John McMullen
Delray Beach, FL
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John McMullen

John M.

Delray Beach, FL
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach some techniques you don't necessarily learn in acting school which are practical and immediately usable.
ACTING
What do you do when you get the script?
Using subtext to bring realism to your performance.
Line delivery: tricks of the trade.
AUDITION
Do you have the right monologue to fit the parts you can play?
Suggestions for a monologue(s) to fit your persona. You need more than one to fit the different genres of the play or film you are auditioning for.
How to break it down, the importance of changes.
Tactics for attacking the cold read: what to do while you're waiting in the lobby after they just handed you your "sides."
Also, refer to ACTING (above).
DIALECT
Double your chances to be cast by having a variety in your bag-o-tricks.
British Receive Pronunciation: consider the number of plays written by Brits, and then listen all the Americans doing RP in films. Other: Irish, Scots, Cockney, and Romance languages.
PRACTICAL SHAKESPEARE
How to scan so that it helps your expression and emphasis rather than confounds you.
Knowing the story, and holding your feet to the fire to know that you know the meaning (and the connotation in those days) or what every little word and phrase you speak. (e.g., Hamlet to Ophelia: "Get thee to a nunnery" Did you know that nunnery meant both a convent and a brothel?)

About John M.

My Credentials:
MFA Carnegie Mellon. MA San Francisco State, BS Penn State HB Studio NYC
Instructor at City College of San Francisco, Carnegie Mellon University; private group classes San Francisco and New Orleans.
Theatre Critic for 5 years in San Francisco (For my reviews, go to BerkeleyDailyPlanet Search “Eye from the Aisle.”)
Director in SF Bay Area, and General Director of Piedmont-Oakland Repertory Theatre.
Past membership: Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, American Theatre Critics Association. San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, American Federation of Teachers 2121.

I have a lot of disagreement with the state of actor's education. It is took often ethereal and slippery. Too often it is about the teacher. Technique is from the Greek word for art. Definition of technique: a way of carrying out a particular task.
I strive to make the lessons so that the student doesn't need me, and doesn't need a director to hold their hand on every line and every move.

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