These two-week intensives are designed for a shorter burst of intensive training. Perfect for a student who wants to dive deep to sharpen their skills.
TWO WEEK Professional Acting Intensive
The intensive is taught by co-artistic directors, Seth Barrish and Lee Brock and introduces students are introduced to The Barrow Group approach and tools via script analysis, scene study, and film/tv on camera work.
The intensive runs 10am – 1pm, lunch break from 1pm -2pm, and 2pm – 5pm each day.
Students must either audition or submit a video audition of a 1 to 2 minute contemporary monologue to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for this professional level intensive.
“‘Voice for the Actor; with Robert Serrell is an essential and amazing experience for any actor, singer, or anyone who speaks publicly and requires a strong, polished voice. I became so aware of the foundation for my voice and was able to use my voice to its full range with ease. In addition, I became more aware of my body and enjoyed getting to know how it plays a part in allowing me to generate my pure sound. Robert is an excellent teacher and is able to pinpoint the specific needs of his students to bring about their best voice. I am grateful the new skills I have learned from this class and look forward to continuing my studies at The Barrow Group” –Swagata Biswas, actress
“Robert Serrell provides two key things for learning and actionable skill. A loving presence and precise understanding of how the voice and body express optimally. Every time I work with him I come away with deeper access and understanding of my vocal capacity and expression. Once again I begin to speak and resonate from the cells of my body not merely the throat and vocal chords.” –Sean LeClaire, poet, playwright, actor
“When Robert Serrell taught voice at a Shakespeare acting intensive, he impressed me with his enthusiasm and knowledge. Wanting to develop and free my voice along the lines he introduced me to there, I have worked with him weekly since then. He has a sharp ear for what needs to be developed, and his enjoyment of the power of voice is contagious, which has helped me much more than merely learning techniques and mechanics.”–Charles Baker, actor
Voice for the Actor: Level 1
In this class, students explore physical/vocal exercises designed to loosen and free the voice/body so that they can communicate with more clarity, spontaneity and power. The ultimate goal of this class is for students to have a clear understanding of a vocal warm-up that they can do on their own.
Sample Curriculum Overview
Session 1: Physical Awareness, Relaxation & Balance
Explore exercises that encourage proper spinal alignment to increase physical presence and optimize vocal use
Session 2: Breath Awareness & Support
Explore exercises that help student breath from the diaphragm rather than up in their chest, resulting in stronger, clearer sound
Session 3: Vibration Awareness
Explore exercises that bring awareness to the physical sensation of vibration in one’s body
Session 4: Vibration Building
Explore exercises that help move the voice forward, thereby making the voice more intelligible
Session 5: Freeing Inhibitory Vocal Patterns 1
Explore exercises that help open the jaw and throat
Session 6: Freeing Inhibitory Vocal Patterns 2
Explore exercises that help relax the tongue and energize the soft palette
Session 7: Resonance
Explore exercises that bring awareness to different resonating chambers in the body to increase the overall tonality of the voice
Session 8: Breath Power
Explore exercises that increase breath capacity to thereby increase volume for when communicating in large spaces
Session 9: Range
Explore exercises that increase the range of the voice, which leads to more tonal movement and musicality in the voice
Session 10: Articulation
Explore exercises to improve muscularity of lips and tongue to strengthen articulation when speaking
Voice for the Actor: Level 2
Voice 2 picks up where Voice 1 left off. In Voice 2 students work on developing their own 20-minute voice warm-up, which they present for feedback in class. Students will also explore the connection between sound, movement and impulse.
Join Broadway Veteran and OBIE and Lortel Award-Winning Solo performer, Martin Moran, in this two-week intensive exploring the power of personal narrative for the actor.
Martin Moran grew up in Denver, attended Stanford University and lives in New York City where he makes his living as an actor and writer. Most recently he completed the Off Broadway run of his one-man play, All The Rage, which received the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Solo Show. He received an OBIE and two Drama Desk Nominations for his 2004 solo play, The Tricky Part, based upon his memoir of the same title. The Tricky Part memoir won the 2005 Lambda Non-Fiction Prize and Barnes and Noble Discover Award. As an actor, Martin’s Broadway and Off-Broadway performances include: Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, How To Succeed…, Big River; Fun Home, (Public Theater) Floyd Collins, (Playwrights Horizons) A Man of No Importance, (Lincoln Center Theater) and Cider House Rules and John Guare’s Three Kinds of Exile at The Atlantic Theater Company. He has performed in many regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse (Puck), Long Wharf, Williamstown Theater Festival, Trinity Repertory Company and The Intiman Theater. He has also presented his solo work internationally in Poland, South Africa and Canada.
His film and television work includes guest appearances on The Newsroom; The Big C; Possible Side Affects; Private Parts; Law &Order; Law & Order Criminal Intent; Dellaventura and Mary and Rhoda. He wrote the Book and Lyrics for the 2012 “Inner Voices” solo musical, Borrowed Dust, with composer Joseph Thalken. His writing has appeared in Ploughshares and Pushcart Prize. He was awarded a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony and is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Creative Non-fiction. He is at work on his next book, Analphabet.