Cristina Lark is a coach for professional actors, and also leads acting for camera and theater workshops for professional and amateur actors, and for non-actors.
Her philosophy is grounded in working with actors as creative human beings who contain all the resources they need to find their inner truth through imagination and technique.
In her method, respecting the actors' psychic and emotional integrity is paramount, And it is tested and proven that using imagination and technique achieves much better results, especially in the long term, than merely resorting to personal memories and retrieved feelings.
Cristina as interpreter and assistant in a workshop with American casting director Rosalie Joseph.
"Thinking of unrelated sad things, activating the emotional memory of a concrete situation of your past, is a resource that may work, but only till take two. Forcing a feeling and thinking of, say, that person who harmed you, won't last for long, won't come in a controlled way, and mainly, will destroy your psyche.
Think about singing: if you keep straining your vocal folds, you'll damage them and won't be able to sing again with the same quality. An actor works the same way: if you destroy your mental health for a role, maybe you'll give the director an Oscar, but you will end up being withdrawn, unable to act again.
I teach a technique that's capable of keeping you sane at all times, allowing you to disconnect from the role when the shooting day is over, go home and have a good time, keep living your life with your psyche untouched.
This technique is a search for your inner truth, and stems from your imagination, your creativity, and your very humanity."
- Cristina Lark, for Elástica Magazine (Jan 2016)
Read the full interview here
Cristina Lark runs workshops by request of:
Try the one-to-one sessions if you need to prepare for:
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For companies and NGOs
Cristina Lark runs workshops especially designed for your company or organization, to work on:
Her projects spread across England, Australia, Spain and Brazil.
For Drama Schools
Cristina has a history of students whose age ranges from 4 to over 60! She has experience teaching classes for:
In addition, she offers:
students & clients
“I found the course very dynamic and fun on the practical side. It helps a lot to remove the fear of auditions and I also found the course very up-to-date in terms on how to market yourself, how to get in the industry. That’s something you don’t learn in any course. If I had to define the course in 3 words, I would say: dynamic, practical and up-to-date.”
– Guilherme Gomes
“The workshop was an intense experience brilliantly led by Cristina. We worked all the time with the camera, oriented both technically and in the character approach, monologue and scene in pairs. Also, Cristina has introduced us to a current view of the market and demystified several ideas we, theatre actors, had about the actor’s work in this field, camera. Dynamic, practical and objective, that is the ideal course for those who want to have an experience with camera and also get used to the environment of tests and auditions.”
– Lipe Lima
“First I would like to thank immensely the opportunity to have participated in the MasterClass! I loved it and I will be promoting the course to all my actor friends, as I have immense interest in doing other courses with you, because these hours with you were very important for me! You have wonderful vibes and a very practical view of the market that interests me.”
– Kessia Gelina
“Every time I’ll have a new audition, I will contact you Cris, you’re the best I’ve had to date! True!!!”
– Felipe Severo
“Participating in Cristina Lark’s workshop was a very enriching experience. She was able to give enough emphasis on the practical part of the exercise of interpretation, where I was able to observe various stages of the techniques that my colleagues were using. It was pretty straightforward and practical. She brought information about how to position yourself in the labor market, which opened my eyes. As she has a lot of experience in the area outside of Brazil, she demystified the prejudices that I had about craft abroad. I recommend it for those who want to have contact with the camera in a chilled, but objective and efficient way.”
– Daniel Cabral
“First I would like to thank the coaching for actors you offered, it was awesome, clearly great for motivation and path-walking way too. I would say, I’m interested in Cristina’s other courses!”
– Kelita Carvalho
“I am pleased to have been oriented in a course by Cristina Lark, who is an excellent professional and understands a lot about what she does! It was the most professional course I’ve ever done in my life!”
– Renan Baraúna
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Cristina Lark runs private sessions with actors and non-actors who want to live their own defintion of success and be happier.
Her philosophy is grounded on 2 main principles:
that help in a non-patronizing way promotes empowerment and the development of a more successful image of a person, who therefore achieves their goals in a more sustainable and consistent way.
life coaching clients
"“It showed me a new way of seeing the situation I was living professionally, and helped me find strategies that in a short time changed the reality of that moment. I met Cristina in a moment of strong crisis, I was totally disheartened professionally. Working with her, I came up with strategies that brought me new perspectives and many clients… Gratitude is the word that translates my feelings at this present time! I realized I’m a very smart woman".
- D.R., 41, masseuse and physiotherapy student
“I will bring to life ideas and knowledge I have gained from our meetings. Please continue to reach people because you touch the lives of some in a way that you might not imagine”
- T.A., 32, lawyer
“The most important thing about the coaching was to learn a different way to think and rationalize my issues. With Cristina’s help, I started to look at them from a different and optimized perspective, and learning how to do that was crucial for me to find a solution for my goal. I feel like I’m a new person! Being able to devise a plan and define milestones and goals to achieve it is liberating!”
- T.K., 26, salesperson and future fashion entrepreneur
“The coaching process was extremely important for me to decide to apply for a Theater Studies university degree. This choice changed my life in many levels and I’m very grateful for having had this opportunity. I’d recommend Cristina’s coaching for anyone who is not too sure about how to organize their own life and needs help to find the way. The process was wonderful and opened me some doors. Thanks for casting a light and giving me the opportunity to know myself better, I didn’t know much about myself until now. Coaching helped me better understand my fears and limitations and gave me strength and courage to undertake what frightened me most, my artistic career. Today I’m an undergraduate student, have several projects and have a different perspective on the acting profession.”
- J.R., 27, actress, director, journalist
“Cristina’s coaching had a significant impact in some personal questions I had where I was kind of stuck. As my dream is to live abroad and I wasn’t finding options to finance it, coaching opened my mind to new possibilities, as well as a more productive maintenance of my travel plan. Now I know where I can focus my efforts to be able to achieve my greatest goal. I’m sure that it was an unprecedented personal experience”.
- B.J., 26, computer engineer
“Cris helped me a lot with my self-knowledge, I feel completely different from how I was a month ago, I feel lighter, more confident, more focused and more grounded than before. I recommend Cris to all the people who need help dealing with anxiety, seeking focus and self-knowledge. Thank you very much for your professionalism. During my sessions with Cris, I was able to work on my focus, my spirituality and how to deal with the cameras. It was everything I expected, she was an excellent professional, she is wonderful! She was able to give me a lot of self-confidence and focus, she was very motivating and clarifying. The personal development I achieved is something I’m gonna carry for life”.
- N.C., 21, film & TV extra, aspiring actress
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