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actorsworkshop in 2010 Spring Term 2010
January - April

Welcome to a brand new year, a brand new term of workshops and a new and improved actorsworkshop: Welcome to actorsworkshop Bootcamp 2010!

This is a term of two halves: For the first block we’ve assembled a team of the finest tutors to lead you through a rigorous drama school process. The ‘A’ team will brief you on a range of fundamental key performance skills during ‘boot-camp’. And if you manage to complete this training (at least 4 out of the 7 sessions) you’ll get the chance to gain a place in ‘The Company’; an opportunity to rehearse and take part in scripted scenes for an open public showcase in April.

Are you up to the challenge?

Bootcamp

Thursday 7th January
The Industry
Led by Ben Syder

We kick start the brand new Bootcamp with an exciting workshop on all things regarding the industry. Ben Syder (ex actorsworkshop member) returns from working in L.A. on a recent Sherlock Holmes film (alongside Gareth David Lloyd- Torchwood and Dominic Keating-Star Trek Enterprise/Heroes) to make a special appearance. Ben will be looking at what it’s like to be a working actor including how to approach a text and turn this into a character. Ben will also be on hand to take your questions on auditions, working on screen and much, much more!

Thursday 14th January
The Body
Led by Cian Marc

This week’s boot-camp delves into a useful range of techniques that explore the actor’s body in performance. Cian will be offering some insightful hints and tips regarding stage presence, how to physicalise your character, looking and feeling comfortable on stage and using your body to help deliver your character in performance!


Thursday 21st January
The Imagination
Led by Carri Munn

Guest tutor Carri Munn makes a welcome return to actorsworkshop to lead a practical workshop on using improvisation. The session will look at using this important performance skill to improve your stage confidence, lose inhibitions and build key skills whilst also looking at how improvisation can be utilised as a skill to unlock character development.

Thursday 28th January
The Text
Led by Sarah Louise Tyler

Having graduated from Drama Studio, London some years ago Sarah has worked extensively on stage and screen and we’re delighted to welcome her to actorsworkshop as this week’s guest tutor. Sarah will be looking at how she approaches a text for the first time as well as the skills involved with constantly working with a new cast whilst producing convincing results. A great hands-on workshop that provides an insight into the tools used by a contemporary working actor.

Thursday 4th February
The Screen Test
Led by Dan Porter

Having taken part in many high profile T.V. commercials, Dan returns to lead this one-off boot-camp session on the process of auditioning for T.V. and Film. During this workshop you’ll get the chance to learn all about the screen test process whilst even having the chance to try one out for yourself! Dan will also be on hand to answer questions on his time working in T.V. as well as life as a working actor.

Thursday 11th February
The Actor’s Instinct
Led by Jamie Lee

A fully practical workshop which explores a crucial element in contemporary performance: The Actor’s Instinct. This session will delve into the process of unlocking your performance instinct in order to connect truthfully with those around you, whether that’s on stage or screen. An essential workshop for anyone interested in developing their performance craft.

Thursday 18th February
The Actor’s Selling Point
Led by Jamie Lee

The final workshop of boot-camp attempts to pick up, draw from and weave together a number of key performance concepts that have been introduced so far and attempts to answer some fundamental questions: What makes an actor sellable? What qualities should an actor have at their disposal? What does a director look for in a cast member? These questions and more in a fun and practical session in preparation for ‘The Company’.

The Company

Thursday 25th February
Introduction to the Texts
Led by Jamie Lee

In the first workshop of this block we welcome the new company and introduce the texts that will form the basis for the end of term showcase in April. A chance to find out who made it through boot-camp, who you’ll be working with and what text you’ll be performing!

Thursday 4th March
Rehearsal Methods: Part 1
Led by Jamie Lee

The first of two highly practical workshops that look at a whole range of useful rehearsal methods. Each method designed to assist you in developing character, your relationship with the other actor(s) in your scene and how to make your scene authentic.

Thursday 11th March
Rehearsal Methods: Part 2
Led by Jamie Lee

The second of two highly practical workshops that look at a whole range of useful rehearsal methods. Each method designed to assist you in developing character, your relationship with the other actor(s) in your scene and how to make your scene authentic.

Thursday 18th March
Directing your Scene
Led by Jamie Lee

This session will explore how to make the correct choices when self-directing your scenes, looking at the ability to constructively self-critique your work in order to achieve convincing results. A thought-provoking workshop that will provide useful tools for you to use as an effective performer.


Thursday 25th March
Polishing the Scene
Led by Jamie Lee

A final chance to begin to put the finishing touches to your performance. The session will look at ways of polishing a performance as well as finding ways to keep your performance alive, fresh and immediate.

Thursday 1st April
Dress Rehearsal
Led by Jamie Lee

This session is an opportunity to run your pieces in a full dress rehearsal providing an opportunity to put together all the performance elements studied throughout the term. The session will also present a chance to gain constructive peer feedback before the final performance next week.

Thursday 8th April
Performance Showcase
Led by Jamie Lee

A chance to put all your hard work to the test in an open showcase of work, not only to family and friends but also to some invited industry guests who’ll be able to offer feedback on your work, hints and tips on how to move forward and a chance to assess your own skills as a performer.


 
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