JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018: Death, Dying, Grief & Loss


Our five-week cycles of acting class are focused and add useful tools to your process as an actor, while culminating with the challenge of performing for the entire StoryAtlas studio. This month, we examine what it means for your character to face the abyss through the topic of “death, dying, grief and loss.”


The process of dying…or grieving the loss of one who has died…has been a monumental part of drama since its origin. As actors, it poses a unique challenge because few of us have actually faced death viscerally, yet we must bring to life characters who do. Even portraying someone in the grieving process is profoundly difficult as it simultaneously brings up our own losses and fears while forcing us to confront insecurities of whether or not we can “go there” in performance.

In this five-week cycle, you’ll receive a scene focused on a character dealing with death, dying, grief or loss. The first three weeks, we’ll develop the scene through rehearsals and exercises meant to empower you to embody this shadow side of life. Then, the fourth week, we’ll perform the scenes for an audience comprised of the entire StoryAtlas studio, including alumni, auditors and guests and every actor will receive an evaluation of their work. The class is taught by Hunter Lee Hughes (director, Guys Reading Poems).

Sunday, January 14th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 21st, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 28th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

No class on Sunday, February 4th.

Sunday, February 11th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday, February 18th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (final performance for the entire StoryAtlas studio).

Location: Hyperion Arts Complex, 2306 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Want to audit for free? You can audit the open house for our previous cycles on October 8, 2017 and November 19, 2017. RSVP to: Hunter@StoryAtlas.com


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