Suzuki for Film

Licensed Fool Conservatory

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Please join the waiting list to be informed of the next intensive or ongoing classes.

What is the Suzuki Method?

Originally developed by Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki, the Suzuki Method strengthens emotional availability, inner awareness, group complicity, command over focus and thoughts, and lays the foundation for authenticity in performance and command over the body.  Inspired by this method, Suzuki for Film guides performers to more fully realizing their own voices and break down psychological blocks (i.e. “getting out of your own way”).  Fostering a mind-body-oneness allows those who guide the camera (like steadicam ops, dolly grips and camera ops) the ability to do so with more precision and grace — ultimately to align “what is in your head” to what you actually execute.

Who can join the class?

We encourage experienced performers and crew members to join these classes as they are high-level workshops. Proactive performers and crew with a background in acting (theatre/film), dance, singing or set work will benefit from the techniques developed in class.  The course is modified to fit the needs of individual performers and crew.  Like the course’s sister classes, Physical Comedy for Film and Shakespeare for Film, the classes are fun and challenging.

Are there one-day intensives for Suzuki for Film?

We are proud to offer intensives in Suzuki for Film for veteran Suzuki performers who want to stay sharp and for those beginning Suzuki training.  Intensives are typically on a Sunday and run for six hours.  These serve as a great introduction to Suzuki before entering the 8-week course.

What are the ongoing classes like?

For ongoing classes, each session consists of 8 physically challenging classes (a class once a week) with a showcase at the end of the course.  Please join the waiting list to be informed of the next set of classes available.

Date Week Number Title Description
TBA WEEK 1 The Beginning introduction to the technique
TBA WEEK 2 Storytelling building structures / couples work / individual performances assigned
TBA WEEK 3 Truthfulness integrate techniques for authenticity in performance
TBA WEEK 4 Abstract Characters create non-human characters / create original human characters
TBA WEEK 5 Egoless Performance group performance / acting organically / motivation
TBA WEEK 6 Boot Camp the class that will test your limits
TBA WEEK 7 Creating the Show integrate everything learned into a performance piece
TBA WEEK 8 Rehearsal final rehearsal for the showcase

What do I bring to class?

Please come wearing a singlet/athletic top and athletic shorts. Please wear athletic socks, or indoor Japanese tabi.

How do I enroll?

Class sizes are limited to 15 people to give each performer individual attention. Before performers can join the class, he or she will have a phone interview to gauge individual strengths and needs. The best 15 performers are invited to join the class. If you are interested in enrolling in an upcoming session or to be put on the waiting list, please fill out the form below.

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Suzuki for Film


David Britz studied dramatic structure, movement and the Suzuki method at the University of Washington, dance and Maori performance at SCAPA (New Zealand) and Shakespeare at NIDA (Australia).  He’s taught musical theatre, Shakespeare, the Suzuki method, and screen acting in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Since classes offered are very physical, we encourages only performers in good health to join. Licensed Fool Cinema or its associates are not liable for any injury. Classes and workshops are not part of an accredited conservatory. The term is used to indicate the milieu of the classes.