Acting With Passion

Acting With Passion
The work of Niki Flacks, taught by Erica Chestnut.




There is nothing more exhilarating than feeling totally alive onstage in every moment.

Can you count on arriving at this feeling every time you act?

Based on the latest research from the fields of neuroscience and mind body psychology, Acting With Passion offers a revolutionary new approach to the age-old problems of the actor: dealing with nerves, engaging the body, quieting the inner critic, auditioning and even playing comedy.

 “This unique work is based on the mind/body concept that our emotions are trapped in subtle muscular tensions that cause us to feel tight onstage. Instead of “being in the moment,” we find our heads taking over with nonstop critiques and we are consumed with effort to “make things happen” – Niki Flacks.

Actors who have struggled with ‘visualization’ and ‘emotional recall’ can learn an alternative method of accessing feelings through the release of chronic, subtle muscular tensions that connect into the brain at lightning fast speed and can actually produce emotions on cue.

You will find yourself acting with a joy and ease that often seems out of reach. You will leave the workshop with a set of physical and vocal cues that give you the confidence, even under pressure, to be fully alive and ‘in the moment’. Many actors have described it as ‘magic’ — finally giving you access to ’emotions on cue.’

Please arrive with 2 monologues securely memorised.


Friday April 27th, 6pm – 10pm
Saturday April 28th 10am – 2pm
Sunday April 29th 10am – 2pm


Price includes a copy of Niki Flacks’ book, Acting With Passion.

A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to secure your place.





Erica is one of 2 teachers in Australia (the other being our very own Kate Skinner) trained by Niki to teach her work. A teacher, actress and choreographer for 20 years, Erica is thrilled to empower actors to find ‘truth’ in their work with ease and the principle of ‘do no harm’. She is also a qualified Kinesiologist, Life Coach and Holistic Therapist.

“Erica Chestnut brings her joy, her generous heart and great intuitive understanding to my approach to acting.  I am thrilled that she will be teaching my Acting With Passion” – Niki Flacks