Hey, you -- need some help being stage & set ready?
Acting Masterclass with one of the world's leading acting, voice and empowerment coaches, Helena Walsh, who has over 30 years experience teaching in the film and theatre industries
The Art of Acting Workshop
2-Evenings | 6.30pm-9.30pm
Tues & Wednesday
7th/8th November 2023
New York City
Here's what to expect:
Discover and experience more layers, subtleties,
and nuance in your work as an actor
- Masterclass Overview
This masterclass will give you skills to support you in working with anxiety, self doubt and your inner critic in relationship with yourself, others and your creative community so that you can really thrive in this demanding profession!
- Building a Connection: Imagination and Body
You will explore how to build a relationship between your imagination and your body. This journey into the body is a tender, empathetic and compassionate one, seeking trust through unconditional positive regard from you towards yourself, others and the world around you
- Unique Approach: A Fusion of Techniques
Helena's unique approach combines techniques from Organic Intelligence®, NeurosystemicsTM & Fitzmaurice Voicework® and many more, helping actors connect more deeply with themselves, their scene partner, and the given environment.
- Exploring Stillness and Insight
You will explore moving into stillness and from there how to allow insight to emerge spontaneously through following a free association conversation expressing from the given moment rather than about the given moment.
- Preparing for Scene Work
Helena will cast you in a scene, of which you will be asked to read the film script or play several times so you have full familiarity with it. You will be asked to rehearse the scene with your scene partner via zoom/in person, as you wish, a few times before you attend the workshop. Do have the scene off book.
- Blending Fiction and Reality
We will oscillate between the fictional world of the script and the here and now of the actors' moment. We will create a space built on trust little by little so you can feel what it is like to include more of you in your creative process and embodiment of a character. This is a dance between the body and the imagination, priming the environment for one to inspire the other to open and experience one breath at a time.
- Working with Body, Senses, and Imagination
We will work with the body, the senses and the imagination. You will be given tools on how to regulate your nervous system in any given situation.
- Moving from Intensity to Complexity
The work throughout each evening is to bring you out of intensity and into complexity so you can feel what it is like to experience more layers, subtleties and nuance in your work as an actor and your experience as a human being.
- A Path of Pleasure, Curiosity, and Compassion
Your humanity affects the humanity in the story, what you resonate with, the story resonates with, your difference is also present in the fabric of the story, prepare to slow down, do less and be more. This is a path paved by pleasure, curiosity, compassion, empathy and empowerment for all.
- Progression of the Masterclass
Each evening will start with collective work, moving into the body and exploring your world and the character's world, then into a relationship with another and finally the ensemble of actors present.
Places limited to only 12 participants!
Don't miss out on your chance to work with one of the most sought after acting, voice and empowerment coaches.
'Helena is one of the most empowering teachers I've ever worked with and shows artists how to have a life-long creative career through practical techniques'
Johanna O' Brien
‘I truly believe Helena is doing groundbreaking work in the field of training actors. Helena was in the room for my very first audition and I've been working with her ever since'
And just who will be teaching you
The Art of Acting Masterclass?
Me! I'm Helena Walsh
Voice & Acting Coach | Human Empowerment & Resiliency Organic Intelligence® Consultant.
Accomplished Entrepreneur, Researcher, and International Voice & Acting Coach. CEO and Founder of Helena Walsh Empowerment Studios. With 30+ years of experience, she prepares actors for a rich, inspiring and ever evolving career in the arts.
Helena's holistic and integrated approach to transformation is what truly sets her apart. With a deep understanding of the creative process and the complexities of being human, she draws from a diverse range of practices, including Organic Intelligence®, Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and more. Her methods are rooted in ancient wisdom and empowered creative techniques, offering actors a truly transformative experience.
By addressing the nervous system of individuals and groups, Helena strengthens relationships, fosters coherence, and enables her clients to feel empowered collectively. She understands the unique challenges and aspirations of actors and works intimately with them to unlock their creative potential.
Helena's expertise goes beyond acting coaching. She is a sought-after mentor and consultant for leaders, providing guidance in developing presence, effective communication, and connection. Her coaching instills empowerment, resiliency, and innovation, ensuring actors have the tools they need to excel in their craft and navigate the industry with confidence.
"Her work is extraordinary"
"Helena assisted me in opening up doors to my character’s history & helped to unlock elements to their story. Her work is extraordinary and drives you to build a world around your character through narrative and imagination. Her help and support is like no other. Highly recommend working with this master craftswoman.."
LAURENCE O' FUARAIN
I've been working with Helena since we met in acting school a number of years ago. She's like a wizard that can see and bring out things in you that you might never thought possible without her. Helena has genuinely helped me be a better, happier and more balanced actor and human. Couldn't recommend her and the team enough
Working with Helena was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It has transformed my approach to acting, and since working with her I've seen huge self-growth - both as an actor and on a personal level. I'm excited to continue working with Helena and to see where her work and support takes me next.
Helena’s teachings and support will guide you through a journey of discovery and exploration of the humanity in not only you as the artist, but also in you as yourself. You’ll feel more empowered and fearless as she brings light into the unknown ahead of your artistry’s journey. I’ve been studying with her for a while and all I can say now is that, reading a script, working on character and telling stories have become so nuanced, so humane and magical. So, I can’t recommend her enough. She’s a badass coach and human being!.
The most brilliantly adaptive acting training imaginable, one of the greats.
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MY LAST PIECE OF ADVICE
In practice, we open space for story to happen.
Being in story requires experiencing it, which is very different to analysing it. For stories to emerge imbued with complexity, you need to offer your body the initial conditions of safety and pleasure - so then you can risk and discover and surrender to the unknown. Trusting your embodied imagination reveals the story to you - so you and the audience are constantly surprised. We practice until it happens.