MASTERING YOUR TECHNIQUE
with Ben Bass
Starts January 6, 2019 (Every Sunday for 8 weeks)
12:00 – 5:00pm
WHERE: 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
PARTICIPANTS: Only 12 Seats available!
FEES: $495 (including GST).
Prerequisites for this class are: Have some training, credits, & commitment to working hard.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Participants will not have the opportunity to make up classes for this class. Waitlist and sublist available for this class.
Ben began his career as the Young Elvis in the Charlottetown Festival production in the smash hit, West End musical, ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’. AAmong his many TV and film credits, Ben is best known as the edgy, rule breaking detective Sam Swarek on ABC’s hit series ROOKIE BLUE for which he received 2 Canadian Screen Award nominations for best actor. Other nominated credits include the critically acclaimed series THE ELEVENTH HOUR (best actor, Gemini nomination) created by MADMEN writer/producer Semi Chellas and the mini-series WOULD BE KINGS (best actor, Gemini nomination). Favourite roles include guest starring and recurring parts on LAW AND ORDER, CASUAL, THE DETAIL, DA VINCI’S INQUEST created by BOARDWALK EMPIRE writer/producer Chris Haddock. Ben has performed leading roles at the Stratford Festival and worked with such acclaimed British and Canadian theatre directors as Robin Phillips, Christopher Newton, Derek Goldby and Richard Rose. Ben began his career as the Young Elvis in the Charlottetown Festival production in the smash hit West End musical ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’
He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London, Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and with Larry Moss. He has performed leading roles for such acclaimed British theatre directors as Robin Phillips, Christopher Newton and Derek Goldby at the Stratford Festival.
In acting, as in life, we are most fulfilled, effective and powerful when we are inhabiting the present moment.
With a special emphasis on developing the actor’s ability to become vividly present, this class will also greatly sharpen the actor’s skillset: acting technique, accessing emotions, on camera technique, text analysis, voice technique, character physicality and audition technique. Presence leads you to strong connection with yourself, your intuition, your scene partners, co-creatives and all your relationships on and off camera. Combining authentic presence with a strong foundation of technique will give you the edge you’re looking in your acting. With every challenge and unexpected circumstance in acting and in life, developing authentic presence will empower you to become who and how you want to be as an actor, and as a human being.
“Ben has an unparalleled attention to detail that is grounded in a training and perspective unlike most acting teachers in North America. I love working with his ideas and continually come back to many of the tools he has shared with me over the years. The passion, enthusiasm, care and stamina Ben brings for both the work and the human being has been an immense source of support.” – Rekha Sharma : Credits include: Star Trek Discovery; The Fosters; The 100; Arrow; Shattered; V; Battlestar Galactica; Smallville; Da Vinci’s City Hall
“Ben is one of the finest, most present, and most thoughtful actors I have ever known and worked with. He has an intense passion for the craft. He cares. He understands and respects the process and is able to articulate his knowledge with precision and clarity. He has deep insight into human nature, and every conversation with him is illuminating. That he has decided to turn his attention to teaching is a gift to the next generations of actors who want to master their craft.”and many more. – David Sutcliffe : Credits include: Glimore Girls; The Romanoffs; Proof; Mistresses; Cracked; Private Practice; The Division; I’m With Her
“Ben approaches the work with such respect and reverence, no matter the subject matter or material. He has a way of making you feel uniquely valued and relevant as a person, which in turn allows for bold and courageous exploration of character and self. In working with him, I’ve found myself digging deeper, and thus paying homage to the mere act of storytelling simply by saying the words, breathing, and connecting to the symbiotic truths of both actor and character. I would highly recommend any class, project or workshop with Ben Bass’ name attached. Honest, poignant, and simply celebratory of the craft we so adore.” – Miranda MacDougall : Credits include: The Flash, Warrior & Tape
In this class you will
- develop authentic and powerful presence
- develop your confidence, clarity and casting range
- have a deeper, easier connection with your acting instincts
- sharpen your acting technique
- acquire essential, reliable tools for performing and for your life
- develop greater emotional capacity
- get out of your head and into, as Larry Moss calls it: the now of now