Permission Workshop

This series of workshops will build a foundation from which an actor can walk into any given circumstance feeling confident to apply themselves through each of the themes. Exploring and expressing this breadth of emotional life will allow an actor to take on any role with the presence and truth of knowing how they honestly experience love, fear, abandonment, sabotage, redemption and recovery. We will also learn the relationship within ourselves between each of these themes so we can arrive at an understanding of our own “emotional atmosphere.”


Fear: Resisting/Allowing:

Fear and Love cannot co-exist. I have seen exceptional actors paralyzed by fear whether it is auditioning, before stepping on stage or right after hearing “action”. In a very practical sense I want us to use these scenes to “allow” fear. YES. Allow it with all its headiness, sweating, short breath, feelings on unworthiness, dizzy, tightness and pure unadulterated mantra “I can’t”. We have to allow these things to be recognized in order to move through or along with them, so they are not controlling us. We have to put our arm around these fears and say, “Ok, you can come.” Through this invitation there is a surrender that takes the power away from fear. We can allow it by exploring and respecting that fear may have a truth hidden within. “I’m afraid people will think I’m not the actor they think I am.” This fear will stop you from discovering the actor you can be. We will revisit this in the final workshop Reintegration that may offer a way to bring all of the themes into balance.


I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.  – Nelson Mandela

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. – Mark Twain

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.  – Baruch Spinoza

A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.   – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.  – Jiddu Krishnamurti

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.  – Nikos Kazantzakis

Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves. - Henry Miller

I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. – Jackson Pollock

Love is the total absence of fear. Love asks no questions. It doesn’t need to prove itself. Its natural state is one of extension and expansion, not comparison and measurement. – Gerald Jampolsky

I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.  – Erica Jong

I'm always interested in trying to investigate different personalities. I want to keep myself guessing and keep the fear element alive, so that I don't get too comfortable. – Michael Fassbender