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Classes & Workshops

 2015 - 2016 Classes & Workshops at Mad Cow Theatre

 

Exploring Respect for Acting, a seminar with Peg O'Keef

 

Dates: Mondays from 7:00pm  - 10:00pm, September 14 - October 19, 2015 (total of 6 classes)

 

Led by Mad Cow's own Peg O'Keef (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, August: Osage County, Under Milk Wood), this six-week seminar will delve into the performance techniques of Uta Hagen, America's greatest acting teacher (per O'Keef) and her classic text Respect for Acting.  Participating actors will engage imagination and intellect to attain specific, authentic, and repeatable performances, culminating in a fearless immersion in Hagen's "Object Exercises."  Hagen provides insights and techniques for both new and experienced actors to learn, hone, and revisit, providing a practical bedrock for seeking ever-deepening truth in performance and in life.  This seminar is for adults who arrive at the first class meeting having read Respect for Acting in its entirety.

 

Cost: $175

 

Participant Requirements: Participants are required to purchase and read Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen.  This class is for adult artists 18 and older.  If you have questions regarding the nature of this class or if it is the right fit for you, please call the box office at 407-297-8788.

 

 

Acting Essentials with Philip Nolen

 

Dates: Mondays from 7:00pm - 10:00pm, March 28 - May 2,  2016 (total of 6 classes)

 

Led by Mad Cow Theatre veteran Philip Nolen (The History Boys, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Private Lives), this six-week class explores and studies the craft of acting through in-depth and supportive classwork that embraces Mad Cow's ensemble-based process.  Classes utilize basic improvisational techniques to achieve a natural, emotionally believable style of performance.  Scene work and monologues will be utilized as part of this intuitive, rather than  academic, approach.

 

Cost: $175

 

Participant Requirements: This class is for adult artists 18 and older.  If you have questions regarding the nature of this class or if it is the right fit for you, please call the box office at 407-297-8788.

 

 

Clase de Teatro for Kids: Theatrical Games (ages 7 - 12)

 

Dates: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10:30am - Noon; Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:30am - Noon

 

This class introduces students to theatrical exercises and games.  The class gives students tools to explore and develop their expressiveness through theatre and to use and practice the Spanish language to communicate.  Students will explore the use of performing arts to discuss and reflect upon situations they face in their everyday life through dramatic scenes.  The objective of this class will be to strengthen the relationships among participants by accepting each other while understanding that everyone is unique and has something valuable to share with the group.  This class is free but requires preregistration.

 

 

Clase de Teatro Adultos: Entrenamiento Actoral

 

Fecha: sábado, 17 de octubre de 2015, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

 

El objectivo del taller es introducir a los participantes a ejercicios y juegos teatrales.  Ofrecerles herramientas para explorar y desarrollar su expresividad a través del teatro, usando el español para comunicarse.  Con ejercicios de movimiento, vocalizaciones y juegos pondremos en funcionamiento la imaginación, creando personajes muy distintos a lo que somos.  Entre todos crearemos situaciones para que sean transitadas por los personajes.  La sesión concluirá con una serie de improvisaciones colectivas.  Dirigido a adultos mayores de 18.  Bilingües o estudiantes intermedios/avanzados de español.  Con o sin experiencia teatral.

 

 

Clase de Teatro Adultos: El actor y el texto

 

Fecha: sábado, 7 de noviembre de 2015, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

 

El objectivo del taller es explorar el trabajo del actor con el texto.  Cómo el actor puede internalizar y hacer proprias las palabras del autor y transmitir lo que personaje siente y quiere a través de la palabra (el texto de la obra) y las acciones.  Dirigido a adultos mayores de 18.  Bilingües o estudiantes intermedios/avanzados de español.  Concierta experiencia teatral.

 

 

Los árboles mueren de pie - un taller y lectura dramatizada de Casona

 

Fechas:   lunes, 30 de noviembre de 2015, 7:00pm - 10:30pm

                  miércoles, 2 de diciembre de 2015, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

                  sábado, 5 de diciembre de 2015, 10:30am - 5:00pm

                  lunes, 7 de diciembre de 2015, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

                  martes, 8 de diciembre de 2015, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

 

El objectivo de este taller es trabajar sobre la puesta semimontada de una obra del teatro hispano.  Trabajaremos con actividades que tiendan a promover la expresividad del lenguaje hablado en español, enfocándonos en pronunciación, proyección  y expresividad.  Sediscutirán vocabulario, las destrezas de lectura, capacidad de registrar el lenguaje corporal y contenidos culturales del texto dramático.  Dirigido a adultos mayores de 18 .  Bilingües o estudiantes intermedios/avanzados de español.  Concierta experiencia teatral.

 

Precio: $80

 

 

Bodas de sangre - un taller y lectura dramatizada de Lorca

 

Fechas:   sábado, 5 de marzo de 2016, 10:30am - 5:00pm

                  lunes, 7 de marzo de 2016, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

                  martes, 8 de marzo de 2016, 7:00pm - 10:30pm

                  miércoles, 9 de marzo de 2016, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

                  lunes, 14 de marzo de 2016, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

 

El objectivo de este taller es trabajar sobre la puesta semimontada de una obra del teatro hispano.  Trabajaremos con actividades que tiendan a promover la expresividad del lenguaje hablado en español, enfocándonos en pronunciación, proyección  y expresividad.  Sediscutirán vocabulario, las destrezas de lectura, capacidad de registrar el lenguaje corporal y contenidos culturales del texto dramático.  Dirigido a adultos mayores de 18 .  Bilingües o estudiantes intermedios/avanzados de español.  Concierta experiencia teatral.

 

Precio: $80

 

 

Viewpoints and Creative Composition with Aradhana Tiwari

 

Dates:   Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:30am - 5:00pm

               Monday, June 13, 2016, 7:00pm - 10:30pm

               Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 7:00pm - 10:30pm

               Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:00pm - 10:30pm

 

This four-day intensive workshop is open to anyone with a willing spirit to explore their creativity.  Through a series of interactive group-based exercises, instructor Aradhana Tiwari will introduce participants to Viewpoints theatre.  These sessions will strengthen essential performance concepts such as being present, active listening, trust, and spatial awareness as well as develop a foundation for artists forming original material and devising with a shared creative language.  Participants will build confidence in a welcoming and safe learning environment.  The workshop will be limited to 16 participants.  Prior knowledge of Viewpoints is not necessary.

 

Viewpoints is a theatre technique that provides a vocabulary for thinking about and acting upon movement and gesture.  The Viewpoints technique was first created by choreographer Mary Overlie in the 1970s.  Director Anne Bogart and the artists of the Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) Company later developed Overlie's technique for the stage.  Since then, this system of improvisation has become a dominant form of  actor training in the United States.

 

While prior knowledge of Viewpoints is NOT necessary, this class does demand physical agility, endurance, and conditioning.  Please come dressed to move in all black clothes (no jeans, dresses, or skirts).  Non-restrictive shorts, tights, yoga pants, or leggings are necessary.  The  workshop will be conducted in bare feet or in socks.

 

Cost: $175