AUDITON CALL : ACTOR’S GYM 2015
“Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” ― Meryl Streep
The actor must be given the opportunity to grow, learn, experiment and practice. theatrethreesixty’s actor trainers, Nicole Ann Thomas and Alex Chua, invite all beginner and intermediate actors who are keen to develop their foundation in acting technique to audition to be part of a 16-session workshop series built around preparation, creative independence, cooperation and technique.
Sessions are on Sundays 2 – 10pm, beginning 1 March 2015 till 14 June 2015.
Workshop performance on 28 June 2015*.
Suitable for beginner and intermediate actors.
Sessions will be held in English.
Course fee: RM800.00
Sparky Dawg, Phileo Damansara 1, Jln 16/11, Block G,Ground Floor, Unit 108, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Dates & Times:
5 February 2015: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
6 February 2015: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
7 February 2015: 11am – 12pm, 2pm – 6pm, 7pm – 10pm
8 February 2015: 11am – 12pm, 2pm – 6pm
Callbacks will be on 8 February 2015, 7pm – 10pm (All auditionees must be able to attend the callback.)
*Each audition slot is 30 minutes long.
Actors are expected to prepare 2 contemporary and contrasting monologues from any play (any 2 plays from the mid-20th century onwards is acceptable) that are no shorter than 2 minutes and no longer than 4 minutes in length. In the audition, the auditioning actor will be expected to discuss their chosen plays briefly with the instructors.
At the request of the instructors, we will not be accepting any TV or movie monologues or any self-written monologues.
Monologues can be in any language, but if your monologue is not in English or Malay, pls provide a translation.
Selected actors will be put through to call-backs for ensemble work at the end of the audition process.
Age requirement: 18 yrs and above
– 2 contemporary and contrasting monologues (2 – 4 minutes each)
– Monologues must be fully memorised
– No movie, TV or self-written monologues
Please wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to move in. Please do not wear any costumes. Basic black is best.
To book an audition slot or to make any enquiries, email us at email@example.com with the subject line: Actor’s Gym Auditions. Applicants will be sent an audition form to fill.
Applications will be accepted up till 31 January 2015.
*Actor’s Gym members are expected to have an 80% attendance rate to sessions. Reading assignments or homework will be given as part of the series.
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ACTOR’S GYM SYLLABUS:
APPROACHES TO ACTING by Alex Chua
Module 1: DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE
Focusing on improvisation and scripted scenes, participants will be led on an exploration of what makes a character. Participants will experiment with the ideas behind motivations, objectives and consequences, as they attempt to unravel the mysteries of the human condition.
Module 2: ALL THESE WORDS
Focusing on scripted works, participants will be taken through the steps to prepare a scene for acting – what is happening in the scene? What is happening below the surface? Participants will explore the concept of story and script analysis, as well as how to bridge the gap between the words on the page to the performance on the stage.
Module 3: LISTEN UP!
What does it mean to ‘be in the moment’? Can a rehearsed performance be truly spontaneous? Participants will explore the ideas of listening and reacting as the main engines of spontaneity and truth. (Warning: self-discovery highly likely)
Module 4: THE ACTOR’S JOURNEY
Classroom learning and book knowledge put aside, there can be no better teacher than practical experience. Combining experiences and elements from the 1st 3 modules, participants will prepare and rehearse scenes with assistance from workshop instructors, for a workshop performance at the end of the module.
THEATRICAL BIOMECHANICS by Nicole Ann Thomas
UNDERSTANDING THEATRICAL BIOMECHANICS
Actors will be introduced to a glossary of terms, and to certain tools, games and physical exercises that will be used and repeated during the entire course, and which the actor will have to perfect as the course progresses. Actors will learn the importance of strength and flexibility in the actor’s body, coordination, rhythm and presence, and they will discover how to integrate the 3 dimensional actor’s body in a 2 dimensional space. Actors will also learn to work in an ensemble.
VOICE COHERENCE & CONTINUAL TRAINING OF MODULE ONE
In this module, actors will be introduced to vocal work with exercises that aim to awaken the sonority of the voice and develop the capacity to make vocal actions in space. Actors will also be required to express sound through their bodies. All exercises learnt in the previous module will be revisited as well.
ETUDES & THE ACTOR’S PREPARATION
Participants will be introduced to a few of Meyerhold’s most do-able etudes which he developed with his ensemble. All exercises and tools from previous modules will be tested here. Actors will be required to develop their own etudes in a group setting once understanding of the principles of the etudes are met. Also sessions touching on how to prepare for a role, the Actor’s Emploi and the psychology of an actor, will be part of this module.
INTEGRATION OF PREVIOUS 3 MODULES AND SCENE WORK
Here the participants will be given scenes to work on by the facilitator. There may be group pieces and/or solo pieces to work on, at the discretion of the facilitator. These scenes will act as a ‘test’ for the actor to personally discover how much he/she would have learnt in the course of the training. Actors will perform for each other and to selected audience members.