San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 16, 2009
Yale MFA director Andrew Utter's Mother of Invention Acting School announces schedule and availbility of technique and scene study classes in Hollywood and downtown San Francisco. The School's website can be found at http://www.utteracting.com/ Weekly technique and scene study classes begin April 6 (LA) and 8 (SF) and run in ten week cycles. Classes are affordable and students can pay as they go. Utter recently appeared at the Magic Theater in San Francisco in Chantal Bilodeau's Pleasure and Pain, and directed Edward Albee's The Zoo Story for ArcLight Repertory Theater there. He holds an MFA in directing from the prestigious Yale School of Drama. He has also directed for Syracuse Stage in New York, and assisted Douglas Hughes at Manhattan Class Company and Len Jenkin at the Yale Repertory Theater.
Andrew founded his school in San Francisco in 2003, and started offering classes in Los Angeles in October. In his courses, he teaches the acting technique pioneered at the Yale School of Drama by legendary acting teacher Earle Gister, Mark Brokaw, Evan Yionoulis, for whom he served as an assistant for three terms, and David Hammond. Brokaw and Hammond are both acclaimed New York directors: Brokaw directed Mary Louise Parker in How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel and Mark Ruffalo in This Is Our Youth, and Yionoulis directed Patricia Clarkson in Three Days of Rain and Robert Sean Leonard in The Violet Hour. Yionoulis also chaired the acting program at the Drama School at Yale for five years, and still teaches there.
A graduate of the school, Wendy Tremont King, recently appeared in a speaking role in Gus van Sant's Milk. Other graduates have gone on to receive full scholarships to the National Theater Conservatory in Colorado and to appear at Marin Theater Company and the New Conservatory Theater Center in San Francisco.
Andrew also spent two years in Berlin, Germany, where he worked at the internationally famous Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz and at Tanzfabrik Berlin. In Berlin, Utter also produced and directed a production of Maria Irene Fornes' play Mud.
Andrew writes a blog at http://sfacting.blogspot.com/ , where he offers his thoughts on the craft of acting, and brings to his readers' attention news items, podcasts, and web links with sources of valuable insight, inspiration, and information.
The next ten week cycles start Monday, April 6 in San Francisco at Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, at 1519 Mission St and Wednesday, April 8 in Los Angeles at the Complex at 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard on Hollywood's Theater Row. Andrew teaches both classes. His course is intended to present the technique created by Gister, Yionoulis and Brokaw through technique exercises and scene work. Students work on scenes from contemporary Off-Broadway plays. The technique is to enable actors to create viscerally compelling performances by touching in themselves the necessity to do what the writer requires of them.
One student had this to say about the class: "Andrew is the real deal! I've been around professional theater and film acting for 10 years, my daughter is a professional actor, I've been in all the major LA studios and up close watching directors work with actors as they film scenes for highly rated TV shows. What Andrew is teaching is the most effective training and directing I've ever seen."--Bill Fehr, actor
Inquiries about the class should be sent to Andrew at actbetter (at) utteracting.com .