Learn ‘Layering’, a Self-Rehearsal Technique

Two 1-on-1 actor coaching sessions

Embodied Text Analysis

Unlocking Creativity Outside the Rehearsal Room

It’s an age-old problem: how to work on the work when you’re alone, or outside the rehearsal room?

Alone, you may feel like you’re not sure what to try, become stuck on finding the ‘perfect’ line delivery, or wrestle with your self-critical voice.

And if you’ve ever tried to rehearse scene work outside of class or rehearsal, you may be familiar with the pitfall of trying to direct your scene partner…it rarely ends well.

In two coaching sessions you can learn ‘layering,’ a technique that you can use at home to rehearse, learn lines, and invite creativity back into your work.

This fun, easy-to-follow structure creates a playful, laboratory-like environment for rehearsing.
All you need is a piece of paper, a pen, and a standard pair of dice.

What You Can Expect:

  • Two sessions, each between 1 and 1.5 hours, according to your preference
  • Option to meet on Zoom or in person at my home in Portland, OR
  • Both sessions may be physical; please wear clothes you feel comfortable moving in

Please Prepare:

  • A short piece of text (around the 1 minute mark for monologues; 2 – 3 minutes for scenes)
  • Memorization is welcome but not necessary.
  • Bring: A pen/pencil and paper, and a six-sided die.

Layering Technique Session Outline*

Session 1:

  • Introduction to Layering. You will learn the technique and apply it to your text.

Session 2:

  • Layering integration. Learn to take what’s gleaned through the layering process and integrate it into a ‘final’ performance.

*Note that due to the student-centered nature of my work, this outline will shift to support the needs of each particular student.



Payment Plans:

I am happy to work together to come up with a payment plan that works for you, at no extra cost. Here is one example of a payment plan you might use:

$23.75 / week for four weeks.

Reach out to discuss additional options.

Sources / Lineages of This Work:

  • Robert Cohen’s Acting One
  • Raymund Munro
  • Michael Lushington
  • Director’s Cut, a game from Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • Table-top RPG dice-rolling games (such as Dungeons & Dragons)



I work and live on the unceded lands of the Clackamas people, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla people, known by its colonial name of Portland, OR.

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