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The Method Actor’s Training Centre is unique. Not only is it the only acting school we know of in South Africa that specializes in Method Acting but each student also receives individual attention in each training session. In order to achieve this, the classes are kept small so that students may develop in-depth understanding and technique under personalized supervision as quickly as possible. Aspirant actors do not become invisible due to being part of a large group. We train ARTISTS!
The Method acting course is based on the techniques developed by Lee Strasberg, who was one of the pioneers in the USA who brought about the real, believable acting methods we know today. He based his techniques on the results obtained by the great Russian director, teacher and actor, Constantin Stanislavsky, throughout a lifetime of research and experimentation.
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Marlon Brando, Steve Buscemi, Chris Cooper, James Dean, Benicio del Toro, Johnny Depp and Robert De Niro are but a few more male actors. Ellen Burstyn, Salma Hayek, Helen Hunt, Bridget Fonda, Angelina Jolie, Sissy Spacek and Sally Field are some of the female actors you may know.
Unlike the usual drama training obtainable in South Africa, The Method trains actors to experience sense memory (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and overall sensation) and express the response freely and fully in order to give a truthful, real performance time after time. Actors learn how to employ sensory recall and emotional memory in order to recreate situations, relationships and emotions from their own lives truthfully. This enables them to express real emotion as the character, rather than indicating a response by pushing for an end-result. Students also receive training in teaching and directing skills. Method Acting is a process that develops over a three- to four-year period of time.
The Method Actor’s Training Centre presents part-time acting / drama courses with a difference:
The fun and creative Introduction to Acting Course for beginner actors covers the practical techniques generally employed by drama schools in South Africa and also instructs students in scene writing and storytelling.
The Method Certificate and Performance Diploma courses would suit matriculated students who want to acquire in-depth acting- and directing skills and who possess strong cognitive, verbal, linguistic, communication and analytical abilities.
An Introduction to Acting for beginner actors of 15 years and older
The Method Certificate Course for both beginner and experienced actors of 18 years and older
The Method Performance Diploma Course for senior students who have already completed at least one Certificate Course
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ACTING - DIRECTING - WRITING - TEACHING
Stephanie van Niekerk started pursuing a career in entertainment as a child of eight, acting in radio dramas and children's programs for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. As a teenager she took part in productions for Volksteater (The National Theater) in Pretoria and in 1973 joined the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal as a member of its high school touring company. After receiving a B.A. Drama degree from the University of Pretoria (1976), she continued her involvement in acting, stage management, technical directing and props/costume construction on a part-time basis at the Hart House and Glen Morris theatres in Toronto (1977 - 1980), and as a student of Method Acting (theatre, film, TV) at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York (1981 - 1984). In 1983 she was one of a select group of Method students invited to become a member of the Second Studio for Actors in New York. She pursued an acting career in Toronto through 1985. From 1986 to 1991 she focused her attention on studies and work in the field of holistic psychology and healing.
In 1979 and 1980 she taught drama, creative movement and communication skills to emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children in Toronto. In 1988 and 2004 the Drama Department of the University of Pretoria invited her to lecture on and teach classes in the Method as a guest lecturer to their second and third year students. During 1999 she lectured on The Method to the members of the Speech and Drama Guilds in Pretoria and Johannesburg and presented classes on "Acting as Therapy" to the third year Psychology students at the University of Pretoria in 2001.
Stephanie van Niekerk has been teaching Method, voice, theatre games, improvisation, scene writing, directing and text analysis in Pretoria as director of the Method Actors' Training Centre since 1991, gaining extensive experience in artistic and technical directing, producing, writing and actor training. During this period she has directed thirty-three stage-productions as well as two radio dramas, Berg van die Digters and Die Paddas, written by her father, Dolf van Niekerk, and broadcast by five radio stations throughout South Africa.
Original dramas written and directed by Stephanie van Niekerk: Die Sewende Dag [The Seventh Day] (1995); Beuselpraatjies [Trivial Pursuits] (1997); Binnereis [Inner Voyage] (1999); Dubbelspraak [Split Conversations] (2006); Ladies’ Night (2008); Daydreams and Nightmares (2010). Die Sewende Dag [The Seventh Day] won the FNB Pick of the Windybrow Festival Award for Most Outstanding Ensemble Work in 1996.
1974 - 1976 B.A. Drama: University of Pretoria
1979 - 1980 B.A. Courses in Philosophy, Logic, English: University of S.A.
1981 - 1984 Theatre, Film & TV Acting: Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York
1983 - 1984 Theatre, Film & TV Acting: The Second Studio for Actors, New York
1985 - 1986 Certificate in Shiatsu Therapy: Shiatsu Clinic and Education Center, Toronto
1986 - 1987 Diploma in Holistic Psychology: Natural Health Institute, Toronto.