FILM ACTING WORKSHOP (Intensivo), by Javier Alcina

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Film Acting Workshop

Streaming platforms (Netflix, HBO, Amazon, etc) constantly aim to reach the global market. As a result, castings for projects shot in English are ever more common and actors would do well being ready for such opportunities. 

To act in a foreign language requires a lot of practice so it’s best to start now and be constant in your preparation. 

During this workshop we will apply two highly effective techniques from Hollywood still little known in Europe: Tony Barr & Lesly Kahn. Each student receives personalized coaching, analysis of their performance and professional footage to add to their reel. 

Please note that this course will be taught entirely in English.

The Tony Barr technique has become an essential reference in film acting highlighting the process of observation and listening. There’s great emphasis on text analysis, points of focus, perceiving overall behavior and internal process in order to reach an organic and convincing reaction. Furthermore, finding the appropriate emotion and its implicit inner rhythm helps inhabit the given circumstances in each scene. Understanding the different subgenres is also essential to accurately recreate the reality suggested on the page.
The Lesly Kahn technique on thoughts helps the actor achieve surprising specificity, adding constant nuance to his/her performance. It entails exploration and practice which awakens the imagination, allowing actors to constantly experience what they think and feel. It is an exercise aimed at providing words with specific value in order to avoid repetition, unconvincing performances, generalizations or vague ideas. Since the actor knows exactly WHAT he/she is doing at any given moment, it allows greater freedom to surrender to the experience, leaving the HOW (to do it) open to wonder, surprise, listening and observation.


  • Learn to create a Simple Analysis in order to save time and energy.
  • Find out how to apply specific thoughts to each line of text.
  • Rehearse and shoot a scene from an American/British tv show/film in its original language.
  • Familiarize yourself with some key concepts from a great variety of acting techniques (Meisner, Stella Adler, Stanislavski, Lesly Kahn, Tony Barr, Patsy Rodenburg, etc): the pinch & the ouch, non-transferable imagination, creation and manipulation of invented memories, clarity of thought, text analysis, locating stimulus, the dramatic chain, circles of concentration, etc. 
  • Discover a very effective memorization exercise.
  • Simplify the acting process avoiding unnecessary complications.
  • Identify genre and stay in genre.
  • Identify and implement the internal rhythm of an emotion.
  • Experience a truly immersive filming process in English, from theoretical aspects, to rehearsals, shooting and finally analyzing the result.

The scenes will be sent out to students in advance to be fully memorized BEFORE the workshop.

  • FECHAS: V24, S25 y D26 mayo 2024
  • HORARIO: V 16h a 20h. S y D 10h a 14h. (1 hora más cada día con más de 12 alumnos).
  • PRECIO: € 200.-
  • REQUISITOS - ACCESO: Selección por CV y fotografía. Enviar a
  • NIVEL: Todos los nivelesNecesario un nivel alto de inglés.
  • PLAZAS LIMITADAS: 16 participantes máx. (Mínimo 8).
  • Al finalizar el taller se entrega copia del material grabado.

Taller impartido por:

Javier Alcina


Javier Alcina graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he also attended the Lee Strasberg Institute. Receiving a Fox Fellowship Award, he continued training as a director with Anatoli Vassiliev in Russia & France. He also studied with Lesly Kahn in Hollywood and at the Tony Barr's Film Actors Workshop in Santa Monica. He has collaborated with some of the most celebrated artists in theater, film and tv, such as Tom Hardy, Sir Alan Bates, Derek Jacoby, Rosamund Pike, Jimmy Kimmel or Kenneth Branagh. He has worked in Spain, China, Russia, France, England, Italy, Morocco and the US. He is a resident teacher at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, with the Michelle Danner Acting Studio in Los Angeles, teaching acting techniques such as Stella Adler, Stanislavski, Meisner, On-Camera Acting, Scene Study, Voice, Shakespeare and Accent Reduction. He also works as an acting coach for professional actors in different countries.

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