The Ongoing Scene Lab

Come Back To The Work

Class Details

Teacher: James Morrison

Dates: Mondays, 11am – 2pm. Weekly ongoing class, 4x/month.

Duration: This is an ongoing class with a recommended minimum three-month commitment.

Requirements: By application or invitation only. (Makeup + Cancellation Policy)

Cost: $275/month for four classes per month.

What is the work?

It’s the practice of being human under imaginary circumstances. It’s a game of make believe, playing pretend. It’s a commitment to the story above all else. It’s working without fear, without stress, and without anxiety. Through valuing that commitment and discipline, we build self-reliance, self-esteem, and self-confidence. In continuing to let go of outside voices and ego voices, of a need to “do it right,” of a quick fix, you move to a deeper, more pure place in yourselves, so that you can work with clarity, specificity, and freedom — and do the real work of artists. And that’s the kind of work that affects every audience and builds careers.

You get good at what you practice.

The Ongoing Scene Lab with James Morrison is the pure place of practice. James guides you to focus on finding and revealing what is truly important in the work you do. Here you get to practice doing the work that matters, and not letting the idea of “acting” come between the story and yourself, and therefore between the story and your audience. What you believe, the audience believes. You have to keep returning to you, the human being in the story, not to the actor performing. When you stay true to the storytelling and your part in it, the work comes vividly alive.

James brings his extensive, real-world experience as a working actor, writer, musician, and teacher- along with his deep love of the work- to each class. He creates a revitalizing and safe space in which you get to re-forge a connection to your authentic self, to your humanity, and to the story. Here you get to practice what you love with mindfulness, heart, and dedication.

BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY.

James is dedicated to the pursuit of each actor’s personal evolution as a storyteller, as a human being in the “world of the play,” and is brilliant at helping you mine your wonderful, unique voice, bring that voice to the written journey of any script, and reveal your humanity as an artist, as an instrument of illusion.

The Ongoing Scene Lab is the place to experiment, take risks, dive deep in finding the most meaningful connection to the work, and achieve greatness through practice every week.

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The Work

From James:

“The story is the most important thing. It’s not important what we do in class, but what we learn from what we do to take into our work in the world. We create a safe place to work, breathe, expand, express ourselves and explore our responsibility to the story, whatever it may be. Staying true to the story- and the choices made by the original artist, the writer- supersedes all other things.

The goal is to find and hone our practice of mindful listening and observance of the conditions of the story, without judgment or subjective input or concern with technique, methodology or execution. It’s not easy, but it’s simple: Practice not thinking like actors and start thinking like human beings.”

In class you’ll do scene work from all genres, from Shakespeare to sit-coms, including self-generated writing. You’ll work with pieces that you may have 5 minutes to prepare along with material that you mine over a few weeks. You’ll have access to our BGB Library of material as well as find scenes and scripts that move you and challenge you.

This is a class for working actors who want to dig deeper into scene work and storytelling.

This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.

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Achieve greatness through practice every week.

Dig deep. Hone your voice. Tell great stories.

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