure when others get emotional
5. Your proficiency to stand & deliver
6. Your willingness to deal with unpredictable situations
7. Knowledge of how to get "into the zone" when it matters
8. Self-awareness of your personal image and how others may perceive you
This 4-hour workshop aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to prepare, focus and observe more effectively. The workshop combines practical and technical skills from actor training, conceptual frameworks, real-world situations, and detailed feedback sessions, participants will better understand the importance of preparation, what it actually means to focus, and observe more effectively.
Participants will come away with tools to manage their nerves, develop a strong physical presence, project their voices effectively and most importantly, formulate a method of preparation that works for you and only you. This specific process of creating your method has been developed by the Artistic Director of HCAC, Kamil Haque.
The workshop culminates in a performative piece, allowing participants to practice their skills in a safe and supportive environment, with feedback provided by the instructor. This allows participants to identify areas for improvement and refine their approach.
This workshop is ideal for anyone in a corporate environment looking for career advancement. If you want to be more authentic, more compelling, and, exude gravitas in the workplace this is the workshop for you.
Regardless of whether you're a manager, team leader, executive, assistant, officer, or secretary, you will be pleasantly surprised by what you learn in this workshop.
Do note, while there are components of the workshop that are derived from theatre and acting, this is not an acting workshop or a workshop for actors.
27th May 2023: Saturday, 2.00pm – 6.00pm
AREAS OF FOCUS
What’s is the Haque Method?
Developed by the founder and artistic director of HCAC, Kamil Haque, over 18 years ago, the Haque Method is an amalgamation of rehearsal tools and skills organized in such a way that anyone is ready to understand themselves, how to get into the zone and how to physically, mentally, and spiritually embody the ideal presence-filled character they wish to play at work.
I have no experience in acting and I’m really shy, is this workshop for me?
Yes! This workshop is designed to be accessible for everyone. All you have to do is show up with writing materials, ready to move and with an open mind. We’ll be encouraging, but we’ll never push you further than what you’re comfortable with.
What is the workshop going to be like?
There will be some pre-homework and reading to do to prepare you for the workshop. In the workshop, it’ll move between exercises, discussions, and unpacking of frameworks and concepts.
Will it be awkward if I come alone?
Absolutely not! In fact, you might leave the workshop with a few new like-minded friends.
Do I have to bring anything to the classes?
As our workshop involves movement, we’d advise wearing something comfortable.
(Note: Skirts/dresses might impede some movements).
Please also bring writing materials and a folder for any handouts we give you.
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.
Kimberley Kiew is a bilingual film, theatre and commercial actress. She has appeared in several commercials for Sony, Fitbit, UOB and Ministry of Communications and Information.
Kim is a firm believer of following one’s heart, stepping out fearlessly, and embracing the difficulties in one’s path. She believes that no one should ever stop learning about themselves and she encourages this in her yoga teaching as well as while teaching at HCAC.
Kim is also a member of The Haque Collective (THC) which is the alumni theatre company of HCAC.
Some of her theatre and TV credits include The Land is Mine (Mediacorp), Spectacle (Method Productions), Contract (THC), Hurstville: The Heir (The Underground), Journeying Mercies (MCBC)