Character Acting


Creating from the Wound

with John Markland

“Character actors are the muses and the metaphors of modern film.”

April 8th– May 27th

I believe your craft of acting is a means of artistic and personal catharsis. The process by which you build and then play your character has an innate quality of healing. The method I describe here is an exploration of this healing process. Personalizing and sharing so that the cathartic effect is offered within the art... the play. I think we do this as children and then forget how much we helped each other heal through play. Enjoy, and I’m sure questions will come.

Character acting allows you to manifest the inner life through physicality, such as Heath Leger’s shortened gait and stiff jaw in Brokeback Mountain. It allows you to express the wounds within, as in Vincent D’onofrio’s stuttered and hesitant voice in Full Metal Jacket. It allows you to express the historical through behavior as in Meryl Streep’s reflective stares until an emotional snap and bite in August Osage County. Giving voice to those parts that have no words.

Character acting allows the actor to become the muse and the metaphor of film.

This class will be simple. A scene. A play or film character. You will create through voice, movement, hair , make-up, costume, behavior and disposition. Then we play .

You will need time in March to rehearse.


Registration Begins February 15th, 2018

8 weeks on Monday nights at 8 pm – 11 pm. $600. *Please bring a mat and journal.


*Space is limited for this class so please register as soon as you know you can commit to the dates. For registration or further information please email