Steppenwolf training: From stage to screen with Julia Gracemw
“The methods that really hit home for me are Meisner, Viewpoints & Improvisation; anything that demands spontaneity, to get out of my brain, into my body and re-connect with my impulse” – Julia Grace
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Viewpoints is cool, but how do I use it?”
A lot of actors don’t know how to apply the training of Viewpoints to the rehearsal process or text work. And that’s crucial, because beyond creating an ensemble – why do it?
Here’s the thing! It can also be really useful in process – in rehearsal and auditions.
16th Street Actors Studio is delighted to bring you Julia Grace from one of the world’s most exciting theatre stomping-grounds, Chicago U.S.A. In this 6 week program, Julia will help you to develop your ability to navigate imaginary circumstances with truth and boldness both on stage and in front of the camera. Julia will teach you how to apply the techniques of Viewpoints and Meisner, to play the scene authentically across both mediums; ensuring that you work with integrity, courage and presence.
The techniques of Viewpoints get you out of your head and into your body, where the truth lies. You become physically impulsive, spontaneous and passionate.
When you deeply connect with others through your powerful capacity to listen, your body becomes available and present, and you cease to judge.
This class is a chance for you to train like a Steppenwolf company member. It’s a perfect opportunity to get back in the room, to work on stage and screen with a method of actor preparation and exploration through scene work in ways that aim to free you to to be as expressive as you are capable of being.
Julia has a Bachelor of Art, Performance Studies major, from The University of Sydney and a Bachelor or Dramatic Art from The Victorian College of the Arts.
In 2011, she was selected to study at The Steppenwolf Theatre Company School in Chicago where she made an incredible impression on her teachers who encouraged her to stay on with the company. She was mentored by Steppenwolf ensemble members in the techniques that underpin the training and ethos of the company and followed on to teach at The Steppenwolf Theatre Company School. She has also trained at Black Box Acting Chicago and iO Chicago and has been fortunate enough to be taught and mentored by some of Chicago’s premier theatre artists.
As an actor, Julia has worked for The Melbourne Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, The Sydney International Arts Festival, The Hayloft Project and has appeared in numerous commercials, television and short films.
“Julia Grace is absolutely one of the best teachers I have ever seen. If you are lucky enough to get into her class you are going to have the time of your life” – Amy Morton, Tony Award Nominee (August: Osage County), Steppenwolf Theatre Co. Core Ensemble
“As an instructor, Julia is accessible, willing, generous and compassionate. I can honestly say that Julia is one of the most articulate, courageous and knowledgeable artists I’ve ever worked with.”
— Audrey Francis, Steppenwolf ensemble member and co-founder of Black Box Acting Chicago
- In the first two weeks, Julia Grace will take you through the body-based ensemble-building training of Viewpoints, based on the work of Anne Bogart and Tina Landau.
- In the third week, the ensemble will experience how this work can be applied to auditions and finally, in the fourth week, to scene work.
There is very little preparation for this class as the emphasis is on being present, open and free.
You will learn and experience the power of listening, following impulses, trusting your instincts, working from moment to moment and working off a scene partner.
Dates: April 20th – May 25th (April 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th)
Time: 7.00PM -10.00PM AEST
Fee: $400 + GST ($440 total)Max 12 participants.