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Viewpoints Technique

with Erin Alys

Session begins October 21st

October 21st - December 16th
(No Class November 25th)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
8 weeks
(15% discount for students currently enrolled in our Acting As A Craft program)

Viewpoints is a technique for strengthening an actor’s presence, expanding their physical/vocal vocabulary, and efficiently creating flexible and focused ensembles around this shared language. To create a compelling big picture, we zoom in, playing with the mechanics of tempo, shape, architecture, etc. Exercises investigate time and space by going back to the basics.

If you’re looking for a fresh, new way to look at your training, this workshop series is the perfect place to start!


To ensure the health and safety of our students during the Covid-19 pandemic, space in this program is limited right now to no more than twelve participants.  Make the decision to be serious about your career and book a spot for yourself before the workshop is full!

For refund and cancelation policy, read our F.A.Q. section.

Erin Alys

Erin Alys is a professional working actor and teacher. Born and raised in California, she has lived and worked along the Central Coast, Los Angeles, New York City and most recently Columbus, Ohio. While working in Columbus, Erin taught acting, Stanislavsky, Viewpoints, Suzuki, and stage combat at The Ohio State University. She is thrilled to be here in Chicago, a city that has always been at the top of her list because of its vast and inspiring community of artists.
Erin has trained extensively in Viewpoints and Suzuki with Anne Bogart & The SITI Company, as well as with Jeanine Thompson. This has had a major influence on her as a performer and teacher. The SITI Company has worked as an ensemble for almost 30 years yet continues to train together before each rehearsal and performance; sharing the role of teacher amongst themselves.

Erin believes that great performances come from lifelong students, which she considers herself to be. Teaching has deepened Erin’s vocabulary and attention to detail in the work and she is passionate about sharing these insights with her students.
Erin teaches techniques for crafting vibrant yet repeatable performances by orchestrating reliable moments of spontaneity. Stanislavsky teaches us that the mind and body are constantly connected and that one cannot change without affecting the other. By working with tools in movement and voice, a performer can craft a unique story from the outside-in. Because the body and voice are conveying an emotional experience, the mind will go there without strain. Working in this way, the actor also learns to plant their focus on the world around them, which allows the performance to remain ever spontaneous even as the physicality is repeated.
Erin has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Acting, with an emphasis in movement and the creation of new work. She has extensively studied techniques in devising and new play creation. Her experience ranges from composing full scale productions with a large ensemble, to performing original work as a solo artist.

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