Practical Aesthetics Acting Workshop Nov 22-24th

Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique Workshop – November 22nd-24th with LEE MICHAEL COHN, co-author of “A Practical Handbook For The Actor”.

Lee makes a rare trip to Vancouver to donate his talents and teach a workshop in Practical Aesthetics, the technique outlined in his book and originally developed by David Mamet. All funds raised by the workshop will go towards supporting Mitch and Murray Productions’ 2019/20 season!

Friday November 22nd,  5 – 10pm *For new students. Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th, 10am – 5pm *New and returning students.

Previous acting experience required for full registration.
Full registration $350. Previous students and CAEA and ACTRA members $280. Audits $125.

Please CONTACT US HERE to register.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • A uniquely powerful approach to script analysis
  • How live fully “in the moment”
  • How to effectively deal with self-consciousness onstage
  • The truth about “character” and the actor’s emotional life
  • How to prepare quickly and effectively for a scene
  • To have FUN

The purpose of this class is to impart the foundations of a universally applicable, no-nonsense acting technique that empowers the actor to create work that is honest, dynamic, and personal. Based on the acclaimed acting technique originally taught by David Mamet, and outlined in Lee’s book “A Practical Handbook For The Actor,” this class is an excellent choice for the beginning actor looking for a solid foundation, or the more experienced actor looking to hone and solidify his craft. 

Lee is one of the world’s leading experts on Practical Aesthetics, the acting technique originally developed by David Mamet and described in Lee’s book, A Practical Handbook For The Actor. The Handbook is the #1 best-selling textbook ever published, (over 300,000 copies sold), and is required reading in hundreds of theatre programs, including NYU, Harvard/ART, and many others.

Lee’s long list of former acting students includes Zosia Mamet (Girls), Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory), Mariana Palka (GLOW), Lauren Cohan (Whiskey CavalierThe Walking Dead), Heather Burns (Miss Congeniality, Sneaky Pete), Chris Carley (Gran Torino), Jeffrey Addiss (creator, The Dark Crystal Netflix series), and Adepero Aduye (12 Years a Slave). 

Lee holds a BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Creative Writing Program. He also attended the Drama Studio, London, where he was the youngest student ever admitted. 


“A terrific actor and a passionate, dedicated student of the theatre. That he became a fine teacher came as no surprise to me. His writing is sharp, funny and original, and he brings much to the table both creatively and as an educator”.  – David Mamet, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, filmmaker

“Lee is a gifted writer and a long-term standout acting and writing teacher. His students consistently rave about the training they receive in his classes and workshops”.  – Clark Gregg,  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

“The Practical Aesthetics technique covered in Lee Michael Cohn’s book and workshop was a wonderful addition to my actor’s toolbox. Lee is a great teacher who brings out the very best in all his students. I can’t recommend him highly enough”! – Sope Aluko,  Black Panther; Venom

“One of my favorite acting professors!! After taking Lee’s classes, the level of my auditions elevated. I ride & die off of the Practical Aesthetics process for audition analyzing.  I use it for every audition and it keeps my agent very happy”!! – Chante’ BowserThe Best of Enemies

“A dedicated, talented artist and a committed, insightful teacher and director and teacher”. – Geoffrey OwensNCIS: New Orleans, The Blacklist, Bluebloods; Romeo & Juliet on Broadway with Orlando Bloom)

“Regarding Lee: He is the real deal! A wonderful teacher, writer and actor”. – Karen Kohlhaas  Director, author of “The Monologue Audition”

“LMC is a pragmatic, inspiring, specific teacher of acting, who understands the importance and connection between the work of the actor and the training of the body. His text analysis skills help the actor quickly break down the scene into an actable action”.– Jesse Merz  Former Head of the BFA in Acting, Wayne State University, MI

“An intelligent and passionate teacher…a pleasure to work with and a valued member of the faculty”. – Mary McCann, Director Atlantic Acting School; Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Current donations are extra appreciated, to help our theatre company remain solvent as we navigate this difficult time. We're looking forward to being back on stage for the 2020/21 season. Thank you for your generosity and support.


VISIONARIES ($1000 +) Anne Marie DeLuise / Brian Johnston / Kwesi Ameyaw

SUSTAINING DONORS ($500 - 999) Sharon Kahn / Bill McNaughton

PRODUCERS ($250-499) Laura Wanamaker / Novus Global / Jenn Sebastion / Kate Moore / Diana Sandberg

SUPPORTERS ($120-249) Libby Brown / Bruce & Doneal Moseley / Jeanie Cloutier / Peter Jones / Mark Hildreth / Loretta Walsh / Shelley Janze / Paul McGillion / P.Lynn Johnson / Jane Flick and Robert Heidbreder / Carole Tarlington / Susan Vallance / Alistair Stewart

PALS ($20-119) Beata Jablonska / Eugene Gorodetsky / Barbara Heller / Martina Biljan / Rhona Rees / Arlene Howard / Maureen Delandreville / Railtown Actors Studio / Marianne Sawchuk & Bruno Verdoni / Ben Ratner & Jen Spence / Caitlin McCarthy / Robyn Bradley / Kathryn Dobbs / Diane Kent / Pam Howard-Jones / Shirley & David Isaac / Valerie McNicol / Lynda Shioya / George and Rita Plawkski / Diego Garcia / Stefania Indelatico / Eric Pollins / Judith MacPherson / Valerie McNicol / Natalie Goosen /Matt Hamilton