The Spiritual Psychology of Acting
We provide comprehensive training in the spiritual psychology of acting, for newcomers and professionals seeking something more.

Welcome to The Spiritual Psychology of Acting

Connect, learn, evolve, create

We offer actor training for body, mind and soul, for newcomers and established professionals seeking something more.

Inspired and guided by ancient wisdom, combined with modern science, the Spiritual Psychology of Acting is a comprehensive acting technique, evolved from the system of Stanislavski and enriched with cutting-edge psychology, spiritual philosophy, meditation and a healthy dose of fun!

The Spiritual Psychology of Acting has been developed to meet the true needs of the professional actor, living and working in the 21st Century.

We provide clear knowledge and ground-breaking techniques in the art and craft of acting, to help you dig deep, get out of your own way and fulfil your potential as an actor.

So stop dreaming, stop waiting - start your journey and take your acting to the next level!

I look for forward to sharing the course with you,

John Osborne Hughes
Founder Director of Awakened State and creator of The Spiritual Psychology of Acting

John Osborne Hughes' Story

The creator of the Spiritual Psychology of Acting

John’s passion and fascination with the art of acting was first ignited as a teenager, in a drama class at school, where he was initially too shy to get involved. Then one day, an impulse shot through him like a lightning bolt, and he took the stage by storm.

Looking back, this was the moment John found his true calling, a moment of pure inspiration that drove him to find out everything that was available about the craft, to study with the best teachers, and eventually go on to lead a new generation of actors.

He began with the work of Konstantin Stanislavski, through his own tutor, Sam Kogan, who had trained in Moscow under one of Stanislavski’s students. The theory worked for John, but the practice itself felt lacking, like a crucial part of the system was missing.

John found a piece of that puzzle through the teachings of Michael Chekov, but it wasn’t until his research into human psychology and zoology led him to the wisdom teachings of the Himalayas that the jigsaw pieces clicked into place. Here the powerful mix of Eastern Philosophy and contemporary western psychology came together, to form what he calls, The Spiritual Psychology of Acting.
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“ Our aim is to create the life of a human spirit… and express it in a beautiful, artistic form”
– Stanislavski

The Spiritual Psychology of Acting Podcast

Watch the first episode of The Spiritual Psychology of Acting podcast and learn more about the history of the course and how it came to be.

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"I trained with John for seven years after I left drama school and I consider him to be the most important influence on my career. The Spiritual Psychology of Acting represents the cutting edge of actor training available in the World today."

Eddie Marsan
Actor
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What’s on offer?

The Spiritual Psychology of Acting offers a vibrant mix of acting & self development courses, seminars & workshops; each carefully crafted to empower, enlighten and inspire.

The course is presented as a hybrid of recorded lessons, combined with live online sessions. During the monthly session John will watch your work, give personal feedback and guidance, and answer your questions.

The complete training will give you all the knowledge and techniques you need to shine on stage or screen and fulfil your potential as an actor.

Each session starts with a meditation and a reading to help focus your attention.
The courses are presented as recordings for you to follow at your own pace.
We recommend you take written notes as it is the most effective way for information to go from short to long term memory.

Acting Modules

We offer 6 acting modules

The Elements of Great Acting

The Foundation Course

The module provides you with detailed acting theory, combined with specially developed technique exercises to build a firm foundation and give you the tools you need to hone your craft and succeed.

Know Yourself, Be Your Self

The Principles of the Human Psyche

Discover the psychological principles at the heart of the training and the practical steps for identifying and resolving the patterns of thinking that impede your creative process.

The Spectrum of Human Purposes

Understand Characters

In this module you will learn the 170 human purposes, with clear definitions of each one. This will enable you to recognise them in yourself and others, and to act them truthfully.

The Ten Steps to Creating a Character Part 1

Part 1 covers steps 1-7

This module covers the first 7 steps to creating a character. In this part of the course, you will learn how to accurately analyse the play and make informed choices that directly serve the main thesis of the play.

The Ten Steps to Creating a Character Part 2

Part 2 covers step 8

Discover how to break down any scene into actable units, called episodes, and then learn how to quickly and effectively analyse and define the specific state of mind of the character within the episode.

The Ten Steps to Creating a Character Part 3

Part 3 covers step 9 & 10

Learn how to programme and embody the state of mind, psychological actions, events and visual design of any character.

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Investment & Payment Breakdown

Buy the full Course
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The Elements of Great Acting
£390
Know Yourself, Be Your Self
£265
The Spectrum of Human Purposes
£165
Ten Steps to Creating a Character Pt. 1
£390
Ten Steps to Creating a Character Pt. 2
£390
Ten Steps to Creating a Character Pt. 3
£390
*If you are unable to attend, the price of your course will be added as credit for another course of your choice.

"Honestly, no other training I have done has been as detailed or as clear as this. I strongly recommend this class if you are looking to understand, not just the art of acting and creating characters, but yourself on a deeper level!"

Jordan Alexandra
Actor
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