The Actors’ Workshop

This three-day acting workshop run by Matt Baker is designed to provide participants who have limited formal training with the fundamental tools to work as an actor. Using exercises from a variety of methods and techniques developed by Konstantin Stanislavski, Mikhail Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, and Lee Strasberg, the workshop takes a holistic and individualised approach to developing an actor’s craft.

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Acting is reacting, truthfully, under the given circumstances.

Matt is an Auckland based, award-winning actor, director, and critic. In 2007, he graduated from the Unitec Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Performing And Screen Arts in Acting for Screen and Theatre, but has been working professionally since his stage debuts in New Zealand (Macbeth) and Australia (The Lion King) in 2004. Since then, he has continued working as an actor in theatre (Bright Star, Tigerplay), musical theatre (The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty), television (The Almighty Johnsons, The Luminaries), short films (Breakdown, After Here), and commercials (The National Bank, Speight’s). He began writing critically in 2012 with Theatre Scenes, travelling to Romania in 2013 to attend an International Young Critics’ Seminar. That same year, he graduated from the University of Auckland with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts specialising in Drama, making his directorial debut the following year with critically-acclaimed productions of An Unseasonable Fall of Snow and Mo & Jess Kill Susie by New Zealand playwright Gary Henderson. In 2017, he graduated with a Master of Arts in Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Matt is represented by Kathryn Rawlings & Associates, is a member of New Zealand Actors’ Equity, and is the inaugural New Zealand member of the International Association of Theatre Critics.

The workshop will take place over three consecutive Saturdays. Attendance to each day is mandatory.

Day 1: Saturday 12th October, 10am-4pm

  • Acting Theory

  • Behaviour

  • Script Analysis

Day 2: Saturday 19th October, 10am-4pm

  • Character Biographies

  • Emotional Histories

  • Characterisation

Day 3: Saturday 26th October, 10am-4pm

  • Tasks

  • Scene Presentations

  • Q&A

TOTAL COST: $360.00

This workshop is strictly limited to EIGHT places. Click here to register.

The workshop will take place at Kete Aronui, 80 Onehunga Mall, Auckland.

 

Endorsements

”Matt has an incredible understanding of both text and character journey. He knows what an actor needs to do to serve a text; where they need to begin, where they need to go, and how they can get there.”Jess Sayer (Auckward Love, Dear Murderer)

“Matt helped me find my character, but also make it my own. He’s hands on, but doesn’t micro-manage, allowing actors to discover the moments themselves.”Ryan Richards (Funny Girls, Jono & Ben)

“Matt is attuned to the subtlety of acting and has a highly developed critical eye and ear. He knows how to make an actor comfortable and confident in giving an authentic performance.”Chelsea McEwan Millar (Go Girls, The Brokenwood Mysteries)

“Matt has a great talent for identifying the arcs, contrasts, and nuances within a text, and skilfully pushes his actors to best serve those moments.”Ben Barrington (The Almighty Johnsons, Shortland Street)

“Matt has a natural insight into character, and knows how to make every moment as important for the actor as it is for them.”Rachael Blampied (Shortland Street, Dirty Laundry)