Eden Bernardy is currently at work on the book “Being Human; an actors guide to the art and science of human behavior” which is expected to hit shelves at the end of next year. “After 30+ years as an acting coach and 20+ years as a writer I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of film and theatre artists. Working with Academy Award winning actors, writers and directors – to actors just discovering the craft I have learned a tremendous amount about human behavior and the tools that allow us to access the kind of truth that resonates on film and with audiences.” The daughter of the renowned psychologist and a famous acting coach Eden has often joked that she was studying the “art and science of human behavior” from birth. Growing up in a fascinating world of artists and scientists she never developed the notion that the two were distinct. Collaborating with a psychologists who specialize in mindfulness meditation, addiction, grief and recovery to better understand how actors can lead healthier, more productive lives while investing so completely in the “deep and sometimes toxic lives of others”. Eden works with neurologists, psychiatrists and researchers who are exploring the nature of perception. She’s been able to harness a wide array of concepts that help actors develop a better understanding of the mind/brain connection and it’s role in developing complete “lives” or “characters”. Estelle Harman, Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Jose Quintero, Uta Hagen, Margie Haber, Jeff Corey and Larry Moss are some of the amazing coaches she has been honored to collaborate with, as well as enjoying professional relationships with artists ranging from great talents like Morgan Freeman to rising starts like Disney’s Peyton Meyers. “The thousands of actors I’ve coached over the years have helped me develop as a coach, writer, teacher and person and given me a deep respect for the wonderful adventure we call “being human”.
Talk Title: The Actor’s Lens; the art and science of keeping an open mind
Explore the ideas and tools actors use to create authentic connections to characters with vastly differing points of view. This work keeps a person’s mind flexible and allows for extraordinary collaborations between individuals with drastically different view points. We are not a fixed set of ideas and intellectual constructs but rather a wonderfully mobile array of beliefs and ideas that shape our relationships, behavior, and thinking. Change your thinking, change your life. Understanding the “lens” through which we view the world gives us all the power to make profound shifts in our daily lives. Additionally, current research demonstrates that acting approaches that increase neural plasticity and cognitive flexibility are also known to increase “brain health” resulting in better memory, focus, mood management, and stress reduction.