The Colour Academy seeks nurture and enhance the artistic individuality of the performers of tomorrow. Heavily influenced by traditional acting techniques as developed by Stanislavski, Meisner and Lee Strasberg, we believe that acting not only an art but also a science (Kher). Like most sciences, acting can be researched, experimented, learnt and taught and the results can always be improved through measurements of ability as determined by the response of audiences. Our task is to identify, train and groom raw talent into a breed of disciplined, professional actors. The Colour Academy seeks to develop actors who are mature, well rounded in terms of cultural context and confident of portraying characters truthfully. The only pre requisite we have is commitment to the craft and dedication to the profession.
The Colour Academy is committed to helping every actor become exceptional, versatile and radiant in every moment of a performance. Rooted in the Meisner acting technique, our movement class for actors is one of the most important aspects of the program. Incorporating the study of the physical self, it’s relation to physical space and the physicality of other actors. Meisner acting is about creating imaginary circumstances in an authentic, truthful spontaneous way, based on the interaction of actors moment by moment. One critical aspect to doing this successfully through movement is being fully aware and open in terms of your physical habits, postures, gestures, body language and voice and sound. This awareness is also critical to remaining open and aware to the physical aspects of other actors and the physical “world” you are creating together. There is an intimate relationship between the emotional life and physical expression. Colour academy aims to provide a fully immersive experience in top notch movement training for actors, an extremely important component of great acting. This class helps actors prepare for and manage the intensity of truthful acting. More importantly, as students become more and more challenged, Movement Training will aid them in continuing to open up more physically rather than tense up and close themselves off as things become more challenging. Movement class for acting helps actors to immediately move beyond physical constrictions and use the body as a full acting instrument that can interact fully, with all the senses, to the world around them and to the other “players’ in that world A class designed to assist actors to recognize and replace unwanted habits with greater body awareness, poise and ease of movement. Actors will explore the Alexander Technique through various modalities and achieve greater artistic excellence by discovering more choices in movement and expression
An intensive class in vocal work designed to provide the actor with a basic technique for vocal preparation and performance. Projection, vocal quality, range, energy and expressiveness are developed through relaxation exercises, physical work and poetry. The class is designed to stimulate each student’s emotional, physical and vocal range in order to creatively speak the text. Modern and classic monologues will be explored. Vocal production is designed to expand the actor’s vocal and physical potential. Projection, range and energy are focal points as the actor works for clarity and refinement, facilitating the integration of classical and stylistic material. Further Voice Modulation makes speech interesting to listen to. With speech it is modulation that makes the words and phrases stand out and to be more readily understood and remembered. It is important therefore that an actor masters the art of modulation.
Acting training and practicing yoga have a great deal in common. Both focus on the need to relax the body in order to open up to the experience at hand, whether it be on stage or in life. Both explore breathing techniques designed to encourage immediate and highly specific responses in the body and the mind. Both recognize the importance of a strong, flexible body; in acting because our body is the instrument of our craft, and in yoga because the body is viewed as the instrument of our soul. But the most important connection between acting training and yoga is the emphasis on the development of concentration of the mind. In yoga this is accomplished by anchoring the mind in the body. Even Stanislavski recognized the importance of developing the ability to focus the mind when he wrote,"The first step in the creative art of the stage is concentration of attention."
The Film Appreciation course offers a unique learning experience that will deepen the understanding of films among the participants. The course is an introduction to the diverse expression of the film language and to the defining features of the medium - such as the cinematic construction of an event and the macro and micro composition of space and time in cinema. The course is an initiation programme for those participants interested in developing their knowledge of the language and aesthetics of cinema. The course aims to introduce participants to the uniqueness of cinema as an art and as a medium of communication. Further the course explores the nature of the language of film and introduces participants to the idea of developing and analysis films in a critical and constructive manner.
We firmly believe at the Colour Academy, that being a good actor is not enough to secure work in possibly the most competitive industry in the world. The Business and Enterprise course is designed to guide actors in the processes of marketing themselves. How to approach auditions and how to differentiate themselves from other actors. The Business and Enterprise class is designed to instil discipline and professionalism into the lives of a struggling actor to help them increase their chances of securing work. A specific look on the influence of social media and potential strategies to help market ones talent will also be investigated.