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What’s an Intensive?

Tom Todoroff StudioWhat’s an Intensive?

One or two full days of personalized coaching on scene, monologue and/or audition technique with Tom Todoroff.  Intensives are held one to four times per year in select cities in the U.S., Canada and abroad.  Each day of training begins approximately 9-10am and runs until 5-7pm.  Participants may observe the Intensive or come prepared with a scene/monologue/audition piece.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • All correspondence pertaining to the Intensive will be done by email.  No phone calls please except in the case of a true emergency.
  • It is your responsibility to check your email regularly.  If you have not heard back from us, please resend the email.
  • Please include your phone number and email address in all correspondence.
  • Performers will receive payment information with their acceptance letter.  Please refrain from submitting payment to Perform until you’ve been accepted.
  • Observers and Newcomer Observers may enroll directly on the website – they do not need to wait on an acceptance letter.
  • Walk ins are not accepted.  This includes observers.  Please make sure you’ve enrolled and received confirmation of your enrollment before attending.
  • Intensives fill up QUICKLY.  Don’t wait to apply.
  • Should you require further information, please email local TT team.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Performing Actors:

  • All Performers receive a Syllabus upon acceptance.  Please read the Syllabus fully and complete the three required reading books before the Intensive.
  • Performers prepare a 3-4 minute scene with a scene partner.  Performers are also asked to have a 1-2 minute monologue in case Tom asks to see additional material or in case their scene partner is absent for any reason.
  • Choose a piece by one of the 250+ authors listed on our Syllabus.  If you are committed to working on a piece by an author not on the syllabus, you must email us the script for review and approval at least four weeks in advance of the Intensive date.
  • Read the entire play and understand the play.
  • Appropriate dialect for the text.  Please only work on a piece that requires a dialect if you are well-rehearsed and completely comfortable working in that dialect.
  • Wear appropriate clothes for the period.
  • If you have a scene partner, schedule rehearsals and honor the schedule! 
  • Basic furniture (chairs and a table) will be provided by the theater.
  • Any additional props or furniture must be supplied by the actor.  These must be taken home each night.

Observers & Newcomer Observers:

  • Commitment to learn and take notes.
  • Respect for actors and their performances.
  • Please no walking in and out while the work is taking place.

 

THE WORK:

INCREASE YOUR VITALITY, SELF-EXPRESSION, AND CAPACITY FOR JOY

Actors of all levels, students, artists, musicians , and professionals, etc. are warmly welcomed to join this supportive environment.

The work is all encompassing and prescriptive, base on each individual’s specific needs.  It is designed to help the actor shed “competitive defense mechanisms,” facilitating access to one’s unique vulnerability, which is the cornerstone of all great acting.

THE RATE OF PROGRESS AND TRANSFORMATION IS BREATHTAKING

Individual will is powerful. Like-minded group support is omnipotent.  The moment you believe that you are too overwhelmed “to show up” is usually a mysterious gift, as it is the moment of your breakthrough.   Don’t miss it, walk through this perceived fire, rather than be consumed by it – THE ART OF SHOWING UP.

YOUR MOST DIRECT ROUTE TO BEING A WORKING ACTOR IS TO STUDY AND TRAIN WITH THOSE WHO HAVE MANIFESTED PROFESSIONAL WORK THEMSELVES.

All participants will share in an unforgettable experience full of insight, humor, spontaneity and surprise.  Those who choose the performance option will present the work of their choice onstage, receiving personal direction from Tom as he teaches by example.  As strong writing creates strong actors, challenging scrips are desireable, upon enrollment performers are given a class syllabus and personalized guidance regarding their choice of material.

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

  • strengthen and find your true voice
  • seek your own good opinion
  • be a text detective
  • change the molecules in the room
  • have talent for your talent
  • think like a producer
  • be the acting “CEO” of your own corporation
  • dare us not to cast you
  • know when you’re ready to get an agent
  • be truly free by remaining unattached to the outcome
  • de-mystify the process and become an acting athlete
  • transform nervousness into intense excitement
  • act moment to moment and find the need for every line
  • harness the power of the outer casting office
  • be expressive rather than impressive
  • personalize a role and work from yourself
  • vanquish the unspoken pact
  • and much more!

YOUR WILL LEARN WHY:

  • the moment before can get you the job
  • there are no “characters” in your script
  • the words “random” and “whatever” are dangerous
  • two hundred and fifty is a magic number
  • your acting has little to do with why we cast you
  • and much more!

Tom has been coaching and directing actors in  New York, Hollywood and around the world for over thirty-five years.