ACES (Actualizing Characters by Expanding Self-awareness) is a trauma-informed approach to acting and character development. It's designed to support deep dives into the emotional lives of characters while keeping the actors' well being a priority.
ACES was developed by Alan Powell as a response to international research conducted on the impact of portraying emotionally distressed characters on the actors' mental health. .
Alan's work with actors has led to speaking invitations internationally at conferences such as the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes, Musicians’ and Performing Artists’ Health and Performance and the, Australian Society for Performing Arts Health.
Whether you're blocked or overwhelmed ACES manages the actors' needs and facilitates a connection that is aligned with the emotional life of the character.