Jack Waltzer’s Technique

The training of the actor should be the equivalent of the training of the dancer or the singer. Dancers do bar work and dance exercises for years. Singers do scales and song exercises for years.

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The work that you do in Jack’s workshop is continuous.

Jack returns to do workshops on a regular basis, so you pick up from where you left off. Each student works at his own individual level within the group. Everyone follows a series of exercises and scenes, in his own pace.

Jack encourages his actors to train and practice these exercises, even after they are professionally successful, so that these techniques become second nature.

Inspiration is not enough, because it is unpredictable. Jack’s techniques are a composite of the acting processes that great actors have used for centuries, to conquer the various problems that arise when one is performing.

Jack eventually wants the actor to use these techniques in his own way.

” Acting a role is not just learning lines. It is creating the inner and outer life of the character, perceived by the playwright or screenwriter. “

This includes thoughts, sensations, emotions and realities, that are possibly logical to the event or situation, that you have to create for a scene.

Jack starts with the uniqueness of the actor himself, his senses, emotions, thoughts, beliefs and imagination that all have personal meaning to him.

Jack trains the student to respond quickly and fully to all stimuli, in an effort to create reality and spontaneity in performance.

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