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StoryAtlas 3.0

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

StoryAtlas 3.0

Major change is coming to StoryAtlas! I’ll explain the process that lies ahead for the studio, but first, I want to look back at our remarkable evolution, to put this new phase in perspective. When I founded StoryAtlas in 2013, our first instructive offering was a men’s only class called “Actors as Emotional Athletes” that included a small but incredible group of artists, including Alexander Dreymon, Jerod Meagher, Vincent Montuel and Jason Fracaro. At that point in my career, I felt more suited to helping men – most not much younger than I was at the time – with some of their specific and unique challenges to developing characters. That class wound down in 2014 with a beautiful scene between Bob Dallmeyer, a sprightly man in his mid-70s, and Jason, a hard-working, generous-of-spirit young man who ended up becoming my producing partner. The two of them performed a scene from “The Shawshank Redemption.” In the scene, Bob’s character expressed that he may not have it in him to reach the fabled Zihautanejo. Simply put, it was great work. After class, I took Bob out to dinner at Bossa Nova on Sunset. He gave me advice about both career and romance, in an inversion of our roles as teacher and pupil. He told me that I should find a way to become a father, that I would be a good one. Less than six months later, Bob died. But the remnants of the work of those two men remains a symbolic highlight of the purpose of that first incarnation of StoryAtlas: to fortify and inspire men to be vulnerable and real with one another with the pretext that the vulnerability was all about the craft of acting. It was and it wasn’t. The second incarnation of StoryAtlas has been our own two-year journey at Studio A on Hyperion Avenue. When I re-started teaching after wrapping up the shoot for “Guys Reading Poems,” I knew that I wanted to teach both men and women this time. Two fundamental principles were important to me in this second go-round. I wanted to create an environment that fostered a welcoming, community of artists and I wanted to teach acting free of the confines of one particular method. I wanted to use the class as an experiment for how to approach the craft of acting, even if that meant I risked looking foolish or had an exercise fall flat. I’ve seen a...

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Mauricio Soto is March honoree for StoryAtlas

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

Mauricio Soto is March honoree for StoryAtlas

Our latest five-week StoryAtlas acting cycle was the second in our series of three “Shadow Power” classes, on the topic of Hero Worship. We had a remarkable group of actors! We give two honors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of the final performance (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire five-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, both our “Excellence in Performance Award” and “Breakthrough Award” went to Mauricio Soto, for his role as Silvio opposite Ronnie Kroell and Jorgie Goico in a scene from the play “Pvt. Wars” by James McLure. This is only the second time in the history of the StoryAtlas studio that the same actor won both the “Excellence in Performance Award” and the “Breakthrough Award.” The last time and only other time it happened was the January, 2016 cycle on “Death and Dying,” for which actress Yuki Sagara won both awards. StoryAtlas Honorees for March, 2017: Excellence in Performance Award: Mauricio Soto for his role as Silvio in “Pvt. Wars” by James McLure Breakthrough Award: Mauricio Soto for his role as Silvio in “Pvt. Wars” by James McLure The conclusion of our Shadow Power series – Dark Side Rising – begins this Sunday, April...

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