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The Skeleton Scenes…

About Humanity Behind The Skeleton Scenes:

*The Skeleton Scenes text was written by Mario Campanaro

It’s tough to be human.

It’s not an easy job to be a human being.

And what I think the actor has the opportunity to do is examine that.

To examine…

What is this being human?’.

And…

Why do we do what we do?‘.

Why do we feel the way we feel?‘.

I don’t really think many people realize how difficult it is to be an actor.

I don’t think many people really understand how complex it is.

One of the most paradoxical things about being an actor…

Or any artist for that matter…

Is to be able to reveal the work in a way that seems like there is no effort whatsoever.

So you’re just living.

But the truth of the matter is…

There’s a lot of work that goes behind that level of ease…

And that level of excellence.

Many people have an idea of what they think acting is.

They don’t realize what it really entails.

But as actors…

We need to be aware of what it takes.

If we go through our lives sleepwalking…

We don’t have anything to really connect to.

We don’t have anything to really pull from for our work.

We need that full awareness of humanity…

To be able to invest what life has to fully offer…

And then to be able to contribute all that to and for our work as artists.

I think the more we expand our consciousness…

The more we expand our awareness…

In our own life…

And in the hopeful contribution to the lives of others as well.

And most importantly…

To have some level of deep human connection.

Because at the end of the day…

Isn’t that what the job of the actor really is?…

To be able to reveal something that we can all connect to…

So that we can all feel some sort of belonging…

Some community…

So that we can all have some kind of healing.

I think it asks the actor to uphold the responsibility of understanding…

And be willing to reveal the human condition…

In a way that’s not always so comfortable…

In a way that’s not always painless…

In a way that asks of us to look at suffering…

And try to understand why human suffering is the way it is.

And then to really look within…

To see where that lives within…

So that ‘we’ can connect with and to that kind of human suffering…

And then be able to bravely…

Courageously…

Honestly…

And authentically…

Allow our instrument to bring ‘our BE-ing’ to the most extraordinary circumstances through story.

People suffer.

That’s a fact.

We all have that in common in one way or another.

We all have that beautiful brokenness in us.

But…

When a bone breaks…

We know why the bone breaks…

There is an event that causes the bone to break.

And very often when we see someone that has a broken leg…

Or is physically hurt…

The common response is

Oh my God, are you OK?’…

Or…

Oh my God, what happened?’…

Because we see someone physically in pain.

We see someone that is struggling in the here and now moment with a visual wound.

Well take a moment to think about that.

That’s the ‘norm‘.

The empathetic part of us…

The compassionate part of us…

Sees someone in pain and wants to know what were the events that led to that break.

Well a lot of the time we forget about the awareness of wounds in someone’s history.

Emotionally.

We see someone’s actions (the character) that may be broken…

And we automatically judge those actions.

We don’t really ask with a compassionate heart:

What were the series of events that led to that brokenness?’.

Because we’re just seeing the actions…

And we’re not understanding…

Or not willing to understand everything that led to that person executing those specific actions.

The Why‘…

The Because Of‘…

We as actors have an obligation to artistically (and safely) connect to the pain of what the character is going through.

We have an obligation to artistically (and safely) connect to the brokenness of the character as a means into their life…

So we don’t get stuck in a world of judgment.

So we are not blocked from inhabiting the character’s world with judgment…

Or resentment…

Or bitterness.

We ask ourselves important human questions with an open heart:

Where did the break happen?‘…

How did the break happen?‘…

When did it happen?‘…

What were the series events?‘…

What were the relationships?‘…

What were the circumstances that caused this human being to behave or react the way they do?‘…

How with a compassionate heart am I able to justify whether the actions are right or wrong?‘…

Why does someone do what they do?‘…

And how now, can I justify everything that this human being is doing as an attempt to improve their existence, their life moment to unknown moment?‘…

How did this person formulate the way they go through life, the way they function in their life, based on the relationships, the events, and circumstances that they have experienced?‘…

‘And the defense mechanisms that they may have created because of their history to get them through?‘…

How are they searching for solace?‘…

For peace?‘…

For an improvement in their world based on what they do?‘…

We have to remember that the way in is not through our judgment of the unmentionable…

It is through our willingness to enter in with a compassionate understanding of the historical origin of one’s pain and suffering that has caused one to behave in unmentionable ways…

Just like a broken leg…

All ‘brokenness’ has its own story that caused the break!

We, as actors, are not just ‘story-tellers‘…

We are truly ‘story-livers‘.

The Skeleton Scenes is dedicated to all the stories of human suffering.

And each and everyone of us has a story worthy of being witnessed.

I hope you enjoy the incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking work from our extremely talented international ensemble breathing life into the world of The Skeleton Scenes.

Much Love,

Mario Campanaro


Meet The Ensemble! (April 2021)


Meet The Ensemble (March 2021)


In Case You Missed It!

Dear Theatre Lovers!

On behalf of all of us at MC² Actors Studio, we would like to thank everyone that joined us for the ‘MC² Actors Studio Industry Showcase Online’ which was performed Live on Zoom Virtual Theatre on February 23rd 2021.

Our audience was in the hundreds with theatre goers from around the globe wanting to support and enjoy the magic of Live Theatre

This Showcase marked two very important dates for our studio. 

First, on Feb 14th, it was the Studio’s anniversary. 

It also marked the 1 year anniversary, March 13th 2020, when our studio had to make the difficult yet inevitable decision to close our physical studio theatre doors due to the Covid 19 pandemic and open our virtual studio theatre doors

However, we didn’t give up!

We persevered!

And though we struggled with the unknown, something incredible happened. 

As is so often the case in the life of the artist, we adjusted, adapted and made the creative conscious decision to do all we can to continue our work in this foreign land of Zoom while still upholding all of our professional standards of truth, authenticity, exploration, sophistication and artistic integrity.

All of which we are excited to share again with this exclusive VIPindustry professional viewing in case you were unable to attend the live performance!

Viewing of the Showcase is 100% Free but if moved to do so, a minimum donation of £5 / $5 is kindly recommended and appreciated. 

We at MC² Actors Studio believe that artists are essential. 

We are so proud to have dedicated our showcase to help raise donations for two very important funds. 

The first is The Actors Benevolent Fund, which is an organization helping actors greatly affected and in need because of the Covid pandemic. 

We are also raising funds to create our first ever MC² Actors Studio Scholarship Fund to offer financial assistance to applying actors from our talented ensembles experiencing financial hardship but want to continue with the cultivation of their craft at our studio. 

All donations will be split 50/50 and go directly between the 2 funds.

If you would kindly like to make a Donation please click HERE.

Please also see your Programme regarding the performance and MC² Actors Studio Here

To Enter The Theatre and view the performance please Click HERE.

The Showcase runs at just over 1 hour and parental discretion is advised.

We also want to remind that, just like any true theatrical performance, any Photography or Video Audio Recording of any kind is strictly forbidden after the curtains have opened x.

But feel free to unwrap and eat that hard candy or snack at any moment as this is the only time in the theatre world when you will not disturb your neighbor!

If you wish to share your excitement regarding the event please do so using the hashtag #mc2actorsstudio and @mc2actorsstudio

If there is anyone who you know that may also be interested in viewing the showcase, please feel free to spread the word and have them email our studio’sbox office at showcase.mc2@gmail.comto receive a link.

Any questions or queries about the show or studio can be directed to our studio’s administrative department  assistant.mc2@gmail.com.

To learn more about MC² Actors Studio, please visit www.mc2actorsstudio.com.

We really do hope you enjoy today’s performance.

Once again, Artists Are Essential, so let’s all continue to Support The Arts in any way possible during such unprecedented times.

Much Love, 

Mario Campanaro
Founder & Master Teacher
MC² Actors Studio  
Los Angeles | New York City | London


Meet The  MC² Actors Studio International Ensemble! (February 2021) #ActorTribe

From The MC² Actors Studio 
Masterclass:

“Dear Actor…

Dear Artist…

You will ‘know’ your creative tribe…

When you can live your most authentic genuine Self in each other’s presence…

You will never feel ‘alone’ in the work…

And you will never walk away feeling lonely…

There will always be a willing generosity of Spirit…

There will always be an undeniable human to human energetic sharing…

There will always be a connection…

There will always be a wanting to give…

And as we have seen with what is going on in our world today…

Sometimes it is through the darkest of moments…

And sometimes it is through the most inexplicable of circumstances…

That guide us…

That lead us…

Or that detour us…

To that tribe…

Those same circumstances…

That we may think are causing us to crumble…

Or break our hearts…

And our Spirit…

Are the same circumstances…

That actually break our hearts open…

And allow our Spirit…

To be IN-Spirited (inspired)…

Opening our mind, body and soul…

And awakening us to something greater than we could have ever imagined…

Those same circumstances that begin to help lead the path to our greatest purpose…

Our greatest potential…

And so we find our tribe…

Or our tribe finds us…

A tribe that meets through the most unlikely…

And yet, likely, of circumstances…

A tribe that is generous in knowledge, skill, creativity, heart, compassion, passion, love, support, kinship, responsibility, accountability, creativity, talent and Spirit…

As we continue to walk our path as artists together…

We must remember to remain students of life…

We have to be mindful to never allow the ego to rob us of the growth our work and life itself has to offer us… 

There is an inexplicable creative currency in growth.. 

Get ‘paid’ in growth…

Keep learning…

We must continue to hold ourselves to the same demands that our art form demands…

Understand that that demand is what keeps us all striving to be and do our absolute very best…

As artists…

As actors…

We must continue to strive, discover and walk toward our very own excellence…

And run like hell from mediocrity…

We must continue to work hard on the path toward all of our artistic dreams…

And know in our heart of hearts…

That all the sweat equity we put into our work and dreams…

Will indeed pay off…

And so we do so together…

We do the work…

As our very own actor tribe…

As an ensemble…

And we continue to get ‘paid’ by all of our growth…

Because we love the work…

And because we simply want to!”

Much Love, 

Mario Campanaro
Founder & Master Teacher
MC² Actors Studio  
Los Angeles | New York City | London


Fueling Artistic Perseverance…  

As actors…

We have to be OK…

With allowing our instrument to experience discomfort…

We cannot shy away from it…

For it is that very discomfort…

That is the exact ingredient…

To fulfilling the most complex realities…

Of the most complicated of life’s circumstances…

Our discomfort is pregnant with the substance…

Needed to be utilized in our work…

It is through our instrument…

That we become the vessel…

To living the most complex…

The most complicated…

And even the most inexplicable…

Private essence of the human condition…

In a very public way…

And in order to do that…

We have to strive to make our history…

And our inner life/world…

Within those circumstances…

So vast…

So full…

So specific…

And so delicious…

That it/they stimulate…

And maintain…

All of our attention…

To take the risk…

To uninhibitedly go after our needs…

Moment to unknown moment…

With the true nature of action

That exists…

And necessary…

Within the world of the text…

And to help us along that journey…

We may need to utilize specific tools…

That allow that inner world to fill…

And experience those circumstances…

So we can actively live those circumstances…

With a truthful raw…

Authentic…

Unpredictably moment to unknown moment…

Honest life force…

It is through specific tools…

Using our own personal experiential vocabulary + imagination…

And the marriage of the two…

And our willingness and courage…

That we stimulate our inner world…

To actually experience…

And believe/have faith in

The most complex circumstances…

So we can then actively live those circumstances…

In service of, to and for our work…

But we must continue to exercise our work!…

Even during these unprecedented time…

We must not get discouraged…

And we must not give up…

The obstacles we face…

And the stakes that they heighten…

Must fuel the energy…

And the intention…

We put forth…

When it comes to our active pursuit…

In achieving our Life’s objectives…

If we spend all of our energy…

Allowing our obstacles…

To be the excuses of why ‘we can’t’

We simply do not give the energy…

To our Life’s objectives…

That they need and deserve…

Let not fear…

Doubt…

Or uncertainty…

Rob you of the very thing you love…

Let it fuel the flames of your passion…

To adapt…

Adjust…

Find a way…

And overcome!…

Allow the passion in your heart…

And the fire in your belly…

To be the fuel…

That keeps you persevering forward…

Despite everything ‘out there’…

That may attempt to keep you from persevering forward…

You are more powerful than you have been led to believe, dear Artists….

You are essential…

The only way to lose sight of the dream…

Is by giving up on it….

So don’t give up!

Continue to invest the necessary sweat equity…

Into what you want to make happen for yourself…

We must remember…

We get what we put into the dream…

And the Universe…

Undeniably meets us where we are…

And responds accordingly….

So persevere, dear Artists…

Stay safe…

Stay mindful…

Stay creative…

Stay on purpose…

Stay on the path of the dream!

Much Love,

Mario Campanaro