public speaking

Improvisation: Language Beyond Words

By |2019-09-13T19:01:38-05:00October 25th, 2017|Acting, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagekraft|

Words! Words! I'm so sick of words! I get words all day through; First from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do? Don't talk of stars burning above; If you're in love, show me! ~ from My Fair Lady (lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner) Think [...]

Don’t show us, let us find it

By |2019-09-13T17:08:50-05:00November 24th, 2013|Acting, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagekraft|

I attended a screening of the new film, Nebraska, with my Canadian actor and pal Jean Brassard. What a truthful bit of film-making it is and what amazing casting! In the live chat with Bruce Dern that followed, he shared some of his wisdom: 1. Don't push. Don't perform. [...]

Still Body, Animated Mind

By |2019-09-16T12:15:26-05:00November 9th, 2013|Acting, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagekraft|

What is it that's so powerful about the performers who can command the stage in stillness? I've felt their confidence and comfort in their bodies. I've felt the force of their imagination. In striving for this stage stillness and power in myself, I've watched them. And I've watched the video footage [...]

Carriage and Silhouette

By |2019-09-12T18:06:06-05:00November 8th, 2012|Acting, Public Speaking, Singing, Stagekraft|

From her first appearance on stage, before an artist has done anything to prove her talent, her posture will inform the audience. Even the grandest of introductions from a master of ceremony will be compromised if she walks on slouching. The performance begins with the first part of her [...]