Approaching your character through truth.
There is a magical thing that happens when a person gets on stage. People look at them. There are two types of people who are drawn to this magic, those that wish to be seen and those that wish to hide. Great theatre happens when you allow yourself to be seen though the influences of your character’s truth. It’s a subtle distinction to “Pretending” to be someone else. It’s deeper, and ultimately it’s easier. Often the fear of being on stage has left people with bad habits and affectations that they perceive as “ACTING”. I call this lying. I don’t want to catch you lying. I want to catch you telling the truth. Veritas. Rosemary Doyle has been acting, directing and creating theatre for 44 years. Her approaches to character have been honed over these years, and are designed to quickly enable people to start “being” on stage, which is infinitely more interesting to watch. During this class the student will bring a monologue they are working on, and we will explore developing it to it’s full potential.
How to play well with others on stage.
In life if you are not listening to someone who is talking to you, it becomes apparent fairly quickly, because you start to answer them with words that make no sense. In a play you are given the dialogue in advance, and the playwright has assured that the things you say will “GO” with what was said before. So people take the easy route and just “Learn their lines”And wait for their “cue”. Unfortunately, we the audience, can tell that you are not listening, your fellow actor can tell that you are not listening. Since you are acting away in a bubble you may think you are amazing because you are saying everything exactly how you planned it. The audience will be uncomfortable because the scene is continuing but something is wrong. The scene just falls flat. It’s boring. The audience stops listening and falls asleep, and I don’t blame them as you are emotionally and physically making no sense.
Allowing others into your space, acknowledging them, sharing the stage, listening, reacting, this I call Generosity, and it takes practice and awareness.
THURSDAY NIGHTS FROM JAN 24 - MARCH 14
Film & TV Acting Classes for Teens with Tony Babcock
Learn the ins and outs of film/tv acting from professional filmmaker/film actor and acting coach Tony Babcock.
Looking to uncover or improve your acting skills for film and TV? Join our 8-week workshop and learn how to bring your characters to life on screen.
Led by film and TV actor Tony Babcock (recently starring in Bakugan, a host on Teletoon & acting with Colin Mochrie in the film Going Up), this workshop will take you through his 3S method (Study, Sense, Surrender) and teach you how to analyze a film/tv script, infuse your emotions and act authentically. Tony has been acting for over 30 years and transitioned from stage plays to starring in award-winning films, TV series, and even created 14 of his own film projects, working with thousands of Canadian and American actors.
By the end of the workshop, you will have a 3 completed film scenes that you can use to show your family and friends or to showcase your skills in the film industry - or in preparing for university.
This workshop is perfect for theatre actors who are looking to break into film and TV acting. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from an industry expert and take your acting skills to the next level!
The All-Levels class starts on Tuesday January 9th and is 7-9 PM for 8 weeks
The Advanced class starts on Wednesday January 10th and is 7-9 PM for 8 weeks.