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About Actors_Studio_Hollywood

Eric Stone also known as artist Philippe Benichou first studied privately in New York with Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, William Hickey, Tony Allen, Austin Pendleton & Bob Mc Andrew from the Wynn Handman Studio. Eric is well versed in most major acting techniques and ideas of the 20th Century including the Meisner and Russian actor and director Michael Checkhov Techniques. Michael Checkov was famous playwright Anton Checkov's cousin. Eric Stone was made an Honorary member of the famed New York Actors Studio in 1981 and was accepted as a student in Uta Hagen's highly acclaimed scene study class that same year. In addition, Mr. Stone was privileged to work with Judith Unland in New York. Ms. Unland had been a private student of Michael Checkhov. "Michael Checkhov's breakthrough work in freeing the actor has greatly influenced me and still continues to amaze me." Eric Stone Eric Stone first began teaching in 1983 and has contributed to the growth and success of many actors and performers including some well known stars in the US and abroad. As his acting, directorial and coaching skills began to represent a potent body of distinctions, Eric realized it was time to make his discoveries and love of acting more public. He founded the Eric Stone Studio in 1989 in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and began touring with weekend workshops around the country. An ongoing program was designed via classes, privates, intensive workshops and seminars. His sheer passion for artistic expression and his relentless pursuit of freeing the actor led Eric to establish a permanent actor's studio. A safe, clean, non-gaming, healthy, creative and empowering "arena" for people to hone, discover and challenge their spirits to more desirable heights of experience. This approach is focused entirely on training the individual artist not delivering a general system to a group or mass. It is the strength, success and competitive edge of this training. By aiming straight at the individual, it becomes easier to understand the actor's specific needs, talents and possible problem areas.

Understanding Scene Study by Eric Stone

First approach…ground zero…read, study, relax, let the play speak to you. Do not impose your point of view or judge too soon what it is all about. Let it work on you. Try not to read as your character but instead without coloring or emotional input. Read it out loud and with your partner as m Continue reading

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Scene Study Questions & Tools by Eric Stone

Scene study is a different process than cold reading. Cold reading is immediate, heightened, choices are made to give a “performance”. Scene study is a “process”, a day-to-day discovery of the play structure, its spine and theme as well as a discovery and exploration of who the characters are. The play reveals itself slowly from “ground zero”. Continue reading

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Stage versus Film or Television Acting by Eric Stone

How can a theater trained actor make the adjustment necessary for playing on camera? What are the main differences between stage acting and film acting. Continue reading

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Eric Stone Acting System

ERIC STONE STUDIO ACTING SYSTEM The Eric Stone Studio System is an organic and innovative approach to teaching the craft of acting. The strength of the approach is that it is entirely tailored and focused on training the individual as … Continue reading

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You Cannot Act If You Are Tense! by Hollywood Actors Studio founder Eric Stone

Relaxation or rather the need to work in a relaxed manner is the most important responsibility of the actor. Relaxation of the body, mind and emotions opens new dimensions and offers considerable creative advantages. Genuine creativity resides in higher planes of consciousness. Continue reading

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