I have always noticed the parallels between my work as a therapist and the work of an actor preparing for a role. We both study human behavior, expression of emotions, and underlying character motivations. We both strive to get the best performances, either out of ourselves or another.
While the destination of the work is different, the journey to get there is often the same.
Actors have a tremendous responsibility on the stage to portray authenticity in their work. But is there enough support for the actor for the intense emotional material that can surface when preparing for a role? How does an actor process the emotional challenges of playing Willy Loman or Blanche Dubois show after show, week after week? Continued personal growth for the actor as a human being is vital.
My vision for The Inner Stage™ workshops is to give actors a safe and confidential space to work on their most challenging role…themselves.
© 2012 Valerie Simon, LCSW, CP