Acting in English Workshop

This course approaches acting using the English language. It’s an introductory course.

We start with physical exercises, move on to voice work, and then combine these in a scene study from a contemporary play in English. We will be focusing mostly on acting methods derived from Stanislavski, but will also use other approaches to widen the scope.

The main focus of the course is on how to act and react intuitively, resolving in fully embodied acting. The use of English as a language in acting is not just a question of language. A whole culture is codified in the how you use language, the how being what an actor mostly does. For non-native speakers this presents a fruitful acting challenge: when acting in a language other than your own you have a possibility to stretch your capabilities as an actor to the limits.

The working language throughout the course is English. This way you will learn to use the language as an organic and instrumental part of your overall expression. The course is meant both for those who want to try out English as a language in acting and for those to whom it’s a native language.

FOR WHOM: The workshop is meant for everyone, but ability to work in English is essential. If you are unsure or have any questions, send a message to before registering.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT: Both happen at the same time at The Center for Everything webshop at

TIME AND PLACE: Fri 6. 3. 2020 at 5.30pm – 10pm, Sat 7. 3. at 1. 30pm – 5. 30pm and Sun 8. 3. at 1. 30pm – 5. 30pm at Eskus – Performance Center, Puhdistamo (building n:o 6) 2. fl. Official address: Kaasutehtaankatu 1/33, 00540 Helsinki.

PRICE: 100 €

TEACHER: Sami Henrik Haapala is an actor FIA, dancer, live art maker and a dj. They have produced, directed and performed 20 years both in institutions and as a freelancer in Finland and abroad. They graduated with an MA in Acting from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in the UK.They are currently finishing their artistic doctoral thesis in the Theatre Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki with a focus on acting in immersive and participatory performances. They are the artistic director of The Center for Everything.

(Photo: Sami Henrik Haapala in Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’ (2008). Unfortunately the name of the other actor and the photographer has been lost.)

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