The suggestion has come from various quarters recently that I augment my offerings by providing weekend workshops.
Am I going to? I don’t yet see how.
A major part of what I teach is the relationship between how you prepare and what shows up in your work. Between how you examine a scene and come to understand it, on the one hand, and on the other, what happens when you go to do it. Stanislavsky called the book An Actor Prepares for a reason. I help people see that preparation has consequences. Strong preparation makes strong work a more likely possibility.
I can help people do a scene better by coaching them, by telling them how to do it better. But one of the main ways that I can help people be better on their own, by changing what they bring to the table in the first place, is by getting them to look at scenes differently. To read them differently. To read for passion, compassion, vulnerability, vitality, juice. To put down judgment, illustration, tendency. To read with thoughtfulness, alertness, and curiosity. This is a skill that can be taught and learned, but not in a weekend workshop.
You don’t approach studying the violin by looking for a weekend workshop to take. You look for a teacher.
You don’t approach studying painting by looking for a weekend workshop to take. You look for a teacher.
You don’t approach studying kung-fu by looking for a weekend workshop to take. You look for a teacher.
I understand that people want to be able to try something out before they commit. But it’s also important to recognize that there are many things in life whose value appears only over time. When tulips appear in the spring, it’s because someone planted them, watered them, and watched over them. The final flowering may happen quickly, but it’s the outcome of a much longer process. So you could try out the process of growing tulips for a weekend, but you won’t see the value of what you are doing until much further along.
If I could think of a way to truly introduce who I am and what I stand for and what I offer in a weekend workshop, believe me, I would.
I just haven’t been able to think of one yet.
But I’ll try to stay open to the possibilities.