I am Lisa Ronkowski, Actor and member of the Actors Centre.
I recently attended the Screen Comedy workshop run by Writer/Director Nick Cohen at the Actors Centre which I loved and found valuable so I wanted to share my experience.
Nick has a refreshing lively energy which encourages you to be open and completely free. He creates a safe space for you to experiment, make mistakes, try new things and fail openly in front of an audience, which is so important in developing confidence. After all, I’m sure I’m not the only one who comes to the Actors Centre to develop and not just to perform something “safe” or mediocre to please an audience of fellow class members.
Nick involved us in physical and mental exercises that focused on playfulness, lightness and childishness. This helped us break free from our habits of concealing and masking these kinds of emotions in everyday life – in order to be more adult-ish and socially conditioned.
In this workshop you will learn the interesting differences between acting for a comedic role and a dramatic role and the contrasts between comedic and dramatic “truth”. We analysed the methods used by successful comedic actors such as Hugh Grant, Dawn French, Miranda Hart and Adam Sandler and incorporated these techniques into our own work.
My head felt like it was going to explode from processing all the incredibly useful information and knowledge provided by Nick over the two day course. It lead me onto writing my own comedic monologue and creating new comedic scenes for my show reel. I would highly recommend this class to anyone interested in comedy and screen acting.
I made a vlog of Nick’s brilliant Screen Comedy class which you can check out by following the link to my YouTube Channel below, this also features more of my experiences at the Actors Centre.
Lisa Ronkowski - Actor and Member of the Actors Centre
Nick Cohen's Screen Comedy workshop is back at the Actors Centre 7 October! If you feel inspired after this blog you can book you place now - click here.