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, business executive, educator, and the 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, is an actor, award-winning director, educator, and innovator in the field of interpersonal communications. He is the creator of YOUAND, the first system to combine the finest in professional actor training with the most innovative tools from the field of conflict resolution/mediation, to serve both the professional actor's and non-actor's need for, clear communication, high performance, and personal effectiveness.
YOUAND is a step-by-step openhearted approach to learning a daily practice that improves communication skills, self-confidence, personal initiative, and significantly enhances the quality of human interactions and relationships for the performing artist, in business, and in one's own personal life.
Dr. Santana has taught YOUAND to media executives at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, since 2007; to writer/directors of film, as head of the Acting Department at the New York University Graduate Film School between 2008 - 2012; and for The Ensemble Studio Theatre's New York Theatre Intensives: to writers, actors, and directors from around the world, since 2011. Presently, he teaches his approach to effective communication at the Columbia Schools of the Arts, Film School.
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