About The Work

About The Work A safe place for actors to think differently, take risks, connect and excel. Home of The Chakra Approach® and The Macro Method. Created by Murisa Harba, Artistic Director + Founder
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ABOUT THE WORK has been inspiring actors to take risks and get out of their comfort zone since 2013. Our creative sanctuary allows actors to feel connected and motivated to accept the challenge to go deeper in the collective pursuit of excellence. Led by Artistic Director Murisa Harba, students meet once a week in our virtual format to be challenged, motivated and inspired to take risks with their

ABOUT THE WORK has been inspiring actors to take risks and get out of their comfort zone since 2013. Our creative sanctuary allows actors to feel connected and motivated to accept the challenge to go deeper in the collective pursuit of excellence. Led by Artistic Director Murisa Harba, students meet once a week in our virtual format to be challenged, motivated and inspired to take risks with their

Operating as usual

#flashbackfriday to shooting ATW student Inger in our On-Camera Technical Professional Track class!#aboutthework #TheMac...
08/27/2021

#flashbackfriday to shooting ATW student Inger in our On-Camera Technical Professional Track class!

#aboutthework #TheMacroMethod #TheChakraApproach® #oncamera #selftape #coldread #auditiontechnique #scenestudy #actingclasses #onlineclasses

#flashbackfriday to shooting ATW student Inger in our On-Camera Technical Professional Track class!

#aboutthework #TheMacroMethod #TheChakraApproach® #oncamera #selftape #coldread #auditiontechnique #scenestudy #actingclasses #onlineclasses

That focused moment before...#TBT to ATW student Michelle preparing to shoot an emotional scene from "The Affair" in our...
08/26/2021

That focused moment before...
#TBT to ATW student Michelle preparing to shoot an emotional scene from "The Affair" in our On-Camera Technical Professional Track class.

#aboutthework #oncamera #onset #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #preparation #focus #emotion #actingclasses

That focused moment before...
#TBT to ATW student Michelle preparing to shoot an emotional scene from "The Affair" in our On-Camera Technical Professional Track class.

#aboutthework #oncamera #onset #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #preparation #focus #emotion #actingclasses

Glamour shot of our studio's showstopping, exposed brick wall!#aboutthework #welcomeback #inthestudio #hollywoodarchitec...
08/25/2021

Glamour shot of our studio's showstopping, exposed brick wall!

#aboutthework #welcomeback #inthestudio #hollywoodarchitecture #oncamera #scenestudy #inpersonclasses #actingclasses #onlineclasses

Glamour shot of our studio's showstopping, exposed brick wall!

#aboutthework #welcomeback #inthestudio #hollywoodarchitecture #oncamera #scenestudy #inpersonclasses #actingclasses #onlineclasses

#Studio #Shoutout: Another amazing announcement! ATW Founder and Artistic Director Murisa Harba's latest film THE SHATTE...
08/24/2021

#Studio #Shoutout: Another amazing announcement! ATW Founder and Artistic Director Murisa Harba's latest film THE SHATTERING is now available on Amazon Prime Video!!!

This suspenseful feature film tells the story of Claire who has it all: a loving husband, wealth, and a baby on the way. As her due date looms, events take an unexpected turn and reality begins to shatter. When a beautiful psychiatrist arrives, can Claire uncover the truth? Or will the secrets kill her?

Murisa credits using her signature technique The Chakra Approach® to craft her award-winning performance as Claire: "It is a piece I’m very proud of because it was so personal to tell Claire’s story. An actor’s dream role to play which truly tested my abilities and focus as an actor. In this film, my character is literally in every scene (no time to rest or regroup on set) and has many emotional twists and turns throughout her entire journey. It demanded so much of my energy that I was grateful to have my chakra acting work to guide me through not only the whole shoot, but particularly our final day on set where we had 12 hours to shoot out 3 characters, 15 shots with 3 takes each, for a total of 45 takes of the chilling climactic scene (you will know it when you see it). I treated this role like an athlete treats their sport. This role taught me how to truly rely on my craft and trust that it would serve me."

A HUGE congrats to Murisa, the entire cast and crew, director Daria Nazarova, producer @mrfishopolis, and @argentic_productions!

Watch THE SHATTERING here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B09C4DY7BN/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r

#aboutthework #TheShattering #amazonprimevideo #featurefilm #leadactress #suspense #horror #drama #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #oncamera #onset #focus #energy #emotion #craft

#Studio #Shoutout: Another amazing announcement! ATW Founder and Artistic Director Murisa Harba's latest film THE SHATTERING is now available on Amazon Prime Video!!!

This suspenseful feature film tells the story of Claire who has it all: a loving husband, wealth, and a baby on the way. As her due date looms, events take an unexpected turn and reality begins to shatter. When a beautiful psychiatrist arrives, can Claire uncover the truth? Or will the secrets kill her?

Murisa credits using her signature technique The Chakra Approach® to craft her award-winning performance as Claire: "It is a piece I’m very proud of because it was so personal to tell Claire’s story. An actor’s dream role to play which truly tested my abilities and focus as an actor. In this film, my character is literally in every scene (no time to rest or regroup on set) and has many emotional twists and turns throughout her entire journey. It demanded so much of my energy that I was grateful to have my chakra acting work to guide me through not only the whole shoot, but particularly our final day on set where we had 12 hours to shoot out 3 characters, 15 shots with 3 takes each, for a total of 45 takes of the chilling climactic scene (you will know it when you see it). I treated this role like an athlete treats their sport. This role taught me how to truly rely on my craft and trust that it would serve me."

A HUGE congrats to Murisa, the entire cast and crew, director Daria Nazarova, producer @mrfishopolis, and @argentic_productions!

Watch THE SHATTERING here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B09C4DY7BN/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r

#aboutthework #TheShattering #amazonprimevideo #featurefilm #leadactress #suspense #horror #drama #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #oncamera #onset #focus #energy #emotion #craft

A very special #MondayswithMurisa announcement!Do you want to uncover your true potential as an actor? To take away the ...
08/23/2021

A very special #MondayswithMurisa announcement!

Do you want to uncover your true potential as an actor? To take away the guesswork of performing and instead execute a performance that delivers every single time? Well, now you can.

Murisa Harba's book "Acting With Energy: Creating Brilliance Take After Take" is officially on PRE-SALE on Amazon!!!

She began writing the book in 2012, just before opening About The Work Actors Studio. Since then, her signature technique The Chakra Approach® has become a registered trademark and ATW's curriculum and community has grown more and more!

Much like learning the notes on an instrument, once you master the energy scale, you can begin to play emotional chords in a way that is so visceral and communicative to an audience, they will connect with your performance every time. This method when truly tapped into will evoke certain physiological and emotional reactions in the bodies of your audience without their being aware of what is happening.

If you commit to your craft this deeply, the level of specificity and authenticity in your performance will be brought to new heights. And the best part? This is not the end result. After all, who cares if you can only do it once? No; we want you to be able to do it take after take. Our goal for you is complete confidence, and for every audience member to hang onto your every word.

Murisa truly believes this book has the power to help people because of the awareness it brings to the human condition. Beyond helping actors nail their auditions and performances, her hope is that the level of emotional and physical intelligence uncovered in this book will reach every artist and human being who is yearning for depth and detail to their artistry, relationships, and human connection.

If you know you have more to offer, then this book is for you!

Pre-order here: http://ow.ly/2zXm50FVvdH

#aboutthework #amazon #presale #actingwithenergy #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #repeatablebrilliance

A very special #MondayswithMurisa announcement!

Do you want to uncover your true potential as an actor? To take away the guesswork of performing and instead execute a performance that delivers every single time? Well, now you can.

Murisa Harba's book "Acting With Energy: Creating Brilliance Take After Take" is officially on PRE-SALE on Amazon!!!

She began writing the book in 2012, just before opening About The Work Actors Studio. Since then, her signature technique The Chakra Approach® has become a registered trademark and ATW's curriculum and community has grown more and more!

Much like learning the notes on an instrument, once you master the energy scale, you can begin to play emotional chords in a way that is so visceral and communicative to an audience, they will connect with your performance every time. This method when truly tapped into will evoke certain physiological and emotional reactions in the bodies of your audience without their being aware of what is happening.

If you commit to your craft this deeply, the level of specificity and authenticity in your performance will be brought to new heights. And the best part? This is not the end result. After all, who cares if you can only do it once? No; we want you to be able to do it take after take. Our goal for you is complete confidence, and for every audience member to hang onto your every word.

Murisa truly believes this book has the power to help people because of the awareness it brings to the human condition. Beyond helping actors nail their auditions and performances, her hope is that the level of emotional and physical intelligence uncovered in this book will reach every artist and human being who is yearning for depth and detail to their artistry, relationships, and human connection.

If you know you have more to offer, then this book is for you!

Pre-order here: http://ow.ly/2zXm50FVvdH

#aboutthework #amazon #presale #actingwithenergy #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #repeatablebrilliance

"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." - John F. Kennedy#aboutthework #norisknoreward #keepgoing #motiv...
08/22/2021

"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." - John F. Kennedy

#aboutthework #norisknoreward #keepgoing #motivation #inspiration

"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." - John F. Kennedy

#aboutthework #norisknoreward #keepgoing #motivation #inspiration

We're SO excited to start inviting students back into the studio and onto our stage!In-person classes start NEXT WEEK wi...
08/21/2021

We're SO excited to start inviting students back into the studio and onto our stage!

In-person classes start NEXT WEEK with our Groundwork Engineer Level Mentorship Program! **covid-19 vaccination required**

Contact us at [email protected] to learn more about our program, or click here https://bit.ly/3q7JzSX to register and get started!

#aboutthework #inthestudio #welcomeback #GroundworkEngineer #TheMacroMethod #TheChakraApproach® #signaturetechniques #auditiontechnique #selftape #oncamera #scenestudy #actingclasses #onlineclasses

We're SO excited to start inviting students back into the studio and onto our stage!

In-person classes start NEXT WEEK with our Groundwork Engineer Level Mentorship Program! **covid-19 vaccination required**

Contact us at [email protected] to learn more about our program, or click here https://bit.ly/3q7JzSX to register and get started!

#aboutthework #inthestudio #welcomeback #GroundworkEngineer #TheMacroMethod #TheChakraApproach® #signaturetechniques #auditiontechnique #selftape #oncamera #scenestudy #actingclasses #onlineclasses

#flashbackfriday to shooting ATW student Mark in our studio during our On-Camera Technical Professional Track class!#abo...
08/20/2021

#flashbackfriday to shooting ATW student Mark in our studio during our On-Camera Technical Professional Track class!

#aboutthework #inthestudio #oncamera #onset #practicalset #auditiontechnique #selftape #scenestudy #actingclasses #onlineclasses

#flashbackfriday to shooting ATW student Mark in our studio during our On-Camera Technical Professional Track class!

#aboutthework #inthestudio #oncamera #onset #practicalset #auditiontechnique #selftape #scenestudy #actingclasses #onlineclasses

#TBT to ATW students Ashlee and Jon doing our signature inner thought exercise during our 16 week Groundwork Engineer Le...
08/19/2021

#TBT to ATW students Ashlee and Jon doing our signature inner thought exercise during our 16 week Groundwork Engineer Level Program!

This program only happens 3 times a year, and the next one starts SOON! ONLINE and IN-PERSON classes available:

ONLINE CLASS: Wednesdays, August 25th - December 15th, 10am - 1pm PT

IN-STUDIO CLASS: Thursdays, August 26th - December 16th, 7pm - 10pm PT **Covid-19 vaccination required**

Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3q7JzSX

#aboutthework #GroundworkEngineer #mentorshipprogram #TheMacroMethod #TheChakraApproach® #signaturetechniques #auditiontechnique #selftape #oncamera #scenestudy #actingclasses #studioclasses #onlineclasses

#TBT to ATW students Ashlee and Jon doing our signature inner thought exercise during our 16 week Groundwork Engineer Level Program!

This program only happens 3 times a year, and the next one starts SOON! ONLINE and IN-PERSON classes available:

ONLINE CLASS: Wednesdays, August 25th - December 15th, 10am - 1pm PT

IN-STUDIO CLASS: Thursdays, August 26th - December 16th, 7pm - 10pm PT **Covid-19 vaccination required**

Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3q7JzSX

#aboutthework #GroundworkEngineer #mentorshipprogram #TheMacroMethod #TheChakraApproach® #signaturetechniques #auditiontechnique #selftape #oncamera #scenestudy #actingclasses #studioclasses #onlineclasses

If you're an actor committed to your career and your craft, then we already know how proactive and motivated you are...b...
08/18/2021

If you're an actor committed to your career and your craft, then we already know how proactive and motivated you are...but even the most prepared actor can get overwhelmed.

Especially when you're trying to put your best foot forward on a self tape (due by the end of the day!), or impress the casting director over a live Zoom audition!

The struggle is real and you are not alone.

If this anxiety feels familiar to you, then we can't wait share with you our signature techniques for how to UPLEVEL your auditions and self tapes, resulting in way less anxiety and so much more fun!

Now is the time to pivot your audition strategy and think differently more than ever...

To focus all of the uncertainty the state of the world is bringing and turn it into an opportunity to let go of anything holding you back!

So, join us for our 16 week Groundwork Engineer Level Mentorship Program starting NEXT WEEK!

Enrollment is open for both ONLINE and IN-PERSON classes:

ONLINE CLASS: Wednesdays, August 25th - December 15th, 10am - 1pm PT

IN-STUDIO CLASS: Thursdays, August 26th - December 16th, 7pm - 10pm PT **Covid-19 vaccination required**

This 16 week intensive program will unlock your craft, your presence, and your abilities in ways you can’t imagine.

Click here to register https://bit.ly/3q7JzSX and get in on the goods!

#aboutthework #GroundworkEngineer #mentorshipprogram #TheMacroMethod #TheChakraApproach® #signaturetechniques #auditiontechnique #selftape #oncamera #scenestudy #actingclasses #studioclasses #onlineclasses

If you're an actor committed to your career and your craft, then we already know how proactive and motivated you are...but even the most prepared actor can get overwhelmed.

Especially when you're trying to put your best foot forward on a self tape (due by the end of the day!), or impress the casting director over a live Zoom audition!

The struggle is real and you are not alone.

If this anxiety feels familiar to you, then we can't wait share with you our signature techniques for how to UPLEVEL your auditions and self tapes, resulting in way less anxiety and so much more fun!

Now is the time to pivot your audition strategy and think differently more than ever...

To focus all of the uncertainty the state of the world is bringing and turn it into an opportunity to let go of anything holding you back!

So, join us for our 16 week Groundwork Engineer Level Mentorship Program starting NEXT WEEK!

Enrollment is open for both ONLINE and IN-PERSON classes:

ONLINE CLASS: Wednesdays, August 25th - December 15th, 10am - 1pm PT

IN-STUDIO CLASS: Thursdays, August 26th - December 16th, 7pm - 10pm PT **Covid-19 vaccination required**

This 16 week intensive program will unlock your craft, your presence, and your abilities in ways you can’t imagine.

Click here to register https://bit.ly/3q7JzSX and get in on the goods!

#aboutthework #GroundworkEngineer #mentorshipprogram #TheMacroMethod #TheChakraApproach® #signaturetechniques #auditiontechnique #selftape #oncamera #scenestudy #actingclasses #studioclasses #onlineclasses

#Studio #Shoutout: Our amazing instructor Savannah Schoenecker recently taught a 2 day private acting workshop for direc...
08/17/2021

#Studio #Shoutout: Our amazing instructor Savannah Schoenecker recently taught a 2 day private acting workshop for director Quentin Lee and the cast of his feature film "Last Summer of Nathan Lee!" She shared ATW's signature Chakra Approach® with the actors to help prepare them for their roles, and we're so excited to see our techniques uplevel their craft and transform their performances onset and off. Beautiful work, Savannah!

#aboutthework #privateworkshop #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #preparation #rehearsal #character #physicality #emotion #featurefilm #oncamera #onset

#Studio #Shoutout: Our amazing instructor Savannah Schoenecker recently taught a 2 day private acting workshop for director Quentin Lee and the cast of his feature film "Last Summer of Nathan Lee!" She shared ATW's signature Chakra Approach® with the actors to help prepare them for their roles, and we're so excited to see our techniques uplevel their craft and transform their performances onset and off. Beautiful work, Savannah!

#aboutthework #privateworkshop #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #preparation #rehearsal #character #physicality #emotion #featurefilm #oncamera #onset

#MondayswithMurisa: "I want to be involved as an audience member. If I have nothing to figure out, no layers to uncover,...
08/16/2021

#MondayswithMurisa: "I want to be involved as an audience member. If I have nothing to figure out, no layers to uncover, I might change the channel. Using juxtaposing energies through our Chakra Approach® is a concrete physical way to layer your performance. It will make me lean in and try to figure you out, which means I am in it with you."

#aboutthework #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #signaturetechnique #energy #physicality #emotion #mindbody #actingclasses #onlineclasses

#MondayswithMurisa: "I want to be involved as an audience member. If I have nothing to figure out, no layers to uncover, I might change the channel. Using juxtaposing energies through our Chakra Approach® is a concrete physical way to layer your performance. It will make me lean in and try to figure you out, which means I am in it with you."

#aboutthework #TheChakraApproach® #chakraacting #signaturetechnique #energy #physicality #emotion #mindbody #actingclasses #onlineclasses

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1219 North Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA
90029

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Monday 9am - 8pm
Tuesday 9am - 8pm
Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 8pm
Sunday 9am - 6pm

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ABOUT THE WORK has been inspiring actors to take risks and get out of their comfort zone since 2013. Our creative sanctuary allows actors to feel connected and motivated to accept the challenge to go deeper in the collective pursuit of excellence. Led by Artistic Director Murisa Harba, students meet once a week at our beautiful, newly renovated studio to be challenged, motivated and inspired to take risks with their craft. We believe it is important to create and maintain an environment that is supportive, and our studio has been designed to be a safe place for actors to be pushed out of their comfort zones on an ongoing basis. If you are constantly doing the same old, good work, you are not growing. By pushing into the unknown, we teach you to turn the uncomfortable into the comfortable and to raise the bar by always reaching for that next level.

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Murisa and I had a brief discussion on speed Chakra & book narration. You really can't plan in great detail for an 8 1/2 hour narration. This author thrives on the edge of sanity. Narration 23 done, 24 & 25 in queue.
Used Chakras in every take.
We got into a discussion about art, acting, and the Italian artists in our Tuesday workshop. Here's an acrylic I did based on Giotto's casting the demons out of Arrezo. If they were cast out, that means they had to be cast in first.
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