Sande Shurin, 30 year veteran acting coach, welcomes your questions about acting. Please visit our new "Ask Sande" page. Be sure to submit your question(s) and check back often to see the answers to oast and future questions.
AUDITION FOR THE PROS
As a thank you to our loyal students and as part of a commitment to help our students find work we are once again continuing our free "Audition For The Pros" series. Our last lottery for Camille Hickman casting associate for Lincoln Center was quite a success. Please watch this space for the next lottery.
SANDE & BRUCE IN THE NEWS
--> Sande Directs the one women show "Sex In MommyVille" starring Anna Fishbeyn at The Flea Theatre opening August 18th running through 29th. To see more go to www.SexInMommyville.com.
--> Bruce performing in "A Tomatoe Can't Grow in Brooklyn" by Gary Morganstern at Producers Club, Sept 22-26.
--> Sande’s book STAR POWER just received a sterling review from Tim Beachum from Movie Biz Coach. Click Here to read the review.
-->*AWESOME* Teleseminar Interview (MovieBizCoach.com) With Sande Shurin Acting Coach, Director, and Author on Filmaking, Acting, Directing and all aspects of the business: Click Here for more information.
--> Sande Shurin and husband Bruce Levy and
their acting studios have been featrured in a two page photo
spread in the New York Times, Friday August 1st Escape Section.
The article is called Stage North. If you haven't read it yet it can be
seen on line at NY Times.com.
WHAT'S NEW? Mike Masini
I've been using all your principles to unleash my confident, natural abilities and know that I'm the character. The number one rule you teach that has been very effective for me is the character traits exercise. I take the three character traits (one being opposite) and really get them in my body and explore the dialog and script. I then improv to find where the character and I combine to a point where anything I do is a combination of both of us and the character is engrained in my body. Sande teaches you how to unleash yourself, become explosive, own your personality and infuse it into your work.
Pre-STAR POWER! Workshop Party in Los Angeles
Star of True Blood as seen at the pre-STAR POWER! Workshop party in Los Angeles. His distinguished career includes Deadwood, Blade Runner and 7 years as the talking bum Larry on the Newhart Show.
See his website at WilliamSanderson.net
NEW STAR POWER! Workshop
STAR POWER! Workshop for Actors and non-actors results in you expressing your new Star Power Identity that is set up to succeed; bringing that “IT” factor into your life and work, enjoying a more successful life and career and having that winning edge!
STAR POWER! works. It begins with valuing your own self.
is the ability of actors to utilize their current feelings and raw
selves in order to transform who they are ... their emotional ranges
and their psyches into that of the characters they portray. In doing
so, they function, take action, and live the reality and lifestyle of
these characters, without utilization of the past or imagining the
This is all accomplished by using what you, as the actor, are really feeling and who you are.
The Future of Acting
using your unique self, Transformational Acting gives you access
to your creativity, humanity and the ability to take risks and
A Beyond Sense Memory technique to develop your ability to use
current emotions rather
than recalling from the past. This enables actors to be completely in
the present. The result is a brilliantly spontaneous and engaging
performance that fulfills the intention of the material.
TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTING prepares you to act in all mediums and helps
open the actors creative process to assist you in creating your
STAR POWR! Engages the actor in new possibilities, helping them develop their Authentic Self and define their individual signature. As an acting coach, it is Ms Shurin's job to transform good actors into "brilliant" ones. This book is about her new discoveries on how to create an "individual signature", becoming that "brilliant actor" and having "commitment" to become a star is the missing link.
Many things as we know them to be have fallen apart. War continues, the economy has crumbled, our identities have been shaken.
But this is an opportunity to live on the Edge of Creation. Our normal tendency is to pull back and be informed by our history and patterns. But we have the ability, instead, to be propelled by Self Determination. The good element about living in uncertain times is that we can design this uncharted territory and redesign our lives.
9/11 came and shifted life as we knew it. We changed for a while. Our values were different. But it seems we mostly pulled it together, back in the direction that we once knew.
Hit again for the past 6 years (war) and then the economy, we’re still waiting for life to be “normal” and go back to the way we were.
I don’t think it will ever be the same. I hope it will never be the same. I don’t think it’s supposed to be the same. I don’t believe that’s the lesson.
A pulse of excitement replacing the fear has begun. A willingness to step forward, accept and live life differently, boldly, and with excitement making uncertainty our new comfort zone.
A new direction… we can shift our perception, get out on the edge of creation, and play out of the box. Living life, not just a copy of life as we knew it to be, but life as it can be. If not, I’m afraid, the messages will keep coming!
We have the ability to turn our lives, the Country, the world around by every new step we take.
Good thoughts, bright times and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR where all good things are possible.
Wishing you many blessings for 2010
Sande Shurin & Bruce Levy Click Here to view past holiday messages.
we continue to create, prosper, transform, and unite.
See what some of our students say:
(dir. Aexi Kaleina and Craig Macneill)
Hide and Seek
Mind the Gap
Hope & Faith (Betsy)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Fear and Friday Night
Beauty and the Beast
Jesus Christ Superstar
Tommy Tune Tonite!
One Life to Live
Just Shoot Me
The Ryan Seacrest Show
Broadway Salutes Yiddish
Two Small Bodies
A Beautiful Mind
Rent (The film)
Six Degrees of Separation
The Beach Boys (ABC Mini-series)
Rent (The Broadway Show))
The Good Shepherd
As The World Turns
All My Children
One Life to Live
West Side Story
Side by Side by Sondheim
Beauty and the Beast
Triumph of Love
I Get a Kick Out of Blue
Titanic (1st Nat'l)
One Touch of Venus
Law & Order, CI
A Tale of Cinderella (Warner Home Video)
Call Me Madam
Just a Map - A Lullaby to the World (Solo CD)
Law & Order
And a "Comedy Central Pilot "Boys and Girls Guide to Gettin Down"
Sande's Message 2009
The Future Is Just The Present As You Want It To Be.
Today's difficult world conditions give us
the chance for new possibilities and opportunities. I want to be clear
about the difference between opportunities and being opportunistic.
Taking opportunities is an expansion process and works for everyone
concerned. Being opportunistic is concentric and self absorbing
and creates burn-out.
Insist and be intentional about penetrating each moment so deeply that you find the opportunity present.
Our potential is the new frontier. We have the ability to change the world.
In class we work on transforming coding and raising our vibration
levels for acting. But by transforming coding and raising vibration
levels opens the doors to new opportunities and expanded possibilities.
Carry your own torch not your families.
Be the unique person your were meant to be.
Be your authentic self with your individual signature.
Allow truth to come in and opportunity to open up and the world will transform as you do.
Can you imagine a world filled with fulfilled possibilities!!
Wishing you many blessings for 2009
Sande Shurin & Bruce Levy
Sande's Message for 2008
ACTUALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL!
Your potential is already in you
along with the probabilities of your future projects. Take LEAPS
Everything is on the other side of challenging your fears
and doubts. Say YES!, Defy convention and turn a slippery slope into an exciting one as you manifest your dreams.
Blessings and good fortune in the new year.
Bruce & Sande
Sande's Message for 2007
"PENETRATE THE DEEP WEALTH OF YOUR INNER RESOURCES, TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION AND SOAR TO THE HEIGHTS OF A LIFE WELL LIVED"
"THRU DESIRE PLUS INTENTION WE HAVE PASSION"
Desire also designs our inner raw material
Thru our desires we have preferences
Thru our preferences we take action
Thru our actions we expand
Thru our expansions the entire universe expands
Take meaningful action and experience the exuberance and exhilaration of being unstoppable.
To an extraordinary and unstoppable New Year.
Sande & Bruce
Sande's Message for the Year 2006
Miracles Still Exist.
We may be living through some of the most difficult
times in history, and many of us may give up on miracles. But miracles
only stop when we give up. Especially during these perilous times we
must surrender to and trust the universe to show us the way. It is
during this process of surrender and trust when doors to unexpected
When we say ³surrender² we don¹t mean
stop. It is time to push our limits beyond our beliefs, push open our
creativity beyond any limitations, and surrender to and trust the
universe. Doors will appear that you never realized were even there and
behind each of these new doors is a miracle.
Wishing you many new doors this coming year.
Sande and Bruce
Sande's Message for the Year 2005
We live in a world of limits, but the limits are
self-imposed. No matter how graceful or difficult a life we choose, it
is by choice, and our reality can be transformed, reshaped or altered
at any time. The world of creativity and spirit are one. This is where
intentions manifest and quantum leaps occur. Quantum leaps are
unpredictable growths, events, experiences and capabilities.
Go beyond the edges of your world, as you now know it to be, into the world of creativity and spirit seeking a limitless life.
To success in 2005
Sande Shurin and Bruce Levy
Sande's Message for the Year 2004
A true artist looks at making a difference in the world with his art.
This requires the artist to bring two seemingly disparate worlds
together: the creative and spiritual with the physical.
The great creative breakthroughs happen when these two worlds align.
Our inner creative self, our awareness, our higher
consciousness, our spirit, our soul, along with our body and actions
can and do become one mind ... one purpose. The physical and the spirit
are interwoven, the source of art and creativity emanating from the
spirit and carried into through the physical.
Look for the inner invisible self--which lives
within--to manifest through your entire body, your entire life. Create
art, create life, manifest your dreams and express your purpose in
every action you take, every thought you think, every deed you do.
Living your life in the "now," as we aspire to do in Transformational
Acting, calls on the inner, creative self to align with the physical.
What a wonderful world this could be, living in the now, harnessing the creative/spiritual with the physical.