“It is highly possible that what is called talented behavior is simply a greater capacity for experiencing.” – Viola Spolin
It all began with Viola… So, as you know, Viola Spolin’s revolutionary approach to acting grew out of a combination of theatrical work and social work, using games to help release the actor into their full selves. So how did comedy improv emerge from those beginnings?
Continue reading “The Real History Of Improvisation: Part II”
“Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves.” –Viola Spolin
The word “improv” has become a shorthand to refer to comedy improv, but few people know that the inventor of improvisation was a woman named Viola Spolin. Funnily enough, her focus was not on comedy. Her technique was designed to release the full artist through the power of play, connecting them to their intuition and the people around them. Continue reading “The Real History of Improvisation: Part I”
Robin helped me to stop “acting” and start living in my work. After being in her class and doing private coaching with her, I became much more confident in my auditions as well as on set. Her deep awareness of human behavior, passion for teaching and learning, sense of humor and ability to understand what each of her clients needs to break through their own unique barriers/blocks are what make her one of the greatest coaches I’ve had. (IMDB page)
“Robin is, simply put, the best acting coach around. That’s because she is one of the best people around. She’s not only invested in helping you develop your character, mine the emotional depths, and truly live the life, she’s invested in you as a person. She is not so much a teacher as she is a creative collaborator, fully committed to joining you on your artistic journey. She is kind, generous, empathetic, and committed to the craft. Her knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm are inspiring. When Robin believes in you, you have no choice but to believe in yourself. I am, and always will be, proud to be her student and friend. I look forward to continuing our creative partnership.” (IMDB page)
“Robin is an incredible coach. She has deeply enriched the way in which I approach a role, and has a seemingly inexhaustible wealth of ideas and insights into the craft of acting. She is truly an artist in her own right, and it is a joy to collaborate with her.” (IMDB page)
Robin helps me trust my instincts. I don’t think there is any greater gift for an actor. (IMDB page)
I’ve studied with numerous teachers and to this day, Robin has been the most impactful of them all. Her intelligence, coupled with her passion for the craft and for actors, makes her truly trustworthy. She absolutely loves her job! Robin caters to each person’s own individual journey. She understands how to guide you through the process of breaking down a script with mastery, creating a full life, finding specifics with relationships, the world, and the camera. She finds the truth in you and helps brings that to life on screen.
When we’ve had one on one conversations about life in general, she truly sees who you are as a person and nurtures your strengths with her warmth and authenticity. When she believes in you, you believe it. I’m truly grateful to work with such a wonderful person and will always look to her for guidance. (IMDB page)
Robin was the first acting coach I had when I got to LA and I still find myself going back to her teachings when I approach an audition. She has a very welcoming personality and made me feel safe to take chances and try new things. From the moment I met her, I felt like she was a long lost friend or relative I hadn’t seen in a while. She has one of those beautiful souls that you can’t help but take valuable lessons from! (IMDB page)
I really enjoy working with Robin. She creates space for you to find your own truth and teaches you to trust yourself. She helped me create structure without losing spontaneity. (IMDB page)
Robin has a deep understanding of actors: she makes me feel safe and free while holding me to the highest gold standard. Thanks to Robin, my auditions are more connected and authentic.
Most importantly, she has given me the priceless gift of knowing how to own a role completely, no matter the time constraint – an invaluable resource for an auditioning actor. I am so grateful to you, Robin! (IMDB page)
When I first began my acting career, I had all these ideas in my head about how to play a specific part without truly allowing myself to be vulnerable. Robin helped get me out of my comfort zone and connect more deeply to the character, his life, and to myself. As men we sometimes block out certain emotions, not allowing ourselves to be seen. Breaking down those barriers was a game changer for me. (IMDB)
Work with Robin. There’s nothing left for me to tell you! Robin is intuitive, aware, truthful, and encouraging. She has guided me to trust my natural instincts and fully live within a character. Working with Robin has made me a better artist, allowed me to work more, and most importantly, her approach has helped me to find the fun and love of what I do in every role. (IMDB)
I started training with Robin when I had only one credit. After several private lessons, my filmography has grown in a very exciting way. Robin taught me how to gently approach emotional work and how to always keep it fresh. She encouraged me to use my imagination to create a specific and relevant life for the character. She is a kind and passionate teacher. The results of working with her are clear: her clients work, because her coaching works. (IMDB)
Robin is a joy to work with. I started in her class, moved on to private audition prep, and most recently she helped me prepare for a series regular role on a new series. She brings a humanity to her coaching that is encouraging but also critical in all the best ways. She helps me dig deeper, look beyond the surface, and discover new things about the humans I get to create in my work. (IMDB)
My work with Robin landed me my first series regular role. I coached with her for my callback and before I even had a chance to share the notes that I’d gotten from the Casting Director, Robin already knew what I needed to bring to the role. We got to the physical core of my character and I left feeling really empowered and clear about my choices.
It was such a great experience I asked Robin to coach me again for a “third” audition tape. No one had asked me for another tape, but I was going out of the country and I wanted to be prepared. I explained this to Robin and she was super supportive and committed to helping me get my best work – even if we didn’t know if anyone would be watching.
Luckily, someone did and I booked the job. Our role prep coaching sessions took it all even deeper, so I could bring a complex character to every shoot. (IMDB page)
I absolutely loved your intensive class and will be coming to you when I need coaching. Thank you so much for everything. (IMDB page)
Coaching with Robin helps me get to the truth and heart of any character. She makes it simple yet effective which helps me spend less time in my head and more time in my body. (IMDB page)
Strong actors need to be able to memorize their lines. And strong actors need to be authentic and real in the moment. But how you memorize can really get in the way of your ability to be present. (Remember: being present means you’re actually reacting to the other person in the here and now.) Continue reading “How To Memorize Lines Meaningfully And Effectively”
Working with Robin changed the game for me as an actor. I had plenty of training, but my audition technique needed a lot of work. She helped lay the foundation for all of my acting prep and performance moving forward. I started getting callbacks and bookings! With self-tapes being the new norm, I now make smart, creative adjustments to the life I’m living in order to give a full, more dynamic audition.
Robin is a fierce and passionate teacher and coach, and most importantly, she believes in her clients. Every time I work with Robin, her faith in me helps me to push myself through the moments of insecurity that we all face and focus on the work instead.
After working with Robin, I was finally able to walk into an audition room with confidence. She will always be my go-to acting coach and I’ll continue to recommend her to every actor I know. Robin will work with you, not for you (and not at you), and get you to where you want to go in the work!
I had never even tested for a pilot and I wanted to get to that level. This past pilot season I coached with Robin on almost every audition I had and SHE LEVELED ME UP! Not only did I test for 3 different pilot roles, I BOOKED ONE! I’m now role prep coaching with Robin on my very first network sitcom pilot and I’m going in feeling confident and ready. Working with her has made the difference!