Terrel Presence Training® is a technique that assists the performer in establishing presence onstage, experiencing and allowing the audience into the present moment, connecting more effectively and at a deeper level with others onstage and with the audience, and helping actors become more comfortable with being “seen”. It is a series of exercises that can be taught in sequence or utilized specifically to achieve particular objectives. It is well suited to developing palpable actor chemistry and the physical and energetic ensemble adhesiveness that creates physical history and depth for actors/characters.
Terrel Presence Training® deals with the core of what makes us human: with our ability to connect with other people; physical, emotional, and spiritual contact; movement; and availability as an actor and a human being.
On a physical level, it helps the actor ground the body and the voice. It increases one’s physical and vocal power. Taking the room and taking the stage become easier. Reaching into and beyond the camera lens becomes easier to play with and ‘do on purpose’. It gives the actor a sense of control and a technique for managing their own physicality and energy.
Terrel Presence Training® is composed of a series of exercises and activities designed to help the individual get in touch with his/her center and choose to open and share or to close and protect. Neither is a poor choice, and both should be utilized. The point is that whether to share or protect should be a choice, and for most people it is not. The way we move through the world tends to be a closed, protected mode of traveling, which is often wise. The difficulty for an actor is that this default way of appearing and functioning in the world is not conducive to the emotional availability, transparency, and flexibility that distinguishes great acting from merely speaking scripted text.
The exercises are carefully taught and monitored. Participants are encouraged, and their impulses, instincts, and personal boundaries honored. The exercises appear to be simple, but are used in a variety of ways to enhance one’s ability to open and connect with others.
Terrel Presence Training®
For Actors and Non-Actors
This is a valuable acting tool, and was developed for that purpose. However, after working Terrel Presence Training® with a variety of participants, we’ve found it helps people from all walks of life connect with others in a more conscious way.
The same practices that help make actors more available to themselves, their scene partners, and their audience make us more available to ourselves, our families and friends, and the larger community on an everyday level.
Terrel Presence Training® is currently taught in classrooms, workshops, and intensives to people from all walks of life.