Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique with Tennessee Williams Scenes

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About this course


3 weeks

Term Start

July 2021

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+.

Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique is an elegant, 4-step of script analysis. Developed by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy and taught to the founding members of New York’s acclaimed Atlantic Theater Company, the technique demystifies the acting process by teaching the actor a repeatable, concrete set of skills. Students will learn the technique by working on scenes from plays by legendary American playwright Tennessee Williams.

Fee and Application Information

Week 1
Thursday 8 July - 5 pm to 8 pm BST (UK)

Week 2
Tuesday 13 July - 5 pm to 8 pm BST (UK)
Thursday 15 July - 5 pm to 8 pm BST (UK)

Week 3
Tuesday 20 July - 5 pm to 8 pm BST (UK)
Thursday 22 July - 5 pm to 8 pm BST (UK)

Week 4
Tuesday 27 July - 5 pm to 8 pm BST (UK)

Total of 18 hours

Course Fees
Early Bird Fee: £300. 5 Tickets available 
Usual Booking Fee: £350

How to Apply

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Course content

Participants will learn Practical Aesthetics script analysis, performance technique and philosophy. The technique's roots are in the work of Sanford Meisner, later Stanislavsky, stoic philosophy, and psychology. They will also learn a great deal about the life and work of Tennessee Williams. Actors will rehearse and perform a substantial, 12-15 minute Williams scene.

Class 1: Tennessee Williams overview; Practical Aesthetics introduction. Classes 2 and 3: In-depth script analysis. Classes 4 & 5: Detailed moment to moment work; blocking of scenes. Class 6: Final presentation and discussion of all scenes. Every actor will actively work in 4 out of 6 classes.

Who is this course for?
This course is for actors with previous training, directors, and acting teachers who want to learn Practical Aesthetics, and about the life and works of Tennessee Williams. 


I'm still in awe of how deeply and viscerally Williams’ words were able to affect me. You have created a new Williams fan and I can't wait to continue learning more. I also really enjoyed working with you and being able to unlock some really great things in my scene work. Thank you so much for such an incredible opportunity to learn a powerful new technique and work with some incredible writing."

"Without exaggerating, I can say that it was an intense, transformative class. I loved every second of it. I felt that the scenes drew us in more deeply than I had ever experienced in a Broadway or even Off Broadway theater. There were the tools that I took away as well! Hang on to the action, play the question, advocate for the character and play the solution not the problem. Can’t forget those. I think you should know that your teaching affects people deeply and permanently."

"I'm still reeling from how wonderful the Williams/PA class was. I appreciated learning more about TW's background and how it impacted the characters. Using Practical Aesthetics, particularly following one action throughout, was enlightening. I only have the highest accolades for you and your classes."

Tutor profile:
Karen Kohlhaas is an Atlantic Theater Company founding ensemble member; an Off Broadway theater director, a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School, a master teacher of Practical Aesthetics acting technique, a filmmaker, and Tennessee Williams scholar. Since 2011 she has been researching and directing a feature-length documentary, Tennessee Williams in the Mississippi Delta, which focuses on Williams’ seminal Mississippi Delta childhood and its influence on his greatest plays.




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