You can request to do any of the assigned or advanced exercises and you may be approved. Request approval comes from Allen.
You do not need approval for any of the other exercises – you can just book them with your booking stage manager. Advanced students do not need approval for any exercise.
All exercises are taught in class. Our main class focus is Scene Study. The additional class exercises are listed here. The one described in detail below is an optional first exercise for new actors called “Creating My Environment.” Feel free to inquire about any of the following.
*Creating My Environment Exercise (optional) -- see details below.
Exercises you will learn in class:
*Creating My Environment with Crisis (assigned)
*Improvalogue - an exercise created and coined at Lifebook! The improvised monologue
*Star Exercise (advanced exercise)
*Song / Stress Exercise (assigned)
"Creating My Environment" - An Acting Exercise.
Simply put, this is an exercise where you will create an environment you are familiar with to the greatest scale you can. Bring in as many props as you can pack. Have someone help you if needed. One small box may not be enough. Put up pictures and roll out the rug!
Bring a favorite chair if you can get it here or a table, mattress, bed, whatever you need to create this environment. Do not be afraid of the effort it takes to complete a true environment. You'll need your personal things.
Create Lifebook Playhouse you feel most comfortable in at home (not at your office). This can be your bedroom, bathroom, dining room, Kitchen, living room, etc.
Once your environment is created now just live in it in front of us. (do not talk on the phone). Little or no talking at all is best.
Be interested not interesting. Do not give a moment's thought about your audience aside from your staging so we can see your face. Do not worry about boring us.
Find an activity and do it with a focus (Avoid tearing open mail).
* Wax your surfboard while you listen to your stereo, look at the time, go make a sandwich and eat it. Be involved. Live on stage for a few minutes (until the instructor calls the exercise).
* Practice the guitar, sing a song, stretch, check your messages and take notes.
* Take apart your drum set as you clean it. Focus. Shine the cymbals.
* Work out. Push-ups, done. Sit ups, done. Change the song on your stereo. Jump-rope. Done. Drink some water.
The point here is not to entertain, but to live. Simply be yourself in front of an audience. (Do not endanger the audience in any way but don't worry about entertaining either). Be interested and focused on what you do.