The first of three workshops ACTING FROM THE BARE ESSENTIAL: YOU! in New York, March 13-15, was a great success. Here are a few quotes from participants and photo’s of the work:




   “… workshop is Outward Bound for actors. I was pushed to my limits and changed.”(Nancy Graham)

 “If you have the chance to study with Nancy and Paul – TAKE IT! Their workshop was transformational and left me with rich material for further growth and exploration both in performance and in life! Recommended!” (Sean Kaminsky)


 “Working with Nancy and Paul is like being in the room with Joseph Chaikin and Bertolt Brecht at the same time. Their training builds on these traditions to craft a profound, moving, and meaningful synthesis of the mind, the voice, and the body. By the end of the weekend I felt vulnerable, validated, emptied, empowered, and above all: present.”   (Greg Taubman)


“The workshop was a completely beautiful, loving, experience. Nancy & Paul work in tandem as they lead the way into storytelling with creative aliveness filled with technical clarity, exercises both simple and multifaceted. Being seen, acknowledged and challenged to the next level is the thrill of working with these master teachers. I’m eager to participate again.” (Shelley Hainer)

“Nancy Gabor and Paul Binnerts are the real deal.  They bring tremendous talent, heart and care to their work. Participating in this workshop brought me home to who I am as a creative artist and most importantly, as a human being. Don’t miss this. It’s a gift.”  (Jill Van Note, Actor, Coach, Feldenkrais Practitioner)



LOS ANGELES April 10-12 (Fri 7-10pm, Sat+Sun 10am-5pm) Contact: Allyson Adams, or (818) 825-9750

PORTLAND, OR April 17-19 (Fri 7-10pm, Sat+Sun 10am-5pm) Contact: Wendy Allegaert, or (646) 696-0288

Upcoming Acting Workshop: New York March 13-15

We are happy to announce that we partnered up with Playing with Reality workshops. If you’d like to sign up with both workshops you’ll earn a discount. Link to Playing with Reality Workshops

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Spring Workshops 2015 (see Page Upcoming Events)

Spring Workshops 2015 (see Page Upcoming Events)

Acting in Real Time – What it is and where it came from

PaulPhoto 3 BrotladenOne of the inspirations for my work as a director and an acting teacher has been the work of Bertolt Brecht, many of whose plays I’ve directed, and whose ideas about the ‘epic theater’ put me on the track of my own exploration of acting, which eventually led to the concept of ‘acting in real time.’

I discovered the real-time actor for the first time, while directing The Measures Taken, one of the most controversial plays by Bertolt Brecht, in 1971/72. Among many other things, we discussed the role of the composer/musician Louis Andriessen in the performance: should he stay while we were performing the scenes, or should he exit and return to the piano, which was positioned central stage, any time we were going to sing a song?

We decided that he should stay and watch us perform. But what were those of us doing then, when the others were singing – exit, or watch? Watch, of course. And who were we then when we watched? The characters we played? Or ourselves? Ourselves, of course. But to be our selves just like that, wasn’t so easy, knowing that we were being observed by an audience, and used as we were to the ‘illusion of the stage,’ symbolized by the so-called ‘fourth wall.’

We needed not only to be aware of this position, which at first felt very uncomfortable, but we also needed a technique to ‘break the illusion’ of the stage. We took our cue from Louis: musicians play their instruments, and when they don’t play, they look at their score, at the conductor, and at their fellow musicians, their instruments the ready for the next cue. They don’t pretend – what they do is real. Actors can be like musicians, who play in ‘real time.’ But they need a technique to do so, tools to see them selves as the instruments they play, the play as the score, the performance as a concert, and their fellow actors who are playing their roles… and often times just are watching.

Real-time acting is a new convention and a new acting technique for postmodern theater: the actor is the intermediary between the performance and the audience: as himself he/she tells the story of the role he plays in the here and now and the reality of the stage. His/her presence on the stage makes the actor into the author of the performance he/she plays his role in. The real-time actor acknowledges the audience, and communicates directly with him. In real-time theater, what is ‘real’ is the acting, the stage, the audience, and the theater itself, not what is acted, nor the illusions maintained in the play and on the stage. The real-time actor creates “the reality of the illusion, not the illusion of the reality.” The convention of real-time acting is non-realistic and non-illusionistic.


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