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@Lisina in your weekly email, you mention "the state of the industry acting technique" ...I would love to hear/read more on your take on this...
I know it is a vast subject, but is this in regards to more coaches making up their own "technique" or "training"?
Hi Kate. Well, I do have a lot of thoughts and opinions on the subject of coaches who invent or personalize a technique. Happy to give specific answers to questions on that. Feel free to ask. I'm not shy.
@Lisina I'm here for it ;) C'mon, spill.
I'm a purist. So I see no problem in teaching the words of the original founders of technique and attributing the technique directly to the founder. Stella Adler, Stanislavksi, Meisner, etc... kind of the same way you read the bible and attribute the lessons directly to the disciples or the person who said or wrote it down. Now, there are people who over time have taken the techniques and added an approach or formulized the technique somehow. This often has helped students find more practical ways of applying it. In that case, it would make sense that they would then technically own their own technique and process for the use of those original techniques. In those circumstances, it seems logical to title your practice of your technique with your name.
My question is to the necessity of that. Stella Adler didn't call it the Stella Adler Technique. She was teaching Stanislavski's methods, not hers. But when Meisner added the exercises that was clearly something he invented and therefore it warranted it's own technique label. Those were not Stanislavski's inventions.
So, it seems that in contemporary teaching (meaning any coaches and teachers who started teaching in the last 25 years or so) that many are titling their techniques more for branding and marketing purposes than an actual contribution to the craft. I guess it's hard to determine what qualifies as a legitimate technique as opposed to a style of teaching. For example, while I don't always see eye to eye on some of the teachings of Ivanna Chubbuck, she has a set process for approaching scripts that she designed. This is not a style, but an actual process she teaches that she invented and therefore seems to warrant calling it The Chubbuck Technique. I believe Margie Haber has similarly done the same thing.
But it seems that more and more coaches are equating their style with a technique. Which is allowing them to label themselves with ownership of a technique. In this case, I would personally feel this is more self-serving than a contribution to the craft of acting. I think you can be a great teacher of the craft that someone else wrote and give credit to it, without needing to attach credit of your own. Seems to me that's to earn followers, to create allegiance in some way. If we agree as teachers that there should be room and freedom for actors to learn the craft from many teachers voices than there isn't a need to own it and stamp it with your own name.
I love this response! it's an interesting "trend"... also, i'm the doofus that thought this chat was at 1pm -_-