Frequently Asked Questions
Emotion with Detail is a powerful tool in my Technique used to create deep visceral connections to a character. It is not enough to simply understand a character’s motivations or emotions from an intellectual standpoint. To achieve rich emotion reliably, repeatedly and safely, you also have to build the character’s history emotionally. Emotion With Detail mirrors the way we as real people experience emotion physiologically – so that the character’s emotional history lives within us and is safely compartmentalized and reliably accessible. Though it is just a piece of The Warner Loughlin Technique, some students refer to the Technique itself as Emotion With Detail.
You do not have to harvest and manipulate your own private pain in order to be a deeply emotional actor. The use of personal substitutions may work for some actors professionally, but for most it becomes a burden personally. They dig up all their pain and milk it and then wonder why they can’t let it go at “Wrap!” My drama technique allows you to access the character’s pain – and because it isn’t your own, you can reliably use it and then let it go! I can’t think of a more wonderful job than acting. We get to show humanity what humanity is. It should be joyful, not painful!
I like to keep classes smaller than most studios allowing students to work during every class. For our workshops, class size ranges from 8 – 12 students.
We primarily focus on material from film and TV. The majority of the time actors will have the freedom to select material of their choice in collaboration with their scene partner. In order to allow actors to do multiple takes of their scene with adjustments, scenes should be just a few pages in length.
Classes generally last 3 hours a day. All actors are expected to stay the entire class unless they have previously discussed the matter with their teacher.
We do understand that unexpected conflicts may arise. If you miss a day in a workshop, we will provide you with any info you missed and of course any assignments you need. There are no makeups for missed workshop dates.
I select each teacher with much consideration. Every teacher at the Studio has previously studied the Technique over a number of years. Each has completed a year long and comprehensive Teacher Training Program. Upon completion of the program, each one enters into a trial period where he or she begins a series of co-teaches with a Senior Accredited Teacher. And if successful, is accredited as a Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor.
Our Studio focuses on adult instruction. Actors must be at least 18 years old to enroll.
Warner Loughlin Studios is an online acting community allowing actors from across the country and across the world to connect and learn from each other. Workshops take place via Zoom.
Rates for our workshops are as follows:
Intro to the Warner Loughlin Technique is $250.
Our Technique Workout is $485.
Fundamentals of Acting is a two-month workshop billed at $300/four-weeks.
Rates for our other workshops do vary.
Rates for coaching are as follows:
One hour with Warner is $250.
One hour with a Staff Coach is $135.
Our coaching hours are Monday through Friday, between 9am and 7pm Pacific Time.
Every actor works every class. My Studio, at every level, is about training working actors – exercising the muscles needed to do this extraordinary job. One of the key muscles is the ability to quickly create, develop and embody new characters on a regular basis. After all, we normally have less than a day to prepare most auditions, and for TV bookings we have less than a week to prepare the role. I want you to be comfortable and confident with the speed at which this business runs.
I designed my Studio to serve the needs of working actors and to train the muscles specific to this industry. It would be nice if every episodic and feature had weeks of rehearsal with the star cast! But more often than not you show up and start shooting. For this reason, I ask my actors not to rehearse with each other outside of class. That does not mean that the scenes should be cold. You’ll do all your character work on your own, outside of class – just like in the working world. The first time you fully perform the scene with your partner will be in class – again, just like in a real working situation. Rehearsing with your scene partner creates a dependency that just won’t serve you. The actual amount of personal preparation time differs for each student and depends largely on the role they are preparing. Scenes should be “camera-ready” – fully developed, fully prepared, and obviously fully off-book. I expect you to give as much time as is required to bring your A-game every class.
Yes! Our Fundamentals workshops are designed to give you a solid foundation to build your craft upon. From exercises in visualization and storytelling to literal text work, these classes allows students the opportunity to connect to their creative side and explore what it means to be an actor.
The key to success in my Studio is the same as the key to success in life – have a good attitude, be ready to work hard and challenge yourself, and be open to the experience! I have spent many years cultivating the tone and culture of my Studio – and I can freely say “we got it right!” There is no place for ego, yours or mine. This is a place where like-minded artists can come together and practice their craft in a supportive and safe environment.