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13-14 July

alex theatre, st kilda

Antipodes Theatre Company is thrilled to host U.S.-based teaching artist Susan M. Felder in her first visit to Australia. Felder will present a series of FOUR acting workshops (descriptions below):

THE ACTOR AND THE SCRIPT
Saturday 13 July, 10:00am-12:00pm*

MOVEMENT AND MASK
Saturday 13 July, 2:00-4:00pm*

PARTNER WORK – LIVING THE TRUTH OF THE SCENE
Sunday 14 July, 10:00am-12:00pm*

ADVANCED ACTING
Sunday 14 July, 2:00-4:00pm*

Each workshop is $75. Save 10% by booking more than one, or save 15% if you enroll in all four. Spots are limited, so don't wait!

Email info@antipodestheatre.com to sign up. Must be 18+ to attend.

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SUSAN M. FELDER has been a professional director, actor, playwright and educator for over 25 years. She currently teaches Acting and Movement at the Acting Conservatory – CCM in Cincinnati and has previously taught at Northwestern, Loyola-Chicago, Bradley University, Bates College and Notre Dame. She is a casting consultant for many Chicago theatres, and her professional directing and acting credits include work at The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, Next, Writers Theatre, The Court, Remy Bummpo, Orlando Shakespeare, Indiana Repertory, The Boarshead, Detroit’s Attic Theatre, Theatre Squared (Arkansas), Richmond Shakespeare, Milwaukee Shakespeare and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Susan is also a language and verse coach, most recently working on Macbeth for Chicago Shakespeare Theater directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn and Teller). Susan is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, the International Shaw Society and the Dramatists Guild.

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THE ACTOR AND THE SCRIPT
Saturday 13 July, 10:00am-12:00pm*
Why do some actors just seem to “get it?” What gives them an edge during auditions and rehearsals? This workshop will focus on honing the skills of performance and creating a character through a deeper understanding of the actor’s relationship to the play. This includes examining acting choices as they relate to play structure and theme in order to craft a character that illuminates the entire play. The workshop explores tools to develop a solid CHARACTER ARC which supports the function of character in the play; choices of OBSTACLES for use in a scene; and structuring a performance with an eye toward more dynamic BEATS.

MOVEMENT AND MASK
Saturday 13 July, 2:00-4:00pm*
This workshop will guide the actor to generate energy, size and presence by making the body the primary instrument of expression. The actor studies their own habitual idiosyncrasies and discovers a deeper understanding of the subtleties and force of gesture and movement. Exercises are inspired by Lecoq, Laban and Stanislavski. Through work with masks, improv and group exercises, actors will explore shifting centers for the body, levels of energy and kinesthetic response. This offers a dynamic new set of skills and actions to bring to the craft of creating a character.

PARTNER WORK – LIVING THE TRUTH OF THE SCENE
Sunday 14 July, 10:00am-12:00pm*
“You’re Romeo. You live in Verona. Your parents hate the Capulets...GO.” Without Juliet, without a relationship to Mercutio, Romeo would not be Romeo. This workshop focuses on actor relationships in and out of the play. We as actors must “sign a contract” with our acting partner to be present as our characters in relationship with one another. Participants will explore the tools and obstacles of trusting and making the most of an acting partner in order to craft an actual relationship on the stage. Exercises include active listening during a scene, inner monologue, kinesthetic response to each other and intimacy training.

ADVANCED ACTING
Sunday 14 July, 2:00-4:00pm*
Monologue/Scene work. This workshop focuses on bringing the actor to a higher level of understanding and actor process. Through monologue work and exercises in subtext and environment, actors learn to more fully embody a character and the scene that surrounds them.

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*Time allotted is based on 10 attendees. Workshops may be extended by up to one hour if more than 10 people sign up, however all workshops will have a max of 20 participants.