TESTIMONIALS from Embodiment For Actors Course Graduates

‘HIGHLY RECOMMEND this class to any Melbourne based actor! Or anyone who want sot build their confidence in a safe and empowering environment’. Ally Sanford – Working Actor

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‘Working with Maree was a transformative experience’.
Jessica The Jester – Entertainer

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‘Maree posesses a highly attuned ability to access an actor’s emotional blocks and bring these blocks to the conscious level.   She weaves a sacred space and I felt safe to phsicalise my old childhood wounding. Maree’s creative process is organic, revolutionary, effective, safe and healing’.  
MP
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ACTING 101  – 4 WEEK COURSE

An introduction into the world of acting, suitable for anyone with no or little experience in the craft.  The basics of acting technique will be covered including relaxation, breathwork, voice, role play, improv and text work.  The techniques used in this course can be taken into everyday life for the purposes of empowerment and confidence.

Participants will learn the basics of acting technique and how to allow the breath to connect to the words so emotions can flow freely.  Students will discover their presence and stillness.  During this process, emotional blocks will be identified and moved through by various techniques including:
Breathwork
Visualisations
Eye gazing
Roleplay
Sound Release
Movement
Text work
Improv
Relaxation

Upon completion of this course, actors are encouraged to continue on to the Embodiment For Actors 4 week course.


EMBODIMENT FOR ACTORS – 6 WEEK COURSE

A powerful introduction into physical embodiment work, the Embodiment Process unites the imaginary separation between body and mind.  This course is designed to awaken creative flow, activate the body/breath connection and encourage intuitive impulses. During the process shadow (unconscious) and repressed archetypes may be identified, preventing a full expression of creative energy.  

By recognising the shadow, we can begin to make the unconscious conscious, enabling the actor to access deeper parts of their consciousness and create fully embodied characters.

The subconscious, the shadow self, does a great job, keeping these denied emotions, from our conscious mind,  Protecting us from experiencing these emotions, they become suppressed and hidden, but when triggered by a circumstance, event or other person, they will resurface., causing us pain.

By recognising the shadow aspect in us, we can begin to make the unconscious conscious.  And help you move through the life patterns and energy blocks, that may be holding you back from attaining what you desire.  

You will also begin to understand the different archetypes that exist within us. Every person has a range of archetypes that exist in their psyche, some more dominant than others. And by identifying these archetypes and what they represent, you will learn more about your emotional states and your trigger points.

The effectiveness of this process lies in the ability to access deep devels of the psyche, enabling the actor to create a fully embodied character. The desired result for the actor, is a freedom of expression through their physical instrument and increased range,  allowing engaging, dynamic, alive, stimulating and connected performances, which in turn, will significantly increase actors chances of acquiring roles in the industry.

Techniques used include:

Body/breath connection
Tantric breathwork
Eric Morris technique
Sound release
Visualisation
Sensory work
Vocalisation
Character Development
Script analysis
Scene analysis
Audition prep
Self test technique
Owning your sexuality
Animal work
Roleplay
Improv
Tips on showreels and headshots
Getting an agent
Creating relationships with Casting Agents

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THE PRIMAL ACTOR – 6 WEEK COURSE

Following on from Embodiment For Actors , this course explores the primal animal within, shadow self, feminine/masculine polarities and archetypes. 

Primal Animal

Primal animal work is a powerful practice which will allow access into your true authentic nature. Your very essence is primal and the utilisation of animal sensory exercises will open a gateway into your inner world.

Archetypes

Archetypes symbolize basic human motivations, which evoke deep emotions.  Every person has a range of archetypes that exist in their psyche, some more dominant than others and each type has its own set of values, meanings and personality traits. And by identifying these archetypes and what they represent, you will learn more about your emotional states and your trigger points. You will discover your dominant archetype or archetypes, giving you insight into your own behaviours and motivations.  To fully embody a character you must be aware of not only your own primary and secondary archetypes but also the characters.  If you are unable to access a characters archetypes because you have a block, you will not be able to access the character fully.

The Shadow

The subconscious, the shadow self, does a great job, keeping these denied emotions, from our conscious mind,  Protecting us from experiencing these emotions, they become suppressed and hidden, but when triggered by a circumstance, event or other person, they will resurface, causing us pain. By recognising the shadow aspect in us, we can begin to make the unconscious conscious.  And help you move through the life patterns and energy blocks, that may be holding you back from attaining what you desire.  

This course will cover:

Archetypes
Primal animal work
Feminine and masculine polarity
Tantric Breathwork
Tantric Postures
Movement
Voice
Breath
Sound release

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THE BUSINESS OF ACTING 1.5 hour Workshop

The Business of Acting is a vital and intrinsic part of an actor’s career, which for many actor’s is highly underrated and often goes under the radar. Many actor’s choose to focus solely on the creative aspects of their career and hope the business aspects sort themselves out.  Unfortunately ignoring the business side of acting, will not result in the successful outcome hoped for, which is to obtain ongoing professional work.

Actors, whether they are represented or non represented, must treat themselves like any business, because having a plan for your career is integral to their success.
Having no career plan is like a road map with no identifiable points and is just simply too random.

Actors need the following to succeed in a highly competitive industry:

Consistency

Discipline

Focus

TOP 3 TRAITS in becoming a SUCCESSFUL WORKING ACTOR

#1
BRANDING

The MOST POWERFUL TOOL for BOOKING ACTING JOBS is your BRAND and we will teach you HOW TO DETERMINE your BRAND and MARKET yourself like an expert!

-Do you know your brand?
-Where do you fit into the industry?
-What casting type are you?
-Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Knowing your type and identify your competition
USP – Unique Selling Point

#2
MARKETING

-Creating online content for websites and social media, with the goal of obtaining management
-Professional industry advice
-Create a professional image
-Organise marketing materials including: headshots, website, business cards, social media sites

#3
BUSINESS PLAN

The Business of Acting will assist you in developing a BUSINESS PLAN as well as:

-Creating a Daily Success Plan
-Creating an Action Plan
-Define your objectives, goals and strategies

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COSTS

Acting 101
Duration:
 4 week course  4 x 1 hour sessions
Cost
: $90.00

Embodiment For Actors
Duration: 6 week course  6 x 1 1/4 hr sessions
Cost: $130.00

Sexuality For Stage & Screen
Duration: 6 week course  6 x 1 1/4 hr sessions
Cost: $130.00

The Primal Actor
Duration: 
6 week course  6 x 1 1/4 hr sessions
Cost: 
$130.00

The Business of Acting
Duration: 1.5 hr workshop
Cost:
  $60.00

Buy 2 courses together and pay $250.00 for both
Buy 3 courses together and pay $350.00 for all 3

T’s & C’s – Payment required in full, at least 2 weeks prior to course.
No refund when payment made unless course cancelled.

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Facilitor – Maree Shefford

Maree has performed in stage, TV and film productions, in both Australia and New Zealand. Stage roles include lead in  ‘Life On Mars’ Short & Sweet Festival, Emilie in ‘‘Dangerous Liaisons’, Edith in ‘Blithe Spirit’, Euridyce in ‘Antigone’, ‘Rites’, ‘Love’, ‘Lights’, ‘From Frying Pan To Fire’, ‘The Boyfriend’, ‘The Mystery Of Edwin Drood’ and ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ and UK production ‘Trilogy’.  On the small screen Maree played Series Regular ‘Lily’ in the Ch31 Series ‘Sonnigsburg” and is currently developing a film project.  Independent film roles include award winning indie film ‘Innuendo’ and upcoming roles in Feature Film ‘Deviate’.

Maree is also a voice actor, presenter and host.  She has produced her own theatre art performances at venues including Dancehouse and Play Lounge.  She is currently launching a new production company called ‘Madame M Productions’.    www.mareeshefford.com

Qualifications and Experience

8 years Speech & Drama – Trinity College London
Cert 111 Dance
Cert III Fitness
Cert IV Small Business Mgt
Diploma of Business
Advanced Diploma of Management
3 years Eric Morris Technique – Teacher, Logie and AFI nominee Mal Kennard
3 years Meisner
Acting – VCA Part time, VCA and NIDA Advanced
Raw Truth – Teacher, Kim Farrant – Director of ‘Strangerland’ starring Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes and ‘Angel Of Mine’ starring Noomi Rapace
Physical Theatre – Sergei Ostrenko – Austria
Singing 5 years
Sensual Dance and Embodiment Facilitator  – 11 years


For more EMBODIMENT COURSES go to http://embodiment.mareeshefford.com

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