Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
― Meryl Streep
Acting, An Art & A Technique
Acting is an art, and it is also a technique. While no technique can turn someone into Meryl Streep, it can make you a better actor and a more consistently better actor. Whether you are new to acting, or experienced and looking to take your craft to the next level, The Pearl's Adult Scene Study class will introduce you to the most tried and true realistic acting techniques from Stanislavski to Meisner to Uta Hagen. Students will spend the first 45 minutes on craft: technique and exercises, while the remainder of the class will focus on dramatic texts tailor made to the student. The study of art is always an inquiry, and we will explore through our work questions such as "What is truthful?" "What is interesting to an audience?" and "How do I establish relationship with a partner in an instant?" The final class will consist of a presentational showcase of final scenes for each other and invited audience. Come play with us! Come fail together! Come grow together! Come create truth together!
Dates: Sundays, September 23-October 28 (6 weeks)
Class Fee: $199
Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful; yourself. -Alan Alda
Jonathan Gonzalez-has been an actor, director, educator, writer, and arts administrator for over thirty years. He recieved his BFA in acting from United States International University, where he worked and trained with actors who are performing across the country from Hawaii to London, including Jamie Foxx, John Barrowman, and All My Children's Thorsten Kaye. He has trained at the award-winning La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, and American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He served as Amanda Plummer's personal assistant and worked in San Francisco as a member of Actor's Equity alongside many of SF's best actors including Geoff Hoyle (Zazu: Lion King: Broadway original cast). He moved to Texas in 2007 where he received his MFA from the University of Houston. Since then he has worked at U of H, Rice University, Texas A & M, The Alley, Texas Rep, The Landing Theater, Mildred's Umbrella, Dirt Dogs Theater, Christmas Revels, KVPAC, and numerous productions at the Pearl. He is currently the education director at Main Street Theater where he has worked in all three departments including Summer Shakespeare director for teens, actor in Theater for Youth, and director/actor for the MainStage. Jonathan believes in finding the art in everyone, and is intensely curious about the craft of acting, and thrives on seeing the moments of discovery on stage or in the classroom.