Matthias Schott

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Matthias Schott manages the Schott Acting Studio:

As well as working as teacher, he is the main person responsible for organizing and running seminars and masterclasses.

Numerous engagements as an actor at various theatres including Düsseldorf Playhouse; director and producer of his own theatre productions.

As an actor trained at the European Theatre Institute (Konstantin Stanislavksi, Jewgeni Bagrationowitsch Wachtangow, Bertolt Brecht, Michael Chekhov, Jerzy Grotowski, Physical Theatre: Meyerhold and Biomechanics, Masks, Improvisation and Commedia dell’Arte) he worked mainly as a stage actor. For the past six years he has been running his own workshops and scene study classes and preparing actors for theatre productions, film shoots and auditions.

In addition to his traditional theatre training he studied the Strasberg Method with the Actors Studio teachers Sandra Seacat, Greta Seacat, Geraldine Baron and Susan Batson; since 1998 he has regularly continued his studies of this method with Lena Lessing.

Currently: teaching engagements and seminars; dramaturgical advice for authors and directors

2014: Completed 2 year training in “Systemic Coaching and Business Mediation” at the BIF – Institut für Familientherapie e.V. (Institute for Family Therapy).

Since 2015: Courses and studies in the work of C. G. Jung (Berlin, Dublin, New York, Washington, Los Angeles)

Since 2022: “Viridis Graduate Institut: 10-week Intensive Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities  – Changing the Roots of Narratives

“I met Matthias in a three month Meisner Technique Foundation Course in 2008. We both were fascinated and his comittment in the work and in the pure art of acting encouraged me to get really deep into it. Today I must admit these months saved me as an actor, it was some kind of a relaunch. And this has got to do with Matthias. If you get the chance to work with him, grab the opportunity. Or just meet him. He is a guy full of true passion and credibilty. (At least for me he is.)” Tillbert Strahl
“Matthias Schott is an outstanding acting coach and workshop leader. Through the detailed exercises in the workshops and his incredible curated eye, he provides generous individual feedback which has been pivotal on my acting journey. He is a true talent and the classes are not only a melting pot of ideas and experimentation but also fun! I can truly say that without it, my acting journey would not have grown as much. His knowledge, expertise and intuitive eye is unsurpassed.” – Alaa Taha (Playwright/Actress)

“Matthias is a phenomenal acting coach. I always come back to his teachings, whether it be preparing for theatre or film. Matthias has an engaging, attentive and intuitive teaching style that nurtures each student’s journey. He identifies potential blocks and offers the tools to work through them in order to understand where you need to go to reach a level of higher awareness and understanding as an actor. He breaks down the multifaceted process through a vast variety of exercises which makes the task at hand tangible and approachable, no matter where you are in your acting journey. Matthias’ workshops constitutes both individual and group exercises that shapes and forms each student and attunes to each individual level. Matthias has guided me from a fundamental level, to individual scene- and character work or auditions for schools and jobs. There is a wisdom and deep sense of humanity in the way he approaches each character or scene, teaching us to challenge our understanding of the human experience, be conscious and present in our acting choices, never judge our experience or understanding of the character, but be curious, free and creative.” – Nina Mariko Sandquist (Actress)

Advanced Training:

James Kemp in “Character Analysis & Movement Psychology”

Ron Burrus – Stella Adler (Stella Adler Technique & On Camera Training)

Dee Cannon – Stanislawski/Uta Hagen (Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art)

Rob Marchand – CBI Process (Improvisation/Mike Leigh uses to create his films)

Christopher Fettes – “Character Analysis & Movement Psychology”
Liana Nyquist (Movement Specialist) – “Yat Malmgren´s Character Movement”

Privat Sessions with Actors and Directors – Juillard School New York

Susan Batson (Susan Batson Studio, NY)
Lena Lessing – (Susan Batson Technique)
Mike Bernadin – (Meisner Technique)

Further education (workshops):

Edgar Fell (Eric Morris/ Strasberg), John Colton (Stella Adler), Larry Moss (Strasberg/Meisner/Adler), Robert Castle and John Costopolous (Strasberg); Movement Training with Liana Nyquist (Yat Malmgren/ Character Movement), Gennadi Bogdanov (Biomechanik) and with several trainers teaching the work of Jercy Grotowski and Eugenio Barba.

Improvisationtraining with Keith Johnston, Gorilla Theater Berlin and Philip Said (Improliga Lyon)