The options listed below are descriptions of various one and two evening “Movement and Voice Workshops” that can be mixed and matched as part of the Adult Summer Workshop Series.
THE 2017 SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES HAS BEEN DELAYED DUE TO PRODUCTION CONFLICTS, AND IS STILL BEING FINALIZED FOR LATE JULY /AUGUST 2017. To be informed of the schedule when it is finished, please click here to “CONTACT US”.
Workshop K: Stella Adler: Bring Script to Life (Two evening Summer Workshop)
In this two-night workshop we will explore some of the techniques used by Stella Adler to make specific and imaginative choices that connect to the inner world of the character. We will be using scenes from well known plays and will be exploring the techniques within this context. In particular, one play will be The Crucible, by Arthur Miller - along with others. Actors will be asked to bring in elements of costumes and props for the work on the second night. Stella Adler was one of the few Americans who went to study one on one with Stanislavski in his later years of work. My teacher was Joanna Rotté, one of Stella Adler's protegés and the author of "Acting with Adler". Wear clothing that allows for movement and bring water to drink. Attendance on both nights is required, and some previous acting experience is required.
Introduction to Stage Combat workshop will guide participants through the challenging craft of stage combat, covering important safety skills for use in stage and screen. This is a practical course, with students first observing and then participating in the techniques and exercises guided by instructor, Stav Dvorkin. Please come prepared to move with loose fitting attire, no jewelry, and water to drink. (A higher class size of 18 is set for this class as it benefits the students to have a larger number.) Please see our Terms and Conditions for the Summer Workshop Series, as this class requires strong movement ability. MUST BE AVAILABLE TO ATTEND BOTH EVENINGS.
When: Next Option Summer 2017 - ALSO NEW FULL CERTIFICATION COURSE BEING CREATED - CLICK "BOOK NOW" to contact us.
Workshop G: Michael Chekhov Techniques (2 evening Summer Workshop)
A nephew of the playwright Anton Chekhov, Michael Chekhov was one of the leading figures in world theatre throughout the first half of the twentieth century. He began his career at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1912 under the wing of Constantin Stanislavski. From the nineteen twenties onward, he began to evolve his own practice in what became known as the second Moscow Art Theatre. Many years later, he succeeded in getting his thoughts down on paper in the concise form of “To the Actor”, (published by Routledge), a book widely available today in bookshops and on line. Chekhov created a series of psycho-physical exercises as the basis of his work. These exercises facilitate the smooth transition from inner experience to outer expression. A good deal of his work aids the actor in the creation of character. The actor is encouraged to work artistically and to develop and work out of his creative imagination. Some techniques for this purpose work from the body as a stimulus to the inner life. Others, starting with the imagination, produce transformative outer effects. More information can be found at the New York-based www.michaelchekhov.org and at www.michaelchekhoveurope.eu
Please come prepared to move with loose fitting attire, no jewelry, water, and be familiar with Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". If possible, please prepare a monologue or sequence from this play to get the most out of this workshop. (A higher class size of 20 is set for this class because group movement is required and it benefits the students to have a larger number.)
Workshop H: Laban Movement for Actors (Two evening Summer Workshop)
This workshop will be an exploration of the fundamentals of movement expression suitable for experienced actors. It will be an introduction to the work of Rudolf Laban, adapted to the craft of the actor. The emphasis will be on observation of body quality, movement analysis, character development, and expression of emotion. The course will enable the actor to formulate an articulate and varied physical vocabulary and will offer practical exercises suitable for the actor to work alone when preparing a text or in a rehearsal environment. Please come prepared to move with loose fitting attire, no jewelry, water. This class will have rigorous movement. (A higher class size of 20 is set for this class because group movement is required and it benefits the students to have a larger number.)
This two-night workshop will explore the voice and body and its connection the inner life of the actor. We will use techniques drawn from Cecily Berry, Roy Hart, Kristen Linklater and Michael Chekhov among others. We will practice specific physical conditions (intoxication, slow motion, temperature extremes, body centers, etc.) as well as vocal challenges (the "stage whisper", resonance, articulation, heightened language, etc.) Through guided exploration and devising improvised sequences, we will apply these techniques to practical situations in character. (A class size of 16 maximum is set for this class in order to provide the highest level of tuition for this subject. Must bring water to drink and wear clothing that allows full mobility.) Previous experience strongly recommended.
Workshop B: Intro to Alexander Technique (One-night Summer Workshop)
What is The Alexander Technique? Do you know the phrase “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”? The Alexander Technique takes this teaching approach. It involves a teacher helping a student to experience how their body feels without those unnecessary habits we all pick up over time.The student then learns how not to do, with the movement muscles, those things that are causing pain, tension, inefficiency and over-effort. The posture muscles are allowed to re-establish their rightful role in keeping the body balanced without effort. In this way the technique deals with the underlying cause of problems; this is in contrast to more familiar approaches which offer short term relief of the symptoms.
(A class size of 12 maximum is set for this class in order to provide the highest level of tuition.)