The actors learn about building character and developing an approach to working with a classic text. A key question for them is, ‘How do I approach a text for performance when the world and words are not my own?’
Heather Timms is the Director of Actor Training at Toi Whakaari. She has worked as a director, theatre maker and educator nationally and internationally (including UK, Africa, Australia and Asia). Heather recently trained with Joan Scheckel, the prolific US filmmaker, acting coach and creator of The Technique. Heather brought her work with Scheckel into her sessions with the Toi Whakaari first year actors while they worked on a block called Actor in Action. This is the second of four blocks across the first semester of Year 1 looking at foundational actor craft. We asked Heather about this work and her approach to actor training.
Brita McVeigh is a renowned acting coach, directing coach and script editor who has worked with Taika Waititi, Robyn Malcolm and Bret McKenzie to name a few. Earlier this year Brita worked with the first year actors on a three week block we call Actor and Instinct. This is the first of four blocks during the first semester where we lay down foundational acting craft. While she was at the school we sat down to talk to her about the practice inside Actor and Instinct.