Screen Actors Group Ōtautahi

Moment to Moment

2023-2: Moment to Moment

This block has ended.

Dates/time: Wednesdays, 8 Mar - 12 Apr 2023, from 6:30pm to 9pm

Director: Jonathan Briden

DOP: Rush Jopson

Cost: $195*
* = We can provide a discounted rate for those experiencing genuine financial hardship. Please let us know if this applies.

Venue: Edgar Room, Risingholme Community Centre, 22 Cholmondeley Avenue, Opawa - more info

Enrolment: class has ended

About this block

Life happens moment to moment and so should your acting. Every moment is an opportunity to embody your character and bring them to life. In this class we'll look at techniques to help you perform in the moment. We'll find clues in the text that inform us about why the character is saying what they are saying, how they are feeling, and what they want.

Outline of classes

Our focus for this block is on finding the moment and being in the moment, to give a more genuine, rich portrayal of our character.

Finding gold in the text

There's a lot of meta-information in the text. By looking closely at the way the text is written, including word choice, length of phrase, rhythm, and much more, we can get more of a sense of who our character is and their journey moment to moment through the life of the scene.

Easier memorisation

Having a greater understanding of the text and your character and context makes the process of memorising your dialogue easier. You get to a point where you say the next line, not because it's what you've memorised, but because it's what your character wants to say.


Improvisation is all about being in the moment, and also an important skill for auditions and even some films. Improvising in character helps us to engage with the reality of our character and their context for a richer overall performance when we return to the text.


We will capture footage throughout the course, to help you see how you come across on camera, make adjustments and to see improvements by the end of the course.