I have 15 + years experience teaching acting and performance. In addition to having a rigorous knowledge of techniques for teaching realism and method ( Stanislavski, Meisner, Adler), I am also an acclaimed specialist at teaching physical approaches to acting (mime, clown, mask, comedia del’arte) and have a dozen years experience as professional performance artist fluent in the languages of drag, burlesque and queer failure. I pair these practical skills with a Phd in Performance Studies (specifically around questions of the performance of racial and sexual identity) and a lifelong commitment to activist politics and aesthetics. My service stands out mostly because of the emphasis I put on empathy and the ethics of representation.
I love teaching both theory and practice, writing and performance. I especially love the luxury of being able to work with students 1 on 1 and really tailor my pedagogy to their given needs. My favorite part of teaching is when I get to see students experience a “lightbulb” moment, one where they really start to get a difficult concept or embody the heart of a character.
Marc cultivates the outrageous in his students, urging us to risk bigger choices, all the while providing a safe platform from which to explore. His background in Lecoq and his compassion for fellow humans makes Marc a keen observer of his student's personal clowns which means that the practice room is exhilarating. Marc encourages but holds students accountable for their choices. Equally skilled as a performer and director, Marc models a mind-body approach to acting more often found in Europe than the US. I find his approach to my acting challenges super specific and personal to me. I highly recommend spending some time unlocking with Marc!
Marc had an intuitive sense of the character I was developing in such a way that his work continued to evolve my existing material quickly into a more fully fleshed realization of the character. It was somewhere I probably would have ended up eventually, just better and faster.
Marc loves teaching, and it shows. As both an instructor and a director, Marc taught me so much about a range of physical theater practices, as well as how to combine them with other methods to create characters and events in theatrical performance. Marc's approach is very inclusive, and he's deeply invested in training queer artists and artists of color to be actor-makers. Coming from backgrounds in both academia and practical theater, he melds theory with practice to create a holistic learning experience.
While completing my PhD in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, I had the pleasure to teach the Introduction to Acting Course on four separate occasions while also directing MainStage productions. I have been a Diversity Fellow at the Rhode Island School of Design where I taught classes on performance training for artists and designers. I also spent three years running and directing an alt-performance venue, curating and promoting everything from classic plays to improv shows to devised new work. I also completed conservatory training in France in mime, clown and devising and hence pair a deep knowledge of method with a more body-based, outside-in approach to actor training.
I do not have a set price although I tend to work on a sliding scale from $50-$100/hr depending on the student and the type of work required. Please inquire for more details.
As far back as I can remember, I have always been teaching and learning simultaneously. I tutored in high school, taught in summer camp during college, and after college taught students with differing abilities and ages. I completed a PhD mostly for my love of teaching and still receive deep joy from watching a student understand the fundamentals of performance.
I have worked with children, teens, college students, adults new to the field and continuing professionals. I have taught acting for auditions, acting as drama-therapy and have work with a variety of people with special needs. As a Queer, non-binary Arab Jew, I am also an expert in working with people from diverse backgrounds understand how they can harness their inner performer, even if they have never seen anyone like them in the limelight.
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