This action-based acting technique was developed by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy and incorporates elements of Stanislavsky and Meisner. It involves a four-step scene analysis that simply focuses on the pursuit of an action; actors are taught to focus on what is literally happening in the scene and what is desired of the other characters.
This modern technique is equally useful regardless of the medium involved. Coach Richard approaches this technique with a keen eye for detailed script analysis to build confidence in character choices, leading to honesty in performances and realistic auditions as well as the practical differences between the two.
Practical Aesthetics is most famously taught at New York’s Atlantic Acting School, which boasts famous alumni Felicity Huffman, Rose Byrne, Jessica Alba, and Camryn Manheim.