Character Analysis & Movement Psychology

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The Yat Malmgren Technique with James Kemp

Character Analysis and Movement Psychology

For Actors, Directors, Scriptwriters, Playwrights and Film- & Theatremakers





“There is a lot I have to be grateful for as an actor but I would have not much if it weren´t for the inspirational teaching of James Kemp. His use and teaching of the ´Yat Method` changed my view of what acting could be both as an observer and participant.” Emilia Clarke (HBO, Game of Thrones)

“The place where you stand, how you use your space, is the number-one priority. How you stand in relation to other people in scenes, how you dance with them- that´s what it´s all about“ – Sean Connery

Character Analysis Movement Psychology

James Kemp many succesful students have included: Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Emilia Clarke , Jaime Murray, Stephen Wight, Morven Christie, Damien Molony, Ruth Gedmintas, Gwendoline Christie and many others.

This work provides an accurate and complete way of describing human behaviour and its dramatic representation, giving an actor the tools to transform body and mind into the shape, form and thoughts of a new character. It provides a way to create nuanced and detailed characterisation, and to access inner sensations ripe for use in dramatic circumstances. Clear examples will be given of what physical actions prompt what psychological responses, how those two areas are linked and entwined, how character is formed through control of the body’s movement, how different psychological types are manifested physically.

Venue: Berlin
Dates: June 8 – 14th, 2018
Schedule: 7 Days Introduction & Intermediate | 10 am to 6 pm 
Fee: 745 Euro VAT incl. (7 Days)
Fee Introduction (4 Days, June 8 – 11): 445 Euro
Fee Intermediate (3 Days, June 12 – 14): 325 Euro
Quotes Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy about the Yat Malmgren Technique here
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“In these classes you will be introduced to a theory and practice which breaks down all expressive movements into their constituent parts and links them to the deep seated psychological impulses which underpin them. From these building blocks ‘character’ can be constructed, either from scratch as a creative act, or from a close analysis of an already existing script as an act of accurate and imaginative interpretation.”

A partial list of the actors trained by Yat Malmgren himself includes Oscar winners Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins and Colin Firth as well as Paul Bettany, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Callow, Anne-Marie Duff, Tara Fitzgerald, Geraldine James, Helen McCrory, John Simm and Penelope Wilton.


“Der Workshop war sehr bereichernd für mich. Die Technik ist sehr vielschichtig und man kann sich immer wieder davon inspirieren lassen. James als Pädagoge habe ich sehr gemocht. Klarheit, Kraft und Humor. Seine Aufteilung, wie er Theorie und Praxis miteinander verbindet, ist sehr präzise und effektiv.” Rasmus Dahlstedt (April 2014)

„James Kemp taught me character analysis for three years. He inspires his students to reach a level of acting which is high- detailed and rich. The work that James teaches reminds actors constantly of the importance of the physical when acting- how our psychological state expresses itself in our bodies. Character analysis taught by James encourages actors to use themselves in the roles they play, but this by no means limits the possibility of transformation. There is also a lovely lot of freedom in this acting class as we were allowed to create whichever character our imaginations were pulling us towards.“Actress, Drama Centre London

„What I will say is that from my perspective it helps to instill a discipline and rigour in your approach and you start to think about the little things in your performance with much more of a knowing view to what that says about your character, and indeed what the audience will receive from your performance. It gives you the tools to add great depth of character and a vocabulary and awareness of why your character has that depth.“Christopher Ashman – Actor, Drama Centre London


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Choosing a character that you have played or are about to or would like to play.” James Kemp


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