StoryAtlas BASICS: Beat Work – January 16th


StoryAtlas: Basics is a series of one-day workshops that give beginning and intermediate actors powerful tools to apply to every scene they develop. This quarter, we focus on identifying and developing the subtle changes within a scene in “Beat Work.”


Beats are smaller units of action within an acting scene that allow actors to make tactical changes in how they approach the other characters and their conflict. One of the most pragmatic ways to approach an acting scene is to identify beats and the corresponding changes in a character’s tactics.

In this three-hour workshop, we’ll practice identifying beats within a scene and creating compelling strategies for your character that line up with them. We’ll explore how the same beat can be interpreted in more than one way, giving you options in the rehearsal process. And we’ll examine how to make sure that your beat work supports the overall intention of a compelling character.

You’ll walk away from this class with a powerful tool for breaking down any script/scene you receive.

Cost: $35

When: Saturday, January 16th, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 7083 Hollywood Boulevard, 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028

StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes

StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes

This class is intended for beginning or intermediate acting students or advanced students seeking a refresher on the basics of the craft. The class is taught by Hunter Lee Hughes, director of the upcoming feature film Guys Reading Poems.



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