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Classes & Workshops

 2015 - 2016 Educational Programs 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 CountyUnder 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 BoysLaughter on the 23rd FloorPrivate 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


Participation 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.



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