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Wednesday, February 6
 

9:00am

Intimacy by Design
This Intimacy by Design workshop develops languaging and rehearsal and performance methods to stage authentic and safe interactions and physical contact responsibly and respectfully. When the context of the play is seen in light of contemporary theatrical standards, directors, stage managers, and actors can co-create moment-to-moment relationships in a replicable manner. By choreographing the details like dance or fight choreography, authentic interactions comes into focus through professional storytelling.

Moderators
AP

Artemis Presshl

Artemis Preeshl has directed 75 plays and 75 dancers. Having performed as a dancer for more than 30 years, Dr. Preeshl has choreographed scenes such as DeFlores’s seduction of Beatrice in The Changling, Dan and Alice’s break-up in Closer, and Melchior and Wendla’s... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Converse College - Studio 2 - Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

10:30am

Authentic Liberated Expression: A Somatic Approach to Bringing the Body and Dreams into Acting
Based on the work of Marion Woodman, Gabrielle Roth, and Bobby Bosnak, this workshop is designed to introduce embodied somatic approaches and techniques into the acting studio that include authentic movement, ecstatic dance, and dream work. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. If time allows, student monologues will be worked.

Moderators
BP

Bess Park

Bess Park (MA/MFA) is completing her doctoral work at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is studying Depth Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Studies. Her research focuses on the intersectionality of Somatics, Performance Studies, and Depth Psychology. Bess has been a university... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Upstate Campus -HPAC Black Box Humanities and Performing Arts Center, 170 Gramling Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303

1:00pm

Ronald Rand's "Art of Transformation" Master Acting Workshop
Ronald Rand's "ART OF TRANSFORMATION" Master Workshop, is the only workshop in the world bringing to participants the unique opportunity of learning the 40 tools on Stanislavsky's acting chart, "The Method of Physical Actions." Together we explore through improvisation, poetry, and physical exercises, ways to unleash creativity, dealing with the "inner critic," bringing greater insight towards characterization, simplicity, revealing one's authentic voice - leading to successful auditions and truthful characterizations. The acting workshop is useful for those with experience or beginners. The great Russian Master teacher and director, Stanislavsky developed his "Method of Physical Actions" chart after 40 years of experimentation. He gave this chart personally to Stella Adler when he worked with her in 1934 in Paris. She is the only American teacher to have studied with Stanislavsky for five weeks. She brought the chart back to The Group Theatre. Ronald Rand was taught by Stella Adler for over 5 years, and his mentors include Harold Clurman, Jerzy Grotowski, Joseph Chaikin and Bobby Lewis.

Moderators
avatar for Ronald Rand

Ronald Rand

Performing Artist & International Goodwill Ambassador, Ronald Rand is currently an Adjunct Professor of Theatre in the Theatre Program at the University of North Alabama. He has been a Visiting Guest Professor at over 75 universities, and colleges across America and around the world... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus -HPAC Black Box Humanities and Performing Arts Center, 170 Gramling Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303
 
Thursday, February 7
 

11:30am

Stanislavsky Says - Focus and Ensemble Exercises from the Moscow Art Theatre
According to the Moscow Art Theatre School, there three main elements of acting are focus, ensemble, and imagination. This workshop focuses on the first two in that list. The exercises in this session are designed to develop focus skills and foster a sense of ensemble that is often difficult to achieve in early stages of actor training or in a short rehearsal period. Actors and instructors of all levels are invited to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Goff

Jennifer Goff

Assistant Professor of Dramatic Arts, Centre College
Dr. Goff is in her second year at Centre College, having arrived there via Wayne State University, Frostburg State University, and Virginia Tech. She holds degrees from University of Portland (BA), University of South Carolina (MA), and Wayne State University (PhD). She also studied... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Upstate Campus - URC Great Room University Readiness Center 301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303

1:00pm

Theatrical Intimacy Education
Theatrical Intimacy Education imparts directors, performers, production designers/crew/management and teaching artists/educators with the knowledge and tools for approaching sensitive material (for stage, film, and television) safely and ethically. In this workshop, participants will learn best practices for discussing and staging intimate content in class, rehearsal, and coaching without sacrificing creative vision and maintaining the joy of the creative process. All participants will be provided with the clear, specific vocabulary necessary to stage sensitive content, and will learn how to resolve potential moments of conflict in a positive, productive, and collaborative manner.
No photography, audio recording, or video recording. Notes must be taken by hand and not on an electronic devices.

Moderators
LR

Laura Rikard

Laura (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist, intimacy choreographer, Assistant Professor of Theatre at USC Upstate, and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education. She has taught workshops and presented on Staging Intimacy at the ATHE Conference, the... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus - URC Great Room University Readiness Center 301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303
 
Friday, February 8
 

9:00am

Snap, Clap, Stomp: A Shakespearean Cold Read
There have been many tools to master Shakespeare. What do you do when you are asked to read him with very little prep? Here is a tool that focuses on how to use his punctuation and help you in your next Shakespeare audition.

Moderators
JW

Jordan Wolfe

Jordan Wolfe is Head of Theatre at Coastal Carolina Community College, has performed all across the United States including First Folio in Chicago, Guthrie in Minneapolis, and Repertory theatres throughout the midwest. He is also the Head of Dram Tree Shakespeare in Wilmington, N... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Converse College - Studio 2 - Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

9:00am

The Physical Actor: WAY beyond the psychological! Aware, Available, Responsive!
Join us for this very physical exploration of the work of the actor/creator, from the perspectives of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Improvisation, movement, ferocious play, embodiment, and total availability will be the territories we encounter! Come prepared to move, play, see, and laugh.

Speakers
PM

Pratik Motwani

Originally from Mumbai, Pratik Motwani is a resident artist/faculty/company member with Dell' Arte International in California. As a self producing actor/creator Pratik creates, produces and tours original works of devised physical theatre. More info on his self produced shows: w... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

11:00am

In Search of Character, Finding Self
The In Search of Character and Finding Self workshop introduces Drama-for-Life and how the process of creating a character for the stage can also help create a stronger, happier self in life. The hands-on event looks at the actor’s approach (and what the brain is doing) when bringing a character to life. The seminar will offer tips on how to remain sane, healthy and productive in a business that can encourage the abuse of self.

Moderators
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Kathryn Ballou

Drama Specialist (Retired), Fine Arts Center
Drama-for-life, a practice of using theatre and drama as a rehearsal for life. | How to maintain your theatrical art as an active force within your life and how searching for a character can help the actor find themselves.

Friday February 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Upstate Campus-URC 219

1:00pm

Improvisation Foundations
Moderators
BS

Brad Stephenson

Dr. Brad Stephenson is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC where he teaches Improvisation, Playwriting, Theater History, Script Analysis, Dramatic Literature, and interdisciplinary honors courses. His new play, Sister of the Stars, received is premiere... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus - URC Great Room University Readiness Center 301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303

1:00pm

That's Absurd!: Exploring Beckett Through Movement
Using scripts by Samuel Beckett, we will explore how story is shaped through movement in absurdist theatre. Actors and Directors will be guided through hands on exercises to remove the intimidation factor from absurdism and discover how to work within Beckett's staging to create visceral storytelling. No previous experience necessary.

Moderators
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Molly Claassen

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Directing, Columbus State U
Molly Claassen is currently the Assistant Professor of Directing at Columbus State University. She has an MFA in directing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a BA in theatre and teaching certification from Baldwin-Wallace University. She is a member of Actor's Equity Association... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus - URC 251 University Readiness Center 301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303
 
Saturday, February 9
 

9:00am

Character Creation through Voice
Participants will explore a variety of dynamic vocal/physical exercises and techniques that will help them make clear, interesting, and healthy acting choices. Strong character creation requires an actor to work both "inside out" and "outside in", and this workshop will investigate pathways to repeatable character work that feels genuine to the actor and engages the audience in the story.

Moderators
EH

Erica Hughes

Erica Hughes teaches Voice and Speech at Virginia Commonwealth University and works as a voice, dialect, and text coach for theaters and individuals nationwide. She is a member of ATHE and VASTA, and has presented workshops and papers at VASTA/PAVA, SETC and the CDC. She holds an... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

2:30pm

Motivated Staging: Using Dramatism to Enable Actor-Directed Blocking
Dramatism is the invitation to “consider the matter of motives in a perspective that, being developed from the analysis of drama, treats language and thought primarily as modes of action.” Using Kenneth Burke's conception of dramatism, this workshop will take scenes from musicals and demonstrate how pentads (Act, Scene, Agent, Agency, Purpose) work in the staging process, a method that any student or director can utilize to motivate action on the stage.

Moderators
KB

Kimberley Beasley

Kimberly Beasley is the Director of Vocal Studies and an Associate Professor of Voice at Jacksonville University. She has directed productions of Into the Woods, Aida, the Musical, Gianni Schicchi, A...My Name is Alice, A Grand Night for Singing, Opera goes Pop!, Children of Eden... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302