Practical Aesthetics Workshop June 22/23 – A Fundraiser for Mitch and Murray Productions

Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique Workshop – June 22nd/23rd 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.  Lee is a close friend and colleague of our Artistic Director Aaron Craven and we are thrilled he has agreed to join us for the weekend. All funds raised by the workshop will go towards supporting our 2019/20 season!

Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23, 10am – 5pm at Mitch and Murray Productions Studio, #203-161 Keefer Street.  Previous acting experience required for full registration. Full registration $350. CAEA and ACTRA members $280.  Audits $125. To register, email us a headshot and resume and pay online here:

Practical Aesthetics Workshop with Lee Michael Cohn

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 Cavalier, The 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’ Bowser, The Best of Enemies

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

“Lee is the best acting teacher I’ve had in L.A. His technique takes away all the frivolous stuff that confused me in most Hollywood classes and made it simple. I can’t intellectualize it more than say when I’m in his classes, I’m a better actor because of them. Hands down”!  – Thesy Surface  Co-star, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (Margaret O’Boyle)

“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

“The problem with most mainstream movies and sitcoms these days is that they break the first rule of comedy…Rule number one: It has to be funny. The thing I liked most about working with Lee was not only his innate knowledge of rule number one, but his understanding of what comes next. He knows what it is that makes something funny, how to create comedy organically out of the scene, how to turn something mildly amusing into something hilarious and best of all he can teach it to you in a way that makes sense and is easy to follow. There’s no question I did my funniest work in Lee’s class”. – Bree Sharp  Hit Recording Artist, “David Duchovny”

“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?

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Practical Aesthetics Workshop with Lee Michael Cohn, co-author of "A Practical Handbook for The Actor". June 22/23rd. Proceeds go towards our theatre company's 2019/20 season! Click pic to register.