Key Student Notes: Actor Training 5/19/2016

Peter Valentino Key Student Notes: Actor Training

Bryce Harrison

Peter Valentino Acting Studio

Key student notes: observations and analysis



  • The actor is picking up on the specificity of the proximity.
  • Improvisation is the foundation of spontaneous acting. The actor must learn to think on their feet.
  • Go deeper into the emotion. As you get lost in the repetitive element, experience the calmness and the openness that allows the actor to dig deeper into the truth of the emotion.
  • The actors body must be physically engaged.
  • Actors must keep in mind that in filmic acting, they must resemble human life in their dialogues.
  • Actor training is human nature training.
  • “I’m watching people having a real conversation. You’re using your whole bodily instrument to express.” – Peter Valentino.
  • With each discovery there is new feeling to experience.
  • Cross the imaginative thresholds in a fearless fashion.
  • The breath drops you into the flow.
  • “Allow yourself to be human.” – Peter Valentino.
  • The actor must not be in any way frigid, for they are a flowing element within an organic whole.
  • “Suspend your disbelief.” – Peter Valentino.
  • You’ve got to care about the elements in the script as if your life depended on it.
  • In a cold read; instead of reading the other person’s lines and simply nodding as acknowledgement, look at them deeply and engage yourself in the real life conversation.
  • “Everything is dictated by listening.” – Peter Valentino.
  • “I want to believe in watching a real conversation.”
  • Put your energy into your scene partner and scenes proximity as well as being receptive as possible in all efforts.
  • Theatre- presentational
  • Film – representational
  • “The actor is alone in a public place.” – Dana Martin.
  • For screen acting, always keep the screens watchability in your actor construct.