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Winter Workshops 2018

 

Lecoq 101
Teacher: Richard Crawford

This workshop provides an opportunity for physically curious actors to explore the core principles of Jacques Lecoq's pedagogy for the first time. It is an over-arching introduction in a playful, intensive setting and will cover such areas as Neutral Mask, Le Jeu, Gestural Languages, Lecoq's 20 Movements, Identification work and ensemble created theater.

The workshop is led by MTS founder and Co-Director, Richard Crawford who studied under Lecoq in Paris and who has been teaching this approach for 15 years in New York and around the world. Richard strives to create an atmosphere of meaningful abandon and physical precision. He is gifted in teaching to each student's particular needs and will help the training actor identify the areas of future physical theater training he thinks they will benefit from.

This workshop is intended to be a jumping off point for those actors who have identified themselves as physically based performers and who want to know how to nurture this impulse. To this end, MTS will provide 20% off EACH of the next two workshops the participants may decide to take.

  • Hours: Feb. 23rd, 6:30pm-10pm and Feb. 24th - 25th, 10am-3pm
  • Location: NOLA Rehearsal Studios, 250 W 54th St. btw Broadway & 8th Ave., Manhattan
  • Fee: $250 (A deposit of $100 is required to secure space. Refundable until 2/9. Remainder of fee is due 2/16.)
  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: 15% off if deposit received by Jan. 12th.

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Clown 1
Teacher: Virginia Scott

Your clown is unique and specific to you, he is the regretless and enthusiastic expression of your comic nature, and he cannot be crafted but must be discovered! And once he is discovered he will weasel his way into every performance you give, bringing newfound abandon, specificity and playfulness.

In this class we will begin by strengthening the muscles necessary to prepare the performer to discover this clown. Through physically oriented exercises, games and improvisations we will begin to use the whole body in performance and find a unity of psychological and physical intention. We will encourage the impulse to seek the pleasure and playful spirit of performance and find expression on a grand scale. We will learn how to enter the comic world without tricks or text and in complicity with the audience, find hilarity. Ultimately, there will be the creation of something(s) funny and beautiful that serves the clown rather than forcing the clown to serve a formula that we devise with our big and powerful brains.

This workshop will use the pedagogy developed by Christopher Bayes (Head of Physical Acting at Yale School of Drama) from the work begun by Jacques Lecoq in his Paris School. This technique focuses on helping the performer to become more physically alive, grandly expressive and ferociously honest on the stage; qualities they can translate to theatrical performance of all kinds. It is less focused on developing the skills associated with circus clowns.

  • Hours: March 10 - 11, 10am - 5pm (1 hour lunch)
  • Location: NOLA Rehearsal Studios, 250 W 54th St. btw Broadway & 8th Ave., Manhattan
  • Fee: $250 (A $100 deposit is required to secure space. Refundable until 2/24. Remainder of fee is due 3/3.)
  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: 15% off if deposit received by Jan. 12th.
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Character Mask New!
Teacher: Richard Crawford

A dynamic and playful weekend workshop exploring the fundamentals of mask play and the creation of mask theater. From the nascent and oversized forms of Larval masks to the heightened archetypes of Commedia del'Arte, the theatrical mask has the unique and dynamic ability to portray the human condition in a both profound and accessible way.

This workshop provides an introduction to various character mask forms and the techniques needed to play them. Questions posed over the weekend include:

  • What makes a good mask?
  • How can the actor's body compliment the lines that exist within the mask?
  • What is the speed of mask play and how does it differ from unmasked performance?
  • How do multiple masks play at the same time?
  • How can we draw upon universal archetypes to play and understand a mask?
  • How do you approach the broadness of play that mask often requires while giving the character depth, nuance and specificity?

Types of masks covered: larval, expressive and commedia and utilitarian. This workshop is open to all levels and can serve as both an introduction to mask theater and a comprehensive refresher for the more experienced physical actor. The weekend will culminate in the creation of small 'passages' performed for a small, invited audience.

The aim of the workshop is give the actor the most inspiring experience in the making of masks and the ability to start to create stories using them.

  • Hours: March 16th, 6:30pm-10pm and March 17th - 18th, 10am-3pm
  • Location: NOLA Rehearsal Studios, 250 W 54th St. btw Broadway & 8th Ave., Manhattan
  • Fee: $250 (A deposit of $100 is required to secure space. Refundable until 3/2. Remainder of fee is due 3/9.)
  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: 15% off if deposit received by Jan. 12th.

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