WHAT IS STAGE PRESENCE?

 

PRESENCE IS PERSONAL MOMENT-TO-MOMENT INTEREST.

INTEREST CANNOT BE FAKED OR INDICATED. -ANNE BOGART

What does it mean to be present?

Cognitive neuroscience and psychology (understanding biological processes that make our minds possible and understanding behavioral and mental processes, respectively) both indirectly study presence through their examination of cognition and consciousness.  

Presence shows up in both performance (we are with our audience, and the audience is with us) and visual art (our presence is found indirectly through observing our work). But what is it?

It is an unfiltered, unadulterated awareness, an acceptance of each moment as it arises and dissipates. 

Like any skill, it can be learned.

 

 


There are three tenets of presence we will closely examine in our sessions. These tenets are:

Awareness of the body

Awareness of the mind

and the integration of the two.

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE TEACHER

 

Katherine Rogers is a graduate of Tisch School of the Art’s BFA Acting program, and was a Zen Buddhist nun in Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition. At NYU, she encountered the acting work of Grotowski and connected to his ideas. Since then, she has been developing work around several questions: What is stage presence? Can it be learned and developed as a skill? Can the sensation of ecstasy a performer feels when they are deeply connected to themselves, their instrument and the audience be felt in simple, everyday tasks?

She temporarily sought refuge in a secluded setting, took monastic vows, shaved her head, and lived as a Zen Buddhist nun in upstate New York, in order to devote herself completely to deepening her understanding of presence and developing her work.

Now she resides in NYC, privately coaching performers and public speakers on stage presence.

 

FAQ

 

What will this help?

If you’ve ever been on stage and not known what to do with your hands,

If you’ve ever been sabotaged by performance anxiety,

If you’ve ever been told you have “dead fish” eyes,

If you’ve ever wondered how to express yourself authentically in the moment,

This work will help you.

 

Who is this meant for?

This work is applicable to performers in all fields; musicians, actors, orators, and people who are interested in becoming more connected to themselves, their art and their audience.

 

What is the cost?

I’ll give a free consultation, and if we decide to move forward, we will negotiate on a sliding scale.

 

Contact

 

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please email:

staypresentinfo@gmail.com