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Stage West Education Department

Foundations of Acting: The Lively Art of Serious Play

with Douglas Davidson


What is the nature of the Actor’s Reality in performance? How does it differ from everyday life? How does the actor achieve a level of performance that is vividly expressive, emotionally resonant, truthful, and, yet, powerfully theatrical?

Drawing from a variety of modern techniques—Meisner, Practical Aesthetics, Michael Chekhov, Active Analysis, and others—this playful and energetic class will explore a variety of skills and techniques through the use of games and exercises, improvisation, body and voice work, and scene and monologue study. The emphasis will be on learning to create a character for the stage or the camera. Students will learn “real world” acting skills in a supportive learning environment. Acting can only be learned by doing and everyone will be actively in play in every class. This course is designed to provide the basis for a lifetime of continued learning and growth in the fascinating craft of acting.


“The basis for any true art is our ability to live consciously or unconsciously in the World of Imagination.” – Michael Chekhov

“The foundation of acting is the reality of doing.” — Sanford Meisner

“The virtuosity and pleasure of play are the most important dimensions of acting.” – Jacques Lecoq

No class October 11 or November 22.

  • Sep 14 - Dec 14th, 2022
    Wed for 12 weeks from 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Stage West Theatre

(682) 231-1668

821 W Vickery Blvd.
Ft. Worth, TX 76104 Get directions

Room: Evie/Russell

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