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Resilient Acting Workshops

Brain training, self-hypnosis, and regulation tools for actors

Theatre Education Programs |  Acting Studios  |  Casts

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"To experience change,
you have to change experience"

Stephen Lankton, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

The Need For Resilience

Research in psychophysiology reveals that the brain and body process imagination very similarly to reality. This suggests that when actors experience survival emotions 'in character', their own mental and physical wellbeing are impacted by those experiences. This puts actors at risk of taking on the stress and traumas of their roles, living in chronic fight or flight states, and possibly leading to burnout and other stress related conditions.

What's more, the overarching demands of an acting career put actors at risk to experiencing chronic stress, making it difficult to navigate auditions, performances, training, survival jobs, rejections, and everything else that an actor's life encompasses.

That's where brain training comes in.

Brain training and self-hypnosis tools give actors the freedom to change their brain and body's response to stress, build inner resources, and support their mental and physical wellbeing as they navigate the ups and downs of an acting career.

We offer resilience-informed workshops to help actors face various aspects of their actor life with resilience, ease, and even joy!

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The Workshops

  • Resilient Auditions: use mental rehearsal to change your relationship with auditions
  • Navigating Rejection: embrace rejection with resilience and self-worth
  • Resilient Acting: use self-regulation tools to navigate stressful and traumatic roles
  • Building Confidence: grow inner resources and confidence in your acting career
  • Resilience 101: change the brain and body's response to stress, on and off stage
  • Post-Show Blues: gain tools to process and grieve the end of a beloved project and say goodbye to a character 

The Practices

The modalities used in workshops include (but are not limited to):

  • Self-hypnosis
  • Practitioner-led hypnosis (for groups + individual actors)
  • Guided imagery & visualization
  • Laughter yoga
  • Guided meditation
  • Breathing techniques
  • Mind-body movement practices
  • Installation (from Positive Neuroplasticity)
  • Journaling

Bring Resilience to your Group!

We offer Resilient Actor workshops to casts, theatre education programs, acting studios, or any group of actors wanting to find more resilience in their career!

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Meet Your Guide

Emilie Leyes (she/they) is an actor, singer, social media creator, brain training specialist, and hypnosis practitioner. For the last 4+ years, she has been researching the intersections of neuroplasticity, acting/creativity, and psychophysiology (mind-body connection). She has a bachelor's degree in acting and vocal performance, a master's degree in Mind-Body Medicine, and is certified and formally trained in Clinical Hypnosis, Positive Neuroplasticity, and Positive Psychology.