Mario is renown for his groundbreaking technique and intuitive depth of human understanding. Classes have been structured with a conservatory like feel in which each ensemble comes together weekly to wholeheartedly exercise, stretch, and strengthen their instrument and craft in order to explore the full range of the human condition that an actor’s work demands. Classes are about exercising the actor’s instrument. It is about going to the gym, artistically speaking. It is not a class about having the pressure to perform for an audience, or about getting the job or being perfect. It is for the actor, as a safe space to get messy, to get specific, to struggle when the actor needs to struggle, to cultivate craft, and to celebrate diving into obstacles/blocks equally as celebrating breakthroughs/successes!
Mario teaches that there is not the way to get there! But there is a way. And that way is the way that resonates and stimulates with the actor’s instrument to do honest, exciting, sophisticated, and unpredictable work in relation to the circumstances at hand. This is a craft that never fails the actor. It always has the actor’s back. It supports the actor in his or her knowing so he or she can experience that sweet spot of freedom within the unknown of the moment. That is the craft the actor wants to cultivate. That is the craft an actor wants in his or her toolbox. That is the craft that keeps the actor in love with the glorious artform of acting.
It is very important to Mario to make sure that all those in class are working at a congruent skill level to keep the momentum of each class moving forward in a challenging yet supportive environment. Each class has a carefully selected ensemble of about 20-24 actors. Mario believes it to be of the utmost importance that each group of actors invited come together to form its own ensemble in which everyone feels safe to explore the full spectrum of the human condition. Mario sets a high standard when it comes to quality, commitment, respect, and professionalism in the work. His number one goal at MC² is to teach and support the actor in cultivating a craft that works very specifically for each actor individually. Mario pairs each actor for scenes and then each group is held responsible for choosing material that excites and challenges their instrument to work on in class. Each group is required to do the necessary work on each scene i.e. text analysis, making strong choices, and all the necessary steps an actor must implement to bring the text alive. Actors must then rehearse their scene with their partner sometime(s) in the week before getting up into the space. It is not necessarily required for scenes to be completely off book the first time going up, but each actor should be familiar enough with the text to be off the page as to allow for the necessary connection with their partner, to go after needs, and the ability to respond instinctually. Through this approach to the work, actors no longer need to depend on ‘luck’ or become addicted to adjustments in the hopes of creating work that is consistently present, alive, spontaneous, instinctual, uninhibited, and truthful because the actor has gained a process…a craft… that he or she can always trust and rely.
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★Please note that all MC²=Mario Campanaro’s Masterclass classes are at full capacity at this time. Should you desire to be put on the class waiting list and/or audit lsit, please submit your information through the contact page or email assistant.MC2@gmail.com and someone from the administrative department will respond as soon as possible. MC²=Mario Campanaro’s Masterclass is always happy to welcome auditors but we can only invite a few auditors at a time from the audit list. Mario has found over the years this to be the best way to welcome auditors into classes while also keeping in mind the best interest and integrity of the class structure and ensemble as a whole. We usually invite auditors once a month the last week of each month. All invites go out in order of when their request came in.
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