Acting Teaching Methodology
Christina teaches method acting skills (based on Stanislavasky and Meisner acting techniques).
Helping students to bypass their own mental mind blocks and becoming more “present” and “in the moment” – in other words, learning to trust in their native feeling state, rather than the rigidity of the mind.
Voice Work, is also a very important part of Christina’s work with actors, as without a strong vocal awareness, the actor is extremely limited in their expression.
Her vocal work is based around Cicely Berry’s “freeing the natural voice” and she is also able to use her extensive singing vocal training, (Seth Riggs speech level singing practise), if students require voice training at that particular level.
Movement and bodywork is a holistic blend of Alexander and mind/body awareness techniques.
The emphasis is on focus into the muscle, through breathing and becoming aware of one’s own idiosyncratic “postural holding patterns”.
Awareness is key.
All work is taught in a spirit of playfulness, without harsh judgement or criticism.
In fact, one of the most important skills an actor can learn involves healthy self-assessment.
This is also addressed as a key component of all classes.
Ensemble work is of course, constantly emphasised-
Christina began her career in the arts scene after graduating with an acting diploma from The National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1986, going on to play featured roles in a number of Australian mini series, television and film projects.
She then became interested in singing and studied for a time with the well-known vocal tutor Jack White, who trained a number of international stars such as Olivia Newton John, Helen Reddy and John Farnham.
Christina taught Voice Activation classes for over a decade, both in Brisbane and on Mt Glorious and also received two arts grants to record her own original music, which she toured nationally.
She staged her own one-woman show, Global Garbage at Metro Arts in 2007, (producing directing and writing, as well as providing the music track), which was successful and well critiqued by international visitors.
In 2011, Christina began work on her novel Pretty Little Voices, using her time as a singing tutor on Mt Glorious to provide the backdrop to a thought provoking tale about a modern young woman living a life between the city of Brisbane and the beauty of a mountain rainforest.
In 2014 Christina received an RADF grant to finish editing and has now published her work.
In 2015 Christina performed at Brisbane’s Anywhere Festival as “Ana “in Dario Fo’s, The Virtuous Burglar.
Christina is continuing to develop her potential as a performing artist and is currently devising a one woman show.
Griffith University QLD
Bachelor of Arts
Media Studies 1981-1983
National Institute of Dramatic Art
Diploma of Acting
Mount Gravatt TAFE
Train the Trainer Course
Certificate1V Business (NEIS) 2001
SELECTED PERFORMANCE HISTORY:
Uncle Vanya: Directed by Gayle Edwards- (Played Yeliena)
Fitting for Ladies –Directed by Aubrey Mellor-(Played Pomponette)
Cymbelline-Directed by Rhys McConochie- (Played Imogen)
Orpheous- Directed by Richard Wherrett- (Played Raphael)
No Trifling With Love-Directed by Richard Wherrett
The Golden Age-Directed by Neil Armfield-(Played Mary)
The Accrington Pals-Directed by Paul Thompson-(Played Eva)
Trelawney of The Wells-Directed by Rhys McConochie(Played Mrs Mossop).
Poor Man’s Orange – Anthony Buckley Films –Played Florentina.
Rafferty’s Rules- Amalgamated Television Services- Played Julia Habib.
Mission Impossible-Played American Newsreader
Sex- ABC Television- Played Lawyer Gillian
Animal Park- Sunshine Films- Played Journalist
Fire- Channel 7-Played- Shannon
Blood Oath- Played Nurse Pearson
Dead Sleep- Played Nurse Debbie
Good Fruit- Mezmo Productions –Played Katherine
Over the last decade Christina has taught/lectured at various establishments in QLD.
1994-2000: Quadran Acting School (Fortitude Valley)
1998-2001 : The Australian Film and Television Academy (Gold Coast and Brisbane)
1998 -2000: Fame (Bowen Hills Brisbane)
1999-Griffith Conservatorium of Music (Gold Coast)
2001-2006 -V-Management (Brisbane)
Since 2006, Christina has taught Voice Activation, a unique vocal training program –synthesising the best of various singing and acting techniques.
Voice Activation blends “speech level “technique (Seth Riggs) with Alexander principles (posture work) as well as using the basic method acting approach, giving a more holistic approach to developing vocal potential.
From 2000-2002, Christina also contributed a monthly article “Singing and the City”) for RAVE magazine, which was well received by the Brisbane music scene.
Finally authoring her novel, “Pretty Little Voices”, now available on Amazon.
Christina has received 2 arts Qld grants to record her own original music and premiered her one-woman show (Global Garbage) at Metro Arts in April 2007,a unique mix of film and live acoustic music.
The show (now titled “CONVERSATIONS AT THE ENDING OF AN AGE”), has recently screened on Briz 31 a number of times and will soon be playing to Melbourne audiences.
Most recently, Christina appeared in Dario Fo’s The Virtuous Burglar at Brisbane’s Anywhere Festival 2016.
Christina is currently producing her one –woman comedy act, The Super Special Cindy C Talkshow.
I would HIGHLY recommend Christina as an acting/voice coach.
I first started training with her primarily to fix some annoying speech patterns while still in high school.
I later continued with acting and learned SO MUCH about the craft.
I overcame a lot of my fears surrounding showing emotion and my cold reading ability improved incredibly.
She's fun to work with !
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