London Met's Theatre and Performance students in Paris for a method acting masterclass
Senior Lecturer, Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso, recently took students from the Theatre and Performance Practice BA course to take part in a special collaboration with Bilingual Acting Workshop (BAW) in Paris. The group enjoyed a series of masterclasses led by international acting coaches and explored approaches to character and text, based on method acting. This technical approach originates from Stanislavski’s System, and was developed by Lee Strasberg in America.
Based at the Pave D’Orsay, a few minutes walk from the Louvre Museum, BAW has been a regular collaborator with London Met, hosting Jacek’s previous shows with his company Elastic Theatre, including a creative laboratory with the Living Theatre Conservatory in New York.
Founder of BAW, Amy Werba, reported: “Bilingual Acting Workshop, myself and our school, were extremely happy to welcome the Theatre and Performance Practice BA students from London Met. My teachers and I found the students a great pleasure to teach and Jacek’s help invaluable. We taught them American Techniques of Acting – a 15-hour workshop in the heart of Paris, at St Germain des Pres, where we have our space. They are welcome anytime in Paris or New York City.”
The students found this a particularly exciting experience: studying acting in a beautiful city and benefiting from the professional insight of internationally recognised practitioners. More collaborations of this kind, including a recent trip to Arezzo in Italy, are being developed.