Self-Confidence and the Actor's Inner Voice

The way we talk to ourselves has a big impact on our acting abilities. Self-talk is the name given to the internal dialogue we constantly have with ourselves. When our inner voice is negative, it increases pressure and potential for failure. As actors our inner voices greatly influence our performances.

If our self-talk is damaging and turns into a permanent critic, it will constantly impede our progress. However by increasing concentration we can calm the inner voice down. Yoga, meditation or simple breathing and visualising exercises will quickly show great results. The secret is to incorporate these practices in your daily life so they become part of your being.

Once a state of calm can be reached and maintain periodically, it is time to invite positive thoughts about yourself and your acting capabilities. To start with, remembering big or small achievements on stage or in the rehearsal room, perhaps a drama teacher’s praise or a friend’s encouraging words may inspire you to find your own reasons to feel confident in yourself as an actor.

Little by little you will notice changes. Firstly, less stress will make your enjoy much more the performing experience. Then, this new confidence will allow you to step into new territories and therefore develop your drama skills: you'll become a better actor. With repeated effort and increased awareness the inner voice will become gentle and will provide support and motivation when faced with the next obstacle.

Grants for Performers Announced

International Performing Art Camp in Tuscany Italy, 24-29 October 2016.

We're pleased to inform you that Art Universe Agency has announced several grants for professional performers: dancers, choreographs, actors of dance, physical theatre, drama, musical theatre, contemporary circus artists, movement directors, physical theatre directors, multidisciplinary artists.

International Performing Art Camp is opening its doors to performers of all continents! The grant supports accommodations and meals during the International Performing Art Camp 2016 in Tuscany, Italy. The camp is based on the territory of the 12th century monastery famous for the name of Dante Alighieri.

Performing Art Camp is the international residential for performing art practitioners from different countries working in various techniques, genres and styles. The program is open to dancers, actors, choreographs and contemporary circus performers with professional stage experience, multidisciplinary artists passionate and inspired by movement, drama and physical theatre interested in practical research of contemporary performance practice together with colleague from all over the world.

The artistic director of the program is the theatre director, choreographer and teacher Sergei Ostrenko. During the program participants will have opportunities to explore Ostrenko method of performer's physical training and rehearsal based on the method of Stanislavsky, M. Chekhov, principals of Meyerhold's Biomechanics, Tai Chi and contact improvisation.

For all information http://www.artuniverse.org/grants


Playing On Theatre Company Hearing Things

Playing On Theatre company presents a moving and provocative drama that opens a window to the closed world of psychiatry. Hearing Things, by Philip Osment, explores the blurred lines between perceptions of mental illness in society and the many different realities from the point of view of patients, relatives and staff.

This event is part of the new season opening at the Wellcome Collection in September: Medicine, What Now? The program includes many events centre around a major free exhibition, Bedlam: the asylum and beyond. The exhibition traces the rise and fall of the mental asylum by following the story of one such institution, Bethel Royal Hospital in London, know in popular slang as Bedlam.

The display focuses on the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of individuals who inhabited the asylum or created alternative to it - their voices have shaped the meaning of mental illness and the current landscape of mental healthcare. Bedlam juxtaposes historical material and medical records with individual testimonies and works by artists such as David Beales, Richard Dadd, Dora Garcia, whose works reflect or reimagine the institution, as both a physical and a virtual space.

Another event of interest for actors will be run by Siobhan Davies Dance: Moving Conversation. Choreographers and scientists explore the connection between mind, body and feeling, through performance and discussion, as part of research for a new work by Siobhan Davies Dance.