Fernan Rock Acting Lessons

Fernan Rock Acting Lessons

4.9 (7)
25 years in business

About this pro

I have many years experience as a theater artist and producer, including my craft as an actor, director, theatrologist, choreografer, producer and drama teacher. I was a leader on staff at Sonhus Ritual Theater Group in Brazil for over a two decades (1996-2018). My work involved daily and weekly assignments, as well as collaboration with other actors, directors, visual artists, video editors, art desiners, writers, dramaturgists, photographers and other artists and producers too.


I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Live Perfomance (drama theater, actor and director) from Federal University of Goias in Brazil in 2005. In addition to acting, I extensively studied sing lessons, physical theater, dramatic body mime, masks of commedia del’art, comedy, improvisation acting paticipated in workshops and presented in performances and plays at specific festivals around the country enhanced my ensemble-acting abilities and skills.

After 6 years producing independent projects, presenting, traveling and making connections with my theater group, I return to academy wordise and I earned my Master’s degree in Theater from Federal University of Uberlandia/Minas Geraes in Brazil in 2014.

I founder a theater group called Ritual Theater in Goiania capital of Goias state in Brazil in 1996. Since then, my theatrical interests have focused mainly on physical theater, mime, dance-theater and antropological theater resourches. In all these years I worked as a director of 20 shows and I performed or directed more than 40 performances, among works produced by the group Sonhus Teatro Ritual and works on special projects with students.

I travel to Germany, Argentina, USA and Japan to present theatrical performances, to train and take classes with master of Butoh Dance and also I was in Portugal, Spain, Colombia and Italy to exchange experiences and learn with others body mime, physical comedians and physical-visual theater artists and masters.

I published my book "The Ritual of the Actor in Group - Training of Actors as a Collective Culture" in 2017 telling our experience and sharing our discoveries about the shared actor's life, the skills and techniques acquired and developed together over the years.

Before coming to the USA in 2018, I completed 22 years as director of the Sonhus Ritual Theater Group and 5 years as director of the Sonhus Space theater in partnership with the Department of Education and Culture of the Government of the State of Goias in Brazil, where I worked with members from the community to develop exhibitions, presentations, films, live performances, concerts, workshops and festivals and art fairs, music, theater and animation films and short films.

Recently, I participated in presentations in which I was invited to take part with some local artists, especially with the collaboration of the Daipan butoh colletive. Also in a performance with Joan Lage at the Seattle butoh Festival. I gave a workshop during the month of May as part of the ongoing activities of the Seattle Butoh Festival and presented at the Festival the performance called The Shadows on a Pearl’s Skin. I created and performed a show called Lost in Translation at the Kirkland Performance Center, did a series of performances with the Daipan Butoh Colletive last year, including at the Japanese Garden in Seattle and at the Tashiro Kaplan Studio and also at the Seattle Butoh Festival. I did shows with local artists at the Velocit Dance Center last November. I sang a musical show on the BraziFest schedule at Seattle Center, on a huge stage under the Space Needle, gave some acting workshops, including The Theater of the Oppressed, created by the late Brazilian master Augusto Boal.

In my work as an actor, what fascinates me most is the possibility of being able to be everything that I am capable of imagining, just allowing myself to adapt the form, to shape myself in different ways, my physicality, my way of speaking, walking, gesturing and being. Introduce myself as someone else, with other characters and characteristics. As a teacher or director, I delight in making it possible for those who wish to express themselves in another way, means and good advice to challenge themselves and transcend their own limitations of communication, imagination, creativity and expressiveness.

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Seattle, WA 98155
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4.9

  • David H.

    I was part of an in-person bilingual theatre workshop with Fernando a few months before the pandemic hit and within a few sessions we got introduced to different performance concepts in a fun and constructive way. It was my introduction to theatre, I wanted to figure out if I'd be able to do it and Fernando pushed us in a direction that showed us we would. His compassion, empathy, creativity, impressive background and good teaching skills will help you get to where you want to be.

  • Dalila Miranda

    Fernando is an AMAZING actor and specially teacher. It was a experience that i will never regret! He is super professional,fun and very passioned on what he does. You can see and you can FEEL! I would do it again and again,thanks for the great classes and to discover a new side of me.

  • Juliano

    very good to be able to go back to a theater class. Fernando and a great professional knowledgeable in the area was really a amazing experience 🎭

  • Mateus Oliveira

    The classes went over that I was expecting. Fernando teaches with property, he really know what he’s doing. I had a blast working with them. I would definitely recommend his classes. It was super fun, and I learned a lot. Thanks again Fernando and his crew!


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I usually make a diagnosis, know the current skills of the student, to understand where and what I can contribute the most to their development.

Then I start to apply some exercises to gradually expand the possibilities of what I noticed that I need to invest more in the student or that he particularly and consciously wants and has chosen to try to improve.

The performance usually depends a lot on the student's commitment and dedication to overcome himself.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have dedicated myself for the last 24 years to physical and mimic theater, involving a whole body training, vocal and mind training, however with my academic formation I have a horizon of vast possibilities in the field of acting on stage, where I have more experience and practice and I have extensive studies on acting for camera, however I did not dedicate myself so much in professional practice to this field of acting that today I am more interested.


How did you get started teaching?

I started learning professionaly from an early age at 18. I was invited to be a drama teacher at a public high school. So, I decided to go to the performing arts faculty at the Federal University of Brazil and later I went back to the academy to guarantee my master's degree in theater. I came to the United States thinking about continuing my academic studies in a possible doctorate, but now I am thinking about investing in acting for camera and trying to reach a new direction in my profession: acting for the cinema. After that, I became a publicly and acting theater teacher in a public position for the State of Goias, where I lived in Brazil. Since then, my work as an artist went hand in hand with my work as a teacher, advisor, professor and coach.


What types of students have you worked with?

Students of all ages, and of different ethnicities, regionalities and nationalities. I appreciate the diversity of our Humanity and our different cultures developed throughout the History of the human being on this planet.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently, I participated in presentations in which I was invited to take part with some local artists, especially with the collaboration of the Daipan butoh colletive. Also in a performance with Joan Lage at the Seattle butoh Festival. I gave a workshop during the month of May as part of the ongoing activities of the Seattle Butoh Festival and presented at the Festival the performance called The Shadows on a Pearl’s Skin. I created and performed a show called Lost in Translation at the Kirkland Performance Center, did a series of performances with the Daipan Butoh Colletive in 2019, including at the Japanese Garden in Seattle and at the Tashiro Kaplan Studio and also at the Seattle Butoh Festival. I did shows with local artists at the Velocit Dance Center last November. I sang a musical show on the BraziFest schedule at Seattle Center, on a huge stage under the Space Needle, gave some acting workshops last year(2019), including The Theater of the Oppressed, created by the late Brazilian master Augusto Boal.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Search for your experience. Observe their achievements. Pay attention to your guiding ideas or work-life philosophy. If possible, search for references. Realize if your artistic and pedagogical skills and objectives are in agreement or can dialogue with your personal interests and searches.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Am I really open and available to allow that person to interfere with my weaknesses and anguish, my emotions and provoke my sensitivity to the limits of who I may not even imagine that I might become?

Am I really willing to acquire new confidence?

Am I determined enough to face some weaknesses to make me hard and strong or to become lighter, soft, delicate, funny or more subtle, and thus, by expanding my limits, to make myself more resistant, resilient and stronger, more able to face challenges made for me?


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