New York Practical Aesthetics Acting Intensive



WHEN: 10am-6pm 20 Jun 2018 – 24 Jun 2018

COST: $1595 to participate, $65 per day to audit (or $120 for both days)

TICKETS: Brave Studios Website

Brave Studios is proud to present an exclusive opportunity to train with two master teachers from New York’s famed Atlantic Theater Company in Practical Aesthetics, Anya Saffir and Jacquelyn Landgraf.

In 2018 we will welcome them back to work in Melbourne for the first time ever in Sydney at 107 in Redfern.

This week long intensive workshop in Practical Aesthetics brings together two fundamental tenets of the technique, action and moment: thinking before you act and acting before you think. Actors are empowered to make clear, specific choices based on a careful study of the text, and to execute their choices spontaneously and truthfully. In this way, the class will teach the actor to prepare to improvise. Acting work becomes free and alive, whilst still being thoroughly connected to the text.

Saffir and Landgraf are incredibly accomplished teachers and theatre practitioners. Both have been evolving the Practical Aesthetics acting technique together over the last decade at The Atlantic Acting School. Every year many Australian actors make the pilgrimage to New York City to study at the Atlantic Acting School, a school known for its reputation in developing and nurturing both craft and technique.

See the Brave Studios Website for more information and to enrol.

Anya Saffir

Anya Saffir is a theatre director, writer and educator based in and hailing from New York City.

Anya has been on the faculty at Atlantic Theater Acting School since 1998. She is a Master Teacher of Practical Aesthetics, an acting technique originally developed by William H. Macy and David Mamet, based on the teachings of Stanislavsky, Joseph Campbell and Aristotle. At Atlantic Anya teaches Advanced Scene Study classes in Chekhov, Shakespeare, Throughline Technique, and Postwar British Drama, a class she developed based on her interest in Brecht’s legacy and the political theater movement that emerged in Britain in the wake of WWII. Anya served for many years on the faculty at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is currently a professor of the plays of Anton Chekhov at the Brooklyn College Acting Conservatory. She has several times been a guest artist at Harvard University’s Graduate Center for Advanced Theater Training, and delivered the commencement address to the graduating M.F.A. actors in 2015. She has been a visiting Chekhov professor at Penn State Graduate Theater Program and has traveled internationally to teach Master Classes in Practical Aesthetics.

Jacquelyn Landgraf

Jacquelyn Landgraf is an actor, writer, director, and theater educator based in Brooklyn.

Jacquelyn has been on the acting faculty at the Atlantic Acting School since 2006, where she is a Master Teacher of Practical Aesthetics. She teaches Script Analysis to the NYU/Tisch Drama undergraduates, and she created and led the implementation of Moment Lab, now a core studio class across all programs. Jacquelyn has taught performance and writing workshops for The Williamstown Theater Festival, The New York Neo-Futurists, the U.S. State Department, London Central Film School, Brave Studios (in Melbourne, Australia), Hollins University M.F.A. Dance (in Berlin, Germany), Brooklyn College, Boston University, Improv Olympic Los Angeles, and the Susan Marshall Dance Company.