De Gama Studios

De Gama Studios Our teaching philosophy is best reflected in the words of Meryl Streep - an advanced approach focusing on the intuition, imagination, and unique personality of the actor to create immediate, vibrant, and truthful performances.
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02/28/2013

Hi Everyone,

We are having class this Thursday as usual at 8pm, at 12215 Ventura Blvd, Suite # 111, Studio City, CA 91604.
Please leave time for traffic and parking, and bring a flash-drive (Sandisk brand more reliable) if you would like to record your work. For those who are new
there is free underground parking.

Hope you got a chance to watch the Oscars. A Los Angeles Times critic writes: "So deeply did the actor delve into the character in Steven Spielberg's film, Lincoln, any essence of Day Lewis, the man, ceased to exist."

Really???!!! Do you really believe that any essence of Daniel Day Lewis, the man, ceased to exist in the character? Did you watch his acceptance speech? The sense of humour, the intelligence, the reserved elegance and authority - those qualities that were evident in his speech and banter with the audience were very much in evidence in the character of Lincoln. The quiet intensity, obsessive immersion in a process, those are also part of the man's essence which shines in the character.

Actors need to understand who they are, what makes them tick, what sets them apart before they can truly master building a character. It is first of all not possible to have your essence disappear. So why try? Meryl Streep may not be the bitch in real life that she plays in Devil Wears Prada, but you could see her strength, charisma, drive in every inch and ounce of the character. You see these qualities in most of the roles she plays, whether it be Margaret Thatcher, or the nun in Doubt.

You can put on the costume, the make up, the accent, play with the physicality but you have to start with who you are. Otherwise you are in danger of acting in a virtual reality. More on this later. Start with "I am the character" and build on it.

By the way, another student whom I coach privately got the lead in a feature film... Good going guys.

02/28/2013

Hi Everyone,

We are having class this Thursday as usual at 8pm, at 12215 Ventura Blvd, Suite # 111, Studio City, CA 91604.
Please leave time for traffic and parking, and bring a flash-drive (Sandisk brand more reliable) if you would like to record your work. For those who are new
there is free underground parking.

Hope you got a chance to watch the Oscars. A Los Angeles Times critic writes: "So deeply did the actor delve into the character in Steven Spielberg's film, Lincoln, any essence of Day Lewis, the man, ceased to exist."

Really???!!! Do you really believe that any essence of Daniel Day Lewis, the man, ceased to exist in the character? Did you watch his acceptance speech? The sense of humour, the intelligence, the reserved elegance and authority - those qualities that were evident in his speech and banter with the audience were very much in evidence in the character of Lincoln. The quiet intensity, obsessive immersion in a process, those are also part of the man's essence which shines in the character.

Actors need to understand who they are, what makes them tick, what sets them apart before they can truly master building a character. It is first of all not possible to have your essence disappear. So why try? Meryl Streep may not be the bitch in real life that she plays in Devil Wears Prada, but you could see her strength, charisma, drive in every inch and ounce of the character. You see these qualities in most of the roles she plays, whether it be Margaret Thatcher, or the nun in Doubt.

You can put on the costume, the make up, the accent, play with the physicality but you have to start with who you are. Otherwise you are in danger of acting in a virtual reality. More on this later. Start with "I am the character" and build on it.

By the way, another student whom I coach privately got the lead in a feature film... Good going guys.

01/24/2013

Hi Everyone,

We are meeting at eight pm for the film acting class as usual at 12215 Ventura Blvd. #111, Studio City.
Please allow time for traffic and parking. If you want to record your work, please bring a Sandisk flash drive.

Most actors believe it is their job to infuse the words on the page with meaning and emotion. While this is true in some sense, this notion more than often results in actors explaining the words, punching the line with an idea. It would be more accurate to say it is an actor's job to speak the words, and be open to the impulses the words generate within.

Spontaneous emotion generated through accepting the truth of what we are saying and relating it to the other person is much more engaging and rewarding than preconceived notions that lead to line readings and acting on the line.

See you tonight.

Best regards.

Eric
310 310 1086

01/17/2013

Hi Everyone,

We are meeting this Thursday, January 17th, at 8pm for the the film acting class as usual: 12215 Ventura Blvd. #111, Studio City, CA 91604.
There is free parking underground. Please allow time for traffic and parking.

There are four levels of knowing or not knowing. 1)Not knowing that you do not know, 2) knowing you do not know, 3) knowing that you know, and 4) "not knowing" you know. First one is a blind spot, you do not know there is a car on the next lane and you do not know that you do not know, that is why you drive into it. Second is you are aware of not knowing something, example I know I do not speak Russian, I have not delusions about it. Third is knowing something but having the consciousness or rather self consciousness of knowing, like speaking a foreign language. The fourth is what I call "unconscious knowing" like breathing, walking, tying your shoe laces, you are barely thinking about it, you just know what to do.

Most actors are stopped by either number one, or number three - assuming they know something, but still there is too much effort and thought involved.
Passing from state three to four requires discipline and training. And that makes all the difference. Learning to work instinctively and experientially is an art.
Awaken passion and that will allow for exertion

12/20/2012

Hi Everyone,

Class will start at 8 pm as usual this Thursday, December 20th.

The following week there is no class due to Christmas Holiday.

Classes will resume Jan 3rd in the new year.

See you tomorrow at eight. Thank you.

Eric
310 310 1086
[email protected]

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06/09/2012
Film acting technique workshops

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On camera film acting workshop gives you the tools you need to audition and perform with a cutting edge. This revolutionary technique will liberate emotional power and illuminate the human story.

06/09/2012

New Studio Location. 12215 Ventura Blvd #111 Studio City CA 91604. Classes are hosted Thursday Evenings at 7PM. Come join our class.

01/30/2012

The new class is on Thursday evenings at 7pm, at 12215 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, Ca 91604.

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01/30/2012

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11/03/2011

Eric De Gama performed " Things Like This Can Happen" an original theatrical piece he wrote with the Walking Theatre Company at the Electric Lodge & to a neat Reviews.

06/27/2011

Way to go Omar Hansen. Congrats on your new roles -- Mysteries of the Paranormal & Hell's Highway.

06/27/2011

Congrats to Lindsey Marie Morgan for her new AchieveGlobal industrial role.

06/27/2011

Congrats to DeGama Studios actor Lindsey Morgan for her guest star role in Nickelodeon's Supah Ninjas !!!!

04/17/2011

Congrats to our talented student Lindsey with her NOS energy drink web commercial!!!!!!

04/10/2011

If you are taking acting classes and after the class if you feel like you have a long way to go ,that class might not be the right for you. But after the class if you feel like you remove one more veil from your soul and let the artist/child inside of you play. That's the right place for you. Thanks Eric De Gama !!!

04/05/2011

FILM ACTING TECHNIQUE CLASSES

04/03/2011

Thank you to my acting coach Eric De Gama for amazing experience today. I am becoming better actor yet better person with your unique help. Grateful for finding a outstanding coach finally! Better moments to experience to come...Ishiltan

09/22/2010

Back to class tomorrow night!! 7 p.m. Can't wait to work with all of our lovely actors! For those of you who aren't already enrolled, call us to R.S.V.P. for a free class audit!! (310) 310-1086

09/16/2010

Getting ready for Wednesday night class! Can't wait to work with all of my amazing actors!! It's not too late for YOU to come audit! 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

09/13/2010

Actors!! We still have open spots in our Wednesday night and Saturday morning classes! Send an e-mail to [email protected] if you would like to come in for a FREE Audit!!

09/08/2010

Looking for an advanced approach to film acting? Need a great acting class?? Come audit a class at De Gama Studios! FREE!! Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. or Saturday afternoons at 12:00 p.m. Send us a message to R.S.V.P.!

08/16/2010

Welcome to the De Gama Studios! Come check out our FREE seminar this coming Tuesday, August 17th at The Complex in Hollywood!

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12215 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA
91604

General information

Our unique acting workshops provide cutting edge solutions to acting’s difficult challenges. The answers are not easy, but simple and effective. Experienced actors will discover a new level of depth and subtlety in their work. All actors will gain ease and confidence in their creativity. Acting is play. It is not meant to be regurgitation or canned choreography. It is a creative act. Actors explore in a safe and rigorous professional laboratory environment to rediscover magic in their craft. Eric De Gama, a graduate of Yale University, performed in New York City with Playwrights’ Horizons, Theatre Studio Inc., Mint Theatre Company, Friends Theatre Company, Royston Theatre Company, and played lead roles in works by Anton Chekhov, Moliere, Eugene O’Neil, Clifford Odets, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats and new plays by contemporary playwrights in venues ranging from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the La Mama, ETC. Eric has directed and assisted directed several plays as well as writing and performing in his own theatre pieces. He studied with among others, Uta Hagen, John Uecker, Nancy Gabor, incorporating in his training a wide range of approaches: Method, Sensory, Meisner, Improvisation, Ensemble Technique, Script Analysis, Movement and Voice. Eric studied film acting in Los Angeles with Steve Eastin and Jeremiah Comey. He has taught for the Theatre of Hearts Artist-in-Residence Program and Jeremiah Comey Studios. De Gama Studio technique is a distillation of Eric’s extensive training. His teaching philosophy is best reflected in the words of Meryl Streep: “I am interested in flying, not thinking.” – an advanced approach focusing on the intuition, imagination, and unique personality of the actor to create immediate, vibrant, and truthful performances Reviews: “You bring your heart to your work and I thank you for it. You are rising to an incredible challenge.” Jonathan Bank, Artistic Director, Mint Theater Company Director, Anton Chekhov, Stories from my Youth “I can always count on you to be fresh and alive on stage. You are a comrade in arms and someone I hope I can call a friend.” Peter Royston, Artistic Director, The Royston Company Director, Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. Eliot. “You have made Al just what he should be, adding humor and personality to what were originally pretty dead scenes.” Steve Schaeffer, Playwrights Horizons Director, Baseball Follies “You have done incredible work! Thanks for your patience and dedication.” Dan McKereghan, Playwrights Horizons Director, Theatre Festival “Eric De Gama is outstanding in all his characters. His voice and mannerisms are unique and perfect for each role. He steals the show with ease.” Lea Sterling Review for The Dining Room, Actors’ Repertory Theater Tuition: Tuition is $200.00 per month to be paid at the start of each cycle. (4 workshops) Tuition is $600.00 for 4 month cycle to be paid in advance. (16 workshops) Tuition is $300.00 per month for both workshops (Wednesday and Sunday, 8 workshops per month) Private tutoring: $60.00/hour All tuition is non refundable. There is no make up for classes missed without advance notice AND approval of instructor.

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