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A.C.E.S.

Actualizing Characters by expanding self-awareness

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MAXIMIZE AND LEVERAGE YOUR STRENGTHS AS AN ACTOR 

MANAGE EMOTIONAL BLOCKS 

INCREASE CAPACITY TO EMBODY EMOTIONS 

STRENGTHEN YOUR RESILIENCE
 

ACES (Actualizing Characters by Expanding Self-awareness) is designed to support deep dives into the emotional lives of characters while keeping the actors' well being a priority.

ACES cornerstones are;  Resilience, Boundaries, Defense Management and Self-reflection. 

Developed by Alan Powell, ACES is a response to international research conducted on the actors' mental health in relation to the emotional distress and suffering they portray in their characterizations.

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Resilience

ACES  engages the actors' personal strengths grounding them in the present before they begin exploring the emotional distress of a character.  

Boundaries

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ACES assists the actor in keeping the character distinctly separate from their own lives. While at the same time, safely and ethically, explores alignments with the actor.

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Defense Management

Whether you're blocked or overwhelmed ACES manages the actors' needs and facilitates a connection that is aligned with the emotional life of the character. 

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Self Reflection

ACES  encourages the actor to reflect on their own lives and reasons for playing the role as part of the process of character development. It's not therapy but it is therapeutic.

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