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Marin Actors’ Workshop 2021

We’re happy to announce that with our theater re-opening, so SOON is our educational arm of acting classes conducted by Terry McGovern and his Marin Actors’ Workshop.

Marin Actors’ Workshop
September, 2021

 

 

 

TERRY: “This is the best news I’ve had to share in a long time. After closing for COVID more than a year ago, the Marin Actors’ Worksop is heading back to its classroom—which happens to be the stage of the Novato Theater Company at  5420 Nave Dr., Novato, CA. 94949.

“While we were dark, we were busy looking for new ways to serve North Bay actors when we re-open. Here are some of the “refinements”:

“In addition to working on the basics of stage acting through monologues and scenes, we will now be teaching other disciplines:

“Improvisation. You’ll be introduced to Theater Games by Viola Spolin, who wrote the “Bible” on Improvisation. We’ll explore this tricky and not always understood technique and teach you how to infuse it into all of your acting.

“Voice-Over Techniques. Everything you need to know about acting in front of a microphone. This will include how to deliver commercial scripts and character voices for video games. (I’ve done scores of games and I’m anxious to share what I’ve learned.)

On-Camera Technique for Film. We’ll take that material you’ve been refining for the stage and transform our medium to the camera. You’ll learn how acting on stage differs from acting for the film lens.

“Classical Interpretations.” Everyone in class will be required to learn a monologue by William Shakespeare. No one should study acting without learning how to interpret the writings of our most brilliant and prolific writer. While this may seem a little scary for the uninitiated, you will find that having a Shakespearean monologue in your “bag of tricks” will build your confidence as a well-rounded actor.

“Song and Dance.” Again, we attack a basic fear—singing and moving on stage. As with making you comfortable with the Bard, we’ll show you how to deliver a simple, favorite song of yours and turn it into a professional song and dance routine. This exercise always leaves actors somewhat astonished with what they’re able to do in front of an audience.

The Audition. Whether it’s for stage, screen or commercials, you’ll learn the way to ace auditions. While we can’t guarantee you’ll get a part, we will teach you what you need to be confident auditioning for any part.

“At this point, I have to inform you, as you’ve no doubt guessed, there will be certain stringent health rules in place. Everyone who joins the class will be required to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated against the virus. Either your CDC card or a California DPH QR Code. You will also be required to wear a face mask while in the audience area of the theater. While on stage, we have devised a way for you to remove the mask and still remain safe. I don’t have to tell you these are times of change. With the right commitment, we’ll be able to make those changes together.”

This on-going acting lab will be available on Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm. See the schedule at the bottom of this page for our calendar and tuition rates.

Our History. The Marin Actors’ Workshop was the county’s best acting class for over 20 years in its previous San Rafael location. Hundreds of actors have called the workshop home since 1997. Beginners, intermediates and advanced actors work together, giving the mix a diversified and winning combination. At MAW you learn from doing…and from watching others. Come join us and work on the craft you love, acting.”

Terry McGovern, a working actor himself for over forty years, developed his style of teaching, studying with the grand dame of acting technique, Stella Adler. 

“I thought I knew how to act. Spencer Tracy said, ‘If you want to be an actor, just learn your lines, show up on time, and don’t bump into the furniture,’ McGovern says. “I soon found that I was no Spencer Tracy and that I needed to know much more than I did. Stella provided decades of experience and theory that made her the phenomenal teaching success that she was. 

“Her students included the likes of Robert De Niro, Salma Hayek, Warren Beatty, Melanie Griffith and, of course, the inimitable Marlon Brando. Her ethic was hard work for big rewards. The experience was invaluable to me. And it still is.

“My other teacher was the amazing Milton Katselas, the artistic director of the Beverly Hills Playhouse. My teaching skills were developed over years of attending Milton’s class and learning what to look for when an actor performs in the classroom. Milton delivered the truth, yet he always found something in a performance that was praise-worthy. And he always gave you something that made you believe in yourself. Hw gave you the courage to carry on. This has become my guiding teaching philosophy.”

Here’s what some actors have said about the Marin Actors’ Workshop: “MAW was a home away from home for me. Those classes gave me the confidence and the technical skills that I needed to become the best actor I could be.” 

“What I love about MAW is the safety factor. You work hard, but you know that you’re in a safe space, where your efforts are validated without fear of failure. MAW gave me a place, not ‘to pass or fail,’ but to simply get better.” 

“Terry’s the best. He works on the individual actor’s individual skills. I had incredible stage fright. The class taught me that everyone suffers from stage fright to some degree and brought to light the exact, right things for me to work on to overcome my fear.”

“MAW was a home away from home for me. Those classes gave me the confidence and the technical skills that I needed to become the best actor I could be.” “What I love about MAW is the safety factor. You work hard, but you know that you’re in a safe space, where your efforts are validated without fear of failure. MAW gave me a place, not ‘to pass or fail,’ but to simply get better.” “Terry’s the best. He works on the individual actor. I had incredible stage fright. The class taught me that everyone suffers from stage fright to some degree and brought to light the exact, right things for me to work on to overcome my fear. There was no method or formula. I learned while doing.”

If you’re still not sure, you can come to audit one class without paying in advance.

Realize your dream to be an actor. Again. Or for the first time.

Saturdays* 10:00am – 1:00pm

Classes start SOON (check back here for more info)

$35 per class (pay at the door, cash or card)

10% discount on three or more classes paid for at the same time!

For more information on Terry McGovern and the Marin Actors’ Workshop program, visit

http://www.marinactorsworkshop.com

* some dates blocked out by other events. See the CALENDAR for details.