Hana in Grinder
Opposite Rob Lowe and Fred Savage
Image of Stephany directing Laura Carter in âAgnes of Godâ
Sometimes a private session, in person, (Upper West Side, NYC), or by phone or internet, (Facetime or Skype), is just the right way to work on a monologue, speech, or to prepare for an audition. My private sessions can be equally useful to actors, directors and/or writers.
Even seasoned professionals get nervous before an audition, but the secret to doing your best is being prepared. Even when auditioning cold, I can teach you a step by step method for breaking down a script so that you can give a truthful, and therefore believable audition on the spot. You will learn what casting directors are looking for, and how to find the specificity in your acting.
Class structure revolves around scene work. Students MUST come to the first class prepared with their own materialâ please bring 2 copies of your acting âsidesâ: one for you and one for a scene partner.
I will show you how to introduce yourself to the script for the very first time, and how to read it for usable information that will give truth and clarity to your acting. This is achieved by working on script interpretation, character analysis and learning emotional preparation. I will show you how to allow yourself the freedom to make choices justified by the text, and how to break the scene down into workable components- finding your first moment, beats and relationships, intentions and more.
Scenes can be found on the "scenes tab", but you may also bring in any scene of your choosing, 3-6 pages. I also encourage you to bring in scenes from any plays you feel you would be right for.
Students will choose a scene partner to read with when arriving at the first class. Each student will work on the material they bring in, and may also be asked to work on a scene another student has brought in. This way, you will get to experience "reading cold", and learn how to quickly break down a text, and learn how to find clues to your character in a script- even if you only have 2 pages!
As class continues from week to week, we will choose a scene together for you to work on that will lead you to a deeper understanding of how to approach your work and create a truthful performance. You will be able to delve deeper into the text and action of your scene in a safe space where you can take risks, play and grow.
I grew up in NYC, and have over 30 years of experience in theater, film, industrial, TV and musical theater. At age 16, I got my start in the" business when I booked my first commercial. I went on to be a professional Jazz dancer, working with Betsy Haug and Ron Lewis. I eventually started my own theater company, âUp in One Productions,â which is still ongoing today. I have produced/directed many showcases, industrials, music videos, and plays, and I also co-wrote, produced and acted in a two-woman sketch comedy show, âCalls of The Wild,â with my writing partner, Diana Stevens.
I am proud to have studied with many of the great Theater teachers of our time, including, Larry Moss, Fred Kareman, (Meisner technique), Tim Phillips, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, David Craig and others. I love sharing what I have learned with others to help deepen their understanding of the craft, and to see them get excited about doing the work it takes to be an actor.
One of my most recent students is Hana Hayes, who in 2015/2016 starred in the Fox comedy series THE GRINDER opposite Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. Her guest star credits include: CRIMINAL MINDS, LAW & ORDER: SVU, S.W.A.T and GREYS ANATOMY in addition to feature film roles.