WHAT IS BEATTM?
BEATTM stands for Beck Emotional Access Technique and is the acting method we teach at the studio. BEATTM is derived from the Meisner Technique but is distinct in philosophy and approach from Meisner’s method.
BEATTM was developed by the studio’s founder and director. It is a practical methodology for accessing emotions thereby allowing you to play characters who behave differently to you and who experience the world differently from you.
At the core of BEATTM is the idea that actors are able to disengage their emotional truth (or, emotional energy) from things in their own world. From there, they are freely able to apply emotional truth to things in the character’s world. By ‘things’, we mean places, objects, people and events. You can read more about Beck Emotional Access Technique by visiting the What is BEATTM page.
What will I do in the classes?
The drop in acting classes are a perfect opportunity to begin accessing your emotions.
You will be introduced to practical exercises such as the ‘Actions’ Repetition Exercise. The exercise will help you unlock emotional truth by working on actions and behaviour in a practical and dynamic way.
Other exercises we teach, will help you establish connection with your working partner. They will build on confidence, stage presence, and a range of skills that are a necessary part of the actor’s toolkit.
At the beginning of the session, the teacher will spend time introducing to the foundations of our acting technique. Concepts such as ‘emotional truth’, ‘dynamic actions’ and ‘Actions’ Repetition will be explained to help ground you in BEATTM.
Key differences between BEATTM and the Meisner Technique will be briefly covered. If you are an Meisner Technique actor, you may be interested to read some of our blog articles to contextualise BEATTM within what you may already know about Meisner’s Technique.
The drop in classes operate on an open basis. Students at all levels are welcome to join. If you are an experienced actor but have never studied BEATTM before and would like to, these classes are the best place to start.