If I was a musical theatre performer I would run, not walk, but run, to take a master class with Broadway performer Raúl Esparza. The master class can be a tricky animal, though. Just because someone is a great performer, a master, doesn’t mean they can teach. Nor should they. But what a great opportunity to learn from someone who does for a living, what you may be trying to achieve.
Have you ever taken a master class? I feel that these types of classes are most successful when they combine sharing and doing “” it should never be the “expert” talking the whole time. When I teach, I always include practical exercises because that’s how I excel as a learner. Sitting and listening only goes so far. It’s the doing, especially with such an active craft as the theatre, where learning becomes ingrained.
Do you have a favourite learning moment where you felt your skills taken to a whole new level? Or, do you have a least favourite moment where you felt the teacher did not create a positive learning environment? Share with us!