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Maree Shefford

Actress • Dancer • Producer
EMBODIMENT FOR ACTORS COACH

Maree Shefford is a versatile Actress who has appeared in diverse roles in many independent stage, film and tv productions. 

Her chameleon like versatility includes Actor, Dancer, Embodiment  Coach, Intimacy Coach and Presenter. 

She has 20+ years of expertise in performance and 14 yrs as Embodiment Coach, Tantric Coach and Dance Teacher 

Maree developed a series of powerful training programs for actors called EMBODIMENT FOR ACTORS. These courses are run at community organisations, performing arts studio’s and taught privately.

 

AUSTRALIAN TV SERIES ROLES

Million Dollar House Hunters Series – CH 9NOW
with presenter Nadia Bartel https://www.lifestyle.com.au/tv/million-dollar-house-hunters/episodes.aspx?series=1

Sonnigsburg Series – CH 31
Scooter Secret Agent Series – CH 10 
The Fabric Of A Dream, The Fletcher Jones Story Doco – SBS

 

AUSTRALIAN FILM ROLES

Innuendo – Director Saara Lamberg
Short films including: Jack Valentine, Debris, Slide, No Vacancy, Debris

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND STAGE ROLES:

Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Emilie) – Alyce Platt, Jasper Bagg Director David Myles (Neighbours  + National Theatre of Great Britain)

Life On Mars – lead –  Short And Sweet Festival Semi Finalist

A Very Drummond Christmas – Samsara’s Drama’s – Mechanics Institute

Touring Production (Australian premiere) – Acclaimed Scottish Producer/Writer – Town Hall 

Rules For Living Red Stitch Theate, Rehearsals fill in – Director Kim Farrant (Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman, Angel Of Mine starring Noomi Rapace)
Adrifting (rehearsal workshops)

Other roles include:

Euridyce in ‘Antigone’
Emma in ‘Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll’
Edith in ‘Blithe Spirit’
Linda Loman in ‘Death Of A Salesman’
‘Importance Of Being Earnest’
‘Mystery Of Edwin Drood’
‘The Boyfriend’
‘Fiddler On The Roof’
‘Rites’
‘Blue Diamond’ 

 

 

 

EMBODIMENT FOR ACTORS – COACHING

Maree has been facilitating Embodiment practices and coaching actors since 2007.  Embodiment For Actors offers a range of courses and workshops, designed to awaken energy flow, encourage intuitive impulses and develop dynamic screen presence.

Maree’s powerful Embodiment For Actor process utilises a range of embodiment practices to help actors to gain emotional access to the subconscious through the body, breath, sound and senses. 

The process utilises powerful somatic techniques, sensory, sound, archetypes and breath work practices to ignite organic impulse responses, allowing the actor to achieve a freedom of expression through the physical instrument.  

Actors must be able to access a wide range of archetypes to be able to create a fully embodied character.  The Embodiment process allows the actor to work safely with the subconscious (shadow self), repressed and suppressed archetypes.  Conscious communication and emotional support is offered for all students.

To find out more go to the Embodiment Coaching website https://www.embodiment.mareeshefford.com

 

ACTING Resume - embodiment FOR ACTORS coaching

 

EMBODIMENT FOR ACTORS TRAINING’S 

Embodiment For Actors courses allows a freedom of expression of the actors physical instrument, embodied energy flow and access to archetypes, resulting in increased emotional range, deeper and dynamic performances. 

Embodiment For Actors training’s allow emotional access to encourage intuitive impulses.  Emotional access is first done via entry point of the body, senses and breath. 

The Embodiment process utilises many powerful techniques including somatic body work, dance movement, sensory, sound release, visualisations, archetypes, shadow self and breath work practices. These modalities ignite organic impulse responses, allowing the actor to achieve a freedom of expression through the physical instrument. 

The importance of archetypes is very often underrated in most acting institutions. Embodiment For Actors teaches actors to access a wide range of archetypes.   Connecting to primary and secondary, repressed and suppressed archetypes are vital for the actor to be able to create a fully embodied character. 

The Embodiment process allows the actor to work safely with the subconscious (shadow self), repressed and suppressed archetypes.  Conscious communication and emotional support is offered for all students.

To find out more go to the Embodiment Coaching go to https://www.embodiment.mareeshefford.com 

 

TRAINING and QUALIFICATIONS

Acting
20 + years theatre, tv and film
3 years of advanced acting training in ‘Eric Morris Technique’
Raw Workhops – Kim Farrant, (Director Angel Of Mine and Strangerland and is now based in L.A.)
Physical Theatre IUGTE – Sergei Ostrenko (Russian Director, Choreographer, Teacher, the Head of Russian Theatre Dept NIPAI https://www.physicalityinacting.com/sergei-ostrenko  – Austria)

Early training 1995 – 2003
Speech & Drama – Grade 1-8 (Trinity College – London)
VCA Part Time Year Foundation Course
VCA and NIDA intensives
David Myles Acting Courses
Bruce Alexander – Melbourne Actors 

Other qualifications

Cert III Dance
Cert III Fitness
Cert IV Small Business Mgt
Diploma of Business
Advanced Diploma of Management
Tantric Yoga and Healing Diploma

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TESTIMONIALS

‘Working with you opened windows of inspiration and opportunity. I’ve become more self aware of my thoughts and feelings and have become more of a confident person from that. Each session brought a new feeling and a new form of growth and I was always excited for what the new session would bring.
Harper – Actor, Sexual Embodiment 8 week course 

‘Highly recommend this class to any Melbourne based actor!  Or anyone who wants to build their confidence in a safe and empowering environment’.
Ally Sanford – Actor, Embodiment For Actors Course 

‘I undertake privates with Maree and she integrates many powerful embodiment techniques allowing me to create characters with great depth and authenticity, she is a wonderful teacher’.
Danielle – Actor, Private Coaching

‘Working with Maree is a transformative experience, I learnt alot about myself and was challenged in an empowering way through the feminine archetype work. Highly recommend’.
Jessica The Jester, Entertainer, Art Of Seduction and Embodiment For Actors 

http://www.dance4fitness.com.au
DANCE 4 FITNESS 

Maree has taught dance and fitness classes since 2007 and she is the creator of Dance 4 Fitness.

 

 

 

Gallery

Headshots – Maryna Rothe (Sydney) November 2018

MODELLING

Size 10
Slim build
Height 166 cms
Hair Colour Auburn
Light freckles

MiLLION DOLLAR HOUSE HUNTERS TV Series - 9Life

OTHER TELEVISION/film work

STAGE PLAYS