What is Word of the Actor?

Word of the Actor, or just ‘Word’ for short, is a weekly session held with the objective of getting actors used to work with directors and vice versa.

Directors? What kind of directors?

Mostly directors from the local film industry. This will allow most actors to get an idea of what working with local directors are like, as well as being given an opportunity to improve their art.

How much will this cost me? And where does my money go?

A measly sum of 15 SGD per session for the invaluable experience and education one will gain. All the money goes to paying for the rental of the space and nothing goes into the pockets of any of the Word members.

Where is it held?

Currently, we hold our sessions at 102 Joo Chiat Road, #02-01, Singapore 427396.

Ok! So what do I need to do to get in on this?

The very first thing you should do if you’re interested in being part of this great experience is to email your acting CV to word.singapore@gmail.com or register here.

Acting CV? What’s that?

It’s the Curriculum Vitae you would have specifically as a member of the entertainment industry.
There are many examples available online.

Do I have to be an experienced or established actor to join?

No. You don’t need to be established, but experience would be necessary for you to enjoy the full benefit of Word.

So, what if I have absolutely no experience at all whatsoever?

Well, Word is NOT an Acting 101 class, you will not be taught how to act, but is for actors to learn to work with directors. That being said, we do not shun those who are still interested and committed to the art. Send us an email anyway and we’ll get back to you. After all, there are many undiscovered talents out there!

What are Word sessions?

We have TWO TYPES of Word sessions:

1. Cold Reading – Audition Preparation (every 2nd Wednesday of the month)
Actors are given scenes to read on the day itself.

2. Scenework – Performance Preparation (every 4th Wednesday of the month)
Actors pick & work on scenes prior to the session, and come in prepared with the work, ready to be directed.

Alright! I’m in. Now what?

Every fortnight, an email will be sent out confirming places for the following session. Word places are handed out on a first-come-first-served basis. So to ensure a place, a quick reply would be good.

Ok. I have confirmed my attendance. Then?

For Cold Reading sessions, turn up punctually on the day itself, and scripts will be given out.
For Scenework sessions, you will be assigned a scene partner and either one or both of you will have to find a short scene to work on for Word. This means that both of you should arrange to meet prior to the session and rehearse the scene. Actors must be offbook by during the session – which means that all lines should be memorised.

So how do the sessions work?

Well, for Cold Reading, actors are given 15-20 minutes to prepare for their ‘auditions’. They are asked into the room to audition & cold read, one by one, and will receive some direction to try different interpretations of the scenes.
For Scenework, we normally have a group of about 6 to 8 actors working in pairs. Each pair will perform their scene and then get input and directions from the director. Then try the scene again. This happens about two or three times. Then we move on to the next group and the same thing happens. This is the general sequence of events, though at times directors do request to do things differently. Attendees will be updated on any variation of our regular proceedings through email.

Understood. What if I have other, more specific questions?

Just drop Word an email with the subject “Enquiries” and send us your question. One of the wonderful Word admins will get back to you as soon as we can.

We look forward to having you join us in our weekly Word sessions and remember: The acting muscle must never remain dormant.