The Headstrong Approach to Screen Acting
Continued dates: 28/06/2012, 10:30-17:30.
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: AC John Thaw Studio
Prerequisites: Please apply with CV
Tutors: Michael Ferguson
Here is a six-day course which provides another opportunity to train in this important new approach to screen acting. Headstrong draws on the work of Stanislavski, Meisner, Adler and Strasberg, but is driven by the extensive directing and teaching experience of the course leader, Michael Ferguson.
Michael has developed Headstrong to bypass the clutter and confusion he believes accumulate too easily around screen performance training and offers instead a straightforward route to compelling results. He also passionately believes that actors should be respected as creative artists, not regarded as hired hands and works continuously to lighten the emotional and physical burdens that actors struggle to bear. Michael has been closely involved in television drama for well over forty years as a director, producer, writer, acting theorist and tutor, and has devised this course not only to cover all aspects of script interpretation, character creation and the unique art of performing drama on a screen but also to help members build confidence and take control of their time in front of a camera.
Previous filming experience is not essential, but commitment and imagination are. Newcomers and members already familiar with Michael’s Headstrong work will find this course equally valuable. There will be three workshop days before a weekend break and three days after. Camera and playback facilities will be incorporated on the two concluding days. A detailed course plan is available from the Bookings Office. Please apply with your CV/Spotlight link.
Michael Ferguson trained as an actor at LAMDA before becoming a producer, director and writer of television drama with the BBC and major ITV companies. As a teacher he has worked at RADA, Bristol Old Vic, Guildford School of Acting and ALRA. In 2002 he established the Film and Television training department at the ArtsEd School of Acting. At the Actors Centre he has led Sky and BBC summer schools, tutored countless workshops and directed several short films. During the last ten years he has been developing Headstrong, an important new approach to screen acting.