On September 12th Susana and I returned to Los Angeles from a five week vacation in Carmel. We adore Carmel! Walking on Scenic drive along the ocean is like a visit to Paradise. We saw over two dozen movies, and rested a lot recovering from an exhausting year of work, and some health issues. I am still recuperating very nicely. Non-the-less we both worked on writing our books. I was able to accomplish twenty pages while my lovely wife had similar success on her book.
When we returned we jumped right back into teaching the classes and private lessons.
On September 29th we had a Mini Jamboree on Subpersonalities and Imaging which took place at
the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead. It ran from the 29th of September to the 2nd of October. We had fourteen actors participating from all over the world: Turkey, Spain, Canada, and US. The work culminated in some of the most incredible scene work I have ever seen in all the years that I have been teaching. Susana worked with them teaching, preparing, and directing them into the kind of work that garners nominations for awards. I was blown away by the quality of their work.
Please join us at our next Mini Jamboree on Externals, December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th.
Call us at 323-466-9250 and sign up!
We are so happy that so many of our people are working in the industry. John Nicholson, having done eight segments of a new series that will air in January, was called back to do four more segments. Aisha Dale doesn’t stop working, going from one series to another. Richard Abraham and Mitch Levene are doing a play downtown, “The Tension Experience: Ascension”. They have received great comments on their work. They are fabulous! Suzanne Marie goes from one job to another, and is doing the lead in a short film while rehearsing for another one. After finishing the fourth segment of “American Horror Story” Kamilla Alnes flew to England to do a pilot. She filmed for eight weeks, and returned here for a slew of auditions.
Dafne Samyeli, who is a beautiful and very successful talk show host, and actress in Turkey has come to L.A. to study with Susana and me for a whole year. My classes are going great. Everyone is growing, and the Intensive which Susana teaches mostly, as well as her private sessions are yielding great results for our actors professionally.
This is my 58th year of teaching, or I should say this is my 58th year teaching actors ‘not to act’. It never seems to get old for me. I keep reaching for new inspiration and adding new approaches to the work. I am incredibly proud of what Susana has accomplished. She has built a great following all over the world. For actors who cannot come to the US she works over the telephone or through skype. It works beautifully.
When you wake up every morning be grateful that you are on a chosen journey, count your blessings, and know that the largest number of people on the planet unfortunately never had the opportunity to choose what they wanted to do with their lives.
Be happy and well and remember an actor is an actor twenty four hours a day for the rest of your lives.
Do not forget to go out and vote on November 8th. It is your right and a true blessing.
Be a participant of your future.
We wish all of you health, peace, happiness, and lots of love.
Eric and Susana
“I know the work….. I just didn’t know your name.”
That’s all we heard over and over again from actors, teachers, students, interpreters, even taxi-drivers all along in Madrid the week we were there to teach our Workshop to Spanish Actors July 6th through 10th 2015. It was truly interesting to hear this when Juan Carlos Corazza, a fellow acting student of Susana’s in Buenos Aires back in the day, knew ‘Eric’s name’, and ‘Eric’s work’ very well.
In 1988, when Eric visited Buenos Aires, the city went wild. Everybody knew about Stanislavsky, Strasberg’s Method and Morris’s System. They were all in love with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, and Jack Nicolson, so when they heard that Morris was in town they couldn’t wait to have a chance to meet him, listen to him, and see him work. Actors and students had been introduced to Eric Morris by Carlos Gandolfo and Augusto Fernandes, two of Susana’s most adored, well known, and respected acting teachers in Buenos Aires, and in Europe. They had taught, talked about, and praised his work endlessly. Everybody carried “No Acting Please” around in their purses, in their back-packs, or in their bags. “No Acting Please” was their Bible and “How do I feel?” was their creed. At Gandolfo’s they couldn’t get enough of Sense Memory, and at Fernandes they couldn’t get enough of “Eric’s Round” and “How do I feel?” The week Eric visited, teachers cancelled their classes to either go with their students to Eric’s lecture, or to invite him to their own studios. Dora Baret, one of the finest actresses in Buenos Aires, wife of Carlos Gandolfo, told Eric when she met him “I would learn English just to have a chance to study with you.” Since his visit Eric has stayed in touch with Matias Gandolfo, son of the late Carlos Gandolfo. That is how impacting his visit was. It was a historical, and a memorable week that brought everybody all so close together. Corazza, and Susana were part of that week as were all the rest of their fellow actors and students.
We were told shortly after we arrived in Madrid for our Workshop, that not only ‘Eric’s System’ was in fact being taught, but that it was being taught with an incredible specificity, and success at Juan Carlos Corazza’s studio in Madrid, and for the last twenty five years; Relaxation, Sensitizing, Personal Inventory, Instrumental Work in its totality, Getting ready to get ready, Sense Memory, Obligation, Choice, and Choice Approach, Externals, and Subpersonalities. Corazza’s students had been consistently handed paperwork that details Eric’s Instrumental work, and Craft work, and had been, and are being trained in his system with no mention at all of ‘Eric’s name’ whatsoever. ‘Eric’s name’ does not even appear in the list of references. Furthermore, when over the years, teachers that new of ‘Eric’s work’ tried to talk Corazza into inviting Eric to his studio, he would always reply, “He lives too far away” or “maybe some other time”, and they were lead to feel that it would be best not to mention ‘Eric’s name’ to the students. Well, needless is to say, Corazza’s students never learned ‘Eric’s name’ and that the time to visit never came along until Lorena Bayonas, who teaches ‘Eric’s work’ at her own studio in Madrid, invited us to come over. It was a very small group because very few people knew ‘Eric’s name’ but we decided to go regardless because there is nothing that we would rather do nowadays than take the work to all those actors that want to work with us, and can not afford to come to Los Angeles. The group was absolutely lovely, powerful, talented, incredibly appreciative, and took to ‘Eric’s work’ beautifully. It was worth the profound sense of disappointment and betrayal, the sleeplessness, the anger, and even the tears. In spite of it all, we are looking forward to going back to Spain soon to work with Spanish Actors once again.
Susana had a fascinating encounter with a taxi driver one morning on her way to the workshop. The taxi driver happened to be an Italian Actor who had been training at Corazza’s Studio, so she dared ask what he had been learning, and he replied that he had been doing a lot of Instrumental Work such as “Go Crazy” and “Disconnected Impulsivity”, and quite some “Subpersonality Work.” Susana asked him who the author of those exercises was, to what the taxi driver responded without hesitation “Corazza”. Susana told him she was an Acting Teacher herself, and that in fact he was talking to the wife of the man who had created all those “Instrumental Exercises”, and that in fact he was as well the one who had adapted Hal and Sidra Stone “Subpersonality Work” to Acting after having asked them for their permission. She introduced herself “Nice to meet you, my name is Susana Morris, and my husband happens to be the man that created the work that you have been learning. He has written eight books on Acting. His name is not ‘Corazza’. His name is ‘Eric Morris’.” It felt like a scene taken straight out of Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall”.
Since we left we have learned that Corazza claims now that he studied with ‘Eric Morris’. Nothing could be further from the truth. He has never studied with me. I don’t even remember meeting him at all. All we ever have is our integrity, and we build our lives, and our careers slowly, based on our passion, honesty, and our sense of ethics, truth, and morality, mentioning everybody that has come before us, our sources, and everyone that has shaped us into the people we have become. We do not build our careers on somebody else’s success, or we falsely lead people to believe that somebody else’s work is our own. We have two movies to recommend “Words” and “Big Eyes”. They are a must see. Juan Carlos Corazza should be able to play the lead in both movies very successfully. When Johnny Depp was interviewed at “Inside the Actors Studio” he was asked who he owed his training to, and he answered “Stanislavsky, Strasberg, and Eric Morris. When I read ‘No Acting Please’ it put it altogether for me.”
We hope you embrace your careers, and your lives on and off stage, and on and off camera, with the utmost respect, and love for honesty. We should always come from a place of truth.
Eric and Susana Morris
Actually a lot of our actors are. They have either been working recently or they are working now or in the very near future.
Mitch Levene, Natalie Castillo, Kamilla Alnes, Alexis Brandt, Curtis Ingram and Carlton Totten toured with the play “Asylum” which played in five different cities. It was very well received, all the actors were fantastic. Having the same training background allowed them to achieve organic reality with the content of the play and with each other.
One of our Russian students Maria Guzeeva has been doing a series in Russia and is due to return to class very soon.
All of the actors we just talked about are in class and being coached privately by Susana. Commitment and hard work using a specific process pays off in the results.
My latest book “My Hollywood Stories” is out and can be purchased from various vendors including Amazon.com. It will also be on eBooks. It is a fun read filled with impacting personal stories as well as Hollywood hi jinx, funny happenings and not so funny tragedies. It is filled with the pictures of most of the people who are profiled. For older readers it will be a trip down memory lane while younger people will get a history lesson on the evolution of the movie industry from the 40’s to the present. The people who have already read it have said that they couldn’t put it down. It is a real page turner!
We have a Mini Jamboree on Sub-personalities and Imaging coming up. Both are “Megapproaches”. It will be held at The UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead on September 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th. The Jamborees are awesome experiences and people leave with a glow and the joy of learning specific tools that they can carry into their work immediately. It is almost full so if you are interested contact us soon.
I hope you are all enjoying the videos you get each month and I hope that you do the work that they suggest. Be happy and wee and productive.
Eric and Susana
Susana and I have returned from the MAJOR JAMBOREE 2014 at UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead. It was six days of the most incredible experience any of us have ever had! We have been doing Jamborees for decades, and they have all been very successful and fulfilling. This one went beyond all expectations; it ranks as one of the best ones yet. It was ensemble and harmony at its best. There were eighteen actors in attendance and all of them did a liberating instrumental, a monologue, and a scene. Susana worked with them on the monologues, and the scenes, while I spent more than a dozen hours teaching the craft. We did a sense memory workout, discussed affective memory, and spent hours on the other “megapproaches”, Subpersonalities and Externals. I had them apply the techniques to material. Susana worked with each one of them on addressing the responsibilities of their monologues and scenes, starting from her own process “First Impressions” all the way through the lines of the piece. On Wednesday the work was so intensive and specific that Susana and the group worked from 9:00 am until 5:00 am on Thursday morning and everyone stayed for the entire time and was excited and committed. When I was invited to see the scenes I was blown away by the level of the work categorically in every scene: “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley, “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, “A Place Beyond The Pines” by Derek Cianfrance & Ben Coccio, “Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire De Lune” by Terrence McNally, “August: Osage County” by Tracy Letts…. It was a feast. Everyone, and I mean everyone, did work that was organic and experiential. I was proud of every single actor in attendance. At the end of every day we did a “round” where everyone sits in a circle and expresses their feelings and discoveries. The amount of affection and love that was shared was extremely touching. Each day we took a two hour lunch break and at that time everyone enjoyed the Lake, the pool, the hot tub, and the real health conscious ones went to the fully equipped gym and worked out. In the “rounds” everyone expressed their gratitude for the quality of the meals and the way the staff pampered us. We took a lot of pictures and they will appear on the website soon. At the end of the Jamboree no one wanted to leave. The bonding was impressive. We had actors from all over the world and they all wanted to stay connected with one another. We are of course tired but it is a kind of delicious fatigue. Many of them have already signed up for the September “Mini Jamboree”. Susana and I are very grateful for everyone’s commitment and work. We wish you all a beautiful, healthy and happy summer.
Maria Guzeeva, one of our Russian actors is doing a T.V. show in Russia. Susana worked with her on the material before she left and continues to coach her on the telephone.
Jenia Tanaeva, is preparing to star in a huge American film that she wrote the script for. Susana is also coaching her and getting ready for it.
Sandra Videnska and Jason Hildebrandt starred in a short film that won the audience favorite award for a short film at the Beverly Hills Film Festival a couple of weeks ago.
Greg Bradley a writer/director that has been taking my class for over a year just won the top honors for a documentary called “Tough Ain’t Enough”, which was at the Fort Meyers Film Festival in Florida. The documentary was about Al Ruddy, one of the original producers of the Godfather and the originator of a number of television series. Al’s former wife was in my class decades ago and Al visited my class from time to time.
Marc Senter has a wonderful part in “Dementia” a XYZ film directed by Mike Testin and starred by actor Gene Jones (“No Country for Old Men”, “The Sacrament”). Marc plays young Gene in Vietnam, he is simply wonderful.
Angie Cepeda just opened in Madrid with “Night in Old Mexico” starring with Robert Duvall. She is gorgeous and fantastic getting the most ravishing reviews. It has always been and remains a true pleasure to work with them. We are delighted to see all of our actors doing so well!
Major Jamboree in THREE WEEKS!
Susana and I are getting ready for the THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR: The 34th
Major Jamboree June 8th through 13th. People come from all around the world to participate in this awesome experience. The week long intensive involvement bonds people so tightly that some of our former participants have remained close for several decades. The environment is so fantastic that it allows everyone to totally focus on the work with no distractions. The place is magical, over five thousand feet high surrounded by hundreds of year old pine trees.
We work for fifteen hours each day and no one seems to get really tired! We have been holding our Jamborees at the UCLA Conference Center for many years which affords us five star accommodations with exquisite gourmet meals. We usually take a two hour lunch break so everyone can enjoy the pool and the Lake. There is also time before breakfast to take a hike and see all the wonderful wild life in the early morning sun. There is a beautiful swimming pool, a hot tub and tennis courts. There are miles of hiking trails surrounded by the most incredible forest.
We have often ended the week with an “open mic” session where anyone that wants to sing, play an instrument or just do a standup routine can do so at an outdoor Greek Theater nestled in the woods. I work each actor in a liberating instrumental and I teach the craft while Susana works with each person on a monologue and a scene. She coaches, directs, and enables the actors to use the craft to fulfill the obligations of the material. It is an amazing experience that enriches everybody’s life forever.
My Hollywood Stories!
My newest book “My Hollywood Stories” is finished and we are working to get it into print which will probably take a couple of months before it reaches the book stalls As soon as my responsibility for that is over I will go to work to write “Repairing Life’s Damage” which I have already outlined. I hope you are enjoying the videos that you receive twice a month and be sure that you are telling all your friends to sign up at ericmorris.com to get the newsletter, videos, updates…etc. Be well and find some time each day to be creative. A daily work schedule will keep you in the loop. Stay healthy, peaceful and calm. Happiness to all and love always,
Eric and Susana
At the South by Southwest film festival, that has just been held in Austin Texas, three of our students participated in films. Angie Cepeda who has studied with me and my wife Susana for the last eleven years was the romantic lead in the film “Night in Old Mexico” opposite Robert Duvall. Angie is a very famous actress in Colombia and in all of South America and Europe. She did a television series in Madrid for two years and has recently returned to Hollywood and back to class and the Intensive. “Starry Eyes” is a horror movie in which two other of our students, Marc Senter and Natalie Castillo appear. Marc has been training with us for quite a number of years and both he and Natalie are regular participants in class and in the Intensive. Susana worked with Marc and Angie thoroughly with their characters in every single scene and they have both had incredible reviews.