Workshops

Directing

These ten workshops can be stand-alone experiences or be combined to create a course of study. They are appropriate for professionals, teachers, graduate and undergraduate students.

You and Your Work

Part I. Guides participants through an exploration of their personality profile, learning styles, personal perspective, and mental processes that influence script interpretation and working relationships.

Part II. Encourages participants to examine propensities coloring their world view that might impact script interpretation and working relationships.

Part III. Participants read a short play. Each offers their understanding of the meaning in the script. A discussion follows and the session ends with personal reflections.

Allow 4-5 hours for completion. Pre attendance work
Required.

The Theatrical Phenomenon

Engages participants in understanding the process of the audience experience: why it is significant, why they “don’t get it,” resulting in a realistic view of audience expectations. (50 minutes)

Accessing a Script

Suggests various approaches to discovering a greater depth of meaning from a script, including rhythmic structures, mechanical structures, styles, and psychological analyses. (2 hours)

Concept Development and Communication

Discusses the development of a coherent view of the play and provides examples of various means of communicating ideas to artistic associates. (1 Hour)

Production Leadership and Rehearsal Planning

Reveals the informal organizational structure that ignites creativity and energy from the artistic staff and how to organize the rehearsal process to link development steps and drive the work ahead faster. (2 hours)

Evaluating Ground Plans

Demonstrates through practice how to discover the traps and opportunities inherent in various ground plans thus providing the opportunity for early revision and avoiding unpleasant surprises.

Inter-Active Auditions

Demonstrates conduct of auditions to maximize the director’s understanding of each actor, their working method, etc, adapted for educational, amateur, summer stock, and professional situations. (1.5 hours)

Table and Blocking Rehearsals

Reviews of values and purposes of a table rehearsal followed by demonstration of relationship blocking techniques for creating spontaneous, natural, easily remembered blocking that reveals character relationships in action. (1.5 hours)

Working Rehearsals

Demonstrates techniques for inspiring actors’ creative engagement with the play, while optimizing progress toward performance, improving spontaneity and retention of the day’s work. (1.5 hours)

Polishing, Tech, Dress, and Previews

Reflections on directorial communication and leadership during the final phases of production (1 hour)

Crowd Scene Techniques

A problem-solution exercise in planning and communication. (Instruction 1 hour)
(Studio time: 1 hour per 3 students)

Persons with a Different Agenda

A problem solution exercise in coping with less productive behaviors. (1 hour set up, several studio hours for exercises and reflection.)

Performance

The basic skills workshops are designed for teachers and undergraduate and secondary education students. Intermediate skills are for teachers, undergraduate and advanced secondary students. Advanced Skills are for teachers and advanced undergraduates.

Basic Skills

Releasing Learning Blocks for Beginning Actors

Offers exercises and techniques to move passed fundamental difficulties with physical, vocal, and mental blocks. (50 minutes)

Concentration I – Escaping the Day

A straight forward exercise that energizes the body, focuses the mind, and empowers the imagination. (50 minutes)

Concentration II – Delving Deeper

Teaches accessible meditation techniques to develop more open senses and fuller sensitivity. (50 minutes)

Learning Lines

Demonstrates method for learning kinesthetically and aurally to improve accuracy and articulateness. (50 minutes)

Creating Fuller Characters in Performance

Demonstrates through participation an approach to creating multi dimensional characters who respond in the moment. (50 minutes)

Intermediate Skills

Controlling the Audition

Teaches techniques for controlling an audition though drawing and keeping focus, creating a positive impression while being an engaging presence on stage. (8 students/1 hour 20 students/1.5hours)

Audition Coaching

Makes a student audition into a professional performance by attention to details, personal qualities, timing, etc. (2-3 students per hour depending on level of preparation.)

Advanced Skills

Period Styles

Separate workshops in Medieval/Renaissance, French Neo-Classic, 19th Century Comedy, English Melodrama, and early 20th Century Comedy with emphasis on manners and movements. (1 hour instruction and 2 hours practice for each workshop – Scene work possible by arrangement)