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A DAILY PRACTICE FOR MEANINGFUL CONNECTION WITH ONESELF AND OTHERS


 "The world-class writer, painter, and musician each engage in private daily practice to achieve their excellent works. During my 40 years in the performing arts as a student, actor, teacher, director, and mentor, every world-class performing artist that I 

have worked with or that I have known has had their own private daily practice to strengthen the specific and vital skills needed for their profession." - Founder,  José Angel Santana, Ph.D.


THE ART OF CONNECTING provides one of kind classes that fill a great need today for learning a private daily practice to help the performing artist, educator, business executive and everyday person to achieve excellence in the area of high quality and meaningful connection with oneself and others. 


Founder José Angel Santana, Ph.D. a student of Sanford Meisner, teaches this daily practice for a more authentic, natural, relaxed, and compelling presence with others as a performing artist, educator, business executive, and in every relationship in your life. 


The practice is made from a blend of expertly taught elements from Stanislavski, Meisner, and Spolin based professional acting classes and expert high-level government and business communications skills training. Actors, executives, educators, and everyday people who want more confidence, high performance, and personal effectiveness will benefit. 


José Angel Santana also provides private actor and executive coaching in the New York metropolitan area.


THE ART OF CONNECTING  brings together the best elements from professional acting classes with the most innovative tools for communication skills training, in order to provide one of the most empowering and effective daily practices ever offered in the New York Metropolitan area and the world. 


Let's talk. 917. 310-7333 or Jose@artofconnecting.org



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​"José Santana's chosen field of academic study combined with his deep sense of social responsibility and his many years of experience as an actor in theatre, film and television have resulted in a great breadth and depth of understanding of the processes of creativity. He brings great energy, commitment and determination to all his projects, has achieved remarkable success in his work with disadvantaged  and alienated young people, and remains a highly original thinker." - Trevor Griffiths, is a writer, and director; for his film Reds: WGA Best Screenplay Award, and an Oscar nomination.

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"José shares my belief in the value of education through the arts, of using both the tools and artists of theatre as a way to teach young people about collaboration, self-awareness and confidence. I can highly recommend José as a person who will inspire and motivate his students  with his enormous integrity, energy and commitment." - Kevin Spacey, is a two-time academy award winning actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. 

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"I've known José for many years, and have worked with him on stage, and in film. I've seen his work as a student, and I've seen his work as a teacher; and I've always been impressed with his passion, his work - ethic, and his intelligence." - David Mamet, is an author, Pulitzer Priize-winning playwright, producter, screenwriter, and director. 

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"As Drama Director, José always brought inspiration to the young people with his talent for acting, teaching, and always upholding the highest artistic standards. José is a joy to work with! Don't let him get away." - Jane Fonda, is an actress,, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru.

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"One would be hard pressed to find anyone with greater integrity, authenticity and talent for teaching than José Angel Santana. Combined with his gifts for communication and collaboration, his passion for nurturing newcomers is a wonderful asset for his students." - Alan Rosenberg, is an actor of both stage and screen, and President Screen Actors Guild (2005 - 2009).

THE ART OF CONNECTING


At (1:30), Elena speaks eloquently about the great value of "checking-in" and reaching and honoring "agreements" with one's collaborators:  ​ ​"... I was really open and honest with them about what do I want out of this . . . What will make this investment worth it for me and encourage them to also always be open with me about that . . . That's actually something that we learned in our 'acting classes' . . . working on how to direct actors, to always "check-in" and to always reach "agreements." So we did that throughout our whole process and it made it such a joy to work together and something that I would never in a million years never regret a moment of. I do want to keep producing."

Friend and former student Elena Julia Greenlee at the San Francisco Film Festival talks about the process of producing Josef Wladyka's award-winning film "Manos Sucias" and using the "check-in" process I taught them throughout the whole time of making their film.


In this video you will see a diverse group of teachers from different parts of the world in a TESOL Drama Workshop as they learn and share new techniques from drama and the other arts in order to better engage their students. 

Students who speak English as a second language step out of their comfort zones in a fun and supportive environment. The workshop provides an opportunity to gain confidence and speak English with greater fluency.

ALL ART OF CONNECTING ACTING CLASSES  CONSIST OF LEARNING A DAILY PRACTICE FOR CONNECTING WITH ONESELF AND OTHERS.

A MISSING LINK


A DAILY PRACTICE FOR MEANINGFUL CONNECTION WITH ONESELF AND OTHERS


The world-class writer, painter, and musician each engage in private daily practice to achieve their successful works. During my 40 years in the performing arts as a student, actor, teacher, director, and mentor, every world-class artist that I have worked with or known has had their own private daily practice to strengthen the specific skills that are vital for their profession." - Founder,  José Angel Santana, Ph.D.


We provide one of kind classes that fill a great need today for learning a private daily practice to help the performing artist, educator, business executive and everyday person to achieve excellence in the area of high quality and meaningful connection with oneself and others. 


Founder José Angel Santana, Ph.D., a student of Sanford Meisner, teaches this daily practice for a more authentic, natural, relaxed, and compelling presence with others by improving daily, the specific skills that are vital to clear communication, initiative, and self confidence. 


The practice is made from a blend of expertly taught elements from Stanislavski, Meisner, and Spolin based professional acting classes and expert high-level government and business communications skills training. Specific training activities, drills, and exercises that integrate naturally into one's daily life are the core of our work. 




THE ART OF CONNECTING  brings together the best elements from professional acting classes with the most innovative tools for communication skills training, in order to provide one of the most empowering and effective daily practices ever offered in the New York Metropolitan area and the world. 


​​Let's talk. 917. 310.7333 or Jose@artofconnecting.org


A drum teacher once told his student, "if you can't do it effortlessly in performance, you haven't practiced enough."

Leading scientific research in the field of elite performance has determined that the key characteristic of world-class performance is,"10,000 hours of deliberate practice"  In their landmark paper, "The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance" K. Anders Ericsson and his co-authors state that "deliberate practice is a highly structured activity, the explicit goal of which is to improve performance."

Source: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/blogs/freakonomics/pdf/DeliberatePractice(PsychologicalReview).pdf

"Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good." wrote Malcolm Gladwell in 'Outliers: The Story of Success" his bestselling book that popularized the "10,000-Hour Rule", based on Ericsson's research. 

http://www.wisdomgroup.com/blog/10000-hours-of-practice/

"Deliberate practice consists of specific training activities, drills, and exercises designed to stretch the individuals skills and thereby provide growth. It is not business as usual." writes David Burkus in Fobes, about the "10,000-Hour Rule." 

Source:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidburkus/2013/09/25/are-you-wasting-your-10000-hours/​

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THE ART OF CONNECTING  was created for the purpose of teaching a daily practice of specific training activities, drills, and exercise designed to establish and strengthen the specific skills needed to achieve excellence.   
Jose Angel Santana

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

 - Carl Jung, Man in Search of Soul