Stephen Singer: Staying In Class

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Why am I still taking acting classes at this point in my life? After a long career edging towards 50 years? I am talking specifically about taking class at TBG, with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, though I have trained in other techniques along the way. The following is an excerpt …

Lee Brock: Can’t

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I’m teaching a ten-week monologue class. I ask everyone to bring in contemporary material, and also, of course, Shakespeare. A student, Alex, says, “I can’t do Shakespeare.” I think, “Can’t” is a strong word. It stops us from having an experience.  “Can’t…” brings us to a full stop. Alex continues, …

Alyson Schacherer: That Second Go Feeling

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Have you ever wanted the first go of a scene to feel more like the second go? Me too. And I’ve heard this from students in class a lot, sometimes with a bit of frustration or longing. Years ago my friend and fellow teacher Chris Wells and I were talking …

Lee Brock: Change The Sentence In Your Head

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I’m teaching. Two actors finish their scene. One of them says, “That was so horrible. I wasn’t real. It was just terrible.” I pause and walk slowly to the side of the stage.  “Why don’t you change the sentence in your head” “What do you mean?” “It’s just a sentence …

Lee Brock: Surrender

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I am standing on top of a ridge at thirteen thousand feet after hiking a bit with my skis on my shoulder.  My son wants to start the day off with the deepest powder.   I haven’t done this run in years and not with this much powder.  I throw …

Arielle Beth Klein: Learning From Young Artists

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Some of the most extraordinary experiences I have while teaching come when I’m leading youth classes. Young artists are a constant reminder of the importance of play, imagination, and joy. Three ideas come to mind most clearly when I think of what I’ve learned from kids about storytelling: 1. Storytelling …

Mike Giese: Small Rooms

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Ask any actor and they’ll tell you that some of the best acting they’ve ever seen has not been on screen or on a stage, but in small rooms. A play reading in a living room. A scene study class in an out-of-the-way studio space. Sharing a monologue in some …

Quinn Vogt-Welch: Showing Up

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I didn’t realize how someone asking me to write a blog would send me into a tailspin of identity crisis and panic about not having my own opinion about anything, let alone art. I blame this on being a fresh mom of two, where I basically live in an echo …

Lee Brock: Healing

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I’m sitting in rehearsal with K. Lorrel Manning, working on his one-person show, “Lost…Found.” He says a line about his father.  He stops, overcome with emotion. “That just hit me so hard for the first time.” I look at Christine Cirker, my co-director, who catches my gaze. The room gets …

Arielle Beth Klein: Discovering Solo Performance

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When I was a senior in college as an Early Childhood Education major, I took my first theater class. This was my first attempt to follow my dream of being a professional storyteller. It was a stage movement class that focused on character-building and storytelling with commedia dell’arte masks. My …

Lee Brock: The Art of Slowing Down

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I’m on a speed boat speeding across the azure blue waters of the Galapagos Islands on our way to Kicker Rock. A brown-haired gentleman with Rayban sunglasses leans against the cabin wall sporting a yellow T-shirt that reads, “SLOW LIFE.” We arrive at our destination, a huge, jagged piece of …

Tricia Alexandro: New Year, New Habits

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New Year’s resolutions have never been my thing. Which may come as a surprise since I’m not only an actor, but a longtime personal trainer and a recently-certified life coach. I’ve spent years helping others clarify their desires, take steps in service of their goals and dreams, and shift limiting …

Edward Stanley: My Reading List

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The holiday season is upon us, and whatever holidays you celebrate, I hope they’re happy. It’s also a gift-giving season for many, so I thought this might be a good time for my list of favorite theatre books. If you’ve taken class with me I’ve likely mentioned these before. As …

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Lee Brock: The Aspen Grove

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In 2017, The Barrow Group held our thirty-year anniversary party. As I stood in the lobby, next to a large blue painting that still hangs in our space, a dear friend came up to me, gave me a big huge smile, and said, “Lee Brock, you are an aspen tree.” …

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Lee Brock: What’s New

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It’s 5:00 in the morning.  It’s dark, and Trigger, my dog, needs to go out for a walk. Oh, just five more minutes, I think. He licks my face again. I get up and get dressed; put my shoes and coat on; put Trigger’s leash on; get in the elevator …

Zsuzska Beswick: Are You Having Fun?

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I remember the first time Lee Brock (TBG co-artistic director and teaching artist) asked me how much fun I was having after my first go of a scene. It was in the master class, which by name alone can carry some pressure. In verbatim, she asked my scene partner and …

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Lee Brock: Being Better Appreciators

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I’m walking down the hall at The Barrow Group on my way to get some water before I start teaching class. I pass two young students talking about a play they had seen. “What do you say to your friend when they suck in the play and the play sucks?” …