FREE LECTURE: Emotional Courage and the Vulnerability of Acting

A Lecture presented by Marilyn McIntyre

It is never about “playing an emotion” or “having a feeling”. It’s about having an instrument that is ready to serve the script, and create the fiction, through a unique, living human being, and that starts with the unique person that you are.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

–Brené Brown


“Here Be Dragons”

As actors, we must have the courage to show up and be seen; each and every time we sail off into the fictional world. It is not our job to create the “dragons”– our emotions. They already exist. Our job is to build the boat, sail to the edge of the map and navigate them.

This lecture examines and explores some of the concepts and vocabulary we use to understand the difference between internal and external, and how those concepts apply to acting.

Internal contemplation

  • Living
  • Passion and need
  • Emotion
  • Empathy
  • Instinctive – heart and soul


External contemplation

  • Watching
  • Desire and want
  • Feeling
  • Sympathy
  • Intellectual – mind

When we have the emotional courage to explore and experience the internal life of our character, which means we have to explore our own internal life, we are able to take our audience on a journey into the unknown, to let them experience the character’s world.

Date: Sunday, October 11th @6PM (PDT) (lecture will run about 2 hours)

Cost of Lecture: FREE

Requirements: The use of a phone, Ipad, tablet or computer to join online class via ZOOM.

Information needed to enroll:

  • First and Last Name (same name you will use publicly to join the meeting on Zoom)
  • Email Address


How It Works

Upon receipt of payment, participants will receive a confirmation with the information and instructions for joining the online lecture. Joining a Zoom meeting is super easy and requires the use of one of the following: computer, tablet, phone or Ipad.

Payment must be received before the class start time to be permitted entry into the lecture. 

In order to ensure proper enrollment, please leave a first and last name and use this same name to log into Zoom on the day of the meeting. Your name will be seen by other participants. Participants who try to join the Zoom meeting under a name other than used to enroll here will not be granted access in to the meeting. 

Please note, we do not offer refunds for missing the lecture. Make-ups or credits may be offered at the sole discretion of the studio administration and only if a similar course or lecture is being offered in the near future.

Terms and Conditions

All sales are final. If a student is enrolled but unable to attend the class/program and notifies the studio before 1-week of the start date, tuition may roll over/transfer one time as a credit to a similar class at the studio’s discretion. Unless otherwise arranged & approved in writing by the studio admin, all other tuition/fees are non-refundable & non-transferable. If a studio program does not run, and a similar alternative or other reasonable options are not offered, student may be entitled to a refund or partial refund.

Due to high demand & waitlists, the studio cannot guarantee any refund or transfer for last-minute drops or no shows.

Students experiencing hardship due to Covid-19 may seek a payment plan for some studio classes, and must obtain approval from studio admin in advance.

Students are responsible for knowing dates, times, content, & expectations of all programs prior to enrollment, and for making any necessary arrangements/accounting for time differences. All classes begin on-time. The studio is not responsible for a student’s failure to check start times or read class details, and cannot guarantee any refunds for classes or partial classes missed. Participants receive their class welcome email approximately one-week prior to class. Auditors & lecture attendees may not receive their link until day-of. If class time is approaching, and you have not received your link, please e-mail

Other terms & conditions may apply. A full list of studio policies is available upon request.


Oct 11 2020


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 11 2020
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Marilyn McIntyre


Marilyn McIntyre
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