What is Stage Right?

In a nutshell - Stage Right is the name that we give to our acting classes. It is a conservatory-style program for actors of all ages that groups people with their peers, and supports growth at their own personal rate.

What can I expect from a class?

All ages can expect to learn and improve techniques that allow them to negotiate a scene so that the audience understands their character and the story being told. Most students find that what they learn is far greater than the stage - improved confidence, ability to speak well in front of others, increased creativity, heightened understanding of others... the list goes on and on. We have noted a marked increase in reading ability for young people and for those with reading issues.

What is your 'program'?

We take an individualised approach to teaching that accounts for the strengths of the student, and their particular readiness to perform (or not), as well as a host of other considerations which we all bring as individuals. People come to us who are very shy, or very outgoing; who have a lot of experience, or who have none; who are terrified of being on stage, or who can't wait to get back there. We accommodate all of those people, working with what they bring to the process, and gently guiding them to success. The adage 'All roads lead to Rome' is applicable, because what works for one person may not work for another, so we arm our actors with as many tools as possible to allow them to pick what works for them.

We have proven to be successful over many years, as measured by hundreds of students who gain the ability to perform and be comfortable on stage, and who have gained skills that also help them in life. Our 'program' is whatever works for that individual.

But aren't you really just playing around? This isn't a serious class, is it?

Yes, we are playing around, and yes, we are very serious about it. When you play, you learn.

Imagine learning hockey without playing it? Imagine the coach sitting down with the team and explaining the rules and the skills - how to skate, what a stick looks like - and not actually getting that team on the ice? Wouldn't be very effective, would it? It is far better to strap on those skates and see who has that skill already, and give them something to do with it, guide the non-skaters into gaining proficiency and work toward playing a game. This is very much like what we do with acting.

Learning acting is learning to be comfortable taking risks and learning to trust your fellow actors to support your choices, while in turn, supporting theirs. This means that play is important. This is where we figure each other out, learn to give and take, be present, develop an imagination that works to tell a story collaboratively - to think on our feet. This is playing, this is fun, and acting should be fun.



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