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Winter Workshops 2017


Lecoq Master Class with Norman Taylor
Teacher: Norman Taylor

Norman Taylor is widely regarded as one of the finest international ambassadors of the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq. He taught alongside Lecoq at the famed Parisian school for almost 20 years and has taught exclusively with MTS for the last 8. Norman has given Master Classes in over 30 countries at some of the world's most prestigious theater conservatories and is currently on the faculty at the Lassaad school in Belgium.

This three-day Master Class aims to give the actor a physical approach to text. Through an intense study of Lecoq's 20 Movements, students will apply the dynamic of human and natural movement to illuminate scenes from Shakespeare, Chekhov and Edgar Allan Poe. The workshop proposes a playful and rigorous study of the inherent rhythm, shape, speed, weight and dynamic of character driven text via the actor's body.

Specific areas of study will include:

  • Natural Movements: undulation, reverse undulation, eclosion
  • Movement Analysis: articulation, action mimé, effort: pushing/pulling
  • Identification: the dynamic of the four elements

  • Hours: Jan. 27th - 29th, 10am-5pm
  • Location: NOLA Rehearsal Studios, 250 W 54th St. btw Broadway & 8th Ave., Manhattan
  • Fee: $395 (A $100 deposit is required to secure space. Refundable until Jan. 13th. Remainder of fee is due Jan. 20th.)
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Director's Track
The Ensemble Director: Creating Original Theater
Teacher: Emmanuelle Delpech

This workshop addresses the role of Director in an ensemble setting. A seeming contradiction, how does a director inspire joint ownership of the generation of new material and at the same time maintain creative autonomy in order to sculpt the final product? We will look at the tools of devising where the traditional boundaries between actor/director director/writer are blurred and where the ensemble enriches the creation of original material, giving rise to a joint vision.

Throughout the workshop students will work in small groups to create original material, alternately wearing the hat of director, writer and actor. We will look at the ideas of theme, structured improvisation, creation and use of space, character, narrative arc and mise en scene.

Questions asked include:

  • How can you best provoke and inspire actors to serve your vision?
  • What exercises will best illuminate the themes you are exploring?
  • What games and approaches can help create trust, playfulness and inspiration within the group?
  • How do you "quiet your brain" while material is being created and surrender momentarily to the actor's instinctive impulse—knowing that your chance to organize and edit will come?
  • How do we create trust and creative equality in the room while still adhering to the guiding role of director?
  • What are the stages of ensemble creation? — Provocation, Development and Organizing

  • Hours: Feb. 17th, 7pm-10pm and Feb. 18th - 19th, 10am-3pm
  • Location: NOLA Rehearsal Studios, 250 W 54th St. btw Broadway & 8th Ave., Manhattan
  • Fee: $290 (A $100 deposit is required to secure space. Refundable until Feb. 3rd. Remainder of fee is due Feb. 10th.)
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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 3rd, 6:30pm-10pm and March 4th - 5th, 10am-3pm
  • Location: NOLA Rehearsal Studios, 250 W 54th St. btw Broadway & 8th Ave., Manhattan
  • Fee: $290 (A deposit of $100 is required to secure space. Refundable until Feb. 17th. Remainder of fee is due Feb. 24th.)

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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: March 17th, 6:30pm-10pm and March 18th - 19th, 10am-3pm
  • Location: NOLA Rehearsal Studios, 250 W 54th St. btw Broadway & 8th Ave., Manhattan
  • Fee: $290 (A deposit of $100 is required to secure space. Refundable until March 3rd. Remainder of fee is due March 10th.)

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