Welcome to Seattle’s newest acting studio, The Actor’s Way. It consolidates my teaching and coaching for stage and screen, nationally and internationally over the past 30 years. And it satisfies 2 things critical to the Actor’s growth: 1) a safe-haven for developing process 2) a space to grow as Actors with a Master teacher.
The Actor’s ToolKit/The Actor’s Way is a weekly acting class for stage and screen Actors. Thus far we have 40 graduate Actor’s who took the 5-week course in July/August. Our 3rd section (Level 1) begins 8/28 (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-actorstoolkitthe-actors-way-stage-emphasis-tickets-35197347213). The Actor’s Way is currently Seattle’s only ‘walk-up’ studio. You show up, you pay on the door, you participate in whatever topic we are addressing in those 2 hours. If you prefer something more goal-orientated then sign up for the 5 week course and participate in the presentation at the end of 5 weeks. At the core of The Actor’s Way are the tools that I have been developing for two years. The Actor’s ToolKit/The Actor’s Way has been met with considerable enthusiasm by Actors who “just need a class” once in a while or once a week, forever!
The idea of The Actor’s Way came to me earlier this year when I was in the all-female production of Bring Down The House: Henry VI: Part I and II, nominated for 7 Gregory awards, a co-production with UpstartCrow Productions and Seattle Shakespeare Company.
There were times when I needed a Coach (who was not a friend/Actor), or a class away from rehearsals, a community of Actors not in the same world as me, yet sympathetic to the Actor’s way of being in the world. I wanted ‘someone’ to hold a space for my Actor-self. My answer was The Actor’s Way. A place where Actors commune, train, and remember the joy in doing so, with a Coach.
So what about all the 3 hours on-camera intensives, that I have been teaching since 2006? Auditioning for the camera, Scene Study, CDPOV, etc. ? All that information will become available in different ways within The Actor’s Way classes. The on-camera intensives themselves will eventually make their way to on-line educational platforms for download and purchase.
In 2006/2007 when I crossed over from stage to screen and became a casting director at North by Northwest Digital Productions, Spokane, I started teaching on camera workshops in line with my mission to develop, deepen and educate the NW talent pool so that eventually I could populate entire feature NW films with Actor’s living and working in the NW. From Idaho right up to the border of northern California, I wanted to bring the reality of screen acting + making a living to the NW instead of importing Actors from LA . I knew we needed names to sell the picture, but I believed that one day I would be able to cast NW Actors in lead roles and that NW Actors could and would be the stars the show. It was a lofty vision but let’s face it no loftier than naming myself “The Patron Saint of Actors”, a decade prior!
1996/7 – She becomes the self-proclaimed Patron Saint of Actors!
2006/7 – She declares a mandate to source only NW Actors for movies made in the NW!
2016/2017 – She launches The Actor’s Way, A New Acting Studio in Seattle!
I have reached and over-shot my 2006/7 vision. While I did not populate any of the 20+ movies I cast with an all-NW cast, (though many NW Actors were cast in some stunning roles in movies shot in Spokane) I have brought and continue to bring NW Actors to a network cable show for 4 seasons in ALL roles: Series Regular, Guest and Co-stars. (Awestruck!) A decade later, and with the guarantee of a 10-year motion picture incentive, I feel as though I can look back and say to the Patron Saint of Actors…”yep! brill! nice one! On schedule for 2 decades now:
Production photos: John Ulman