Philosophy/Training

The Arts Effect is committed to the art of acting. The Arts Effect is designed to guide children and teens in the development and maintenance of a strong acting technique and skill set. Relying on our award-winning, Method-based technique, we enable actors of all ages/levels to bring a necessary, unforgettable, and highly sought-after sense of honestly and naturalism to any/all characters and texts. It is our philosophy that actors MUST create REAL life on stage and film–the work should be 3 dimension, in the moment, and full of truth. Through the fun, yet focused study of sense memory, script logic, subtext analysis, character/scene structure, Arts Effect actors become well-trained, professional artists while retaining their individuality and raw talent.

What We Teach

Acting, like all art forms, requires an investment in the study and practice of technique just as it requires creative and imaginative risk.

Our award-winning, Method-based technique focuses on bringing an actor’s own life experience and understanding to character and scene work.  Through the exploration and mastery of essential acting tools such sense memory (personalization, private moment, and emotional event), scene and character study, script logic, subtext analysis, improvisation, and more, students move beyond pretending and role-playing and learn to create REAL LIFE on stage and/or screen.

Sense Memory

Sense Memory is THE key element of Lee Strasberg’s Stanislavski-inspired technique, The Method.  Sense memory is defined as the recreation of a memory using the five senses.  Each session, actors will be asked to recreate experiences, moments, events, etc from their lives through sensory exploration. For decades, many of the world’s most renowned actors have declared sense memory as an invaluable acting tool because it encourages the melding of actor and character. No longer will the actor simply play the character; instead, she will become the character. The actor will understand the character through the exploration and application of the actor’s own experiences. For example: the actor will not pretend or “as if” a character’s embarrassing moment—better yet, the actor will recreate the memory of her/his own embarrassing moment and bring those feelings and that behavior to the work. The result:  unmatched level realism and naturalism on stage or screen.

Scence & Character Study

Through the use of scripted material along with the creation of original material, students will learn to identify and analyze the “Four Pillars” of scene structure/development:Conflict/Situation, Relationship, Beginning-Middle-End (Arch), and Setting.  Actors will also practice the “3 W’s” of character exploration/development:WHO am I?, WHERE am I?, and WHAT do I want? (AKA: the objective). Further, students will gain experience working with other actors, listening and responding, and existing in the moment.

SCRIPT ANALYSIS (Logic & Subtext):

The Arts Effect approach to analyzing text answers that all too common question:“Is it ALL in the lines?”No way!  Actually, it’s what you find simmering under the lines that truly counts. Students will learn to uncover the subtext and logic existing within every scene.

Improvisation

Improvisation skills are key to bringing naturalism and realism to any actor’s work.  Improvisation allows actors to explore character and situations without being limited by text.  In order to improv, an actor has to trust his/her understanding of the character and the story.  That being said, improvisation is becoming very common in the audition room and on set.  Plus…it’s FUN!  Students will participate in exciting, quick moving improvisation games and exercises.

For more questions ARTS EFFECT TRAINING please contact Katie Cappiello:
info@theartseffectnyc.com