Actor Coaching & Intensives
Sam instructs actors privately and via two
programs: 'Grace on
Rage on Stage' and; 'Love and Hate, Sex and Violence'.
Grace on Rage on Stage
is a contemporary stage combat program, which focuses on various
elements of performed conflict and violence. Sam first began developing
this approach while employed for several years as theatre combat instructor for the National Voice Intensive. 'Grace on Rage on Stage'
approaches elements of performed violence from the perspective of
interpersonal physicality. It is a refocused distillation of internal martial arts principles which may be fused to great benefit with any
other acting approach.
Employing 'Red Vignettes',
exercises designed to bring greater power, control and safety to scenes
which require extreme and chaotic emotion, Grace on Rage on Stage goes
well beyond standard approaches to fight choreography, focusing on how
to bring a character organically from the printed page to the boiling
Love & Hate, Sex & Violence is an intensive actor's training program co-developed with director/acting coach Bernadette Jones which was offered through Equity Showcase Theatre. Love and Hate, Sex and Violence (L&H/S&V) is a fusion of material from Sam's Grace on Rage on Stage with Bernadette's unique work.
the idea that sex and violence are both 'red' on the emotional spectrum, L&H/S&V is designed to give actors the instruments needed to allow performed intimacy and performed violence to co-mingle freely. A firm rejection of approaches to the craft
which rely on dredging up painful personal psychological material from
the actor's experience, L&H/S&V instead provides an emotionally safe toolkit
of procedural techniques.
These programs, Grace on Rage on Stage and Love & Hate, Sex & Violence
have seen professional and serious amateur participants make great and
sudden strides in their acting. Courses are generally 2-5 days in
Bernadette Jones has been a director and teacher in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and
Los Angeles since 1979. She is considered to be Canada's leading authority on the
Shurtleff approach. She is the founder and co-artistic director of Theatreworks Productions which produces works by Canadian playrights.
Physical choreography and coaching
Sam has served as a
choreographer and martial arts/fencing consultant, and on various TV
programs, documentaries and stage productions. In 1997 Sam was Physical Choreographer for Bernadette's Theatreworks rendition of William Mastrosimone's Extremities, a play dealing with rape and retribution. The collaboration borrowed from work done in the L&H/S&V seminars.
"An invaluable experience as an actor and as a person. Mr. Masich's
philosophy and expertise, both as a fight/stunt coordinator and his
views on application to the role, have proven to be enlightening." —Joe DiMambro (attacker in 'Extremities')
Sam's intuitive instruction, my scene partner and I were able to
explore all the intricate levels of this intense physicality with
complete trust and control. The situation of "acting" a rape is
paradoxical in that it requires the actors to portray violence and
intimacy almost simultaneously. Sam gave us the tools to play it with
clarity, safety, committment, and best of all, no bruises!" —Debra McCabe (attacked in 'Extremities')
In 2003 Sam was the
martial arts technical consultant and fight choreographer for teen drama Black
, a Warner Brothers pilot series starring Russell Wong
Sam was requested by the show's creator Robert Kamen
(Unleashed; The Fifth Element; Taps; Karate Kid I, II, III) as the show's Baguazhang special skills coach and fight co-coordinater. Himself a martial arts practitioner, Kamen strived for authenticity in the martial choreography of the show.Look who:
who have studied/worked with Sam include: Russell Wong
(Romeo Must Die, Black Sash), Missy Peregrym
(Heroes, Wide Awake), Corey Sevier
(Never Submit, Black Sash), Sarah Carter
(Shark, Smallville), Mako
(Memoirs of a Geisha, The West Wing), Drew Fuller
(Blonde Ambition, Black Sash), Ron Yuan
(The Shanghai Hotel, Spider-Man 3), Ray J
(Let's Ride, The Sinbad Show), Art Irizawa
(Super Dave, Mr. Magoo), Joe DiMambro
(Extremities, Kung Fu) , Debra McCabe
(Saw III, Degrassi: The Next Generation) Lolita Davidovich
(Blaze, Play it to the Bone), Satori Shakoor
(Extremities, The Hurricane), Tammi Isbell
(Paradise Falls, Kung Fu), Sarah-Jane Redmond
(Da Vinci's City Hall, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants), Noah Heney
(Highlander, Snow Falling on Cedars), Garvin Cross
(Fantastic 4), Yee Jee Tso
(Stargate: Atlantis, Black Sash) and more.
Sam has been the subject
of two documentaries, The Ancient Arts of Tai Chi and Qigong
Places: A Tai Chi Retreat.
Both shows are currently aired in Canada and
Europe in English and French.