Larry Clark Actors' Workshop
Our Actors’ Workshop is dedicated to the ideas and techniques articulated by Professor Larry Clark in his now legendary book on acting, Acting is Believing, now in its tenth edition.
The Larry Clark Actors’ Workshop meets on the scheduled Wednesdays during the Fall and Spring semesters and is an opportunity for students to take their acting work out of the classroom and into an atmosphere of positive professionalism. Working from a spirit of generosity inspired by Professor Clark’s notion that in acting, “every action is a transaction between two actors,” our goal is to take the next step in acting training – taking the work outside the classroom. Our fundamental object is to deepen your understanding of your own resources as an actor, and to build upon them.
Actors may bring their scenes and monologues to the workshop by contacting the Managing Director ahead of time, or by bringing the pieces on dedicated nights. In addition, at the workshop we will occasionally sponsor evenings focusing on specific acting techniques, as well as practical workshops on how to work professionally as an actor, acting for television and film, and how to prepare for major auditions for URTA, KCACTF, and MFA acting programs. However, the workshop is always open for just “working out” on scenes and monologues you’d like to develop as an actor.
The workshop is a great opportunity as well for our new undergraduate actors, especially Freshman, who are interested in getting involved with the department. It is peer-coordinated through the national honorary theatre society, Alpha Psi Omega, so you’ll have an opportunity to interact with experienced theatre students in the department, and a member of the faculty will always be present to critique work, and offer instruction. It is a terrific opening to get some feedback on your work if you planning to auditions for MU main stage productions.