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…physical theatre training is not for the accumulation of skills to be applied as character traits in a play, but rather to foster an overall cognitive framework for fictional aesthetic in a real material world.– Maiya J Murphy, Assistant Professor, Performance Studies, National University of Singapore

“I feel like I need my body to work to get into the voice, but then once I find the voice, it helps me get further into my body – truly they are connected!” – Narda Shanley, Performer / Executive Director/Co-CEO, St Martins Youth Arts Centre

Inspired by over ten years of intense and exclusive training in the Suzuki Actor Training Method in both Australia and Japan, and 20 years in the acting industry, Emma Louise Pursey’s Integrated Actor Training is a set repertoire of rigorous physically-based exercises that incorporate speech to focus on the core in relation to the body, mind and voice.

Whilst this training method is largely derived from Tadashi Suzuki’s method, it has been adapted to encourage more natural alignments of the body.

In October 2016 Emma hosted and co-taught a masterclass in this training method here in Melbourne with renowned Japanese performer and former Suzuki company principal actor, Okubo Noriaki. Together they outlined the basic performative principles for this adapted methodology.

The Integrated Actor Training method compliments all other acting and performance methodologies and is a powerful tool in the creation of powerful actors.

What You Will Learn

  • How to integrate and strengthen the mind, body and voice
  • How to be energised, focussed and connected
  • How to be centred, grounded and alive in-the-moment
  • Increased vocal strength and dynamic
  • Increased discipline and concentration
  • Breath control
  • Precision and spatial awareness
  • The art of stillness
  • An expanded stylistic range
  • A broadened body-knowledge within a performative context

What You Get

  • Experienced and dedicated teacher with invaluable knowledge of the methodology who is also a working practitioner within the stage and screen industries
  • Repertoire of rigorous physically-based exercises that incorporate vocal work
  • Supportive learning environment
  • Exciting group dynamic
  • Greater commitment to self-discovery and transformation
  • Professional studio space

This training is most suited to professional actors, dancers and performers, though is open to anyone interested in physical-based training.

NB: Like any physically-based training, profound understanding of this method is experiential and true insight into how it works can only happen over time and through regular commitment to the training.


Training Photos by Mark Kenfield