Personalized training for actors
Since I co-founded La Masia in 2015, I rehearse with actors as if I was a boxing coach: putting each artist against the ropes, but exchanging fist for heart and strength for sensitivity. The non-equanon conditions for training are exploring, playing, and failing.
I am fascinated by the truth on stage, so every tool that helps to achieve it and that I have acquired from the artistic legacy of my teachers I share with passion, such as; the deep text analysis, the chilling search for our most human imaginary or the careful look at millions of possibilities for each phrase, word, gesture ... and pause.
The favourite exercise of the actors I work with are the exercises of suggestion and hypnosis applied to acting. I personally love the blockades that I help artists to overcome, because it is more than a lesson to act, it is a lesson for life.
You can see my website and CV in this link. If you want to explore, create and work with me, I would love to hear from you. We can train via skype or in person in Madrid or Barcelona.
Mat Cruz. Actor & co-founder of La Masia
Agent · UK
Camilla Storey Management
Agent · Spain
Commercial Agent · Spain
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January 2021: Full
February 2021: Full
March 2021: Available
My learning process as an actor, since 2012, is based on the following teachers:
3 Years Diploma in Dramatic Art;
La Casona, with Fernando Griffell, 2nd Stanislavski Method.
2 Years Training in front of the Camera
SilberStudio, with Pablo Silber and Virginia García.
More than 10 intensive courses in Spain and the USA; Luci Lenox, (Vicky, Cristina and Barcelona); Pep Armengol (Pà Negre); Tonucha Vidal (Globomedia, Mediapro); Scott David (Criminal Minds); Jane Jenkins (Harry Potter); Lisa Beach (Scream 3), Among others!
However, I believe methods are meant to be broken, mixed, combined and adapted depending on each actor. For this reason, I also rely on other teachers, whose work I have studied through their marvellous books:
Research and methodology
David Mamet, most of his books; Uta Hagen, "A Challenge for the Actor"; Ivana Chubbuck, "The Power of the Actor"; Judith Weston, "Directing Actors"; And others like Peter Brook, Harold Guskin, Yoshi Oida, Eric Morris, Michael Chejov o Lee Strasberg.
5 SPECIAL INGREDIENTS
On the other hand, there are 5 special ingredients that I believe add something distinct to this rice:
1. Dancing: Integration of the body
Between the ages of 7 and 12 years old I was a professional Ballroom Dancer, and I still dance to this day. Hence the integration of the body is like a necessity for me.
2. Ballroom Competition: The Challenge of Releasing Emotions and Overcoming Fear
In order to compete I needed to use my emotions and always give one more extra "something" to surprise the jury, who was very demanding. After a year of always being last, and working intensely with my partner to change those results, we managed to win 33 trophies keeping the 1st place in the ranking of the Spanish Federation (FEBD) for 2 seasons. This experience allowed me to run a dance school for 5 years since the age of 17, teaching Salsa and Bachata, from which I keep a very special memory.
3. Hypnosis: When I learned about Suggestion
It seems unbelievable, but my final Baccalaureate work was about Hypnosis, eventually hypnotizing several people. (I still keep the DVDs, so you can ask me about them, or I could try it with you!). What I learned after 2 years of hours of videos, books and trial-and-error was that an imaginary stimuli can be suggested to the mind and the mind can believe it if it feels safe. I think autosuggestion can be a valuable tool for acting, although very difficult to achieve. It took me 2 years to hypnotize someone, literally 1 week before turning in the final Dossier to the teachers. Until then I had only recorded myself with a hypodermic needle going through my hand. But I called some friends because I was unsatisfied that I hadn't succeeded and I hypnotized them. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had! And to think that I was almost convinced that hypnosis was a trick of magicians ...
4. Magic: Experiencing Psychology and Entertainment
I was a professional magician for 6 years. Yeah, I know, I'm like a circus. If you enter my website you can see a video. Something that movies and magic have in common, is that in both cases you have to entertain the audience. Let's say that those 6 years of learning from teachers in the world of magic forced me to see if my tricks were entertaining or not. Especially the summer that I performed magic tricks on the streets of London, I realised that people are not going to pay attention to you unless you earn it. At the time I found it extremely difficult because some people insulted me, laughed at me and almost everybody would ignore me. But I kept trying and I ended up working regularly as a magician.
5. La Masia: Actors Laboratory
Since 2015 we have been shooting every month, which means we have been learning from more than 500 actors, we have been researching new techniques and shooting our own projects. An arduous but exciting adventure that allows us to grow and meet wonderful professionals, such as agents and casting directors whom we are interviewing for the first books that exist ant that gather their advice and experiences. La Masia is a project made with good friends and a very crazy dream to conquer; create a film production company.