As a teacher, I started by setting up
and running the Drama Centre Foundation course in 1991. I also work in
various prestigious British drama schools as a teacher of different acting
disciplines and as a visiting director. I have my own very individual
style of training, a result of my considerable years of experience and
all the workshops I continue to attend. I continuously redefine and reinvent
my work. I have run various courses related to acting at: Drama Centre
London - E15 Drama School – London Centre for Theatre Studies - The Science
of Acting School – CYTO – The Oxford School of Drama – The Courtyard -
Central School of Speech and Drama - and RADA. I enjoy, and can be particularly
useful, in giving actors a feel for passion and energy, through the use
of European writers and texts such as: Pirandello, Goldoni, Lorca, Sartre,
C. De La Barca, Ionesco, etc. I am a director that has had first hand
experience with the language, people and customs one is trying to recreate.
Being fluent in four European languages, I can also help with adjusting
some laboriously translated texts.
Some of the schools I have worked in are Universities and I am therefore familiar with structuring class plans, curriculums, performance reports, handouts etc.
I have had experience in structuring classes for the following:
|1.0||Rehearsal Exercise/Play Direction. At all levels; using all types of texts and plays.|
|2.0||Acting. At all levels. And focusing on:|
|2.1||Animal work. Using observation and recreation, finding parallels between animal sounds and character energy productions.|
|2.2||Inner and Outer Characteristics. An exploration of both Outer energies and Inner life. I have a very unique approach to installing the sensation of the “Inner Life” to the actor, with relevant exercises. Incorporating also M. Chekhov’s psychological gestures linked to the characteristics; using also characters’ voiced and platform thoughts, phone calls etc. etc.|
|2.3||Theatre games/exercises. A succession of games to illustrate and enlighten students to the demands of acting. Including: Private Moments, Singing exercises, Improvisations.|
|2.4||Working Actions. Over the last few years I have specialised in teaching Rudolph Laban’s Working Actions; adopting a very hands-on, physical, and fresh approach to the subject. Pioneering new ground, and finding a more immediate dynamic and practical application for Working Actions, in answer to the challenges of acting and characterisation. Working Actions Workouts, part movement and part spoken. Beats/change exercises. Guided Improvisations. Text work. Characterisation work. Movement work.|
|2.5||Monologue Techniques. A guided series of unique exercises to tackle monologues.|
|3.0||Text Analysis. The breakdown of text. Covering: beats, actions, activities, energy productions.|
|4.0||MaxiMix I have developed a 3 hour actor’s workout I call the “MaxiMix”, which I have been experimenting with more mature students. It is a hard core emotional and physical release exercise and a lot more. To be done in a big room (a dance studio preferably) with a good sound system, some cushions and tissues! It has been proved to be very very good: even if definitely not for the fainthearted.|
“The Training starts
with the actor's work on himself. Once the decision has been made
to go down the “Acting” road a continuous process of self analysis
and observation must consciously start. And never stop. An actor
must learn to face himself, and to hide nothing from himself; and
to do so takes an insatiable curiosity about the human condition
and self awareness. That’s why actors spend a lot time and money
Dear massimo,I came to one of your
seminars at the london expo last year and was really inspired. a few
months after the expo i was in a play up in Sheffield and I went on
your site to get some tips for character development (as i have no drama
training !) - I printed off all your character development sheets etc
and spent a few days really working on them - they were SO helpful!
thanks to you i got a really good press review 'sultry brilliance' and
a 'breath of fresh air..making the most of a character that lacked depth'
among other pleasant things. i really want to thank you as i owe this
success to your generosity in putting your amazing tips on your website
I am available for one-to-one tuition upon request. E-Mail me if interested.