The Eric Morris System
When Celia Anne Browne first attended Eric Morris's weekend intensive in NYC, at age fifteen as a young actress, she felt she had come home. Through the years the work remains a one of the greatest sources of her inspiration. To be an endorsed International Teacher and Coach of The Eric Morris System feels a natural progression in alignment with her life calling. It brings Celia great joy to facilitate a method for the Actor that is infinitely creative with potential to create powerful artists as well as more conscious human beings committed to evolvement.
Each actor works in every class, doing an instrumental exercise, a monologue, scene or scene parallel. The first two exercises are done by the whole group; the preliminary exercise which consists of relaxation (eliminating all the tension) using specific techniques for doing that, which is followed by “sensitizing” elevating the accessibility in all five senses, which is also done with specific techniques created by Eric. The third part of the preliminary preparations is called “personal inventory” which is done audibly or semi audibly asking ones self “how do I feel “and responding emotionally to that question. The actor must include his distractions, commentary and awarenesses while responding to “how do I feel.” The preliminary group is designed to 1. eliminate tension (tension is the actors arch enemy) 2. To elevate the sensitivity and accessibility of all five senses 3. to find out where the actor is emotionally so that he or she then can select the next exercise or preparation to prepare to address dramatic material.
The second group exercise is a craft involvement, using one of the approaches indigenous to the process. Usually there is a different craft exercise each week, although some craft approaches may be repeated a number of times. There are a huge number of exercises that are part of the craft process, besides getting selflessly involved with the other actor by doing “observe, perceive and wonder in relation to each other, they might use one of the many choice approaches like Imaginary Dialogue, Endowments, Imaginary Monologues, Imaging etc. (all of these techniques are explained and taught in the classes. After the first two group exercises, we move into individual Instrumental and Craft, Monologue and Scene
In each session, Celia will guide each actor step by step through the brilliant Instrumental and Craft exercises developed by Eric Morris. As actors become more facile with the Morris Method of Experiential Acting, as well as being instructed by Celia, the actor can bring in an "SRI" Self-Regulated Instrumental that address the actor’s obstacles, blocks, dependencies, fears, tensions, concepts, ego issues or a "SRE" a Self Chosen Craft Exercise that will address the given circumstances and obligations of the material they are working on.
The Eric Morris System of Acting has proven to be life changing in freeing the actor of life long obstacles which allows him or her to learn how not to act but to become “Professional Experiencers”. The work liberates their whole being as they embark more confidently as a Professional Master Craftsperson on the path of The Conscious Actor.