My Approach to Teaching:
Create an atmosphere of play and exploration.
Helping the student find his or her voice, while still expanding their comfort zone.
Using the late Charles Conrad’s technique in shifting to the right hemisphere or creative and intuitive part of the brain in the moment of acting.
My Perspective on Training for the Industry:
Don’t stop training–be an explorer.
There are many ways to train–train the whole body and voice- dance, sing, juggle, take martial arts, get on a horse and ride! You never know what you might get hired for outside of your acting.
Watch films, watch TV series, and acquaint yourself with the actors and the work they are doing, and what the industry is doing. Also, create your own projects and work with friends and colleagues on their film or web series projects. Write, direct, produce!
Surround yourself with people who are supportive, and positive. The industry can be harsh, so fill your world with a lot of light.
Meet Babs George:
Babs George founded The Actor’s School (formerly the State Theatre School of Acting) in 1993 and has been the Director since its inception. She is a professional actress and has been a member of SAG and AEA for over 30 years. Babs graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Performance from the University of Utah, and an MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington Univ. She has been awarded Austin Critics Awards, the B. Iden Payne Awards, as well as the Austin Chronicle’s “Best Actor/Actress in Austin” Award. In addition to her extensive stage career, Babs also pursues film, television and commercial work. Some of her TV/Film credits include a PBS documentary of War of the Worlds, Friday Night Lights, and Sin City. She is currently teaching in the theatre department at Texas State and has also taught at University of Texas, St. Edward’s University and Southwestern in Georgetown. Ms. George has studied with many prestigious teachers over the years including Uta Hagen, Michael Kahn (Shakespeare Theatre), Ann Bogart (S.I.T.I. Company, Viewpoints and Suzuki), Tina Packer (Shakespeare & Co.), Karen Kohlhaas, (Atlantic Theatre) and Lisa Dalton, (co-founder of the National Michael Chekhov Association). Coming up Babs will be performing in the play Indecent at Austin Playhouse, running April 3 – 26, 2020.
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