|Brian Demar Jones|
Portland Actors Conservatory is excited to announce the addition of Brian Demar Jones to our Studio Program faculty!
Brian will be teaching ACTING: LEVEL ONE, which begins Jan. 23 and continues for eight weeks on Monday evenings, and SCENESTUDY INTENSIVE, beginning Feb. 21 and continuing every Tuesday evening for six weeks. Both programs are currently open for enrollment.
“We’re thrilled to have someone of Brian’s caliber,” says PAC Artistic Director and founder Beth Harper, “His belief systems so closely mirror our own and his methodology is a perfect fit for our students.”
A newcomer to Portland, Brian was most recently a company member with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where he also taught workshops. Brian has worked professionally at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Taproot Theatre, and many other venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. He can be seen in the upcoming production The Brother/Sister Plays at Portland Playhouse, and all over this year’s FertileGround Festival.
Brian is an experienced educator, having taught for the University of Washington, where he received his MFA degree in Acting, as well as various theatres and performing arts institutes. He has led workshops and classes in Audition Technique, Suzuki/Viewpoints, Scene Study, Basic and Advanced Acting, and Musical Theatre, among many others.
Brian is a great addition to the studio faculty because he has mentored and worked with actors from the extreme novice to the seasoned professional. Our studio program offers individuals of all skill levels a place to enhance and develop their foundational
“I am interested in helping students cultivate their own process,” explains Brian, “I always tell my students that my way is not the only way but one way among many.”
Brian’s methodology mirrors that of PAC and focuses on working as an ensemble, utilizing a fusion of Stanislavky based method of physical actions with Viewpoints & Suzuki to create organic and powerful actors. He is well-versed in both classical and contemporary theatre, with particular emphasis on Shakespeare and new works.
As an actor/ director / singer, he brings with him a variety of skills to share and help others succeed in their own personal goals. He sets the same expectations for all, providing the skills necessary to succeed but understanding that each student’s journey is unique.
PAC’s Studio Program reflects the belief system of our full-time Conservatory Program. Both programs are rooted in exploring impulses and the concepts of objective, obstacle and tactic, fundamental to the method of acting developed by Stanislavsky and continued by artists and theorists such as Uta Hagen.