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Emma Louise Pursey’s Integrated Actor Training is a set repertoire of rigorous, performative physical-based exercises that incorporate speech to focus on the core and feet in relation to the body, mind and voice.
Whilst largely derived from Suzuki’s method, it has been adapted to encourage more natural alignments of the body, focusing on safe technique and longevity of practice.
“It was fantastic! I really struggle with breathing through performances and I hold my breath quite high in my chest – Emma exhausted us with precise movement to the point where this VOICE just came out of nowhere because I was too tired to do anything but release it and it was magical!” – Chiara Mibus, Part Time Program 2019-20
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The Integrated Actor Training method complements all other acting and performance methodologies and is a powerful tool in the creation of powerful actors.
- How to integrate and strengthen the body, mind and voice
- How to be energised, focused and connected
- How to be centred, grounded and alive in-the-moment
- Increased vocal strength and dynamic
- Increased discipline and concentration
- Intensified performance stamina
- Breath control
- Precision and spatial awareness
- The art of stillness
- An expanded stylistic range
- A broadened body-knowledge within a performative context
WHAT YOU GET
- Experienced and dedicated teacher with invaluable knowledge of the methodology who is also a working practitioner within the stage and screen industries
- Select repertoire of rigorous physical-based exercises that incorporate vocal work
- Supportive learning environment
- Exciting group dynamic
- Greater commitment to self-discovery and transformation
- Professional studio space
This training is most suited to professional actors, dancers and performers, though is open to anyone interested in physical-based training.
WHY YOU SHOULD ADD THIS TRAINING TO YOUR ACTOR TOOL BOX
Master acting coaches, Howard Fine, Larry Moss, Lisa Robertson and Anthony Meindl among others, all acknowledge that one of the most important aspects of actor training is bringing the voice and emotional connection into the body through centered breath control, groundedness, stillness, vocal strength and dynamism, and the ability to manage the actor’s instrument within the anxieties and tensions of performance. Suzuki-based training delivers all this, and more.
Like any physical-based training, profound understanding of this method is experiential and true insight into how it works can only happen through regular commitment to the training. Begin here this April and see what may come of adding this type of work to your tool box!
ENTER THE FICTION THROUGH THE BODY
“The classes are a high focus environment and Emma is a leader.” – Amelia Newman, Actor/Writer/Director
“Suzuki was the challenge and step-up that I was looking for in developing my instrument…It is a privilege to train with Emma.” – Eliza Charley, Actor/Writer
“…physical theatre training is not for the accumulation of skills to be applied as character traits in a play, but rather to foster an overall cognitive framework for fictional aesthetic in a real material world.” – Maiya J Murphy, Assistant Professor, Performance Studies, National University of Singapore
“I feel like I need my body to work to get into the voice, but then once I find the voice, it helps me get further into my body – truly they are connected!” – Narda Shanley, Performer / Executive Director/Co-CEO, St Martins Youth Arts Centre