O'Neill Studio Free Lab
A PROVING GROUND
The O’Neill Studio Free Lab is a free-of-charge proving ground for new approaches to problems facing the actor.
Each Lab is based on an essay written by artistic director Stephen Kennedy Murphy, who also leads the Lab. Murphy studied acting with Sanford Meisner and apprenticed as a director at The Juilliard School. He later founded The Eugene O'Neill Studio at Yale and in New York. CLICK FOR WIKIPEDIA
This fall, The O'Neill will Studio will continue to evolve our solutions to the tensions that inhibit the actor through what we call “Permission Work” (because it is about giving yourself permission to freely work).
Through Permission Work, The O’Neill Studio integrates mindfulness, movement and music into a practice geared toward dealing with waves of panic as they arise.
Permission Work has been developed to help in acting works of weight and gravitas, such as the plays of America’s only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, O’Neill, whose works require a sometimes dangerously deep connection.
Performance nerves easily become loaded with past trauma and there is “a collapse between past and present,” as one clinician put it to me.
Or as O’Neill wrote in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, “the past is the present.”
Unlike therapy, in which the root causes of tension are unraveled and revealed, Permission Work solely addresses exclusively the symptoms of the tensions that inhibit emotional flow on stage and on set.
Here's how to apply to be a part of The Lab:
1. Read the essay on which the fall's Lab will be based, “The Performer and Panic" CLICK FOR ESSAY
2. Fill out this questionnaire link. CLICK FOR SURVEY
3. Send a resume and headshot along with media (if you have it), to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "LAB."
Previous Labs have resulted in the following essays on which our ongoing classes are based:
O’NEILL AS YOU LIVE AND BREATH - On connecting breath to emotion: CLICK FOR ESSAY
MONOLOGUES AS SONG - On using song to open emotional channels: CLICK FOR ESSAY
ACTOR ASANA - On using yoga and core work to free and strengthen the overall actor: CLICK FOR ESSAY
For information on our other enrollment-based classes CLICK HERE