Tim offers private acting and audition coaching sessions, industry consultation and on-set coaching.
His coaching focuses on identifying and strengthening the tools for truthful, connected, behavior-oriented acting work, and finding the actor’s individual way into that work. Emphasis is on:
He believes in the validation of the creative impulse, and the actor’s journey towards discovering his or her creative potential and limitless resources of self-expression. It is only when an individual truly develops an awareness of his or her own internal emotional life can he or she share it with the audience in a profound and generous way.
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"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies."
Acting is deceptively difficult - it is lying in order to find truth, yet being as truthful as possible in the lie. It is revealing the authentic self but playing a character. It is expressing our inner life but using someone else’s words to do so. It is sharing one’s intimate thoughts and feelings but doing it a public setting. It is being totally present and in the moment but rehearsing and practicing rigorously. These contradictions require investigation and activity. They demand energy, hard work and perseverance.
Tim's approach to working with actors is informed directly from the experiences, training and guidance that have influenced his professional and artistic development - the actor preparation of Stanislavsky, the psychological gesture of Michael Chekhov, the controlled behavior, emotion, and urgency of the Group Theatre, the premium of fun and play of Improvisation, the critical and dialectical practices of Bertolt Brecht, the movement vocabulary of Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints, the inventive physical life of the Commedia Dell’arte, and the attention to the body’s use of the Alexander Technique. He has been particularly inspired by Patsy Rodenberg and other innovators and proponents of vocal and breath work as the means to unlocking the actor’s emotional life.
Actors need to develop a definitive technique to approach the creation of a role, one that is useful in any kind of genre or style of performance. They must gain a tremendous amount of awareness and respect for their talents and skills as artists. They should strive to approach their acting with patience, sensitivity and confidence and feel they have the resources and flexibility to do so. The actor is the central figure, the integrating tool, in the art of storytelling. Act, actor, action. The elements of performance are organically connected and are driven by the actor in front of the camera and on the stage. The actor is an advocate for the character of the narrative, and nothing less than an advocate for humanity.
"Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to prepare to win."
Bobby Knight, basketball coach
If Tiger Woods needs a coach, so do you. Professional musicians, athletes, dancers, industry leaders – they all embark on a lifetime of training that never ends. The same should be true for actors. Musicians play every day. Writers write every day. Dancers dance every day. Athletes work out every day. The actor needs to continually develop and expand his or her skills, craft and technique, even while working professionally. The pursuit of excellence and your personal expansion as an artist are lifetime endeavors.