I just had a meeting with Emily Oriold about an actor’s approach to the scene. By connecting various methods of analyzing scenes to various ways to dissect a fight, we started developing exercises for rehearsing scenes, which I’m going to apply to the first round of workshops!
The premise is to find ways to help actors connect to a fight scene they way they do a text scene. I have observed that some actors have trouble expressing the action as well as they do the text, which is part of the reason why many shows have a disconnect when the violence begins. By developing exercises to increase their ability to express action as easily as they do text, I think we can then help actors over this hurdle.
Please feel free to leave suggestions and ideas in the comments area to help us build on these concepts.