Techniques Of Modern Realist Acting

Master the deep, specific expression required to meet the demands of today’s acting industry.

A 12-week programme which covers the core teachings of Tom Kibbe, completed in two 6-week blocks. Each session is one-to-one with Tom via Zoom and is 1.5 hours.

The 12-Week Programme

You’ll learn to become more alive in the moment, and you’ll bring more presence to auditions as well as film and theatre roles. You’ll also discover how to prepare for roles quickly, and you’ll work on areas you need to refine or open up whether it’s voice, body, psyche, or imagination.

1: Defining acting for today’s industry

Discover how to bring a piece of text to life in the moment. This starts with learning to be truthful in the imaginary circumstances and honing your skills of observation so you can use your imagination with trained precision.

2: Creating the imaginary environment

Now we begin to build the imaginary environment and connect to the imaginary atmosphere. All of these specifics of place ground you and affect who you are as a character and the life you create in the imaginary circumstances.

3: Understanding the impact of “when”

Understand how to define the passage of time for your character and the emotional responses ignited by specific moments. You’ll learn to avoid the common mistake of focusing on the wrong moment and losing the immediacy of the scene.

4: Exploring the internal and external behaviours

We look at the body and the voice to discern the character’s specific physical actions and the different forms of communication. We also examine what is going on inside the character’s mind and how that influences the external behaviours.

5 : Tuning into the simplicity of why

We piece together all the aspects of the previous classes and root them in the simple – but vital – why. Through imagination and concentration you’ll go deep into the why of your character to bring to life a credible, meaningful performance.

6 : Examining the actor’s biggest question

To embody depth in your performance, you must dig into the question “Who is this character?” You’ll learn how to build a personality internally and externally through precise steps that transform specific information and key elements into a living character.


7: Bringing yourself fully to the character

You’ll learn to develop your instrument and expression of self through the elements of voice, body, psyche, and imagination. This allows you to become more deeply involved as the character and more alive in the specific moment of the imaginary circumstances.

8: Releasing the actor’s voice

We want to access your inner voice, the voice infused with your specific values that communicates in a certain way to the people around you. Through your personal expression, this voice will elucidate the unique inner workings of the character.

9: Awakening the actor’s body

To become the character, you must free your physical body by breaking through the external shell moulded by your subconscious. We’ll work deeply on the cellular and neuron levels to open you to the impulses and actions true to the character.

10: Activating the character’s psyche

You’ll learn how to prepare the sensory and emotional aspects of yourself. This allows you to immerse yourself in the immediacy of the time and place of the scene and respond to the specific moment as the character would.

11: Revealing the depth of your imagination

There is specific work you must do to release your imagination and draw upon the innate depths of your talent. Once you know how to free your creative subconscious you’ll be able to explore deeper levels of your imaginary life.

12: Accepting that you’re ready

Everything you’ve learned has been for this moment. Now you’re ready to exist in a specific time and place as the character, trusting that the work is there for you. You’re not performing, but giving the character space to come alive.

About Tom Kibbe

Tom Kibbe trained directly with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and in his private professional classes. He also studied with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler in their advanced classes before going on to have a long and distinguished career in all aspects of the industry in LA, NYC, London and Dublin.

What Actors Are Saying About Tom Kibbe

"He connects you with your creative impulse which allows the emotion to be organic"

""I travelled from Pitsburgh, US to Cork, Ireland - it was so good I'm going to do it again.""

"I got to final round auditions for four schools, I was accepted into two and I've accepted my place at Guildford school of acting"

"I finally can deliver the type of performances that I have been previously really struggling to get to."

Tom Kibbe is an inspired teacher, generous, perceptive, dedicated and knowledgeable.

Rosie O'Regan

Tom is a genius. He knows exactly where to take you physically and mentally in order to find your very own unique truth in a performance.
Judy Donovan

He has an uncanny ability to bring out the very best in each actor he encounters.
Eadaoin O'Donoghue

"Working with Tom Kibbe has been the greatest creative influence on my life to date."

"I found out yesterday I got into RADA, it was beyond my wildest dreams - I can't thank Tom Kibbe enough."

Tom allows you to identify your own process and own it not through some didactic form of teaching but through a series of precise prompts that begin to cue the performance out of you and realise your potential.
Mark D'Aughton

His techniques and exercises release something in the actor, so that what comes out is truthful and spontaneous, moments that no amount of script analysis could find.
Claire J. Loy

Tom's classes have given me a completely new way of preparing for roles; a way that allows me to reach greater emotional depth and to be more truthful.
Frank Prendergast

"He will free up your creativity, your spontaneity, he'll get you to access your subconscious in a creative way."
"I found Tom's classes to be so beneficial - I can't recommend working with Tom enough."
He gets under all the layers you thought you had to find something even deeper and then some. He takes great care and has huge respect for actors and the craft.
George Hanover

Brilliant! Genius acting coach. Highly, highly recommended!

Jon Whitty

Tom Kibbe is quite simply the best Acting teacher/coach I have ever had. The work I have done with him has been career changing.
Pauline O'Driscoll

"Working over Zoom with Tom, there was honestly no difference to being there in person."

"One exercise changed my life, my perception of the world, my perception of myself, and my perception of what acting is."

Talk directly to Tom to discover if this programme is a good fit for you

If you are interested in Techniques of Modern Realist Acting, book a 15 minute chat with Tom on Zoom to discuss whether it’s a good fit for you.