The actor will discover or rediscover the basic fundamentals of acting through the Uta Hagen’s Approach as outlined in her book A CHALLENGE TO THE ACTOR and Carol Rosenfeld’s ACTING AND LIVING IN DISCOVERY. This will give the actor a specific and exciting road map to fire up their curiosity. This work will free the actors to use their own experiences, fears, joys and imagination to create authentic life on camera and on the stage.
This online masterclass taught by Laura Gardner and Guest Artist Carol Rosenfeld focuses on Uta Hagen’s approach - to probe the depths and heights of human behaviour.
We will examine the practical application of Uta Hagen’s approach as discussed in her book A Challenge for the Actor and Carol Rosenfeld’s Acting and Living in Discovery. This workshop will introduce you to the infinite potential of Hagen’s exercises.
It will help you bring your authentic self and your imagination joyfully into every moment of your work. The actor will bring Authentic Self to a short original monologue, a scripted monologue, and explore at least one of Uta Hagen’s Physical Destination Exercises.
The actor will explore a scene from ALMOST MAINE by John Cariani. a play that brings hope and love into this time when we could all use a sense of possibility! The final class will be taped on Zoom and every class is focussed on bringing the actor truthfully, effortlessly, and joyfully into the work.
There will be group exercises each day for relaxation and connection.
Using Uta Hagen’s Six Steps from A CHALLENGE FOR THE ACTOR, the actor will write and explore a one minute monologue.
The actor will explore written monologues from plays and explore using the 6 steps.
Exploration of Uta Hagen’s Object Exercises
Scenes explored from John Cariani’s ALMOST MAINE
Beth Riesgraf, LEVERAGE / COMPLICATIONS - series regular: “My training with Laura has proven invaluable and has given me a foundation that I continue to draw from each and every day as a working actor.”
Debrianna Mansini, BREAKING BAD / BETTER CALL SAUL: “Laura Gardner is the real deal. She allows an actor to grow in a safe and experiential way. My work with her is always deep and transformative.”
Greg Rikaart, YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS-series regular, Daytime Emmy: “ It wasn't until after I began studying with Laura that I started to book work on a regular basis. She's the best!”
Laura Gardner (she/her/hers) began teaching under the tutelage of Carol Rosenfeld almost 50 years ago at Rutgers University in the first year of the Graduate School of Mason Gross, School of the Arts. She was on the Faculty of the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles for almost 20 years, taught at Native Voices at The Autry, University of Wyoming, Rutgers University, University of Hawaii. She has been a Featured Artist at The Last Frontier Theatre Festival in Valdez, Alaska for 15 years where she created the highly successful Monologue Workshop. She taught and performed at The William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas.
She has brought her popular Authenticity Workshop to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, El Paso, San Antonio, Hawaii Film Collective, West Palm Beach, Actors Centre and Musical Theatre Workshop in Wales. Actingwithlaura.com
Also a working actor she has appeared on Broadway in SMILE . Some of her other credits include off Broadway in THE COCKTAIL HOUR with Nancy Marchand, Bruce Davison and Keene Curtis, OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, with Kevin Conway, THE BEGGAR’S OPERA, WELDED, directed by Jose’ Quintero, on National Tours in DOONESBURY, OLIVER, MY FAIR LADY, SHOWBOAT. She has appeared at The Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Capital Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, where she played Camilla Parker Bowles in KING CHARLES III and many other regional theatres across the US. Her most current TV and Film, credits include guest star roles in SEAL TEAM, ANIMAL KINGDOM, OUTCAST, THE ROMANOFFS, CRIMINAL MINDS and many others including ‘Yenta Feldman’ in the Oscar Nominated MARRIAGE MATERIAL.
BA Theatre Arts Rutgers Trained with Carol Rosenfeld, Uta Hagen, Ken McMillan and more recently workshops with Austin Pendleton, Jessica Hecht.
Some of my students include Rachelle LeFevre,, Beth Riesgraf, Sophia Bush, Ian Anthony Dale, McKenzie Westmore, Penny Peyser, Rob Belushi, John Pollono.
Carol Rosenfeld (she/her/hers) has been teaching at HB Studio since 1968. She created the Hagen Institute’s Six Week Summer Intensive, Core One Year Training and Hagen Teacher Training Lab and served as the first Director of The Hagen Institute 2010-2014. Fulbright Specialist: La Escuela del Actor in Montevideo, Uruguay, the Polish National Film School in Lodz and the Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film Georgia State University in Tbilisi, November, 2018. Open Jar Institute Residency Faculty 2016-present. Master Classes: Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Calgary, Copenhagen, Barcelona, London and Melbourne, Australia. Rutgers (New Brunswick), The National Theatre of the Deaf, The National Theatre School of Canada, The Shaw Festival (Niagara on the Lake). Author: ACTING AND LIVING IN DISCOVERY: A WORKBOOK FOR THE ACTOR, and The Hagen Technique chapter in TRAINING OF THE AMERICAN ACTOR. Acting: Most recently: Wild Terrain/People of the Book by Adam Kraar at Actor’s Playhouse; 13 P, HB Playwright’s, Guthrie Theatre, the Cape Playhouse, the NJ Shakespeare Festival, Whole Theatre Co., Jewish Rep, Counterpoint Theater, Writer’s Theater, NY City Opera. TV: AS THE WORLD TURNS and THE GUIDING LIGHT. Directing: SHIRLEY VALENTINE, THE ROAD TO MECCA, SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, PICNIC, COLLECTED STORIES, SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY, THE MILLIONAIRESS, THE INCA OF PERUSALEM, and original works at the HB Playwright’s Foundation Theatre in NYC. B.A., Univ. of Penn.; M.A., Columbia. Trained with Uta Hagen and Alice Spivak. More recently workshops with Amanda Quaid, Austin Pendleton, Jessica Hecht and Mercedes Ruehl.
Uta Hagen UtaThyra Hagen was a German American actress and drama teacher. Hagen was cast, early on, as Ophelia by the actress-manager Eva Le Gallienne. From there, Hagen went on to play the leading ingenue role of Nina in a Broadway production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. It was 1938; Hagen was just 18.
Primarily noted for stage roles, Hagen won her first Tony Award in 1951 for her performance in Clifford Odets’ The Country Girl. She won again in 1963 for originating the role of the Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She taught at HB Studio in the West Village. Hagen was an influential acting teacher who taught, among others, Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon, and Al Pacino. She was a voice coach to Judy Garland.
She also wrote Respect for Acting (1973) and A Challenge for the Actor (1991). She was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. She received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. In 2002, she was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President George W. Bush at a ceremony held at the White House.
We must overcome the notion that we must be regular… it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre. ~ UTA HAGEN