Personalization w/ Marilyn McIntyre

What Is Personalization? – By Marilyn McIntyre – Backstage Magazine

Personalization I – The Fusion of Personal Experience and Imagination




In Personalization I, an eclectic variety of techniques is used to help the actor find what allows him/her to discover and bring his/her most personal, authentic, and unique self to the work.

The fusion of personal experiences and imagination is what allows an actor to fully personalize the work. The awareness, clarity, and connectedness of the actor’s mind, heart, and body are essential in bringing a fictional character to a complex, spontaneous, and compelling life. As actors, we examine the human heart and human behavior from our personal perspectives, which always includes personal experiences and our imagination. They can’t be separated. This class will lead the actor to more fully understand concepts/tools, ‘transference’ (‘substitution’), and when and how to use this tool of ‘transference’ effectively.

Personalization II – Application of the Tools


Personalization I


From the work explored in Personalization I, Personalization II continues the journey for the actor to find and bring their unique selves to the work. In a safe environment, the actor will be working on structured, non-scripted exercises and improvisations including: Object Exercises ‘in crisis,’ private moment work (solo), structured partner exercises, and finally, high-stakes, long-form ‘yin-yang’ improvisations.

The actor will continue to safely, readily, and deeply access emotional life, sense memories, and to efficiently contact, trust, and release their instincts and impulses through the duration of the course. All of this will be addressed and explained in class as well how all of this applies to the professional work.

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Personalization Class with Marilyn McIntyre - Howard Fine Acting Studios

Course Details

Level 1 meets for a total of 20 hours within five 4-hour classes or four 5-hour classes (depending on Marilyn’s availability). Level 2 is 24 hours total with six 4-hour classes.

Personalization I class size is 12 maximum.

Personalization II class size is 10 maximum.
I-$400, II-$475
All payments must be made to the office or to your class Stage Manager before the start of the first class. We do not sell partial courses or single classes, and we do not pro-rate class fees based on attendance, including for classes missed for any reason.

We accept the following forms of payment:

Personal or Business Check drawn on a U.S.-based bank or Cash
A $5.00 per-payment discount may be applied to all fees paid by cash or check.

A $20.00 returned-check fee will be assessed for all returned checks. After two returned checks, we reserve the right to request payment in cash or credit card.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, particularly and especially those who do not adhere to our payment policies, who attempt to attend class without paying, and those who stop payment on checks made in payment for classes.

No refunds or credits will be issued for classes not taken.

Absence make-ups are at the sole discretion of the teacher. These classes, however, may not be refunded, credited, or pro-rated. We do not sell partial or pro-rated courses.


If you have any questions on pricing or our policies, please contact the office via email at or via telephone at 323-965-1488.