Three Days Guaranteed To Inspire and Revolutionise
Your Acting Ability
Friday 26 April – Sunday 28 April 2024
Étude Xpress, is an intense three-day immersion in Timoney Method® Acting designed for beginners or those who want to retrain.
The aim of this course?
One Word: Believability
That’s our theme for the Étude Xpress: making your acting more believable. Bringing you to that point where an audience can forget that you’re acting and lose themselves in your performance.
Believability is the actor’s ultimate challenge, and it lies at the heart of Timoney Method® Acting. So we’ll be taking you through exercises that give you emotional truth. Exercises that use your own life, and the senses that activate your memories, to help you connect with a script, a character, at a deep and personal level.
On Étude Xpress you will learn:
- A character creation technique that allows you to enter into the mind of the character
- How to Green Light your physical impulses, creating spontaneous reactions
- How to emboss your Soul Print onto the character
- A technique that allows you to give in to character creation rather than struggling to establish them
- A process to create complex multi-layered character thoughts
- How to establish dependable and consistent in the moment acting
- How to create an alert presence on stage or on set that allows you to see, hear and feel at a heightened level, making authentic response much easier
- A psychological way of using your breath that allows you to deepen your relationship with people and even inanimate objects
- A hundred-year-old Russian movement process called Plastiques enabling your mind, body and emotions to flow freely
- How to use Psychological Mask to create distinct and unique character physicality
- An immersive Character Creation Box that will allow you to access your unconscious mind and live in the character’s world
- How to access authentic emotion on demand through two different acting processes
- A process developed by the legendary creator of modern method acting, Lee Strasberg, to overcome stage fight and nerves
- A full body Psychological Gesture process that will become a shorthand way of accessing the character at a profound level
- How changing your clothes can have a profound effect on character transformation
- The key to overcoming two critical creative thresholds that can destroy your acting
The results I have been achieving from this way of working have been nothing short of amazing.
My teaching’s full power happens when I’m in the studio, live, watching students’ every move. I can see their whole body, watch their unconscious impulses and change how they are expressing themselves.
Training an actor is not only about getting someone to think differently, it’s also about getting them to express themselves physically. It’s a massive part of training an actor.
That next level is me analysing and dissecting your work, and coaching you to enter into the eyes of the character… in short, to transform.
That’s precisely what I do on Étude Xpress.
It lasts three days, and we go deep into my approach – Timoney Method® Acting.
By The Way – All My Students Have One Thing In Common
Every single actor I’ve trained…actors you’ll have seen on stage, on TV and on the big screen…they all started out in your shoes.
No-one is born with an Equity Card!
Take Kamilla. She was desperate to find something more rewarding. She felt the urge to act. So he seized the moment and came along to one of my weekend courses. And quickly, she realised this acting lark was well within her grasp.
She studied hard, and progressed to the Ultimate Acting Programme and loved every minute. And today, she lives in LA working full time, flitting between TV and film roles.
This is what she said:
“I decided to move to LA to pursue acting over there. I still live in LA, and have a wonderful manager and a great agency! Last year I booked a recurring guest part in American Horror Story and spent several months on set with wonderful actors like Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga. I recently booked my first series regular and am at the moment I’m back in London filming season 2 of a TV show for Comedy Central called I Live With Models. I just wanted to reach out and thank you both! I had such a wonderful experience at your school. It opened my eyes to the fact that my dream actually was possible to follow. I’m forever grateful!”
She achieved this because she discovered – and mastered – my method acting approach.
Now you can too.
So…What Can You Expect?
ON DAY 1 we start work right away on how to enter the mind of the character. There is a simple process I will take you through that will allow you to quickly enter the characters world without you even realising it. You will be acting in scenes with a high degree of believably by the end of the day.
ON DAY 2 we will explore the Character Creation Box Exercise which will allow you to go deeper into the unconscious world of the character and Psychological Masks designed to unleash characters physicality.
ON DAY 3 we’re getting deep inside the acting process. You’ll be working on scenes, building characters from scratch, creating complex scenes that wring every last drop of truth from the text…and getting critiqued! Learn what you need to work on, to propel your acting forward.
My Zero Risk Guarantee
If you don’t know me, I can show you all the testimonials in the world…you’re still going to worry “Will this guy deliver?”. I get that. So I’m backing up this course with a Zero Risk Guarantee:
If you reach the end of Day One and decide it’s not for you, I will refund your entire investment. No quibbles or weasel clauses hidden in the small print. Just love it or leave…it’s that simple.
Let Me Tell You Who Is NOT Invited
This course is designed for beginners or those who have done some training before and want to retrain using this technique. It’s fine if you are at the start of your acting journey, but you need to be into acting in a big way.
This means it is NOT for:
- Flakes, wannabes and fame-hunters
- Lazy people
- Complainers and moaners
- Passive-aggressive types
- Those who think they know-it-all
If any of the above resonates with you, then this is not for you. If, on the other hand, you don’t identify with any of the above and you are a ‘serious beginner’ or someone who wants to re-train in this technique, then I would invite you to apply.
"One Of The Best Experiences Of My Life"
“The Étude Xpress course was genuinely one of the best experiences of my life. At the start I was terrified to get up and work but by the end of it, or even the end of the first day, I was praying Brian would call me to go up. The course allowed me to build my confidence, my creativity and to nurture my imagination, all while being in the presence of like-minded people who I can now call friends. In doing the course I feel as though I’ve planted a ‘seed’ which was, and still is, fundamental in the growth of my acting journey thus far as well as in the future. Thank you Brian for making me fall back in love with acting and making me feel like the stage is my home.”
Dates: Friday 26 April – Sunday 28 April 2024
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: Brian Timoney Actors Studio, 213 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London NW3 4QP
Here is the process:
Step One – Complete our online application form
Step Two – I review your application assess your suitability.
Step Three – I make a decision and notify you.
£100 Application Fee – This is fully refunded if we do not accept you onto the course. If we do accept you, then it goes towards the full fee.
Also, if we offer you a place and you decline our offer, you will not be able to apply for any of our courses in the future, so please be sure before applying. I know this may sound harsh, but it’s necessary to ensure that only those who are genuinely committed apply.
£597 Final Balance Payment – This is due 48 hours after notifying you that your application has been successful.
Please make sure that you have your finances in order BEFORE applying.
To process your application, we require you to pay your £100 application fee on the next page, but please make sure you have read the above carefully before committing.
"I Cannot Believe How Much I Have Improved"
I’ve recently completed the etude express course and I cannot believe how much I have improved – my confidence and my acting. Brian is a very intelligent tutor who knows how to get the best out of you even in a small period. Brian and Natalie are very nice people who make you feel welcome from day one. I would highly recommend anyone who is serious about acting and working on their craft to get In touch with Brian you will be amazed how much you can improve in a short space of time. I am very grateful and privileged to have been given the opportunity to learn from Brian himself. Thank you both again and see you soon.”
"If You Are Serious About Acting You Need To Do This Course"
Every course I have done with Brian ‘The Master ‘ Timoney, I have wanted to do again straight away, this one was no different. Doing etude express was so exciting. After lockdown it was good to be with other actors in person and to be guided and taught by Brian – focusing on études.Études are one of my favourite acting exercises which teach you not to hide behind the idea of how a scene should be, but, rather, learn to trust and follow the actions of that scene.
From doing the etudes and with Brian’s guidance you learn the basic building blocks on which all of your future work will be built on. He guides you and teaches you in such a positive engaging way.
Practising etudes are an essential process of the method – and Brian has all the knowledge and experience to correct you and lead you down the right path to become a better actor.
Your spontaneity and emotional response is developed along with your readiness to surrender to the given circumstances
I learnt so much in a short space of time and left with a good foundation of knowledge on how to better myself as an artist – thanks to Brian.
I couldn’t recommend this course enough. If you are serious about acting you need to do this course- it will improve your acting ability, to be more natural, more believable and importantly, be more present.”
"Nothing Compares To The Method"
Participating in the Étude Express had been an experience I shan’t forget, doing the online intensive is so informative while learning the method but nothing can beat being in-person acting with others, everything you’ve learned about études all comes together and it just clicks when you’re doing it in person, reacting from what’s going on around you in that moment. Brian helps guide you through each step and encourages you to be as authentic as possible and it just feels right. I’ve done the fake it till you make it style before but nothing compares to the method just living in the moment and following your impulses and having the creative freedom. To anybody who is truly passionate and serious about acting I would highly recommend Étude Express you learn so much and receive top quality advice about the industry and amazing training from the method legend Brian Timoney. It’s fantastic!”
Here's What Other Students Of Étude Xpress Had To Say…
To describe the Etude Xpress week I only need one word: incomparable…Incomparable to any course I have ever taken.
And this because of the master himself: Brian Timoney. He is without any doubt the best acting teacher I have ever met and this because of several reasons.
First we have his extraordinary talent for perception. His sight literally sees everything; your thoughts during acting, even thougths you’re not aware of. No hide and seek, but really getting to the bottom of it. This is crucial in order to dive in your subconscious. You will really start to like letting go of all compulsive thoughts.
Another talent Brian has is the way of making you comfortable by being really down to earth. No shallow pep talks, but a truthful speech right to your heart. It makes you willing to give all you have and willing to let go of all mental obstacles. His feedback is so valuable and to the point, but in a way you fully understand and want to grow in your acting skills. He lifts you by making you see what you can achieve and how you can progress while following his method.
I’ll be back for sure. I hope in the Ultimate next year and hope to see you guys there too. Good luck!!
And thanks again to Brian and his lovely wife for all they share with us.”
If you have completed one of Brian’s Lockdown Acting Intensives and want to take your learning to the next level then you should apply for the Étude Xpress.
I had completed a number of Brian’s Lockdown Intensives before the opportunity arose to apply for the Étude Xpress. And quite honestly it was the best decision I made. Putting into practice some of the techniques learnt during the Zoom sessions, having others in the room and being able to interact with them, react to them, and experience them helped me solidify what I had been leaning and improve on it.
Things that may seem simple and foundational are not overlooked because they are as important as any other aspect. And Brian knows that. His knowledge is second to none and I would take every opportunity I could to learn more from him. Now I can’t wait to take my learning even further and take his Ultimate Acting Programme.”
Having completed étude mini online courses as well as 10 lockdown intensives the next step for me was the in person course Étude Xpress. I was lucky enough to apply and be accepted. On arriving full of high expectations and nerves within the first 15 minutes the course surpassed anything I could have imagined. To be in a studio full of like-minded people for the first time ever and see the messiah (Brian) in person was magic. The course was full of information, history stories and techniques from over 100 years ago that have now been intertwined with Brian’s techniques and to become Timoney Method. If you want to come to a course and hide away and not jump straight into plastiques, études and unconscious acting then this isn’t for you nor the faint hearted. It’s a full on intense week that will have salivating for more.
I cannot wait for the next one and for many, many more after. This is a course that you will never regret.”
I attended Brian’s Etude Xpress course in London for five days. The prospect of meeting a group of like-minded students keen on learning more about Method acting and the process called Etudes developed by Nikolai Demidov after such a long lockdown was more than a little exciting for me.
“We had already started to touch on the subject of Etudes and their benefits in training during Brian’s Lockdown acting intensive course ( which by the way are one of the prerequisites to complete before Brian will even consider you for one of his other courses, and then you have to go through an interview process before even being considered.) The online course is brilliant by the way and excellent value for money in my humble opinion.
Now I know what you might be thinking, that sounds like a lot of hassle just to get on an acting course! But you would be wrong, you see Brian is passionate about the art of acting and has no time for wannabes, lazy people, or time-wasters…. and neither should you if you are spending hard-earned money on an acting course with those kinds of people (anyway rant over, more about the course.)
Etudes teach the actor to take their in the moment perceptions and create a character or the embryo for a character and work it into a scene, you start with very short scenes and work up to bigger ones, eventual adding given circumstances etc. The results are instant and remarkable and interesting to perform and watch.
If the course was just to learn this extraordinary technique it would be worth it on it’s own, and although a lot of time was spent working on Etudes, it’s not the only things we learnt that week, oh no!
We also delved into Plastique’s, a psychophysical movement technique used by Eugene Vakhtangov, Psychological mask work, character box and gesture, voice work, sensory work…I could go on, but you get the picture.
Brian works on a personal level with every student and has a no-nonsense approach to his work that I really appreciate, he is extremely knowledgeable, you can tell he loves his job.
I would recommend this course to anyone who seriously interested in starting a path to acting professionally, or even to actors of any level looking to get to the next one.
I personally am looking forward to working with the master again later this year, hope to see some of you there.”
I completed Brian’s Etude Express in London and found it beyond amazing. The days were both fun and challenging and exactly what I needed to help me realise that Brian is the perfect person to (hopefully) train me all the way to a professional career in acting. Brian is the perfect mix of tough and encouraging, and he really knows his stuff. I cannot wait to do the next course with him.”
This summer I finished my first Étude Xpress with Brian and nine other students, and it was absolute magic. We all learned a great deal, both about acting and ourselves when ‘experiencing’ during our working sessions. In fact, it was so great I came back for a second round this fall, and it was just as amazing. Brian guided us at the differentstages we were at in the group so that all of us developed further and stretched towards new goals. It gave me more faith in my decision to follow this path. Brian – Thank you!”
Étude express has been a very enriching experience packed full of many valuable learning points. It was really great to be re-introduced to many of the exercises which are covered in Lockdown Acting Intensive and have the opportunity to practice these in person with the Master close by to guide us. Being in the studio with other creative individuals also encouraged me to really let go of the outside world and commit myself to each exercise.
Within the studio there was a relaxed atmosphere and during the études I felt zero judgment or pressure to ‘perform’ creating a pretty unique environment compared to previous acting classes I have taken where there is expectation to always impress spectators and fellow actors by overacting. Working in this type of environment has left me feeling confident in my ability to act more authentically by trusting my impulses and letting emotions come naturally.
I am still amazed by the creativity that arose from each étude we did over the week, especially those that we did as a group. It was really fascinating how with just a few lines of text, and no given prior context, we were able to create a group of characters with a very interesting history (and hopefully future). This has really opened my eyes to the wonderful world of études and I am excited to explore them further.
This week has been a very fulfilling and important experience. Having a full week of just being allowed to be creative and express oneself is a very rare opportunity which has left me feeling really freed and joyful and I am very grateful for having had this experience.”