The Bali Actors Retreat
Explore your creative spirit, develop your technique......
Join us on the Bali Acting Retreat from Saturday 27th June to Saturday 4th July – 2020.
Give yourself the opportunity to step out of your everyday life and develop your creative skills in Ubud, the artistic centre of Bali, a place creativity has been celebrated for over 1000 years. A place where you can develop your “taksu” – the inner power of your performance.
The workshop will be led by Tim Craig – Acting Instructor from the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles.
You’ll study Acting Technique, Scene Study, On Camera Craft and US Accent – in a class room set amongst the beautiful rice fields and art that makes Ubud so inspiring.
The Retreat includes..
- 27.5 hours of Acting Tuition with Tim Craig – Instructor from the Stella Adler School of Acting in Los Angeles
- Luxurious accommodation for 8 nights in beautiful villas with rice field views in magical Ubud, (twin share with breakfast)
- Balinese Massage and Spa treatments
- Yoga Classes
- Balinese Dance Performance
- Visit to Balinese Water Temple and Monkey Forrest
- Eco tour and downhill Bike Ride from Lake Batur through villages and countryside to Ubud
- Note: (airfares, transfers, lunch and dinners not included)
Deposit of $500 – due March 20th, 2020
Balance of $2,450 – due May 1st 2020
The retreat is appropriate for adults and teenagers with some previous acting experience or training
What will you learn
Starting with the techniques Stella Adler gave us, we’ll learn to see how close life is to acting by breaking apart the body/mind connection and putting it back together again. This means exploring how our minds affect our bodies and then observing what our bodies in turn are capable of communicating to an audience.
After a quick history of the tradition of acting beginning with Stanislavsky up to the present, we’ll jump into exercises to link our recognition of the games we play in life to the actions we’re given to play in a script.
- Concentration-building exercises: “Circle games,” “Red Light, Green Light,” and “Imaginary Volleyball”;
- Performance exercises: “Walk like a duck,” “Drinking something disgusting,” and;
- Word Actions.
By the end of the week, you’ll have achieved a fully-memorised monologue that’s performance ready – and have solid technique strategies to apply to your future acting.
On camera work can be summed up in one word: Eyeline.
To explore all that we can about eyeline, you’ll perform a short scene with a partner in both Master and Closeup angles with the aim of experiencing the differences in scale, eyeline and pacing that occur from changes in camera angles.
You will learn:
- shooting vocabulary such as OTS and CU camera angles and how these angles affect performance;
- The Four Circles of Attention Model that gives us options for exactly where our eyes can go during a shot;
- the technical requirements of no blinking and freezing for a Reaction and for cutaways, and;
- The Three-Part Model of an Action that allows us to confidently determine the beats of the scene.
Acting preparation for the scene will come not only from your technique class but also from a checklist of script breakdown strategies that can become part of your rehearsal toolbox.
The perfect way to begin our workshop-in-paradise mornings.
Using the positions and exercises of Mid-Atlantic Standard English, we’ll zero in on the sounds and rhythms that are the most common challenge for Australian speakers speaking the American accent.
We’ll also learn basic breathing and relaxation techniques and end up with a usable warm-up routine that can be used for the rest of your career.
The final class will include your newly-created American persona describing something from America to the class in your best American accent.
For more details on the activities and workshop at the Bali Actors Retreat
About Timothy Craig
Adler Technique, On Camera Scene Study, US Accent
Timothy Craig studied acting and script analysis personally with Stella Adler through the NYU Undergraduate Drama Program in New York City for three years and headed her conservatory voice and speech program for an additional six. His professional acting credits include roles in regional and summer stock theater, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, industrials and many national, network commercials.
It was also during this time that he studied acting and directing for two years with Evgeny Lanskoy, a master teacher and recent émigré from the Soviet Union, and learned the revolutionary, model-based updating of the Stanislavski System of Acting. He left New York City to attend USC’s Graduate School of Cinema in Los Angeles and formed Cairn Productions, a successful partnership for producing and directing independent films, videos, commercials, industrials, and music videos. Former and current students include Judd Nelson (Suddenly Susan), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), Chris McDonald (Boardwalk Empire), Gary Gulman (Comedy Central), Olga Segura (Goats), Adriano Giannini (Ocean’s 12). Mr. Craig is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and the Dramatists Guild of America.